Impact on Economy
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Because time seems to be running out on fossil fuels and the lure of
non-polluting windpower is so seductive, some people are now promoting windpower
initiatives at any cost, without investigating potential negative consequences-- and with
no apparent knowledge of even recent environmental history......Throughout my experience, I could not substantiate a single claim developers made for
industrial wind energy, including the one justifying its existence: that massive wind
installations would meaningfully reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. When you
understand this, you realize the wind business is not really that complex. But there are a
lot of complicated issues swirling around it that obscure and distract from this main point,
issues such as global warming, property values, the nature of wind leases, local revenues
and taxes, wildlife, natural views, and a host of others. So how does one know the truth of
it all? How does one go about separating the reality from spin?
This report examines the factors underlying the recent increases in electricity prices and the potential impact of these factors on the industry's financial condition. It focuses primarily on cost changes experienced over the past five years and the projected trends in these costs over the next ten years.
Project Report Submitted to the Faculty of the
Bard Center for Environmental Policy..in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of
Master of Science in Environmental Policy
There are two recurring themes in this study: (1) the results are applicable only to Fenner and (2) much more research is needed.
What is clearly missing is a ‘sense of place’, a variable acknowledged by the author as important but left unaddressed. What we’re told is that Fenner is a ‘rural farming community’. We have no sense of what drives residents/prospective residents to live in (or, for that matter, to leave) Fenner. We have no sense of ‘public attitudes’, another variable the author clearly ties to property values but leaves unaddressed. What is noticeably missing are house sales within 0.75 miles of the wind plant, i.e. those that would presumably be most impacted by noise and shadow flicker.
In the absence of more authoritative studies, we know from press reports associated with wind plants and wind plant applications that ‘opposition’ appears to be lowest in ‘farming’ communities in which farmers view the turbines as a ‘cash crop’ and local municipalities covet the related taxes. We also know from these sources that opposition is greatest in communities that have something to ‘protect’, i.e. treasured/scenic natural assets (ridgelines, shorelines, unique/sensitive habitats), tourist/second home based economies and/or wildlife. Where these are issues, it is hardly a ‘leap of faith’ to surmise that property values will fare comparatively worse than in communities where these issues don’t exist and that properties specifically impacted by the turbines (view/noise/shadow flicker, etc) will fare the worst. As the author readily concedes, ‘public attitudes’ is an important determinant of property values and the opposition within these communities often reflects the prevailing public attitude towards wind turbines. After all, LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION is what real estate is all about.
Lastly, Hoen offers a useful critique (available below) of the REPP report that is often pointed to by wind turbine developers as evidence that wind plants do not adversely affect property values.
Compliments of Andrew Chapman, the attached pdf files contain extensive documentation particularly with respect to the impact of wind turbines on wildlife as part of an ongoing effort to prevent the construction of the Bald Hills Wind Farm, South Gippsland, Victoria.
While it has been approved by the Victorian State Government the presence in the Bald Hills area of migratory species of national and international significance that are protected by treaties with Japan and China in the Bald Hills has placed the final decision in the hands of the Federal Government. This decision is pending.
The Guidelines require that “In order to facilitate a viable wind energy industry, planning applications need to include sufficient information and explanation to allow responsible authorities to come to sound and timely decisions”.
Unfortunately, the application for a planning permit by Macarthur Wind Farm P/L fails to include sufficient information. The panel should therefore recommend that the a permit not be granted, and should ask the proponent to resubmit its application with
(i) A full estimate of all economic costs of the proposal, both internal and external.
(ii) A soundly based forecast of greenhouse gas abatement outcomes, based on the best available data and an independent, peer reviewed computer modelling of the NEM
(iii) A full, project specific, assessment of the energy and greenhouse gas costs of the proposal itself, including all directly and indirectly associated activities.
This report surveys the intense debate now taking place as to why
the chosen strategy is not achieving its objectives. We believe that a
principal factor is to be found in the increasingly controversial renewable
energy policy, which is widely criticised for its lack of balance and its
over-emphasis on onshore wind at the expense of other technologies.
Tom Hewson takes a very comprehensive look at the development issues associated with the proposed Baileyville Wind Farm in Illinois.
This Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS) has been prepared for the
Ecogen, LLC (Ecogen) Prattsburgh/Italy Wind Farm Project (Project) on the behalf of the Lead
Agency, the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency (SCIDA). The FGEIS is prepared
pursuant to the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR), Environmental
Conservation Law, Article 8, 6NYCRR Part 617, and its implementing regulations.