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During a recent roundtable discussion concerning wind power projects at the Delaware County Historical Society a participant affiliated with two local wind development companies stated that there were three issues where the health and safety impacts were predictable and avoidable---- ice throws, noise, and flicker. Since the statement was made in the presence of planners who are advising towns in the process of writing regulations to protect the health and safety of residents, I felt that a fuller discussion of the known science of these issues was important, and have prepared this report to that end.
Editor's Note: Dr. Jaffe's presentation to the Town of Meredith Planning Board on the proposed industrial wind plant vis-a-vis Meredith's 'vision' is available via the link below.
This revealing letter to the FAA documents a clear pattern of political pressure on the FAA to rush the review process of Cape Wind thus creating a possibility of threats to air safety and national security. A portion of the letter is provided below. The full letter can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
A7 Energy's appeal against the Easington District Council for refusing to grant planning permission with respect to a wind plant consisting of 2 x 2.3MW turbines was dismissed by D. L. Burrows, an inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The principal reason for dismissal was adverse impact the turbines would have on the activities of Shotten airfield.
"Developers and owners of wind turbines have a duty to ensure the safety of the general
public and their own staff. However, there are currently no guidelines for dealing with
potential dangers arising from ice thrown off wind turbines. This puts developers,
owners, planning authorities and insurers in a difficult position. To rectify this situation,
the work presented here has commenced in order to produce an authoritative set of
guidelines. Initial work has resulted in the development of a risk assessment
methodology which has been used to demonstrate that the risk of being struck by ice
thrown from a turbine is diminishingly small at distances greater than approximately
250 m from the turbine in a climate where moderate icing occurs."
Wind mills are the cheap and efficient generator of electricity. While the wind mills are patronized in India by the big corporate houses and medium scale industries for various reasons including the tax benefits offered by government these units are subject to fire, lightning and break down losses. This article highlights the possible break down failures of wind mills and suggests some key recommendations.
Neither aviation nor the wind energy industry is at a steady state and both can be
expected to evolve in ways which may impact the other. Therefore, it is expected that
this CAP will be a living document, which will be updated to reflect the outcome of
any further research into the interaction between wind turbine developments and
aviation. It will also be revised at intervals to take account of changes in regulations,
feedback from industry, and recognised best practice.
On October 28, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals found the FAA failed to supply any apparent analysis of the record evidence
concerning the wind farm’s potentially adverse effects on flight operations. The court vacated all 130 determinations of no hazard issued by the FAA. An excerpt of the court's ruling is provided below. The full order can be accessed by selecting the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
The Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Guidelines are reference documents designed to provide project developers, financiers, facility managers, and other decision makers with relevant industry background and technical information. This information supports actions aimed at avoiding, minimizing, and controlling EHS impacts during the construction, operation, and decommissioning phases of a project or facility.
This short GE Energy document explains the risk in the event of extreme wind conditions including hurricane or tornado and any mitigation. Note, the document acknowledges the risk of blade throws and tower collapse.