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Towering turbine in Ontario

Towering_turbine_thumb This photo shows a wind turbine at the AIM/IPC/SUEZ development known as the East Lake St. Clair Wind Farm. The 99 megawatt wind farm is located in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent on the eastern shoreline of Lake St. Clair in Ontario, Canada. The project will consist of 55 Vestas V-90 1.8 MW turbines. It is estimated that the turbine in the image is about 1/2 mile from the home shown in the forefront.
18 Nov 2012

Transformers at Canadian Hydro Developers wind energy facility

Chd_twotransformers_thumb This photo shows the two transformers now installed at Canadian Hydro Developers' Melancthon I and II industrial wind energy facility (total 133-turbines). The project is located in Melancthon and Amaranth townships two hours northwest of Toronto (Ontario, Canada). The transformers occupy approximately 4.5 acres and are located 360 meters from the front door of a private residence owned by Paul Thompson. Mr. Thompson told that noise from the transformers has required he move out of his house at night and rent other accommodations.
19 Jan 2010

Cap Chat

32785-10159_thumb Residents of the coastal community of St. Leandre de Matane asked PQ leader Andre Boisclair to "humanize" the development of wind energy if he is elected premier. Wind farms, like this one in Cap Chat, are a noisy blight on the landscape, residents charge.
11 Mar 2007

Wind Turbine Syndrome

D_'entremont_thumb Here is a picture of the d'Entremont home in Nova Scotia, where their ancestors have lived since the 1870s. Daniel and Carolyn d'Entremont, with their 6 children, had to abandon it on Feb. 21, 2006, because of "wind turbine syndrome," the cluster of symptoms being found around the world where people live near giant wind turbines. Dr. Nina Pierpont of Malone, N.Y., has interviewed them as part of her research into this problem. She testified before the New York State Legislature Energy Committee on March 7. Her testimony is available here. An excerpt of here testimony is provided below: Three doctors that I know of are studying the Wind Turbine Syndrome: myself, one in England, and one in Australia. We note the same sets of symptoms. The symptoms start when local turbines go into operation and resolve when the turbines are off or when the person is out of the area. The symptoms include: 1) Sleep problems: noise or physical sensations of pulsation or pressure make it hard to go to sleep and cause frequent awakening. 2) Headaches which are increased in frequency or severity. 3) Dizziness, unsteadiness, and nausea. 4) Exhaustion, anxiety, anger, irritability, and depression. 5) Problems with concentration and learning. 6) Tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Not everyone near turbines has these symptoms. This does not mean people are making them up; it means there are differences among people in susceptibility. These differences are known as risk factors. Defining risk factors and the proportion of people who get symptoms is the role of epidemiologic studies. These studies are under way. Chronic sleep disturbance is the most common symptom. Exhaustion, mood problems, and problems with concentration and learning are natural outcomes of poor sleep. Sensitivity to low frequency vibration is a risk factor. Contrary to assertions of the wind industry, some people feel disturbing amounts of vibration or pulsation from wind turbines, and can count in their bodies, especially their chests, the beats of the blades passing the towers, even when they can’t hear or see them. Sensitivity to low frequency vibration in the body or ears is highly variable in people, and hence poorly understood and the subject of much debate. Another risk factor is a preexisting migraine disorder. Migraine is not just a bad headache; it’s a complex neurologic phenomenon which affects the visual, hearing, and balance systems, and can even affect motor control and consciousness itself. Many people with migraine disorder have increased sensitivity to noise and to motion—they get carsick as youngsters, and seasick, and very sick on carnival rides. Migraine associated vertigo (which is the spinning type of dizziness, often with nausea) is a described medical entity. Migraine occurs in 12% of Americans. It is a common, familial, inherited condition.
12 Mar 2006
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