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International review of wind policies and recommendations for wind turbine setbacks from residences

International_review_of_wind_policies_and_recommendations_thumb There is no worldwide agreement on appropriate wind turbine setback distances from homes and limited awareness of wind turbine setbacks in other countries. This report attempts to identify and clarify existing governmental requirements and recommendations regarding wind turbine setbacks from residences. The introduction of the report is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the link(s) on this page.
19 Oct 2011

Life with Dekalb Turbines

Dave and Stephanie Hulthen spoke on "Life with Dekalb Turbines". They are from DeKalb County, Illinois. They live in the middle of an industrial wind farm. There are thirteen industrial wind turbines located within one mile of their home, two within 1400 feet. Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition (IICC) hosted a seminar at the Blissfield Middle School in Michigan. IICC is opposing wind turbine siting in Riga, Ogden and Fairfield townships, Michigan. Duration: 41 minutes 29 seconds  
19 Oct 2011

The Falmouth Experience: Flickering Light

Residents in the town of Falmouth say that a nearly 400-foot wind turbine has severely impacted their quality of life. They talk about noise issues, ringing in their ears and changes in pressure when they are outside. But sound isn't the only thing generating discontent. ...there also are complaints about a phenomenon called ‘shadow flicker'.
11 Mar 2011

Blowing in the Wind

Another problem is the noise, Next Era says the turbines sounds like a refrigerator running, Stephanie says while that is true some times, it's not all the time. She says sometimes it sounds like a jet engine, other times like metal being shaken, and a few times the turbines will start whistling.
3 Mar 2011

Life with shadow flicker, DeKalb County IL

The American Wind Energy Association claims shadow flicker is a myth. The family that made this video tells a very different story: "The shadow flicker at our home comes through the trees...it comes through the window treatments in our children's rooms. This could all be avoided if FPL, LLC (aka: NextEra Energy Resources, LLC) increased the setbacks to at least a mile away from homes." --http://lifewithdekalbturbines.blogspot.com/ Duration: 1 minute 36 seconds
31 May 2010

Turbine shadow flicker in DeKalb County, IL

The American Wind Energy Association claims shadow flicker is a myth. The family that made this video tells a very different story: "The shadow flicker at our home comes through the trees...it comes through the window treatments in our children's rooms. This could all be avoided if FPL, LLC (aka: NextEra Energy Resources, LLC) increased the setbacks to at least a mile away from homes." --http://lifewithdekalbturbines.blogspot.com/ Duration: 44 seconds
31 May 2010

Wind tower neighbor bought out for health reasons

Barbara Ashbee-Lormand traveled from central Ontario to central Vermont in late October to a discussion of an industrial wind turbine development proposed for the town of Ira, organized by Vermonters for a Clean Environment. She's a rare figure in the debate over the effects big wind towers have on people. She's one of only two homeowners that a major wind company, Canadian Hydro Developers, has conceded it bought out because of their complaints that the huge gadgets proved to be impossible to live with.
22 Dec 2009

Wind turbine causes turbulence in Libertyville

The two sides are scheduled to meet Tuesday night at the company headquarters to discuss the company's 120-foot wind turbine. It was installed in April "to help Aldridge Electric offset their retail rate electricity," according to a company news release. Since then, neighbors have complained of noise levels, light from the turbine's reflective surface, and the "flicker effect" created by the rotating fan blade.
15 Jun 2009

Wind casts a shadow -- and yes, it flickers

"Since we've owned this home, I had no health problems previously," says a somewhat sleepless Jessica Nuhn. "I'm a registered nurse -- a critical care nurse. I've got my bachelor's degree and I know about health. "Since the turbines have been spinning, I've had headaches ... The noise has kept me up at night, the noise gives me headaches, the noise crushes my sinuses." Nuhn says she's never had sinus problems before, and now she sees floating spots, for which she's seeing a doctor.
6 Jun 2009

Public health impacts of wind turbines

Mn-windturbines-may2009_thumb In late February 2009 the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) received a request from the Office of Energy Security (OES) in the Minnesota Department of Commerce, for a “white paper” evaluating possible health effects associated with low frequency vibrations and sound arising from large wind energy conversion systems (LWECS). MDH agreed to evaluate health impacts from wind turbine noise and low frequency vibrations. In discussion with OES, MDH also proposed to examine experiences and policies of other states and countries. Below are the Introduction and Conclusions of the white paper released in May 2009. The full report can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
22 May 2009

Public health impacts of wind turbines

Mn-windturbines-may2009_thumb In late February 2009 the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) received a request from the Office of Energy Security (OES) in the Minnesota Department of Commerce, for a “white paper” evaluating possible health effects associated with low frequency vibrations and sound arising from large wind energy conversion systems (LWECS). MDH agreed to evaluate health impacts from wind turbine noise and low frequency vibrations. In discussion with OES, MDH also proposed to examine experiences and policies of other states and countries. Below are the Introduction and Conclusions of the white paper released in May 2009. The full report can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
22 May 2009

Law suit filed RE: business-scale turbine adjacent to residential properties

Libertyville_court_case_thumb This suit was filed against the Village of Libertyville (IL) and DPR Investments LLC shortly after a business-scale wind turbine was erected and became operational within 600 feet of residential properties. The Entegrity 50 kilowatt, 120-foot turbine is owned by DPR Investments doing business as Aldridge Electric Company. Complaints of noise, shadow flicker and blade flicker were heard right after the turbine started turning. On July 24, 2009, the Court issued a compromise ruling stating that the turbine was affecting neighboring residents and restricted the turbine hours of operation to weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (see: http://www.windaction.org/news/22373 )
22 May 2009

Turbine rules face scrutiny; Council to consider noise, flicker, setback issues in ordinance review

As the state pushes wind energy and communities create guidelines to accommodate it, those living in the shadow of Mark Richey's wind turbine wonder if the effort is at their expense. The Richey turbine meets the general spirit of the state's guidelines as well as the city's current wind turbine bylaw, under which Richey received a special permit that allows a turbine in an industrial zone to be at least 300 feet from a residential zone. ...As the city takes a closer look at its wind ordinance, neighbors are arguing that the rules most officials are accepting as well thought out are out of sync with reality.
9 Apr 2009

Neighbors disagree on impact

Jason LaCroix, 14 Hill St., told councilors of the "human effect" the turbine has caused in the neighborhood. He recently purchased and put in a new glass door on his house. He had to take it out after he saw the shadows of the turbine's rotors on his wall reflecting off the glass. On his rooftop deck, the turbine is "virtually eye level," he said. The flicker study done for the Richey turbine wasn't accurate and minimized what impact it would have on the Back Bay neighborhood.
9 Apr 2009

Tilting at windmills

Newburyport has its own laser light show, or an equivalent thereof, from an unlikely source: the new industrial-sized wind turbine that recently was turned on in the industrial park. At night, from the middle of the northbound lane of Route 1, the twirling blades catch the red beacon light atop the massive structure, and the light shoots out along the blades. It's pretty spectacular, but not if the light is shooting right into the window of your home.
27 Feb 2009

Industrial wind turbine shadow flicker in Wisconsin 2008

In Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, in spite of what wind developers and wind lobbyists assert, 1000-foot setbacks are not a sufficient distance between homes and wind turbines that are 40 stories tall. There are indeed problems with noise and shadow flicker at this distance. Ask people in the town of Byron in Fond du Lac what they think of the 1000 foot setback. Duration: 2 minutes 37 seconds
21 Dec 2008

Evaluation of Supplemental Environmental Shadow Flicker Analysis for “Cohocton Wind Power Project”

Appendixa_shadowflicker_thumb Large scale shadow flicker is a phenomenon, not experienced by people on an “industrial scale”, with football field-sized shadows moving across their home or through their local views. This report prepared by physicist Rick Bolton examines the problems with the shadow flicker modeling at a proposed site in New York State. A portion of the report is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the link on this page.
30 Jan 2007

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=USA&p=4&topic=Shadow+Flicker
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