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PORTSMOUTH — The combination of the noise and shadows generated by the town's wind turbine has rankled some neighbors who voiced their frustration to the Town Council during its meeting Monday.
'We've become a dumping ground for wind turbines'
Councilwoman Karen Carlson, who said she receives at least two complaints about the turbines per day, visited West Log Bridge Road to see for herself what her constituents had been talking about....she could hear the noise emanating from the structures. “I can understand how it makes people crazy,” she said. “Honestly it was like this drone of a jet that just kept going.”
The Golden West Wind Energy Center in Calhan, Colorado, consisting of 145 453-foot tall industrial wind turbines, became fully operational in October 2015. Since then, residents living within the wind farm project’s footprint have reported physical and psychological effects from the turbines.
After more than a year, the Board of Health wants to revisit a shadow flicker regulation for Kingston wind turbines.
When the wind turbine near the high school stopped spinning its blades due to a faulty gear box in 2012, not everyone saw the development as bad news. For people like Donna Olszewski, who lives about 750 feet from the turbine at 36 Education Lane, it meant no more headaches and sleep problems which she blamed on noise and shadow flicker generated by the machine.
It is difficult to to imagine what shadow flicker is until your home is covered by huge moving shadows that can make you dizzy and disoriented. It is difficult to imagine the level of disturbance caused by the noise.
DTE Energy is working to eliminate a phenomenon called shadow flicker caused by wind turbines, which for at least four county residents has created unwanted shadows from churning turbine blades slicing the sunlight.
The county has responded to Bumhoffer’s complaint. Planning Commission Chair Clark Brock said his request is not unreasonable, and that the county’s building and zoning office will work to address the issue. ...Shadow flicker also has presented a problem for Rita Parsch, who lives on the western edge of Meade Township.
Several dozen people filled the lower conference room at Bourne Town Hall during the Bourne Board of Health meeting on December 10 to voice their opinion on a proposed Plymouth wind farm that would border Bournedale. Most of the residents spoke in opposition to the project brought before the board by cranberry farm owner Keith A. Mann.
Board membevoted 3-2 Tuesday night to table a decision on whether to adopt a regulation until they have additional information. Board members cited the lack of a final, revised flicker study as one reason to delay a decision. A flicker study, the results of which were released in June 2013, was deemed to be incomplete.
Board of Health member Toni Cushman said the board must keep the discussion going on a regulation that can be applied retroactively because of the importance of protecting residents from the nuisance that is flicker.
If the governor and the rest of the folks in Concord believe that rapacious energy corporations deserve to have a stable business environment, but don’t care about the small business owners that are already here and don’t care to create a stable living environment for the existing homeowners, residents, taxpayers and voters, rest assured we can and will replace them the next time we vote.
Town Meeting voters quickly approved a moratorium on industrial wind turbines Tuesday night but debated implementing a regulation on flicker that could be prohibitive for new wind turbine projects. The final vote was 101-43; the measure passed by the needed two-thirds majority.
The EAPC analysis indicated an increase in shadow flicker at 151 Driftway as 69 hours per year compared with 51 hours per year as predicted by an earlier shadow flicker study. The residential property of 151 Drifttway is located 640 feet from the base of the turbine.
If turbine owners are required to install strobe control systems, the arbitrary guideline of 30 hours per year will no longer be relevant, Thompson said. “Mandating the owners to install the technology would take the guesswork out and shut off the turbine until the conditions no longer exists.”
he Green Energy Committee wants to hire a different consultant to conduct a new flicker study of the Independence wind turbine. In his presentation to the Planning Board Monday night, Mark Beaton said the study conducted by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center for the town is flawed and should not be replied upon for factual information.
Board of Health Chairman Joe Casna said the board needs to follow the advice of town counsel and carefully approach regulating turbines, in this case for flicker, using science, or risk a lawsuit. He said the town would then have a basis for negotiating mitigating measures. ...When Board of Health member Toni Cushman asked about the possibility of seeking relief for the residents, Casna said the wind turbine operators show no desire to take action.
Leland Road resident Dan Alves said flicker is more than a nuisance; it's a clear health hazard. He also pressed for the Planning Board to limit flicker to zero hours. A new flicker study estimates flicker impacts his home 140 hours a year under the worst-case scenario. "It will give you a headache; it will make you nauseous," he said.
The Board of Health intends to develop its own flicker regulations pertaining to health impacts. Board members plan to hire an independent engineer to review any studies of the local turbines. The health agent will reach out to six companies about setting up interviews.