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KINGSTON, Mass. - The debate about the noise and flicker caused by five wind turbines in Kingston continues. Duration: 1 minute 28 seconds
A family held hostage by turbine flicker in their own home. Saturday November 10, 2012 as they prepared to celebrate their daughter's birthday with family and friends. This video was sent to the Scituate Massachusetts Board of Health to demonstrate the strobe-like flicker which started at 1:18 pm and was apparent in every room of their home as well as the front and back yards. There was no where for the children or guests to go for relief from the flickering. The flicker stopped at 2:28 pm but only because the turbine was shut down. Duration: 32 seconds
"'Flicker' is a euphemism," said Preller, who is self-employed. "I can't see my computer screen. I can't read. I bought heavy, thick blinds, but it doesn't matter. It comes right through. "We are shut out from doing our work for 45 minutes in the middle of the afternoon."
The board delayed action on noise regulations, but it began discussion on the setback distance. The board's chairman, Ron Conderman, recommended keeping the current 1,400 feet ...Fassler suggested a mile, which he said would require wind farms to negotiate with everyone in that area. Neighbors shouldn't have to negotiate after wind turbines are up, he said.
The Kobetzes claim the wind tower's motion and noise from the turbine has resulted in a loss of property value and loss of enjoyment of their property. The Spencers claim that placement of the electricity-generating tower is allowed by township zoning and protected under the Michigan Right to Farm Act.
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.
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
The blight of shadow flicker from turbine blades could soon be a thing of the past for those living near wind farms. The government has recommended strict guidelines for developers to relieve householders of the annoying strobe-like effect.
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'.
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.
become unbearable since the wind turbines arrived a year ago. "Last summer when it started, I left my house. I just couldn't stand it. I've had friends over that left during the situation, saying, 'I'm starting to get a headache,'" Curley said Friday.
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
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
A North Lincolnshire wind farm plan has been rejected because of the "serious effect" it would have on eight-year-old autistic twin boys living nearby. Anita and Trevor Glathorne, who have one wind farm overlooking their Burton upon Stather home, said the rotating blades affected their sons' behaviour.
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.
A long-running campaign to build a wind turbine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn has been dealt another blow by councillors. The latest application to build an 80m turbine in the hospital grounds has been refused by West Norfolk's development control board ...This is the second planning application for the turbine which has been turned down.
Wind turbines located too close to homes and humans can pose a health hazard, a Mars Hill area resident warned New Denmark homeowners during a REACT (Reacts Efforts Against Construction of Turbines in New Denmark) sponsored meeting held in the community recently. ...Todd said if wind turbines setbacks were increased, the negative effects on nearby landowners would be greatly reduced, if not eliminated.
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.
"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.
The company has a detailed complaint resolution process which it made available Thursday to The Daily News. It also has a 24-hour telephone hotline for reporting turbine issues. "We encourage people if they have a concern that they should call that number, and we check it daily," said Project Manager Eric Miller. "We keep a log of who calls."