If you live in Ontario and you think our hydro bill is a bit high, you’re not alone. The province has some of the highest electricity rates in the country and rural areas are the hardest hit by the rising costs. As Jacques Bourbeau, it means some customers have to choose between paying for power and food for the family.
Host Brett Gaskill speaks with Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, on the current issues of industrial wind power in Vermont.
Calhan resident Kory Feick becomes nauseous from the spinning motion of the wind turbines that surround her property on three sides. The nausea is so severe that she has a hard time going outside.
Homeowners describe their experiences with Oklahoma wind turbines 2016.Apex Clean Energy constructed the Kingfisher wind facility within 1500-feet of homes. The project consists of 120 turbines for a total installed capacity of 300 megawatts. After exhausting all attempts to work with Apex, the residents filed a lawsuit seeking protection from adverse health effects, and loss of use and value of their property. The trial date is slated for April 2016. Kingfisher Wind began construction on May 18, 2015 despite repeated requests from non-participating landowners to reconsider turbine placement. The now operating project impacts at least 128 nearby property owners. The suit refers to the irreparable harm caused by nuisance and unavoidable negative health impacts caused to people by the noise, infrasound and shadow flicker generated by turbines.
The proposed Horse Creek Wind Farm south of Clayton will impact many people along the St. Lawrence River and the North Country.
Residents attended the Ellington Township board of trustees meeting held March 1, 2016 during a major snowstorm in Michigan's Thumb region. The residents are clearly seen pleading for the board to put safety ahead of the monetary opportunities from a NextEra wind energy proposal. At least one of the board members is a leaseholder and financially vested in the project proceeding. The project application is ripping the community apart where 90% of the households oppose the project. The news story covering this meeting can be read here.
The state of Maine could see more wind projects developed in the coming years after a number of new proposals have been submitted by southern New England states.
Annette Smith, executive director and founder of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, conducted this press conference following notice that the Vermont Attorney General had initiated a criminal investigation into whether Ms. Smith was practicing law without a license. Minutes before the press conference was to begin, Ms. Smith was notified by her attorney, David Sleigh, that the AG had closed his investigation and would not pursue the matter further. Ms. Smith used the opportunity of the press conference to shed light on the problems with renewable energy siting in the state and the difficulties facing members of the public in participating in the process.
Joan Lagerman of Wisconsin explains how wind turbines near her property have produced serious health impacts on her family. WE Energies, a utility in Wisconsin, operates the Blue Sky Green Field facility consisting of 88-turbines across 10,600 acres located between the townships of Calumet and Marshfield in Fond du Lac County and not far from the east shore of Lake Winnebago. Lagerman and her neighbors are surrounded by the 44 towering turbines spinning in Marshfield.
This video was posted on Facebook and YouTube. Few details are provided about the incident including the location and timing of the event. (It is not clear the incident occurred in New Zealand.) Nonetheless, the video demonstrates the type of danger a turbine can pose when sited too close to where people may live or gather.
On December 24, 2015, a Vestas wind turbine collapsed in Lemnhult, Sweden.
This powerful news broadcast highlights the divide between urban residents clamoring for action to address climate change and the worry and concerns of wind farm development in the rural areas. To view the broadcast, click the image on this page.
France, host of the U.N. climate conference, prides itself on being one of the world’s top innovators in wind energy technology, and wind turbines have become a symbol of the country’s commitment to clean energy. But the French government is coming under fire from farmers and others who say the proximity of some of the turbines is hurting wildlife and cattle. VOA Europe Correspondent Luis Ramirez went to a dairy farm in the northern Picardy region to get one farmer’s story
The fur farmer, Kaj Bank Olesen, explains at a November 25, 2015 public meeting in Isenvad, Denmark, how an operating wind plant near his harm has caused devestating harm and destruction to his mink population. English subtitles by vind-alarm-danmark.eu. Video by Lars Fogh Iversen.
Two Michigan residents share their experiences living inside utility scale wind plants. One is a long-time supporter of wind energy and other is a man who has leased his ground to wind developers. Both now have profound regret. Special thanks to Kevon Martis for making this video available.
Wind turbine accident at Nieder Kostenz in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Despite the catastrophic failure, the area was not blocked off from the public. Special thanks to Friends Against Wind for preparing the English subtitles.
Sunday the 1st Nov it was lights out at 10pm for 100,000 homes due to an interconnection failure. South Australians are warned that they can expect higher prices and more blackouts due to a reliance on the interconnect & wind power. To view the video broadcast, click the image on this page.
The group drummed outside the rally, advocating against a recently proposed wind turbine project in Swanton. They want lawmakers to re-evaluate the pace and size of the renewable energy projects popping up across Vermont. Specifically, the group believes people and families living near the sites of these projects are being overlooked in the development.
Interview of Heimke and Pieter Hogeveen. Extract from the German television programme Unter uns | MDR Fernsehen | October 23, 2015 English subtitles by vind-alarm-danmark.eu
Against the drone of wind turbines on the ridgeline, nameless, faceless, residents speak out.