Articles filed under Impact on People

They’re always there

Young Tarwin Lower farmer, Stuart Kilsby, told the Supreme Court last week that he was often anxious about going to the farm to work because of the turbine noise which is a constant frustration. The Kilsby farm is now dominated by seven turbines on their neighbours’ land, immediately adjacent to their boundary fence and eight more in close proximity.
21 Sep 2021

S.D. regulators reverse earlier ruling and add a residence to a wind farm’s second sound study

The rural Strandberg residence of Amber Christenson will be part of the Crowned Ridge I wind project’s second sound study after all this fall, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission decided Tuesday. The 2-1 vote reversed a decision the commission had made last month, when Gary Hanson was the only one Christenson could persuade that her place should be included too.
14 Sep 2021

Wind farm trial in Supreme Court hears plaintiff slept in car to avoid 'roaring' of turbines

"They started operating in March 2015 and within two to three months I was writing letters of complaints [to the operators] as it was causing me sleep disturbance," Mr Zakula said. "They were just roaring — it sounded like the arrival of a train and it never stops arriving." He told the court that two to three times a month during winter he sleeps in his car at a nearby beach when the noise becomes too much. “I get in my car and drive down to the Walkerville Beach and remain there for the rest of the evening,” Mr Zakula said.
9 Sep 2021

Wind turbine night noise: Study finds ‘swoosh’ sound a possible concern

For the first time, the research led by Flinders University PhD candidate Duc Phuc ('Phuc') Nguyen and acoustic expert Dr Kristy Hansen has combined long-term monitoring of wind farm noise with machine learning and available knowledge to quantify and characterise AM in wind turbine noise. "We found that the amount of amplitude modulation present during the daytime versus night-time varies substantially occurring two to five times more often during the night-time compared to the daytime," says Mr Nguyen. "The noise seems to worsen after sunset when amplitude modulation can be detected for up to 60% of the night-time at distances around 1 km from a wind farm.
20 Aug 2021

'Take us to court:' Scituate takes no action on wind turbine complaints

The turbine issue was before the board on March 22, when Whyte gave the neighbors 15 minutes to talk about it and said he was worried that town officials would be angry at him for shutting down a turbine that brings in a profit to the town. In his motion to not investigate the turbines for their impact on public health, Whyte said he was considering the direct cost to taxpayers if the turbine was shut down.
10 Aug 2021

Residents of Gujarat village protest against windmills being set up on forestland

Kutch has been designated as an important wind energy exploitation zone, and in the past few years thousands of windmills have been put up by energy companies, leading to local conflicts in villages because the structures are eating up common forest and grazing lands critical for villagers. In Sangnara, local communities raised their voice when they realised that their forestland rich in wildlife and local flora and fauna was being destroyed to pave the way for setting up giant wind turbines to generate clean energy in the region.
7 Aug 2021

Proposed legislation may compensate residents impacted by wind turbines

Proposed legislation that would compensate Massachusetts residents who have been adversely affected by wind turbines reached the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy last week during a virtual public hearing. ...Giving testimony at the hearing were Louise Grabowski, president of Wind Wise Massachusetts, and Lilli-Anne Green, Wellfleet’s delegate in the county assembly of delegates and secretary of the Wellfleet Energy and Climate Committee. Both gave three-minute-long testimonies in support of the bill. “I’ll speak to the health impacts standpoint, since that’s my field of expertise,” said Ms. Green. ...The symptoms that Ms. Green referenced are usually some combination of difficulty sleeping, fatigue, depression, irritability, aggressiveness, cognitive dysfunction, chest pain/pressure, headaches, joint pain, skin irritations, nausea, dizziness, tinnitus and stress.
6 Aug 2021

Turbine noise goes on trial

The case, being brought by some of the neighbouring landowners, is expected to decide once and for all whether the facility has caused “substantial and unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of the land” owned by its neighbouring farmers. ...Not only are the lawyers for the aggrieved landowners seeking aggravated and exemplary damages, to compensate the plaintiffs for their distress and to punish the operators for their alleged wrongdoing, they are also seeking abatement of the noise, potentially involving the shutting down of the facility at night.
3 Aug 2021

Gratiot County couple shares wind turbine story with Cato Township

Dan and Nancy Welke live in Merrill, Lafayette Township, where they say they have one turbine less than 1,600 feet from their home and another one about 2,600 feet away. They say they have been “battling” with DTE Energy and Gratiot County officials for the last year and a half regarding the negative effects of the turbines. Nancy called the ongoing experience “a living hell.”
21 Jul 2021

Solar co sues feds over offshore Vineyard Wind farm approval

Allco, which is represented by its senior general counsel Thomas Melone, further claims that the DOI has failed OCSLA's balancing test because commercial fishing boats will effectively have to abandon the wind farm's area due to difficulties navigating there. The current plan is for 62 wind turbines. Vineyard Wind's approval was quickly condemned by the fishing industry, which raised concerns about the project's impact on fish stocks and vessel traffic.
20 Jul 2021

Solar executive with ocean views sues Vineyard Wind

In a lawsuit filed yesterday with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Thomas Melone argued that federal regulators failed to consider Vineyard Wind’s impact on other ocean users, endangered species and onshore renewable developers. He asked the court to vacate the environmental permit for the 62-turbine project. The lawsuit offers an early test for the next generation of America’s offshore wind farms.
20 Jul 2021

They're not blown away by NJ's offshore wind power plans

New Jersey is moving aggressively to become the leader in the fast-growing offshore wind energy industry on the East Coast, but not everyone is blown away by those ambitious plans. While the state's Democratic political leadership is solidly behind a rapid build-out of wind energy projects off the coast — it has set a goal of generating 100% of its energy from clean sources by 2050 — opposition is growing among citizens groups, and even some green energy-loving environmentalists are wary of the pace and scope of the plans.
17 Jul 2021

County approves Rail Tie permit application

In giving their approval, commissioners Sue Ibarra and Pete Gosar added several stipulations. ...Their requests included a one-mile turbine setback from non-participating residences, and a turbine setback from public roads of 1.5 times the turbine height plus the blade diameter. ...Gosar requested that aircraft detection lighting systems be installed on turbines or else ConnectGen seek a variance from the commission. “A good faith effort isn’t quite enough for me,” Gosar said. “The university has been here and has determined that night skies are important for a grant that they would like to maintain. That’s a fair arrangement — if you cannot secure ADLS, you petition to the county for a variance for those turbines, or you remove them from the project.”
14 Jul 2021

Wind Project Splinters a Mexico Region Prized for Powerful Gusts

Renewable power companies are directly responsible for creating societal strains, said Juan Antonio Lopez, a coordinator at Mexico City-based human rights group ProDESC, which has led legal challenges against wind projects in Oaxaca state, including EDF’s Gunaa Sicaru. A common mode of operation is converting communal land into private property to sidestep lengthy negotiations with the indigenous communities known as ejidos, he said. The result is local residents are often surprised when they see wind towers go up on their ancestral lands, and then get little to nothing in the way of compensation.
9 Jul 2021

Macron’s push to impose wind power on France whips up a gale of protest

In a week when the president was slapped by an unemployed 28-year-old right-winger during a walkabout, such apparent disregard of local sensibilities risks fuelling discontent among many over the direction France has taken under Macron, complicating his chances of re-election next spring. “It is scandalous,” Lagrenaudie told me as we sat in the village’s impressive hôtel de ville. “The project has been massively rejected locally, but the prefect still gives it the go-ahead. What is the point of having mayors and all these other people elected?
13 Jun 2021

Everyone hates wind turbines

No one sites wind turbines anywhere near the urban areas, thick with voters, where the electricity they occasionally produce will be consumed. Those voters wouldn’t stand for it. Wind farms are always located in out of the way areas with minimal political clout, and connected to urban consumers via long transmission lines. Nothing about this is popular with anyone who has to deal with it.
12 Jun 2021

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