Impact on People and Noise
Mary Ellen Jones, formerly of Cohocton, NY, discusses her experience with wind developer First Wind. Ms. Jones lived within the viewshed of First Wind's 125 megawatt wind energy facility referred to as Cohocton Wind. When she found the turbine noise exceeded the permitted levels, she entered into negotiations to sell her home to First Wind. This is her story.
Gerry Meyer lives within Invenergy's Forward Wind facility sited in Fond du Lac County Wisconsin. Since the turbines went online in March 2008, Mr. Meyer and his family have suffered from the noise and shadow flicker resulting from the operating project.
This narrative was adapted from testimony Mr. Mark Cool presented at the Town of Falmouth's fall Town Meeting. Mr. Cool works as an air traffic controller for the FAA. He lives near an industrial-scale wind turbine erected by the town of Falmouth.
This letter was submitted to Goodhue Wind Truth, an organization founded by concerned citizens of Goodhue County Minnesota. The 77 turbine (115.5 megawatt) facility referenced in the letter is owned and operated by Basin Electric Power Cooperative. It went into service December 2009.
The garden that was a sanctuary to me for 30 years is now more like a torture chamber. Some of the abutters have started using the term "turbine torture." When the turbine first went into operation in March 2010, and then through April, I tried to acclimate myself to live with this thing.
After dropping into a three-month depression, I finally avoided my own home.
This personal story was submitted to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission as public testimony regarding siting of industrial scale wind energy facilities.
DeKalb County, Illinois is near Chicago. In fact, many people who live in DeKalb work in the City. In 2009, NextERA, formerly known as FPL Energy and one of the largest wind developers in the United States, pushed through approval of its 151-turbine facility spanning the counties of Lee and DeKalb. The residents of DeKalb fought the development; an appeal of the approval order was filed and still pending in the Courts. Nonetheless, NextERA proceeded to construct and commission the project. The fears of the residents have become reality. Below is a sample of what a family in DeKalb County is now experiencing -- and they are not alone.
People living near twelve gigantic wind turbines feel that their quality of life has been considerably impaired because of sleep disturbances, lack of sleep and other clear nuisances. This story describes the experiences of those living adjacent to wind turbines in Sweden. Windaction.org has confirmed the authenticity of this report.
Deeping St Nicholas, Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom. In May 2006, the construction of a wind farm comprising eight 2MW turbines was completed 930m from Jane and Julian Davis's farm. One year later, they moved out. Julian Davis explains.
This blog entry is one of many since May 2009 detailing the adverse impacts related to living near a wind farm in Ontario Canada.
Phil Bloomstein of Freedom, Maine provides a gripping image of what his life is like living next to an industrial wind facility.
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Town of Oakfield, Dodge County. The Wirtz home is just over the county line from Fond Du Lac County where the wind turbines are located.
Jane Davis and her husband Julian live 930 meters from the windfarm at Deeping St Nicholas just south of Spalding in Lincolnshire in the United Kindom. The wind facility consists of eight 2MW REpower MM82 turbines. There are six other houses situated a similar distance away from the
turbines since they were commissioned. She and her family have since abandoned their home due to health issues related to the noise. This statement summarizes her experience.
I am from the town of Empire, which includes the Cedar Ridge Wind Farm located in Fond du Lac County Wisconsin.
There are 44 wind turbines in this project, three of them are within a quarter mile (1,320 feet) from our home. I can see 12 from our door.
Now that the towers are working, people are grumbling. You cannot believe how loud these things are!
The residents of Michigan's Thumb area have been writing about their experience living near industrial scale turbines. Their individual stories are remarkably consistent regarding noise, flicker, sleep interruptions, and feelings of helplessness. The testimony of one Thumb resident is included on this page. Many others can be found by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
Invenergy's Forward Wind facility, Brownsville WI
Barbara Ashbee-Lormand has written this plea to the Ontario Environment Minister, John Gerretsen, asking that he take a moment to understand the impacts of wind energy development on the people of Ontario.
Horizon Wind Twin Grove wind energy facility, McLean County IL
Pubnico Point wind energy facility, Nova Scotia