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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.
This personal account by Alyssa Ashley, a high school student, appeared in the Cap Times newspaper in Wisconsin. Ms. Ashley lived by the Shirley wind energy facility.
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 letter was received by David Carignan the Health Agent for the Town of Falmouth Health Department. The turbine is the NOTUS wind turbine at Technology Park located in Falmouth, MA.
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.
Allen Haas, a farmer the Town of Malone, Fond du Lac County filed these comments with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, docket # 1-AC-231. His father was the landowner who signed on with the developers. Allen Haas then bought the property from his dad. He says his dad can’t get over what the turbines have done to his life and to the entire community.
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.
Phil Bloomstein of Freedom, Maine provides a gripping image of what his life is like living next to an industrial wind facility.
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.
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!
Timothy Yancey's home sits within the footprint of the massive Maple Ridge wind energy facility in Lowville, NY. His, experience mirrors that of others living with industrial scale turbines.
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
Town of Sheldon, Wyoming County, New York. Jessica lives in the Town of Sheldon located in Wyoming County, New York. Her home is surrounded by Invenergy's High Sheldon wind energy facility with 75 1.5 MW GE SLE turbines. The total installed capacity for the facility is 112.5 megawatts. The towers stand 397 feet in height, spanning from tower base to blade tip. The turbines were commissioned in January 2009 and the impact of the massive animated structures on nearby residents was immediate as Jessica describes in her own words.
Horizon Wind Twin Grove wind energy facility, McLean County IL