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This year's survey shows that the majority are positive about wind power ...But there has been a marked negative turn since last year: While only one in ten Norwegians were fairly or very negative last year, every fourth Norwegian responds negatively toward wind power this year.
“Today what happened is a major offshore wind generation site and a gas turbine failed at the same time,” said Devrim Celal, chief executive officer of Upside Energy in London, which contracts with National Grid to help balance electricity. “There was a significant shortage of generation, and that sudden drop created ripple effects across the country.”
Having fought against onshore wind development being forced on unwilling communities for many years, support is not what I hear when I speak to rural citizens facing yet another wealthy multinational determined to spear industrial hardware into their environment.
“In Ballyduff, families living close by were forced to leave their homes after the development breached planning regulations – the blades in the turbine were too long. Other residents are now complaining of nausea, tinnitus and insomnia.”
The Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) has said that how the industry has engaged with communities in the past is “not the way to do it”, referring to those negatively impacted by the development of wind farms.
President LR of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region wants to set stricter rules for wind power projects under the SRADDET, the regional scheme for development, sustainable development and territorial equality.
I am starting to wonder if a mystery noise around our house which drove us mad for months comes from the same box of tricks as wind farm turbines. A public petition raised in Scotland is trying to force the UK Government to investigate claims mysterious acoustic activity around wind farms is making people ill.
A Galloway resident has launched a petition calling for the full health implications of wind farms to be investigated before any more are built. Paul Swift said: “Thousands of people are living within 20 kilometres (12 miles) of a wind turbine and they may be suffering from health issues created by “infrasound.”
One of those conclusions is a clear link between medicine use and noise levels from wind turbines, said Aslak Harbo Poulsen, a researcher with the Danish Cancer Society. “Our studies have found that there is, certainly amongst older people, a link between wind turbine noise that can be measured outdoors and the likelihood of using a prescription for medicine to treat depression or difficulty sleeping,” Poulsen said.
Mr and Mrs Milne did not object to the development, as they were never given notice of them during the planning process. But the couple – who had considered building their own turbine on the land by their home – became so fed up with the noise that they complained to the council, and after being unsatisfied with the impact the noise notice issued, decided to go to Aberdeen Sheriff Court to get their own order.
Major concerns have been raised this week about natural habitats and the environment, as wind farm developers continue to seek planning permission for wind farms from local authorities around the country.
Lyndsey Ward called for a community veto on the projects. She said: “I am particularly furious that we have been targeted so many times despite making it quite clear the communities here are not interested. “We are not against development here but against the industrialisation that comes with wind development with their access tracks and substations.
Officials have been asked to approve plans for 29 new turbines, many up to 738 feet from ground to blade tip, on a site near Rothes. With 40 turbines there, and a further three green energy schemes proposed for the whisky heartland of Speyside, opponents are increasingly concerned about the impact.
The group is currently focusing its attention on the Clash Gour wind farm proposals, which could lead to 47 turbines up to 575ft tall being built about seven miles south of Forres. Developer Force 9 Energy has said the project could generate enough electricity to power up to 190,000 homes – while stressing the “unique” landscape of the area can accommodation a large wind farm with “careful design”.
A recent series of protests by a small number of people living close to the site at Bellacorick has highlighted wider concerns about the developers’ approach. “North Mayo has learned the meaning of community but the handling of this wind-farm project so far shows the State clearly has not,” says Brendan Lavelle of Keenagh Community Development.
Medical and scientific evidence is increasing that not only some animals, but also humans are able to perceive infrasound below the hearing threshold. This is not surprising actually, because "infrasound is an energy," explains Prof. Vahl, "And every energy has physical effects, whether you hear it or not."
Proposals to allow states to set their own setback rules and to abolish wind farms' privileges under German building laws have been presented to the federal council. North Rhine-Westphalia and Brandenburg’s suggestions were discussed in the country's upper house, the Bundesrat, on 19 October and could be voted on in December, according to the German wind energy association (BWE).
Scottish Government reporter Robert Seaton yesterday oversaw an inspection of the site of what would be the highest wind farm in Caithness. ...Mr Seaton was accompanied by representatives of the developer and Highland Council, whose objection triggered the inquiry.
Villagers from the far north coast of Scotland have travelled to Edinburgh to deliver a petition against plans to build two giant wind farms in a region known for its dramatic scenery. Locals fear the schemes, ...will have a “devastating” impact on the village of Reay and the Caithness countryside.
Although officers recommended approval of the application, a council report ahead of the meeting said: "It is considered that a case can be made that the cumulative impact would detract from the visual amenity enjoyed by users of Pen-y-fan Country Park."