Videos from Wisconsin
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.
Duration: 4 minutes 23 seconds Clean Wisconsin takes that position because there are no "peer-reviewed" studies that link inaudible noise levels to human illness. "Their argument is a fallacy," countered Sen. Lasee. "Their argument just justifies their actions. Their argument just keeps them getting paid. And I think they're wrong-headed on this." Sen. Lasee is now pushing for more regulations on wind energy that could limit its future growth even more. "What I'd like to do is at the very least, follow the lead of Australia and have a mile and a quarter setback from anybody's property line," said Sen. Lasee.
Dick Koltz speaks about his regrets after signing on with wind developer, Invenergy, and explains the color "green" when it comes to wind developers. This clip is from a public forum at VanAbles, Town of Holland, Brown County Wisconsin on February 18, 2010. Duration: 4 minutes 38 seconds
This must-view video tells an important story of how turbines in Wisconsin are harming people and forcing them from their homes. At least eight families in Shirley, WI, in the Town of Glenmore just south of Green Bay, are reporting health problems and quality of life issues since the Shirley Wind project went online in December of 2010. Six families have come forward, five of them testify on the video, and at this time two of them have vacated their homes. STAND UP to protect people, livestock, pets, and wildlife against negligent and irresponsible placement of industrial wind turbines. The Shirley facility consists 8 Nordex 2.5 MW wind turbines (20 megawatts) located in Glenmore, Wisconsin. Duke Energy acquired the project from Central Hudson Enterprises Corporation. Duration: 23 minutes 59 seconds
A state senator is on a mission to make sure wind turbines don't hurt peoples' health. "We owe it to ourselves as legislators, and as a state and country, to not harm people when new things come down the pike," Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) said.
In this video, members of the Wisconsin wind siting council discuss the necessity of establishing a safety setback from large wind turbines. Two council members representing groups that lobby on behalf of wind development believe, in this case, that safety is a relative term. They do not believe safety is an issue when it comes to siting turbines, and argue the term "courtesy setback" is more appropriate. Duration: 7 minutes 19 seconds
Fond du Lac County farmer Allan Haas hosts three turbines erected by WE Energies. In the video he discusses the degradation of his crop production near the turbines, the sleepless nights, and the impact of turbine noise on health and community relations. Duration: 4 minutes 43 seconds
Tim Harmann of Brown County Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy interviews a resident living near the WE Energies wind energy facility in Fond du Lac County. The resident is clear the turbine noise makes living with the towers unbearable. Duration: 2 minutes 15 seconds
Carl V. Phillips MPP, PhD, an Epidemiologist formerly from the University of Alberta School of Public Health provided this powerful testimony before the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. Duration: 5 minutes 40 seconds
If you walked out of your home every morning and saw wind turbines in every which direction, is it a sight you would get used to? Reporter Lou Hillman of WLUK-TV in Wisconsin asks residents living near a wind facility in the State.
Here's a mystery, why would bats known for stealth flying skills, that allows them to sense something as small as a human hair have a problem avoiding huge wind turbines? New research reveals what's happening. Reporter Jo Garrett talks with one of Wisconsin's leading bat experts who is helping to unravel the mystery. Duration: 6 minutes 51 seconds
The state of Wisconsin permits 400 foot tall turbines to be sited 1000 feet from the homes of non-participating residents. Towns and counties can adopt stricter standards provided it can be demonstrated the health and safety of the residents might be at risk. As of March, 2009 there is pending legislation which would strip towns, villages and counties of the ability to create more protective ordinances than those approved by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC). This video is one in a series intended to help Wisconsin legislators understand why the PSC's setbacks and noise limits are not sufficiently adequate to protect residents from noise, shadow-flicker and other problems associated with poorly sited industrial wind turbines. Duration: 4 minutes 7 seconds
At the time when this video was made, the state of Wisconsin allowed 400 foot tall turbines to be sited 1000 feet from non-participating residents homes unless a town or county adopted an ordinance which gave residents greater protection for reasons of health and safety. In 2009, legislation was passed by the State that stripped towns, villages and counties of the ability to create more protective ordinances than those approved by the Public Service Commission. This video was one in a series intended to help Wisconsin legislators understand why the PSC's setbacks and noise limits were not adequate enough to protect residents from noise, shadow-flicker and other problems associated with poorly sited industrial wind turbines. Duration: 4 minutes 8 seconds
Following the construction of a wind energy facility, the only way to determine the number of birds and bats killed by the facility is to search the ground beneath the turbines for lifeless carcasses. This video captures the ramblings of a woman hired by Forward Energy to search for dead animals. The turbine facility was erected in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin and went online during the first quarter 2008. It's built adjacent to the Horicon Marsh wildlife refuge, the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States, renowned for its migrant flocks of Canada geese. The Horicon it is also home to more than 260 species of birds. Due to its importance to wildlife, the Horicon Marsh has been designated a "Wetland of International Importance" and a "Globally Important Bird Area". Its significance as a wildlife area was not sufficient grounds to delay the wind project for further study. Duration: 8 minutes 55 seconds
Video by Gerry Myer, town of Byron, Wisconsin. Residents inside this industrial wind farm in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin were told ice throw from turbine blades would not be a problem because the turbines automatically shut down when ice and snow build up on the blades. The turbines are 400 feet tall, with a blade span wider than a 747. They appear to be turning slowly because they are so large, but the tip speed on the blades ranges from 90 to 180 miles an hour. Even a small piece of ice thrown at that speed presents a hazard. Wind developers downplayed the problem during the permitting process for this wind farm, saying ice throw is not anything to worry about. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin took their word for it. These turbines went on line in March of 2008.
Residents inside this industrial wind farm in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin were told that noise from the turbines wouldn't be a problem with a setback of 1000 feet. The Meyer family who lives near the town of Byron, in Fond du Lac County Wisconsin tells us differently.
Residents inside this industrial wind farm in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin were told that ice throw from turbine blades isn't a problem. They were told that if ice forms on the blades, the turbine automatically shuts down. After seeing a piece of ice the size of a bed sheet come flying down from this wind turbine, the resident who shot this video decided to get out his video camera.
In Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, in spite of what wind developers and wind lobbyists assert, 1000-foot setbacks are not a sufficient distance between homes and wind turbines that are 40 stories tall. There are indeed problems with noise and shadow flicker at this distance. Ask people in the town of Byron in Fond du Lac what they think of the 1000 foot setback. Duration: 2 minutes 37 seconds
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A registered nurse in Wisconsin tells what it's like to live near a wind energy facility. She can see over twenty industrial wind turbines from her house. She discusses the impacts of the turbines on her property value and on the community since the facility went on line in March, 2008. Duration: 6 minutes 26 seconds