Wind concerns addressed at forum in Grafton, Vermont

What are the impacts of wind turbine developments on water in nearby communities?

That was the main topic at the third in a series of forums held in Grafton, Vermont, regarding a potential wind development project by the Spanish company Iberdrola Renewables. Continue reading

23 Texas wind farm hosts sue over noise, nuisance

In what may be an unprecedented move, 23 Texans who host wind turbines on their property have filed suit against two different wind farm developers, claiming that companies “carelessly and negligently failed to adequately disclose the true nature and effects that the wind turbines would have on the community, including the plaintiffs’ homes.”

The plaintiffs host hundreds of turbines on projects developed by Duke Energy and E.ON, and as a Duke spokesman noted, they did consent to the placement of the turbines.  However, the lawsuit stresses that the companies told residents the turbines “would not be noisy, would not adversely impact neighboring houses and there would not be any potential health risk.” Continue reading

Permit for Richfield wind project annulled for the second time

A special-use permit issued to Ridgeline Energy — to install six 492-foot-tall turbines along Route 20 in the Town of Richfield — was recently annulled by the New York State supreme court.

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As if it’s not cold enough — this is chilling!

About 60 people gathered recently in Grafton, Vermont, for the second in a series of three wind forums, this one focused largely on the value of properties located near wind projects.

•  In a study by McCann Appraisal, LLC in Lee County, Ill., the average price per square foot for a home outside two miles of the wind project was $104.72. For those that were within two miles of the project the average sale price was $78.84 per square foot — a decline in value of approximately 25 percent.

•  A couple who lives 3,800 feet from the Georgia Wind project — a project which includes only FOUR tubines — are affected by noise from the turbines and filed an appeal in July 2013 to the Board of Civil Authority to have their home reappraised. “The committee recommended the property-assessed value by the town be reduced by 12 percent.”

Click here to read the article from the Brattleboro Reformer

Interior Dept. Rule Greenlights Eagle Slaughter at Wind Farms, Says Audubon CEO

New Rule Will Authorize 30-Year Permits for Killing America’s National Bird

Dec 5, 2013

In a stunningly bad move for eagles, the U.S. Department of the Interior has finalized a new rule that would make it possible to grant wind energy companies 30-year permits to kill Bald and Golden eagles. Audubon’s CEO released the following statement:

“Instead of balancing the need for conservation and renewable energy, Interior wrote the wind industry a blank check,” said Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold. “It’s outrageous that the government is sanctioning the killing of America’s symbol, the Bald Eagle. Audubon will continue to look for reasonable, thoughtful partners to wean America off fossil fuels because that should be everyone’s highest priority. We have no choice but to challenge this decision, and all options are on the table.”

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Powering Down the Wind Subsidy

How Congress can achieve something by doing nothing.

The Wall Street Journal, December 12, 2013

The media are saying that the 113th Congress is on track to be “the least productive” on record—as if that’s bad for the country. Let’s hope gridlock lasts long enough to kill the crony capitalist special known as the wind production tax credit.

This subsidy that was supposed to be temporary is now 20 years old, providing a taxpayer gift to wind companies of 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour. The handout would cost $18 billion over the next five years. The good news is that it is due to expire on December 31 unless Congress acts to extend it, so House Republicans can accomplish something for taxpayers by doing nothing. Continue reading

Wind power opponents say studies are flawed

by Jack Deming
The Deerfield Valley News, December 2, 2013

TOWNSHEND – “The neighbors count, no matter what.” That was the message Stephen Ambrose brought to a discussion on the negative impact of wind power Friday night, hosted by Vermonters for a Clean Environment.

Ambrose also brought 35 years of environmental noise-consulting experience to the United Church of Christ, where he was joined by local politicians, as well as Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire residents, all affected by the construction of windmills near their homes.

Ambrose explained that the system by which companies like Iberdrola Renewables perform noise studies is often flawed. Turbulence and decibels are often recorded near the base of trees where levels are lower, along with distances as close as 50 feet away. Ambrose says the correct way to monitor the sound output of wind turbines is to use hemispherical divergence, which shows a drop of six decibels by every distance doubled. “You need to get away by 400 feet before you can start to listen,” said Ambrose. “At nighttime you need to be 1,000 feet away.” Continue reading