Wind Power News: Complaints
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
GLENMORE – Glenmore’s Plan Commission is recommending a strong message to the owners of the Shirley Wind Farm: Stop annoying nearby residents, or risk losing your permit to operate in the town. By a 6-0 vote, the commission recommended Tuesday that the Town Board direct Duke Energy Renewables to work to eliminate a phenomenon, called “shadow flicker,” that has prompted complaints from some people living near the turbines at Shirley Wind. Under the recommendation, Duke would have 90 days to . . .
Eleven Chatham area water well owners have now filed interference complaints with the Ontario government following the start of construction on a 34 turbine wind power project near their farms. The Council of Canadians is demanding work stop on the project following the 11th complaint. The developer, North Kent Wind One, owned by Samsung Energy and Pattern Energy, started pile driving for the first turbine foundation in late June. Some of the 11 wells affected to date have become so . . .
Some nights, Sean Harris is sitting watching the TV and he thinks he hears the fridge humming. On other occasions, he has been out on the road around his home in Ballyduff in West Waterford, and the engine sounds as if it’s a car approaching him from behind. Those are the more benign effects of the Barnafaddock Wind Farm, as he sees it. He is not alone, but neither are his problems shared with huge numbers in his rural community. . . .
Planning regulation and inspection around windfarms is expected to come under further scrutiny following claims that a windfarm in Co Waterford was built with larger blades than allowed for. The Barnafaddock wind in Ballyduff Upper consists of 11 turbines, for which eight were granted permission to include blades of 90m in diameter. Three other turbines on Coillte lands have permission for a 103m diameter. However, residents have complained to Waterford City and County Council that the diameter on all the . . .
Gary Snell doesn’t want the North Ridge Wind Farm built. He makes no bones about it. But he was still surprised when he recently was served a legal notice from the developer. It claims he’s not fit to serve on the siting board that will rule on the wind farm. After all, he had county and town backing when appointed. “The siting board has a role of looking at all sides of the project, both pro and con. Avangrid wants . . .
Noise controls for a Manawatū wind farm will continue to be discussed with the microphones off after late-night discussions produced a possible solution. The Te Rere Hau wind farm operator NZ Windfarms arrived at the final day of a hearing on Thursday with new proposals for managing annoying noise that might satisfy the neighbours. Chief executive John Worth said they had been developed after “many hours” of discussion the night before with acoustic experts and affected neighbour Lee Huffman. The . . .
Two residents with very different views have described what it’s like to live near a noisy wind farm in Manawatū – one isn’t bothered by it, and the other wonders if “this saga is ever going to end”. Dr Lee Huffman has maintained a detailed log for 10 years, recording “whining”, “mechanical grinding”, a “whoosh” and a “roar” from the Te Rere Hau wind farm on the Tararua Range. Joseph Poff, on the other hand, has slated the Palmerston North . . .
Do wind turbines have an impact on your health? It’s a question, those on both sides of the debate, discussed Tuesday night at Bay Port High School. It’s been a constant discussion in Brown County after people living near the Shirley Wind Farm claim it’s negatively impacted their health. The wind turbines went up in 2010. The meeting was hosted by Brown County’s Human Services Committee and Board of Health. The chairman said the goal of the meeting was to . . .
Italian group Enel has suspended construction work on its 154MW Kafireas wind farm in southern Greece – set to be the nation’s largest – after the country’s Council of State issued a temporary order halting the project. A legal challenge by local group the Association for the Protection of the Environment in South Karistia, together with local residents, have brought a case against the Greek Ministry of Environment’s consent for the wind farm. The court has ruled that work on . . .
WISCONSIN – Four experts shared research on wind turbines and health at Bay Port High School on Tuesday night, as many residents who live in Shirley and Fond du Lac have complained that the wind turbines near their homes are hurting their quality of life. The panel was organized by Richard Schadewald, a Brown County supervisor who also serves as the chair of the Brown County Board of Health. He said he’s impartial to the issue, but understands the residents . . .