Industrial Wind Power Concerns and Issues

Wind turbines impact the environments they inhabit.  Click on the pictures below for more information:

Industrial wind destroys wild life and wild life habitat.

“Chilling Statistics,” Mark Duchamp. posted on iberica

“New Jersey Audubon Society’s Position Paper on Wind Power Energy,” July, 2003

WV Wind Project Bat Kill – 250+ and Counting

“Wind Power Impacts on Wildlife and Government Responsibilities for Regulating Development and Protecting Wildlife,” United States Government Accountability Office, September, 2005

Industrial wind negatively impacts quality of life – noise, aesthetics, personal stories, loss of access to the mountain.

Environmentally Responsible Wind Power Act by Senator Lamar Alexander, June 10, 2005

Excerpts from the Final Report of the Township of Lincoln Wind Turbine Moratorium Committee,” July, 2001.

“French Academy of Medicine Warns of Wind Turbine Noise,” from, March 25, 2006

“Health Effects of Wind Turbine Noise,” Nina Pierpont, February 4, 2006

Health, hazard, and quality of life near wind power installations – How close is too close?” Nina Pierpont, March 1, 2005

“An Investigation on the Physiological and Psychological Effects of Infrasound on Persons,” Chen Yuan Huang Qibal and Hanmin Shi, March, 2004

“Life Under a Wind Plant” a DVD,  Comments by Producer Jon Boone

“Our Fenner Wind Farm Story, ” Pamela Foringer, Fenner , New York , Autumn 2004

“Running From the Wind,” Information Morning, CBS Nova Scotia Radio Interview, March 22, 2006

“The Sound of High Winds and the Effect of Atmospheric Stability on Wind Turbine Sound and Microphone Noise,” G. P.. van den Berg, Dissertation, 2006

“Wind Turbine Noise Issues: A Comprehensive Overview,” Catherine M. Lawton, March 11, 2004

“Wind Farms and their Effecits on Public Radio Systems,” White Paper, February 24, 2005

Industrial wind does not live up to its promise.

“The Dash for Wind. West Denmark’s Experience and UK’s Energy Aspirations” Hugh Sharman

“E.ON NETZ Wind Report 2005

“E.ON NETZ Wind Report 2005 Shows UK Renewables Policy is Mistaken,” Renewable Energy Foundation, London, England

The Poor Record of the Searsburg, Vermont Wind Plant, ” report and expansion of Eleanor Tillinghast’s article on Searsburg’s record

The Truth: Industrial Wind Power is NOT the answer,” Hugh T. Kemper, South Londonderry, VT, June 2005

“Wind Energy Will Not Reduce US Oil Dependence,” Glenn R. Schleede, December 1, 2004

“Wind Power in West Denmark: Lessons for the UK.” Dr. V.C. Mason, Oct. 2005,

Economics of wind power .

“Distorting the Wealth of Nature: Subsidies and Favoritism for Energy,” Thomas Tanton, PERC Reports

“House price chills in the wind,” EDP24, (UK), November 4, 2004

The natural foods grocery chain, Whole Foods, failed to do its homework when it agreed to buy “wind energy” and, thereby, launch the nation’s largest demonstration to date of “green energy” pseudo-environmentalism!” An analysis of Whole Foods’ January 9, 2006, “wind energy” Purchase by Glenn R. Schleede, January 27, 2006

“Tilting at Windmills: The economics of wind power,” by David Simpson, The David Hume Institute, Hume Occasional Paper No. 65, April 2004.

Free But Costly: An Economic Analysis of a Wind Farm in Nantucket Sound, ” by Douglas Giuffre, Jonathan Haughton, and David G. Tuerck, The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University. Review of two Beacon Hill Reports by Hugh Kemper Kemper document is in Word

“Why Renewable Energy is Not Cheap and Not Green,” Robert Bradley, Jr., Cato Policy Analysis No. 280

Industrial wind has unresolved technical problems.

Challenges and Costs of Integrating Growing Amounts of Wind Power Capacity into the Grid,”- Some Experiences Dealing with 12000 MW in Germany,”  Due to the fluctuating nature of wind, feed-in of growing amounts of wind generated power into the grid causes challenges and costs. Currently, in Germany , these costs are paid by the government, contributing to the very high electric rates in Germany

“The Costs of a Windless Day,” Electric Perspectives, May 5, 2005

“A Practical Analysis of the Merits of Wind Power on Glebe (Magic) Mountain, ” by Fergus Smith, Londonderry resident

“Insects can halve wind-turbine power,” Nature, 2 July 2001

“Strong Wind Uncovers Weakness,” Teresa Hansen, Power Engineering Magaazine

“Risk of Wind Turbine Ice Throw and Required Safety Setbacks etc...” Letter by Catherine Lawton to the a.ttorney representing Addison Wind Energy on the developer’s failure to represent accurately a number  of dangers associated with the icing of the blades of industrial wind turbines. December, 2003

Industrial wind is costly for rate payers and tax payers – though very profitable for developers.

About Green Tags – from the Kirby Mountain Blog Spot

“What are green tags?”

Green tags: breathtaking gall, deflating gullibility”

Analysis of the Cost of Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 158,000 tons at Gray County Wind Farm in Kansas” by Tom Hewson, January, 2005

“‘Big Money’” Discovers the Huge Tax Breaks and Subsidies for “Wind Energy” While Taxpayers and Electric Customers Pick Up the Tab,” Glenn Schleede, April 14, 2005

“The Business of the Proposed Wind Turbines on Glebe Mountain,” William B. Thomson, High Acres Financing, L.L.C., October 24, 2005

Creative Financing Structures Provide Breath of Fresh Air for Wind Power Projects, ” by Nandan Nelivigi, Partner, White & Case LLP,  Energy Pulse

“Misplaced State Government Faith in “Wind Energy,” - – This Time by the Kansas Energy Council,” An Analysis and Report by Glenn R. Schleede, March 1, 2005

“Wind Energy’s Colossal Profits at the Taxpayer’s Colossal Expense: A Study for New York State,” Prepared by RAW (Residents Against Windfarms) Deal, WOW (We Oppose Windfarms) and North Country Advocates, January 30, 2006

“Wind turbines – failed technology buys big tax breaks for big oil,” Sue Brander, Richfield Springs, NY, Mercury, December 8, 2005

Links to comprehensive articles on other sites.

A Problem With Wind Power,” This article discusses the growing disappointment with wind as an effective power source. It contains links to  articles that explain in more detail the issues raised by the author, Eric Rosenbloom.

“The Case Against Wind Farms”

Wind Turbines Defined, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Catching the Wind, Parts One, Two and Three” a media program produced by Living on Earth, July 22, 2005

Vermont Electric Plan – 2005

Wind Energy and Other Renewable Energy Development on ANR Lands,” December, 2004

Other Projects
Biological Diversity- ALTAMONT PASS

Save Our Sound – Nantucket, MA

Untgruden wind farm off the shores of Sweden

Existing and Proposed Wind Power Sites in PA , WV & OK

Country Guardian – UK

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Wind Turbine  Height Comparison