Micro Wind Turbines: Another Big Headache For Big Oil

Distributed wind energy is starting to gain traction in many US cities, even while oil prices have been dropping. The multiple localised benefits of the technology cannot be ignored much longer.  This article was published in CleanTechnica. It can be … Continue reading Micro Wind Turbines: Another Big Headache For Big Oil

Sounds like a Wind Farm Ban

Ever wondered how much sound a wind turbine really makes? If you’ve not yet had an opportunity to experience it for yourself, Simon Mahan  makes some relative comparisons with the everyday sounds in our lives, and notes that sensible regulations afford a level of protection for nearby residents while allowing responsible wind energy development.

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General Electric - How loud is a wind turbine?
General Electric – How loud is a wind turbine?

Recent polling shows that over 70% of Americans support wind energy; yet the small number of wind energy opponents can be loud. Very loud, in fact. One way those anti-wind activists attack this American industry is by overstating how much sound wind turbines make. Continue reading “Sounds like a Wind Farm Ban”

Hepburn Community Wind Farm, Victoria

Is the Victorian government feeling the heat yet?

Support for renewable energy across Victoria isn’t something that’s restricted to any one sector of our diverse community, it’s embraced by people of all ages and from all walks of life. It’s not an alternative or minority viewpoint, it’s mainstream, … Continue reading Is the Victorian government feeling the heat yet?

Wind farms: A farmer’s point of view

What do farmers think of wind energy? Sheep farmer and prospective wind farmer from Crookwell, Charlie Prell, shares his views with Yes 2 Renewables:

GullenRange20130713There has been plenty of public discussion about my view on wind farms recently, some more accurate than others.  To set the record straight I want to clearly state my position to the community.

Firstly, I believe that humans are responsible for global warming which is leading to long-term climate change.  I also believe that we are obliged to try and do something about this, in the interests of our children and grand-children.

Secondly, wind turbines can make a significant contribution to reducing the amount of coal burnt to produce electricity.  This will reduce the amount of global warming that we face.  The situation in South Australia clearly demonstrates this. Continue reading “Wind farms: A farmer’s point of view”

Why new technology often attracts bad science

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peer_review_monster_flickr_Gideon_BurtonRecently, the New South Wales Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) approved Infigen Energy’s Bodangora Wind Farm development, southeast of Dubbo in NSW. The finding is a positive outcome – something the development team at Infigen Energy has worked on for four years.

In the past few years, community concerns have grown around the purported health impacts of wind energy. These fears have focused largely on wind farm infrasound – sound below a frequency of 20 hertz, and low-frequency sound, below 200 Hz. Organisations dedicated purely to propagating the theory that wind farms are responsible for an incredible range of symptoms (including “batteries on phones, cars, tractors, and cameras discharging very quickly”) focus on communities considering wind farm developments.

An article in the Daily Liberal, Wellington’s local newspaper, re-stated the claims of Waubra Foundation CEO Sarah Laurie, made at the PAC public meeting in Wellington, in July: Continue reading “Why new technology often attracts bad science”

The Conversation – New study: wind turbine syndrome is spread by scaremongers

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By Professor Simon Chapman, University of Sydney

h4znsnps-1363237625study of mine published last night delivers a double whammy to those who argue that wind turbines cause health problems in communities.

Earlier this week researchers at the University of Auckland published an experimental study showing that people primed by watching online information about health problems from wind turbines, reported more symptoms after being exposed to recorded infrasound or to sham (fake) infrasound.

The study provided powerful evidence for the nocebo hypothesis: the idea that anxiety and fear about wind turbines being spread about by anti-wind farm groups, will cause some people hearing this scary stuff to get those symptoms. Continue reading “The Conversation – New study: wind turbine syndrome is spread by scaremongers”

Living with wind farms: An international perspective

Ever wondered what it would be like to live near a wind farm?

The popular US blog, The Huffington Post, has published the account of Heidi Eijgel—a horse farmer from Alberta, Canada, who lives near 136 megawatt worth of wind turbines. David Dodge’s report on the issue offers a fresh, international perspective on people living with wind farms. Without further ado, here’s the article: Continue reading “Living with wind farms: An international perspective”

Report: the real cost of Baillieu's wind energy policy

Anti-windfarm laws: what are they costing Victoria?

Media Release, June 14 To mark World Wind Energy Day, which is June 15, Friends of the Earth are releasing an updated report on the costs of the Baillieu government’s 2011 anti-windfarm planning laws. The impact of implementing “no-go” zones … Continue reading Anti-windfarm laws: what are they costing Victoria?

NSW: wind supporters, speak up!

The opening for submissions on the NSW wind guidelines has brought out many supporters of wind to highlight some of the practical reasons why they think wind energy will benefit them and their community. Predictably, there are also numerous submissions … Continue reading NSW: wind supporters, speak up!

Inconsistent NSW wind farm Guidelines cut off clean energy options

Media Release, February 16 2012 The draft planning guidelines for wind farms in NSW, which are currently open for public comment, have been labelled inconsistent, too restrictive and politically motivated by environment group Friends of the Earth. “These guidelines talk … Continue reading Inconsistent NSW wind farm Guidelines cut off clean energy options