TrustPower offer payments to wind project neighbours

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New Zealand wind farm developer TrustPower is proposing to pay owners of properties neighbouring wind farms – as well as the turbine hosts – in a model it will likely adopt in other projects. Continue reading “TrustPower offer payments to wind project neighbours”

Do Wind Turbines Affect Property Values? No — or at Least “No Statistical Evidence” — Says New Hedonic Study

Published by Union of Concerned Scientists. View original article.

windnearhouses-380x233I noted in my recent post on wind turbines and tourism that a related issue, wind farms and property values, was also important to consider. A new study does just that, and finds “no statistical evidence” of effects.

The study is A Spatial Hedonic Analysis of the Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States, from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The author team included LBL experts, researchers from Texas A&M and San Diego State, and others.

The “hedonic” in the study title refers not to hedonism in the colloquial sense (think college students living it up during spring break), but to the amount of pleasure — or displeasure — that comes from a certain amenity, like a nearby park, or disamenity, like a garbage dump.

In this case, the question is where wind farms sit on the amenity-disamenity spectrum. Continue reading “Do Wind Turbines Affect Property Values? No — or at Least “No Statistical Evidence” — Says New Hedonic Study”

Pollie Watch: Angus Taylor cites skewed report on wind farms, land values

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Liberal member for Hume, Angus Taylor

The new Liberal member for Hume Angus Taylor has emerged as a staunch critic of wind energy and the national Renewable Energy Target.

Most recently, Taylor pounced on a report by a real estate valuer purporting to show wind farms deflate land value. The Goulburn Post published a letter by the MP on the matter.

Yes 2 Renewables contributor David Clarke send a rejoinder to The Goulburn Post toset the record straight: Continue reading “Pollie Watch: Angus Taylor cites skewed report on wind farms, land values”

Waubra Wednesday #6 – Locals tell their story about wind energy

WIND1_STORY_-_DEEP_HORIZONTAL_WIDE_F11671310_989459In September, independent filmmaker Neil Barrett released a short documentary presenting the views of people living near one of Australia’s largest wind farms, located in Waubra, Victoria.

The personal accounts Mr Barrett documents in The Way the Wind Blows demonstrates there is strong support for the wind farm within the Waubra community. The personal accounts tell a positive story and challenge the myths that have emerged about wind energy.

David Clarke is a councillor and Landcare volunteer who neighbours the Waubra wind farm. “We need to do something about our carbon footprint,” said Councillor Clake, “and to me [the wind farm] is a very logical thing to do.”

Clarke is right on this measure: The Waubra wind farm produces enough clean electricity for 143,000 households, more than enough to power Ballarat. The farm’s 128 wind turbines offset a massive 635,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year which would have been generated by burning coal in the LaTrobe Valley.  Continue reading “Waubra Wednesday #6 – Locals tell their story about wind energy”

Whipping up fear about wind farms: The property value stigma

Published in Renew Economy. View original article.

By Ketan Joshi, Research and Communications Officer at Infigen Energy, interested in scientific, technical and community issues surrounding renewable energy development. The views expressed above are his own, and not those of his employer.

You have three apples on your kitchen counter, nestled amongst various other fruit. Two are red, and one is green. Can we safely conclude that 66% of all apples are red? If you answered yes, then you’ll relish this article in the Australian Financial Review:

“Rural landholders across Australia may face a disappearing pool of buyers and plummeting values of up to 60 per cent because of neighbouring wind farms, a new, independent report has established.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe article references a mysterious report, which seems impossible to find anywhere online. I asked the author of the article where the report is published, but haven’t had a response. Reports that claim to demonstrate a reduction in property values from wind farms crop up a few times a year, and they invariably feature strong conclusions drawn from extremely weak evidence. Continue reading “Whipping up fear about wind farms: The property value stigma”

Waubra Wednesday #4 – Locals tell their story about wind energy

In September, independent filmmaker Neil Barrett released a short documentary presenting the views of people living near one of Australia’s largest wind farms, located in Waubra, Victoria. The personal accounts Mr Barrett documents in The Way the Wind Blows demonstrates there is strong support … Continue reading Waubra Wednesday #4 – Locals tell their story about wind energy

Waubra Wednesday #3 – Locals tell their story about wind energy

In September, independent filmmaker Neil Barrett released a short documentary presenting the views of people living near one of Australia’s largest wind farms, located in Waubra, Victoria. The personal accounts Mr Barrett documents in The Way the Wind Blows demonstrates there is strong support … Continue reading Waubra Wednesday #3 – Locals tell their story about wind energy

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”

Waubra locals set record straight on wind farm

WIND1_STORY_-_DEEP_HORIZONTAL_WIDE_F11671310_989459Those who have followed the rollout of wind energy in Australia would have heard of the quaint Victorian town of Waubra–the location of one of Australia’s largest wind farms. Producing enough clean electricity for 143,000 households, more than enough to power Ballarat, Waubra’s 128 wind turbines offset a massive 635,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year which would have been generated by burning coal in the LaTrobe Valley.

While the town should be known for its leadership role addressing climate change and repowering Australia with renewable energy, its name has been tarnished by anti-wind farm lobbyists.

In 2010, the Waubra Foundation was formed  by Peter Mitchell–a fossil fuel investor and wind farm opponent–and has unleashed a scare campaign about the alleged health risk of wind energy ever since. The organisation coopted the town’s name without consent of it residents. Unfortunately for locals, the town is linked to a so-called wind farm noise disease rather than its strong community and quality produce.

This all could be about the change.

Over a year in the making, independent filmmaker Neil Barrett has interviewed Waubra wind farmers, neighbours and locals to test the prevalence of negative views. Barratt has produced a short film entitled The Way The Wind Blows which counters the myths and gives locals a voice for the first time. The short film is a must view.  Continue reading “Waubra locals set record straight on wind farm”