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Wind Energy Forum

A Wind Energy Forum

Conducted by the NH House Science, Technology, and Energy Committee  April 30th.

Our Goal: To become better informed by current research and experience on what an effective, efficient, and well balanced approval process should included by addressing:

● What costs and benefits need to be included in the review process.
● What are the difficulties in acquiring accurate data to assess costs and benefits.
● Are there existing evaluation guidelines that have proven useful in accessing specific impact areas. What are their strengths and
weaknesses.
● From concept to production, how well is the existing approval process serving the needs of New Hampshire.

Low Frequency Noise Health Effects

Low Frequency Noise Health Effects

Dec 18, 2012

Wind turbine issues include the impact of low frequency noise health effects on the inner ear leading to hearing damage, vertigo and more.

Here is an excerpt of an article regarding studies being done on this topic of Low Frequency Noise to get you started.  You can read the entire article here: LowFrequencyNoise

Two effects of Low Frequency Noise; dizziness and vertigo to start

Wind Turbine Effects on Birds and Bats Hearing 2

Wind Turbine Effects on Birds and Bats, among other concerns,  were debated at the  Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Oversight Hearing on “Gone with the Wind: Impacts of Wind Turbines on Birds and Bats”   Tuesday, May 1, 2007 10:00 AM

The following is part of the testimony of Dr. Michael Fry, Ph.D., Director, Birds and Pesticides, American Bird Conservancy of the Fish and Wild Life Service

It should be noted that Dr Fry is for wind power but stresses the importance that is being overlooked in being overly zealous; the wildlife effects.

Estimated Carbon Footprint of Wind Turbines in Groton Wind Project

It is difficult to say exactly what the carbon footprint of wind turbines for the Groton Wind Project would be but not difficult to make some reasonable estimations.

Here is a conversation sent to us by a gentlemen involved.  These are his guestimates and no more but it is not hard to follow the logic.

Estimated Carbon Footprint of Wind Turbines in Groton Wind Project

Iberdrola Town Meeting Notes

Iberdrola Town Meeting Notes

Dec 3, 2012

Iberdrola town meeting notes are from concerned citizens who have been present, alert and taking notes and pictures concerning the Wild Meadows Wind Project and its wind effects on the communities involved.  There are surely discrepancies from what interviews and newspaper articles report.  Decide for yourselves.

Recap of Iberdrola Wild Meadows Wind Project Open House in Grafton (11/13), Alexandria (11/14), Danbury (11/15):

Open House, which ran from 6:00-8:30pm, consisted of a series of stations that folks could visit. Each station contained information about the proposed project, including the impacted areas, visibility map, sound level determination, etc. There were no handouts available but a few pictures of their representations (see attachments) were taken.

Iberdrola Hardscrabble Complaint

Iberdrola Hardscrabble Complaint

Nov 19, 2012

The following is the summary of the Iberdrola Hardscrabble Complaint filed with the Supreme Court of NY.

SUMMARY OF COMPLAINT AGAINST IBERDROLA – SUPREME COURT, STATE OF NEW YORK

RE: HARDSCRABBLE WIND POWER PROJECT, HERKIMER COUNTY, NY – OCTOBER 22, 2012 (filed 10/24/12)

 FACTS

  1. 60 plaintiffs (not clear if it is 60 different homes as several share the same last name)
  2. Wind turbines being in close proximity to their homes
  3. All plaintiffs live within a mile of the wind farm

Wind Effects Noise

Wind Effects Noise

Nov 17, 2012

If you have ever heard a strong wind outside your wind you may find this article on wind effects noise interesting.  It is not about a small amount of almost charming, howling wind against the window while you snuggle up inside.  This is serious wind noise and it is being documented and studied in reference to wind farms.

The following is an excerpt, followed by a link to the whole story:

Industrial wind turbines (IWTs) are a new source of noise in previously quiet rural environments. Environmental noise is a public health concern, of which sleep disruption is a major factor. To compare sleep and general health outcomes between participants living close to IWTs and those living further away from them, participants living between 375 and 1400 m (n = 38) and 3.3 and 6.6 km (n = 41) from IWTs were enrolled in a stratified cross-sectional study involving two rural sites.

Wind Effects on Temperatures

Wind Effects on Temperatures

Nov 15, 2012

Wind effects on temperature may be the first of many scientific, documented pieces of evidence against wind turbines.  In the Northeast one thing that most people would agree upon would be that 1 degree higher of temperature change could do us good rather than harm.

We have enough of the cold for everyone.  But although that might sound like a positive, the truth be known, this is the first piece of evidence that wind farm project companies cannot chalk up to the economy, pre-existing health issues, placebo effects, pre-disposed opinions or changing times.

Wind effects on temperature and temperature changes that can be measured around wind turbines exist and are now documented.  Watch the report below and decide for yourself.