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Energy Payback: Comparative life cycle assessment of 2.0 MW wind turbines

July 10, 2014,   by Karl R. Haapala and Preedanood Prempreeda

The energy payback period for the two turbine models are found to be 5.2 and 6.4 months, respectively.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Ontario's Wolfe Island Wind Farm Self-Guided Walking Tour

June 15, 2014,  

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kingston Environmental Committee in collaboration with Tourism Kingston and Tourism Wolfe Island.

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

CBC: Ontario election 2014: Vote Compass users reveal split on wind power

June 5, 2014,  

Vote Compass users overall say wind energy should be a significant source of Ontario’s electricity supply mix - but that view is not shared by respondents who identified as supporters of the...

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Truth Out: Anti-Wind--Stealing our Sympathy

May 29, 2014,   by Sarah Taylor

If we allow ourselves to be deceived by the fossil-fuel industry and their fabricated worries about birds, then we will be refusing to look the future squarely in the face. We must end our addiction...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

DECC survey reveals massive support for onshore wind compared to nuclear and fracking

April 29, 2014,   by Dave Toke

As detailed below, the Government's survey shows that the public is much more supportive of onshore wind - the technology they are determined to curb - compared to the technologies to which they want...

Category: Renewable Energy, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Teapots, Dilutions and Infrasound: The Negative Proof Conundrum

April 14, 2014,   by Ketan Joshi

We can't prove negatives. If I tell you that there's a teapot orbiting Earth, and you can't provide evidence that there isn't, it doesn't mean that I'm right, or that there's a 50/50 chance that I'm...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

How communities end up divided over wind energy

April 14, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

In general, wind energy proposals were started by wind developers and firms who saw clearly that there was massive social license for wind farms in every survey and poll ever done. They typically...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Etwas Luft: The Contours of Misinformation [about Wind Energy]

March 24, 2014,   by Ketan Joshi

Recently, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) released a comprehensive position statement on the curiously invulnerable issue of 'wind turbine syndrome'. One phrase from the statement caught my...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Windustrious Cleveland: Opposition to Wind Power--A New Twist

March 19, 2014,   by Sarah Taylor

A proposed wind turbine installation near Camp Perry in Northwestern Ohio has recently been halted (see article) by environmental groups that turn out to have connections to the oil, gas and tourism...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

2014 Annual Windmill-Wildflower Hike Planned for Tehachapi--29th Annual Walk--May 10, 2014

March 11, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Tehachapi’s Windmill-Wildflower Hike is one of the longest-running annual walks among wind turbines worldwide. More than 800 people, from children to octogenarians, have taken the six-mile walk...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

RenewableUK: The effect of wind farms on house prices

March 1, 2014,   by RenewableUK and Cebr

Our analysis of the raw house price data for transactions completed within the vicinity of the wind farms yielded no evidence that prices had been affected by either the announcement, construction or...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Property Values? Evidence is that if wind farms do impact them, it’s positively.

January 13, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

These are real fears of unreal things. They are strongly promoted by anti-wind advocacy groups. It is strongly arguable that anti-wind advocates drive down property prices in the run up to wind farms...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Massachusetts Study Finds Property Values Increase Slightly Near Operating Wind Turbines

January 9, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

In a surprising finding, a joint study by the University of Connecticut andLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center concluded that property values increased...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Relationship between Wind Turbines and Residential Property Values in Massachusetts

January 9, 2014,   by University of Connecticut and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

An analysis of more than 122,000 Massachusetts home sales between 1998 and 2012 found no statistically-significant evidence that proximity to a wind turbine affects home values.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Star Phoenix: Your anti-wind hot air deflector

January 7, 2014,   by Paul Hanley

Tired of hearing these comments about renewable power, but don't know how to reply? Saskatoon Community Wind has come up with a list of common wind power myths along with snappy responses.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Barnard on Wind: in their own words: People living among and near wind farms on video

December 9, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

People have been living with utility-scale wind turbines for 50 years. Now they have great video cameras on their iPhones and access to YouTube and Vimeo. Here are a great bunch of videos where...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Renewables International: Acceptance of wind turbines increases with familiarity

December 5, 2013,   by Craig Morris

A new survey finds that the wind turbines in Freiburg, Germany, are once again very popular after a brief concern over the impact on bats. The strangest thing was the timing of the bat issue.

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

San Gorgonio Pass and the “Abandoned Wind Turbines” Near Palm Springs, California—an Update

November 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The old canard of 14,000 abandoned wind turbines in California came up again recently in Australia of all places. A rabid anti-wind blogger—seems the Aussies have a good crop of them downunder—posted...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

New Entries in Cultural Icons of Wind Turbines

October 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I've added several new categories of cultural icons featuring wind turbines and updated some others. I've added categories for Book and Magazine Covers, Organic Chicken, Toys & Model Railroads, Pop...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Grist: Turbine tourism: Bus tours of a wind-energy park are a big hit

October 22, 2013,   by John Upton

Michigan now has nearly 900 wind turbines, and that lit a lightbulb in the entrepreneurial mind of retired teacher Gene Jorissen. Last summer, he started leading hour-long bus tours of the...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

VicWind: Waubra - The Way the Wind Blows: Waubra’s residents tell their stories

October 5, 2013,   by Neil Barrett

Since the Waubra wind farm started generating power in 2009, the town has acquired a dubious reputation: the so-called `Waubra Disease’ is now known internationally. But how much sense does it make? ...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Renewables International: People for wind power

September 30, 2013,   by Craig Morris

In Scotland, the first 100 percent co-op-owned wind turbine is going up, and in Australia, a new video shows how much locals enjoy the wind turbines on their land.

Category: News on Community Power, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

CBC: 9 leading causes of bird deaths in Canada

September 30, 2013,  

Somewhat surprisingly, the oil and gas industry and wind turbines, which have both been blamed for causing bird deaths, didn't make it onto the list of top killers.

Category: Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

CBC: 7,500 bird deaths at gas plant unusual

September 19, 2013,  

Peter Marra was responding to the deaths of an estimated 7,500 migrating songbirds at a gas plant in Saint John, New Brunswick over the weekend.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Have five minutes? Correct anti-wind myths in articles and comments

September 12, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Have you read an article or comment thread online that contains anti-wind myths and disinformation but didn’t have the resources at your fingertips to counter the spin? This post is intended to let...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Esperance Wind farms take precedence in utility generation

September 11, 2013,   by Neville Selby

Most of the time, Esperance uses all the electricity the wind farms produce, and the power station makes up any shortfall so that a reliable supply of electricity is always available.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Grid Integration

Le bruit de l'éolien, rumeurs, cancans, mensonges et petites histoires—A Review

August 31, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Wind Turbine Noise: Rumors, Gossip, Lies, and Stories-- is a lovely little book--56 pages—I’ve had on the shelf for some time with the intent of reviewing it for its insights on the nature of...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Reviews of Wind Books en Francais, Book Reviews of Books en Francais, book Reviews

Iceland Review: Icelanders Support Wind Energy Poll Shows

August 30, 2013,  

More than 80 percent of Icelanders support the construction of wind turbines for energy production, as indicated in a recent survey carried out by Capacent Gallup on behalf of Landsvirkjun, the...

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Trout Unlimited: Why Trout Fishermen should be excited about Wind Turbines

August 26, 2013,   by Shane Cross

As sportsmen we support oil and gas producers who develop energy responsibly. And we should support renewable energy projects that will help reduce climate change and protect our hunting and fishing...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

LBNL: Analysis of the Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States

August 23, 2013,   by Ben Hoen, Jason P. Brown, Thomas Jackson, Ryan Wiser, Mark Thayer and Peter Capp

Berkeley Lab analyzed more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities in 27 counties across nine U.S. states. In summary, the research did not find any statistically identifiable impacts of wind...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Renew Economy: How wind displaced coal in Spain

August 18, 2013,   by Giles Parkinson

Goldman Sachs says Spain is a good example of how increases in renewable energy production has to be offset by a lower average load among fossil fuel plants. “Rising generation from solar plants in...

Category: Renewable Energy, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Power Plant Decommissioning and Dismantling: PG&E’s Kern River Power Plant—28 Years and Waiting

August 5, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The question about what to do with wind turbines after they’ve reached the end of their useful lives is often raised out of fear that derelict wind turbines will litter the landscape. As I’ve...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

Decommissioning and Dismantling Wind Turbines and Wind Plants

August 4, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Because of a flood of misinformation about what it costs to dismantle wind turbines, I’ve chosen to post a section from my 1995 book on the topic. Note that this was written nearly two decades ago.[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Renewables International: Impact of wind turbines on tourism

August 2, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Jürgen Peters, Professor of Sustainable Development at Eberswalde College in Germany, found (PDF) that 32 percent of tourists and locals do not mind wind turbines at all, while only 9.2 percent do....

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, News on Wind Energy

Renewables International: Impact of wind turbines on tourism

August 2, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Jürgen Peters, Professor of Sustainable Development at Eberswalde College in Germany, found (PDF) that 32 percent of tourists and locals do not mind wind turbines at all, while only 9.2 percent do....

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, News on Wind Energy

REM: Anti-wind farm propaganda dismissed by Advertising Standards Agency

July 30, 2013,   by Robin Whitlock

In a significant victory for the UK wind sector over anti-wind propagandists, the UK Advertising Standards Authority have banned a leaflet stating that a 5.4MW wind farm planned for Wiltshire would...

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Guardian: The right's anti-wind campaign is pure scaremongering

July 23, 2013,   by John Quiggin

Climate change is a debacle for the Australian right. Their tribal hatred of environmentalists has driven them to denounce any technology favoured by their enemies

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

New Western study suggest winds of change may be blowing for wind turbines

July 22, 2013,  

Jamie Baxter from Western's Department of Geography and his team explore the conundrum that while a relatively strong majority of rural Ontarians actually living with turbines in their farming...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

London (Ontario) Free Press: Existing wind energy developments supported

July 22, 2013,   by Norman DeBono

Researchers found 69% of residents surveyed in an area home to one of Ontario’s first large turbine projects support them, but support dropped to 25% in a community that didn’t have turbines, said...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Renewables International: A look at anti-wind campaigners in Germany

July 15, 2013,   by Craig Morris

In short, the BBC journalist practiced "fair and balanced" journalism. If there are people who want wind power, there must be some who oppose it. In doing so, the BBC gave a tremendous voice to a...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Guardian: Turbine company and green groups to fight anti-windfarm campaign

June 16, 2013,   by Lenore Taylor

The world's biggest wind turbine manufacturer is joining forces with environmental groups in a global campaign to rouse the "silent majority" of people who support renewable energy to fight back...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Energy from the Heavens: Franz Alt on Wind Energy

May 1, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Theologian, popular author, renewables activist, TV personality, Franz Alt is something of a phenomenon in Germany. Unfortunately for us Anglophones, Alt writes only in German. So it was a pleasant...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

Anti-wind farm lobby claims break all laws of physics

April 21, 2013,   by Stephen Luntz

The case of the increasingly vocal lobby groups against wind farms in populated areas is based on the idea that widely accepted scientific principles are wrong. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Sharp decline in 2012 [Danish] CO2 emissions

March 22, 2013,  

Danes are consuming more renewable energy and less fossil fuels and emitting less CO2, 2012 energy statistics show. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Renewable Energy

ind turbines pay back total environmental ‘debt’ in under six months

March 9, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

One of the B movie unkillable wind energy myths — it just keeps coming back even after it’s been run over by truckloads of facts, disembowelled by logic and burnt to a crisp by the light of reason —...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Carbon Brief: "We've managed these things in the past, and managed them quite well" - an interview with Richard Smith of National Grid

March 8, 2013,   by Robin Webster

Dismissing this as one of the "flakier arguments" in the renewables debate, Smith points to a recent analysis National Grid undertook for the Scottish Parliament. It concluded that over an 18 month...

Category: Grid Integration, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Public Acceptance of the Potato and What it Tells Us about the Acceptance of Wind Energy

March 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The lowly potato has a story to tell and it's a parable about modern attitudes toward wind energy. . .[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind farm end of life? Repowering or benign decommissioning

March 6, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

As such, wind farms will generally see replacement of old turbines and emplacement of new wind turbines in adjacent areas. This has been the case in major wind farm areas in California, Nevada,...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind energy reduces green house gas emissions

March 5, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind farms: good for ground water too

March 5, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Anti-wind lobbyists claim more than 1 in 20 wind turbines permanently inactive. They’re wrong, as usual

March 3, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

There’s an anti-wind energy myth floating around that refuses to die. The most recent siting was in the official policy of an Australian political party, the Democratic Labour Party of Australia....

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Mike Barnard: Parasitic power and wind turbines. Sounds scary, but what’s the real story?

March 2, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

There are about 240,000 wind turbines generating economically sound electricity world-wide today. But some anti-wind lobbyists claim that wind turbines consume 50% or more of the electricity that...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Scurvy and What it Can Tell Us About Opposition to Climate Change & Renewable Energy

February 26, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Just Because a Better Mousetrap is Known Doesn’t Mean it will be Used When There’s a Vested Financial Interest in the Status Quo . . .[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Guardian: Media campaign against windfarms funded by anonymous conservatives

February 15, 2013,   by Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent

Secretive funding network channelled millions to stop state governments moving towards renewable energy

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Australians report infrasound levels near wind farms and in other environments: a summary of findings

February 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The Environment Protection Authority issued a report 31 January 2013 on the  Infrasound levels near windfarms and in other environments. The report is another nail in the coffin of anti-wind...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Independent: Questions remain over 'rent-a-crowd' wind farm protest

January 30, 2013,  

Cancelled rally may be latest example of US big business funding grassroots opposition groups in the UK . . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Do wind turbines reduce the value of nearby properties?

January 28, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Four major and statistically reliable studies by different respected and independent organizations in different countries spread over a decade have found no correlation between operating wind...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Top climate scientist denounces billionaires over funding for climate-sceptic organisations

January 25, 2013,  

A climate scientist who says he has been subjected to a vitriolic hate campaign has denounced the way that American billionaires have been able to secretly finance the climate-sceptic organisations...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Independent: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science

January 24, 2013,  

Audit trail reveals that donors linked to fossil fuel industry are backing global warming sceptics . . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Independent: How the 'Kochtopus' stifled green debate

January 24, 2013,  

Behind the climate 'countermovement' are two billionaire brothers . . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Ontario Highlands Friends of Wind Power: For every appraisal there is an equal and opposite appraisal

October 31, 2012,  

In the last few weeks, Ben Lansink released two documents on the Wind Concerns Ontario and Ontario Wind Resistance websites. Mr. Lansink is an accredited appraiser and declares that his documents...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Guardian: UK public favours wind turbines over shale gas wells, poll finds

October 23, 2012,  

More than two-thirds of people would rather have a wind turbine than a shale gas well near their home, according to a new opinion poll published on Tuesday. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

UK Wind Power "Debate" : Latest Debunking

October 23, 2012,   by Jérôme Guillet

The deceptively-named Global Warming Policy Foundation (often mentioned on ET, try here and here) think-tanks on climate change (obfuscation), renewable energy (opposition), and conventional energy...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Grid Integration

ICM: Community owned renewable energy

October 19, 2012,  

Of the 2027 GB adults interviewed 68% said they would be likely to support local renewable energy projects, including wind turbines, if they were 100% owned and controlled by the community with all...

Category: News on Community Power, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Guardian: It's a myth that wind turbines don't reduce carbon emissions

September 26, 2012,  

Conclusive figures show that the sceptics who lobby against wind power simply have their facts wrong. . .

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

IPPR: Beyond the bluster: Why wind power is an effective technology

August 30, 2012,  

It shows unequivocally that wind power can significantly reduce carbon emissions, is reliable, poses no threat to energy security, and is technically capable of providing a significant proportion of...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Grid Integration

Guardian: Wind power study says opponents' claims are unfounded

August 29, 2012,  

Report from thinktank IPPR says wind power is an efficient and reliable energy source, contrary to claims made against it. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

Orangeville Citizen: Doctors support turbines, criticize fossil, nuclear options

August 9, 2012,  

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) is describing Health Canada’s study of health impacts from wind turbines as “superfluous (and) a waste of time and a waste of public...

Category: Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Damian Carrington: Why there's only one honest objection to wind farms

June 21, 2012,  

The daft claim that wind subsidies have driven 50,000 people into fuel poverty exemplifies the dishonesty of most objections . . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Wind Energy & the Environment, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Mike Barnard: Fourteen wind energy myths debunked

June 19, 2012,  

How many ways can you misinform, distort and spin in a single radio interview? On 9 May, 2011, Max Rheese, executive director of the organisation with the grossly misleading name Australian...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Getting the Wind Up: Exploring the concerns about adverse health effects of wind power in Australia and Europe

June 13, 2012,   by Neil Barrett

Denmark and Germany provide evidence of a different kind: despite the presence of 30,000 wind turbines in these two countries, adverse health effects are not a significant issue in either country. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

Neil Barrett's Getting the Wind Up: Exploring the concerns about adverse health effects of wind power in Australia and Europe

June 13, 2012,  

Denmark and Germany provide evidence of a different kind: despite the presence of 30,000 wind turbines in these two countries, adverse health effects are not a significant issue in either country. ....

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The Independent: Wind farms 'have major economic benefit'

June 5, 2012,  

Onshore wind farms, recently under attack from leading conservationists for damaging the countryside, can bring significant economic benefits locally and nationally, as well as contributing to the...

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Britain's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Plans Large Wind Turbine

June 4, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Britian's principal bird-protection society has announced plans to install a large wind turbine. The move may be unique in the English-speaking world where anti-wind lobbyists have argued that wind...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Guardian: Conservative thinktanks step up attacks against clean energy

May 22, 2012,  

A confidential strategy memo seen by the Guardian advises using "subversion" to build a national movement of wind farm protesters. The strategy proposal was prepared by a fellow of the American...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Removal of 37 Abandoned Mitsubishi Wind Turbines on Hawaii's Big Island

May 6, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Finally, decades after being abandoned on South Point of Hawaii's Big Island the 37 Mitsubishi turbines have been removed. Long a source of embarassment in the wind industry and a source for right...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Denmark 50 Percent Wind by 2020

March 25, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

New policy agreement by Denmark to dramatically expand renewable energy. . .[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind in Denmark, Renewable Energy

Debunking Anti-Wind Myth of 14000 Abandoned Wind Turbines in California

March 21, 2012,   by Paul Gipe (Who, unlike many anti-renewables bloggers, uses his real name.)

No There are Not 14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines in California Never Have Been And, No There are not 14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines in the USA, North America, or Anywhere for that Matter[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Paul Gipe Response to Daily Mail Claim of 14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines

March 20, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

  The following is a response to an article in London's Daily Mail on what they claim are 14,000 "abandoned wind turbines". As a long-time critic of abandoned wind turbines in California, I was...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Wind Action Group

January 30, 2012,  

A forum for sharing information about Wind Energy and its ramifications, environmental, social and economic, for the Western New York region.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Pro Wind Alliance

December 21, 2011,   by Grahame Jordan

A voice of reason in the British Isles not connected to any trade association.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

“Wind Turbine Syndrome” F.A.Q’s

September 20, 2011,  

Wind Turbine Syndrome (“WTS”) is an alleged condition proposed by pediatrician Dr Nina Pierpoint. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Lisa Linowes and the Disinformation of Industrial Wind Action Group

August 12, 2011,  

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Giant Germany Utility Swears Off New Coal

June 15, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

  RWE, one of Germany's biggest utilities, has announced it will not build any more new coal plants. RWE currently gets 2/3 of its generation from coal. RWE by 2025 will get only 1/4 of its...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Planet Save: In Atlantic City, Wind Turbines Attract Tourists

June 12, 2011,   by Zachary Shahan

You hear all kinds of propaganda about people not liking the site of wind turbines. Sure, some people don’t, but a lot of people love seeing these beautiful, massive, clean energy pinwheels. This is...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Philly.com: Atlantic City wind turbines become a tourist attraction

June 12, 2011,   by Jacqueline L. Urgo

The 32-story turbines of the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm have so dramatically changed Atlantic City's skyline - perhaps more than any casino could - that tourists haven't stopped asking questions about...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Blowing Smoke: Correcting Anti-Wind Myths in Ontario by Environmental Defence

June 2, 2011,   by Environmental Defence

This report aims to correct the main myths of these anti-wind activists, using credible scientific, mainstream sources to correct the record and to give communities the information they need to make...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Centre for Sustainable Energy: Common concerns about wind power-

May 1, 2011,  

A research paper commissioned by CSE drawing on peer-reviewed articles and government-funded analysis to address some of the concerns that are expressed in relation to wind power. . .

Category: Great Britain, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind power topics at Euro Tribune by Jérôme Guillet

April 13, 2011,   by Jérôme Guillet

Below the fold is a (hopefully) complete list of ET diaries and stories related to wind power. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, News on Wind Energy

Polls: Anti-Wind NIMBYs Are Small Minority

February 9, 2011,   by Brian Keane

The media frenzy over unhappy wind-turbine neighbours is downright irresponsible mainly because multiple studies show that wind turbine critics fall squarely in the minority. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Researchers correct the false allegations on Danish wind energy

February 26, 2010,  

In a normal wind year, Danish wind turbines generate the equivalent of approx. 20 percent of the Danish electricity demand. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind in Denmark

The Impact of Wind Power Projects on Residential Property Values in the United States

December 1, 2009,   by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Specifically, neither the view of the wind facilities nor the distance of the home to those facilities is found to have any consistent, measurable, and statistically significant effect on home sales...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

LBNL: The Impact of Wind Power Projects on Residential Property Values in the United States: A Multi-Site Hedonic Analysis

December 1, 2009,   by Ben Hoen, Ryan Wiser, Peter Cappers, Mark Thayer, and Gautam Sethi

The present research collected data on almost 7,500 sales of singlefamily homes situated within 10 miles of 24 existing wind facilities in nine different U.S. states. . . Specifically, neither the...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

About Wind Energy - The Facts

October 1, 2009,   by European Wind Energy Association

Contains a very good summary of wind penetration in Europe.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

"Reliable" Nuclear Unreliable Afterall Even in France

July 19, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

  Anti-wind activists often claim that nuclear is more reliable than wind energy and, therefore, we should just use nuclear and forget wind energy, solar energy, and renewables in...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Nuclear Power

The fierce urgency of now by Bill McKibben

May 25, 2009,   by Bill McKibben

Yes, windmills and dams deface the landscape but the climate crisis demands immediate action. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Anti-wind now not just for NIMBY’s

April 22, 2009,   by Charles Komanoff

Opposition to wind power used to be the province of NIMBY’s who quailed at the supposed intrusion into their viewsheds and soundsheds. No more. Wind power is big — its share of U.S. electricity...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

More on "renewable" energy

April 22, 2009,   by Craig Morris

Another insightful analysis by Craig Morris of the American Spectator's "critique" of renewable energy . . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind Power’s Displacement of Fossil Fuels by Charles Komanoff

April 21, 2009,   by Charles Komanoff

[W]hen wind turbines are operated as parts of an interconnected grid for which the dominant share of energy is provided by generators burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas), wind power...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Grid Integration

'Annoyance' factor exists

April 16, 2009,   by Peter Epp

Dr. David Colby doesn't doubt that some people are bothered by the noise generated by a wind turbine, but the acting medical officer of health for Chatham-Kent says there's no direct link between...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

An Attack of the Bellamoids

March 31, 2009,   by George Monbiot

James Lovelock says the government’s enthusiasm for wind farms approaches fascism.--By George Monbiot in the Guardian . . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Letter from Las Vegas about Mars

March 30, 2009,   by Craig Morris

On Noise from Wind Turbines and Wild Claims

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Warming Up Wind Chill: Taking on the Fallacious “Report” by the Centre for Policy Studies

March 14, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

French Wind Growth Continuing

October 30, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

October 30, 2008 Despite rumors to the contrary in the Anglophone world, French wind energy development is continuing. In fact growth is accelerating according to data published by France Énergie...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, News on Wind Energy

Windy Myths

January 1, 2008,   by Canadian Wind Energy Association

Debunked by the Canadian Wind Energy Association

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

WWF and Greenpeace: Yes2Wind

January 1, 2008,   by WWF and Greenpeace

How to say yes to wind energy. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Statistics

Eolien: rumeurs et réalités

January 1, 2008,   by Service Public de Wallonie

Portail de l'énergie en Région wallonne

Category: Dispelling Myths en Francais, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Audubon's Position on Wind Power

December 1, 2007,   by National Audubon Society

Audubon strongly supports properly-sited wind power as a clean alternative energy source that reduces the threat of global warming. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Turbine foes try to forge national opposition movement

September 24, 2007,   by Lydia DePillis

In 2005, the latest year for which figures are available, the alliance [Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound] took in almost $3.3 million in donations, including $1.1 million from oil magnate Bill...

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

What is the impact of wind farms on house prices?

March 1, 2007,  

The effect seems much less marked – if at all – for detached houses. The research also highlighted that, to some extent, wind farm developers are themselves avoiding the problem by locating their...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Energy Balance of Wind Turbines

November 17, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

  Adapted from Wind Energy Comes of Age, by Paul Gipe, John Wiley & Sons, 1995. All rights reserved. Much of this was written in 1993 and relied on reports published in the early 1990s. Studies...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Setbacks in California

November 1, 2006,   by California Wind Energy Collaborative

There is no one setback from residences for large wind turbines in California. Setbacks are regulated by individual counties. In 2006, the University of California at Davis did a survey of setback...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

The bizarre dance of wind power: Local opponents and right-wing think tanks

October 7, 2006,   by Erik Curren

First, they raise questions about the role of wind as a source of electricity against America's main source of electric power today - coal, much of which is mined and burned in Appalachia. Second,...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Coal's High Environmental & Social Cost in Ontario

July 5, 2005,   by Paul Gipe

  Government report says Ontario coal-fired power plants cost nearly $0.13 CAD/kWh ($0.10/kWh) in environmental and social impacts. Ontario's ruling party swept to power in the fall of 2003 on...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Why I hate Wind Farms and Think There Should be More of Them

January 1, 2005,   by Peter Harper

Centre for Alternative Technology Machynlleth, Wales I was visiting a planning office in Sydney, and a scrap of paper pinned to the wall caught my eye. It bore a short poem headed "The...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

The Wind in My Sails by Peter Harper

January 1, 2005,   by Peter Harper

Centre for Alternative Technology Machynlleth, Wales Let's get a few things straight at the beginning. Obviously the debate hinges on both the gravity and urgency of the climate change situation....[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Peter Harper's Response to Rob Collister's cri de coeur Regarding Wind Farms

January 1, 2005,   by Peter Harper

Centre for Alternative Technology Machynlleth, Wales   Dear Editor While I appreciate the sincerity and good intentions of Rob Collister's cri de coeur regarding wind farms in May/June...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Myth: Turbines are a health hazard

September 1, 2004,   by Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

In 25 years of wind generation, with 68,000 turbines now worldwide, there are no significant reports of health issues. This includes Denmark, whose turbine density is 30 times that of the UK.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

The Measurement of Low Frequency Noise at Three UK Wind Farms

January 1, 2004,   by Hayes McKenzie

The Measurement of Low Frequency Noise at Three UK Wind Farms--Of the 126 wind farms operating in the UK, five have been reported low frequency noise problems. Therefore, such complaints are the...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

[Toronto's] Exhibition Place [WindShare] Wind Turbine Bird Monitoring Program in 2003

December 1, 2003,   by Ross D James and Glenn Coady

Only two dead birds were found, one in spring and one in autumn. . . The rate of mortality is absolutely insignificant when compared to the thousands that are killed each year in Toronto at tall...

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

REPP: The Effect of Wind Development on Local Property Values

May 1, 2003,   by George Sterzinger, Fredric Beck, and Damian Kostiuk

After accounting for comparable sales outside the viewshed of the wind farms selected, defined as beyond five miles (8 kilometers) from the turbines, the study found that viewshed property generally...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind power's benefits outweigh risk to scenery by Charles Komanoff

September 1, 2000,   by Charles Komanoff

If, by accepting a modest, largely aesthetic change in the landscape, we can heal the earth to this great extent, how in conscience can we not do so? . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Tilting at Windmills: Public Opinion Toward Wind Energy

May 1, 1995,   by Paul Gipe

Surveys point to broad support for wind energy despite vocal objections to some projects.[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Public Safety and Setbacks

December 1, 1994,   by Paul Gipe

    Excerpted from Wind Energy Comes of Age by Paul Gipe, John Wiley & Sons, Inc New York (1995), pages 361-364, ISBN 0-471-10924-X. This except is provided as public service and can be viewed...[more]

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

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