BLINKING RED LIGHTS

Do you know there are blinking red lights on the top of wind turbines? I’m sure you do. And those blinking lights can bother some people, especially when we are used to a relatively dark sky at night.

Light pollution comes from the blinking red navigational lights placed on top of the wind turbine towers.

Some people have written emails to NextEra Representative (NextEra owns East Durham Wind Project) asking them to consider putting up radar lights that do not blink all night long.

Stewart Halliday (NextEra Representative) has reminded us that infrared technology has been approved for use by the gov’t and a local resident has kindly written Avril Fisken (NextEra Representative) requesting that NextEra put these kind of lights on the turbines in our community.

What that means is the lights would only blink if an airplane came near the turbine. Otherwise there would be no blinking lights. This technology is currently being used since 2011 when this article was written, read more here.

A local resident, Marian has expressed a concern about the loss of our night sky heritage and the negative effects it will have on human health, animal and plant health and the environment.

She asked for council’s support in getting NextEra to use the radar lights on the IWT’s (Industrial wind turbines). The local resident also asked that they create policy and bylaws to reduce light pollution. This would affect municipal upgrades to current outdoor lighting and any future developments.

Here are the email addresses that you can use to reach out and be heard about how the blinking red lights are very disturbing in the rural night sky’s:
Adam Rickel adam.rickel@nexteraenergy.com,
cc: Adam Wright Adam.Wright@aecom.com,
Derek Dudek Derek.Dudek@nexteraenergy.com,
Bev Cutting bevcutting@westgrey.com

Here is an example of a message sent from a person in the East Durham Wind Power Plant Project Zone.

~ We were present at the CLC meeting last Thursday and we heard that the red blinky light problem was “captured” and put in the “parking lot,” but many of us were wondering what exactly that means. Are we looking at 2 weeks, 2 months or 2 years to change the blinking red lights? This change in technology would really help people, especially those who like to appreciate the stars and the night sky.

Blinking red navigational lights add a big contribution to light pollution. Some folks can see them blinking all over at night from their windows. Others see them driving in or out of their neighbourhoods. Some like to star gaze or use their telescopes. These blinky lights hinder all of this.

Resident Concerns On Red Lights At Night:

A local resident told me he called the NextEra Hotline and complained the blinking red lights were disturbing the night time enjoyment of his property. Well, that’s a great idea! If you can see the lights anywhere, even out while driving, and you would like to see them changed, then let’s all follow Len’s lead and call the Hotline. This message will be forwarded to the Ministry of the Environment. Blinking red lights is light pollution.

Here’s the HOTLINE number once again: 1 877- 463-4963. It’s toll free and buzzing 24 hours, 7 days a week. The name of our project is EAST DURHAM WIND.

A local resident concerned on the red lights blinking at night for him and his family quality outside:

To: “Derek.Dudek@NextEraEnergy.com” Derek.Dudek@nexteraenergy.com

Hi Derek,
Just finished buying my dream property and spending 2 years renovating here in Priceville. We did fight hard to prevent the destruction of our rural landscape. We lost, I get that. What’s most troubling is I look across my view sitting high up, I see every turbine. The red lights at night are so haunting. Bit like Chinese torture. I’ll live with the turbines now up but if the red lights at night continue, I will sell my property and surrender. Please install the technology that will turn these lights off.
Regards
Kevin

Concerned? Here are contact email addresses to express your concerns about the blinking red navigational lights from the Industrial Wind Turbines within the East Durham Wind Project: Adam Rickel adam.rickel@nexteraenergy.com,
cc: Adam Wright Adam.Wright@aecom.com,
Derek Dudek Derek.Dudek@nexteraenergy.com

Here is Avril’s response to Marian:

NextEra has already purchased the lighting systems and they are already delivered to the site. However, they are willing to discuss it at the next Community Liaison Committee meeting and have added it to the agenda. They will use the time from now to look into the available options so they can have all needed information for the meeting.

Please consider writing Avril or calling her and asking for this request to be fulfilled. If lots of people wrote in or called, there might be a greater chance that they would use this technology.

Here is the contact info:
Avril Fisken/AECOM
55 Wyndham Street North, Suite 215, Guelph ON N1H 7T8
Community Liaison Committee (CLC) for the East Durham Wind Energy Centre
Phone # 519-840-2260
Email: avril.fisken@aecom.com