What does an industrial wind turbine sound like?

It is important to remember that there are also low frequency vibrational noises that cannot be heard through regular audio equipment, they are more like vibrations. These sounds/vibrations occur all hours of the day and night and do not turn off when a person or animal wants restful sleep. Listen for yourself via the CBC Doczone video: What Does a Wind Turbine Sound Like?

What does an industrial wind turbine shadow flicker look like?

We know we can hear industrial wind turbines, but how does it impact our vision? Shadow flicker is a visual light flickering effect similar to a stobe light. This visual annoyance can be harmful to those working or living in the shadows of a wind turbine. Wind turbine shadow flicker has the potential to induce photosensitive epilepsy seizures. Watch the video below on shadow flicker.

Going Inside the Shadow-Flicker Zone

LELAND ROAD- Middle-school student Brian Reilly says he can’t play basketball on Leland Road when the strobing effect from the Kingston Wind Independence (KWI) Turbine’s shadow flicker is at full throttle. “I get a wicked bad headache so I have to go inside,” Brian told the Journal as he stood on the front steps of his neighbors house.

Dan Alves, also a resident of Leland Road, refuses to allow his epileptic son to stay in his bedroom when the KWI Turbine’s shadow flicker penetrates into his house. “That’s pretty much the rule,” Alves told the Journal on Friday afternoon. “We don’t want him in his room but we’re not always home so we can’t control it.”

Alves said that he has asked next-door neighbors to check on his son when he’s not home. “My next-door neighbor actually came over and asked [my son] to leave the room,” Alves said. Read more

Duke Energy’s Shirley Wind Turbines Declared a “Human Health Hazard”

At the October 14, 2014 Brown County Board of Health meeting, a motion was unanimously approved declaring the Shirley Wind turbines a “Human Health Hazard”. The text of the unanimously approved motion reads:

“To declare the Industrial Wind Turbines at Shirley Wind Project in the Town of Glenmore, Brown County, WI. A Human Health Hazard for all people (residents, workers, visitors, and sensitive passersby) who are exposed to Infrasound/Low Frequency Noise and other emissions potentially harmful to human health.”

We applaud the integrity of the Brown County Board of Health in the work they have done to carry out their mission to ‘promote individual and community health’. They have been deeply involved in trying to resolve the public health crisis that has existed in the Town of Glenmore since Emerging Energies of Wisconsin built the industrial wind project there in 2010. The project has been sold twice since its construction and is now owned by the renewables arm of Duke Energy, with Wisconsin Public Service purchasing the electricity.

Since the erection of the 8 turbines in Glenmore, among the largest in the United States at just under 500 feet tall, three families have vacated the homes they still own and complaints involving over 75 people in the project area have been filed with the Brown County Board of Health (including affidavits representing over 50 people that have been submitted to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin). The root of the complaints and the home abandonments are the conditions created by Shirley Wind, allege the residents. (Source: Read more)