Report: Wind Turbines Cause No Human Harm

Posted on December 15, 2009. Filed under: General |

From a news release issued by RENEW Wisconsin:

December 15, 2009

Michael Vickerman
RENEW Wisconsin

Report: Wind Turbines Cause No Human Harm

Consistent with 10-plus years of commercial wind generation operations in Wisconsin, a national report issued today concluded that the sounds produced by wind turbines are not harmful to human health, according to the state’s leading renewable energy advocacy group.

Comprised of medical doctors, audiologists, and acoustical professionals from the United States, Canada, Denmark, and the United Kingdom, the panel of reviewers undertook extensive analysis and discussion of the large body of peer-reviewed literature, specifically with regard to sound coming from wind turbines.

The panel was established by the American Wind Energy Association and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).

“This report corroborates testimony that RENEW presented in the ongoing Glacier Hills Wind Park hearings at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission,” according to Michael Vickerman, executive director of RENEW Wisconsin. In that proceeding, We Energies is seeking approval to construct a 90-turbine 162 megawatt wind park in northeast Columbia County.


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The AWEA CANWEA report doesn’t disclose at what distances from the wind turbines, or setbacks from a home they based their conclusions on. This remains the key issue. Luckily one of the authors did an interview in Canada and he disclosed this information:

“[Dr. Robert McCunney, an author of the study] said the existing peer-reviewed literature generally examined exposure to sounds from homes or residential areas that are about one kilometer away or further from wind turbines.”

Responsible wind siting advocates have said for years that a one kilometer (1/2 mile) setback is necessary from a residence for healthy wind development in Wisconsin.

Why do you suppose they didn’t study anything closer than ½ mile? Hmm…

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