Mass protests mean the Denmark’s state-owned energy firm will look offshore

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Mass protests  mean the energy firm will look offshore State-owned energy firm Dong Energy has given up building more wind farms on Danish land, following protests from residents complaining about the noise the turbines make.

Sept  1, 2010 – The Copenhagen Post

State-owned energy firm Dong Energy has given up building more wind farms on Danish land, following protests from residents complaining about the noise the turbines make.

It had been Dong and the government’s plan that 500 large turbines be built on land over the coming 10 years, as part of a large-scale national energy plan. This plan has hit a serious stumbling block, though, due to many protests, and the firm has now given up building any more wind farms on land.

Anders Eldrup, the CEO of Dong Energy, told TV2 News: ‘It is very difficult to get the public’s acceptance if the turbines are built close to residential buildings, and therefore we are now looking at maritime options.’

The move has met resistance from parliament, where amongst others Anne Grete Holmgaard, the chairperson of the Parliamentary Environmental Committee, said, ‘It is rather unacceptable that Dong – which is our large, state-owned energy firm – says goodbye to an investment in wind on land, and that they are doing so after we have cleared the way for a test centre where new types of turbines can be tested.’

7 thoughts on “Mass protests mean the Denmark’s state-owned energy firm will look offshore

  1. McGuinty’s dream of having Toronto look like Copenhagen and Onatrio look like Denmark is so ludicrous that most normal people wouldn’t believe it until it becomes reality!

    Unfortunately this nutcase has gone ahead and started to turn this Province into some weird and unstable universe of perverted ideas that won’t work!

    Just lately bike lanes in Toronto were introduced on one of the busiest streets in Toronto for rush hour madness……………adding to the already unbearable congestion and chance for riders to be maimed and killed…..

    Here’s a REALITY check McGuinty!………………..This isn’t Denmark!

    People can’t ride their bikes to work during the winter which usually lasts 4 to 5 months a year…………unlike in Europe that can support bikes over cars!………….

    Stop this guy before we are all wearing a hammer and sickle ! !!

  2. Wonder what hurricanes will do to IWTs along the Atlantic coast of North America but it might take more than one hurricane to get rid of them?

    The coastal climate of the Atlantic Ocean is different in North America than it is in Europe.

  3. The argument being made by a lot is that turbines are inefficient producers of power and there is substantial evidence supporting that truth. I have read many times that these machines produce on average 30% of their nameplate capacity and that may be generous given the wind doesn’t blow as much in the summer months when power is needed the most. What puzzles me is that people that are reporting negative health issues say they are constant. Should the conditions not worsen as the winds blows stronger? Why can these people not enjoy being out on their decks or have restful sleeps when the wind is calm? Is there not medication that can be prescribed to relieve the symptoms? I have read Dr. Pierpont’s report and it does not explore these areas.

    I was surprised though that in her report she states “claims that voltage and frequency irregularities in household alternating currents (what some refer to as “dirty electricity”) create a wide, non-specific swath of medical problems – from ADHD to rashes to diabetes to cancer – are completely unsubstantiated, and also have no plausible biological mechanisms”. From what I understand, dirty electricity was thought to be the cause of some of the health problem of residents in Ripley. Why would Dr Pierpont discount this area altogether. She also states that it would be difficult to do a proper epidemiological study in this area since researchers don’t know what exposure to measure or what exposure period might be relevant. Wouldn’t the same hold true for any noise study that deals with the location of people from turbines?

    I know these comments will be offensive to some and it may seem that I am arguing on the side of the “windies” but I think these are very important questions that need to be answered before people outside the issue take this cause seriously. It may not be enough to just say, “the turbines are making me sick”. I don’t like to see money being thrown at lawyers to fight something when it could be better used doing a proper health study that would answer a lot of these questions.

  4. The Gosfield North turbines have been started up. So far, I can’t hear anything in the house but outside, day and night, it’s ‘whoosh, whoosh, whoosh’. It’s very annoying. Depending on how hard the wind blows, it’s quieter or louder but it’s always there when they are turning. It sounds like a cross between a jet overhead and a freight train. So much for the quiet country life!

  5. I was passed some of Gosfield yesterday, how awful it looks. Sat we went to Port Alma, for as far as you can see turbines [ barf].IDLE, and yet here in Harrow they were spinning their black hearts off.Same amount of wind.Sure would like to know what’s going on

  6. Passed through the ones in Kincardine at night, you can really get a scope of how many there are by the red lights.
    Went through them on the way back during the day. What a difference between a open air space and a moving manipulated airspace.
    Nothing but industrial sprawl.

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