Going inside the shadow flicker zone of a wind turbine

Kingston Journal

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.” Read article

The Rest of My Life

by Harvey Wrightman
“Streamlining” – it is repeated over and over that the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) appeal of Renewable Energy Approvals (REA) is “streamlined” to efficiently render solutions. The characters driving in from Toronto who dispense practical justice for the residents affected, all want to quicken the tempo of hymn we are all to sing – you know, “Whose Bread I Eat, His Song I Sing” – shouldn’t be too hard to find it in their song book – it’s the only one in it.

So, after a full Friday that went on and on to 5PM, one witness, Dr. Jim Salmon gave expert opinion evidence on the topic(s) of the models for the Noise Impact Assessment (NIA) – don’t you just love these acronyms(?!) – and the shadow flicker pattern (noted to NOT be required by the MOE). We learned the witness is both a founding and charter member of CanWEA (Canadian Wind Energy Association) with a background in physics and meteorology – NOT an acoustician, therefore please reserve those questions for the next “expert(s)”. So the man can basically tell us he understands the models used, but as to whether he cares about the practical application of his work – like any other apparatchik, he never questions the effects of the noise/flicker he is modelling for – not his problem.

Dave Hyslop, one of the appellants, developed a lengthy set of questions for this witness; and, though the details of both noise and shadow flicker are technically challenging, he got across several points that were to catch the attention of the panel members who followed with some rather good questions of their own. To whit, some of the questions:

Q – My office is in the cab of my tractor or combine. When I am in the field I will experience shadow flicker. Will it affect my ability to operate?
A – I can’t answer that.

Q – The cab is like a cubicle that has glass all around. Will the effects be similar to what happens in a house?
A – I don’t have a definition for that kind of receptor. I wouldn’t consider that space to be problematic for shadow flicker. The light will pass through and not be perceived in the same way.

OK, now to clean up the BS. There is a video shot inside a greenhouse in Holland. The flicker effect can only be described as “bewildering.” A nephew of mine operates a custom service to spread liquid manure. I remember him saying that the flicker effect is quite distracting and disorienting. There is a dearth of scientific investigation on the subject. It was obvious from the shadow flicker analysis that Samsung was seeking to present as low a numerical estimate (for hours affected) as possible. In addition, they were using a model that basically was geared for the dwelling only. The effect outside is expanded immensely and the shadow does not have to actually pass though the subject. Seeing it in near distance is also distracting. It is a huge property “disamenity” and it drives people wild. Continue reading

Wind turbine flicker upsets PEI neighbours

CBC News

People living in the shadow of a group of wind turbines in Summerside, P.E.I., are complaining about the flickering light caused by the energy producers.
Emmett Curley has enjoyed living in the area for 15 years, but says things have become unbearable since the wind turbines arrived a year ago.

“Last summer when it started, I left my house. I just couldn’t stand it. I’ve had friends over that left during the situation, saying, ‘I’m starting to get a headache,'” Curley said Friday.
The problem comes when the sun sets and its light passes through the turbines, creating a flickering effect of shadow and light. It lasts for about an hour. Continue reading

Wind turbine flicker upsets neighbours

CBC News

People living in the shadow of a group of wind turbines in Summerside, P.E.I., are complaining about the flickering light caused by the energy producers.

Emmett Curley has enjoyed living in the area for 15 years, but says things have become unbearable since the wind turbines arrived a year ago. Continue reading

Noise Pollution from Wind Turbines

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CFB Trenton is not just another “regulatory agency”

by Rick Conroy   Wellington Times
“The DND air traffic control radar at 8 Wing Trenton is essential to the safe transportation of Canadian Forces cargo and personnel in direct support of Canada’s Defence Commitments.”

Already staggering through insolvency, Skypower’s Byran wind energy project suffered yet another, perhaps fatal blow late in September when the Department of National Defence (DND) advised the company that it would not recommend or support the project as proposed. Continue reading

New York Radio Interview with Dr. McMurtry and Carmen Krough

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Click here to Listen to Newsmaker Kevin Doran WLEA Interview with Dr. Robert McMurtry and Carmen Krough

Wind Impact Study – Property Values, Health and Quality of Life

Download Appraisal Group One Wind Turbine Impact Study (4 MB, .pdf) Released 09/09/09    

Appraisal Group One is an independent appraisal company specializing in forensic appraisal, eminent domain, stigmatized properties and valuation research.

Conclusion:  After reviewing articles and studies on wind energy, wind turbines appear to have a negative impact on the property values, health, and quality of life of residents in close proximity. Of the studies that found no impact on property value, nearly all were funded by wind farm developers or renewable energy advocacy groups. Of the studies and reports showing property loss, the average negative effect is -20.7%. Continue reading

Shadow Flicker Can Drive You Batty

Dr. Irvin Wolkoff on wind turbines

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Dr. I. Wolkoff

Toronto Sun    By Lorrie Goldstein
Toronto doctor warns that, if not properly controlled, the noise from wind turbines could make people sick — literally.

Since the debate over wind turbines and whether they negatively impact on human health is heating up in Ontario, let’s talk to an expert on the relationship between noise and stress.

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Wind Turbines – Proposed Requirements and Setbacks

Download New Final Regulations Here

(From Ontario MOE website)   Download Detailed Proposed Regulations Here Continue reading

Victims of wind turbines should unite

normal_windisnothealthy VOW©, Victims of Wind, is a support group recently formed for those people. In less than one month over 40 people have joined.  If you, or anyone you know is having difficulty, please call toll free 1-888-700-5655 or e-mail vow2help@gmail.com

People from across Ontario who welcomed wind turbines into their community are now coming forward with questions and concerns about disturbed living conditions and health concerns and don’t know where to turn. Continue reading

Green Backlash: Just Put the Cold Hard Facts on the Table

Ripley Ontario

Ripley Ontario

As the nation rushes to add renewable energy to its power portfolio, a growing chorus of homeowners and others are expressing concerns about how industrial wind projects are affecting health, safety, lifestyle and property values.

Green marketing campaigns typically show rows of industrial wind turbines in remote windy locales. However, wind projects are increasingly finding their way into rural residential areas. With investment tax credits and government mandates advocating for additional installations, more homeowners and property owners may soon find themselves facing a turbine project proposal. Continue reading

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: New Victim’s Support Group – VOW©

Victims of Wind, V.O.W© is forming a support group for victims who are experiencing adverse health effects from wind turbine complexes.

The purpose of VOW© is to establish a network of victims suffering adverse health effects due to wind turbine complexes to provide mutual support for victims.

Some residents living in the vicinity of a wind farm are suffering from adverse health affects and disturbed living conditions.  People from across Ontario who welcomed wind turbines into their community are now coming forward with questions and concerns and may not know where to turn.

If you, or anyone you know is having difficulty,
please call toll free 1-888-700-5655
or email
vow2help@gmail.com.

Sometimes it’s important to have someone to talk to who understands.
Your call will be kept totally confidential. Continue reading

Interview with Resident of Amarath Ontario Wind Farm

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