Wind energy development and perceived real estate values in Ontario, Canada

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Chad Walker, Jamie Baxter, Sarah Mason, Isaac Luginaah, and Danielle Ouellette
Department of Geography, Western University, London, ON N6A 5C2, Canada Environmental Science Program, Western University

Abstract:
This paper focuses on public concerns about real estate value loss in communities in the vicinity of wind turbines. There are some conflicting results in recent academic and non-academic literatures on the issue of property values in general—yet little has been studied about how residents near turbines view the value of their own properties. Using both face-to-face interviews (n= 26) and community survey results (n= 152) from two adjacent communities, this exploratory mixed-method study contextualizes perceived property value loss. Interview results suggest a potential connection between perceived property value loss and actual property value loss, whereby assumed property degradation from turbines seem to lower both asking and selling prices. This idea is reinforced by regression results which suggest that felt property value loss is predicted by health
concerns, visual annoyances and community-based variables. Overall, the findings point to the need for greater attention to micro-level local, and interconnected impacts of wind energy development. Read article

21 thoughts on “Wind energy development and perceived real estate values in Ontario, Canada

  1. I wonder if there has been a study about the selling price of homes within say a 2 mile radius of wind turbines. Taking in to account or eliminating those homes that were purchased by the wind company from people and those people who have won a lawsuit against a wind company and left their homes.
    It would be interesting to see actual sales numbers and whether there was a loss/gain when you have disinterested parties, not the wind company purchasing. And, whether or not they have leased the land to the wind company for the wind turbine.

    • I’d like to see a study on property value for less than 1km and also a study on the density factor/ number of turbines that can be seen/ heard from a home – especially the density surrounding a home within 2 km. (that turbine companies did not purchase)
      And/ so, if there is a correlation, what is the remedy?

      • I hope that people who have already sold their homes, at a loss, because of turbines in close proximity have kept their paper work in order for when massive, simultaneous class actions are underway.

  2. When you change the character of any neighbourhood/area this affects property values. This is nothing new.

    Changing from rural neighbourhoods to industrial areas will affect property values. Same thing is true in urban areas.

  3. Real Estate explained……….hahahahahahahaha……..

    ‘[excerpt] …….this exploratory mixed-method study contextualizes perceived property value loss.’

    ‘[excerpt] Interview results
    suggest a potential connection between perceived property value loss and actual property value loss, whereby assumed property degradation from turbines seem to lower both asking and selling prices.
    This idea is reinforced by regression results which suggest that felt property value loss is predicted by health concerns, visual annoyances and community-based variables.

    Overall, the findings point to the need for greater attention to micro-level local, and interconnected impacts of wind energy development.’

    My first thought was – Call Donald Trump!

    • Chad Walker, Jamie Baxter, Sarah Mason, Isaac Luginaah, and Danielle Ouellette
      Department of Geography, Western University, London, ON N6A 5C2, Canada Environmental Science Program, Western University

      Highly disrespectful!

  4. Hey Ontario!

    Puke bucket ready – for the next 4 years!
    Premier Social Justice, and her ministries –
    do not like Ontario citizens.

    About the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

    The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is responsible for promoting clean and safe air, land, and water to ensure healthy communities, ecological protection and sustainable development for present and future generations of Ontarians.
    https://www.ontario.ca/government/about-ministry-environment

    The Green Nazi Hell and America’s Future?
    Mark Musser — July 2, 2009
    ‘[excerpt] Some 100 years before the Nazis rose to power, German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) ominously wrote that “we owe the animals not mercy but justice, and the debt often remains unpaid in Europe, the continent that is permeated with Foeter Judaicus…it is obviously high time in Europe that Jewish views on nature were brought to an end…the unconscionable treatment of the animal world must, on account of its immorality, be expelled from Europe.”

    That such words became prophetic under the umbrella of a secular religion of nature that was Nazi Germany, colored by an environmental totalitarian view during the 1930’s and 40’s, is a historical truth that has been underappreciated-and unreported-for too long.’
    http://www.aim.org/aim-report/the-green-nazi-hell-and-americas-future/

    The amount of corruption – is not known yet!

    • ‘[excerpt] This of course created a huge bureaucratic paper chase since the Nazi environmental slogan on this was all-encompassing, “it shall be the whole landscape!”
      Here the thrust of environmental totalitarianism cannot be missed. As a necessary part of this environmental scheming, the RNG allowed the expropriation of land without compensation………..’

  5. It is crucial that we get to the bottom of the ‘unsettled science’ that was/is the driving force behind the rush to renewables at the industrial scale, without proper health studies and common sense regarding placement to people’s homes.
    Anyone who dismisses the ‘unsettled science’ issue is being wilfully blind. It is a complex subject but well worth examining. Take a look at a recent conversation in wattsupwiththat in response to Dr. Tim Ball’s opinion piece on the motives behind clinging to the IPCC misinformation.

    Why are we not discussing the debate that is raging in the scientific community? This is even highly significant to the judgements in legal proceedings.

  6. The thing that I do not like is that when rural residents do not want the turbines our government says “too bad we are building them there no matter what” but for example in urban Ontario they will cancel a gas power plant because people do not want it. They seen to have two different responses based on where you live in the province. Why does it matter if you live in rural or urban Ontario? Mrs,Wynne is supposed to represent all of Ontario not just urban areas. Rural Ontario needs a voice that will stand up for their interests.

    • Also they call people in rural Ontario who do not want the turbines “NIMBY’s” (Not in my backyard) but the people who opposed the gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga are also NIMBY’s because they did not want the turbines in their backyards!

  7. You are correct Tye, It is becoming a popular opinion that Rural Ontario should secede from the province. In other words we rural Ontarians would become the province of Ontario and Toronto would become the province on Toronto! This way we rural people could control our own province. We are constantly dumped upon by garbage dumps and incinerating facilities, gravel pits and wind and solar factories that industrialize people in their very beds! Rural Ontario has had enough. I am one that has a proposed wind factory proposed to surround my home, I abut the project and I am not able to attract a buyer. There are 8 homes for sale along our road for 4 years now and no sales offers. We are stuck here with NO EQUITY! This is devastating for generational farmers. Also we can not use our farms to borrow money for seed money or farm equipment because our farms have depreciated so much! This is a serious injustice. We should be taking our pitch forks to Queen’s Park!

    • Can you take photos of the for sale signs and addresses of the properties? Just keep them for now.

      These addresses can be plotted on a map.

  8. Massive, simultaneous class action lawsuits are the way to seek justice. Keep track of every detail that is the direct result of the placement of these turbines too close to your home/farm/ real estate investment..

  9. I agree with Sommer – class action lawsuits will be the only thing that gets their attention. One poster asked about the driving force. I feel it’s the “perception” that the “sky is falling”. Global Warming is out – climate change is in. Is it real… Maybe.. But people in power won’t say… drive less/car pool (at least it’s not popular in the US). Encourage conservation. Big business, big money, big handouts to big business.

    • Check out a very recent conversation in response to Dr. Tim Ball’s opinion piece and question regarding the motives behind the global warming/climate change alarmist’s lies,on wattsupwiththat. It ought to be revelatory to anyone who hasn’t been following this story.
      Understanding the unsettled science behind the alarmism which set the stage for the GEA is crucial. It’s coming out through the internet. No MSM will touch it.
      This will need to be thoroughly understood by all wilfully blind proponents of IWTs and especially by all involved in legal proceedings.

      • Dr. Ball’s article provoked quite a conversation about the media’s role in climate change which provides a convenient excuse for installing IWTs

        Follow the money was mentioned several times in this discussion.

  10. Consider this survey of words & phrases
    used in this report from Chad Walker, Jamie Baxter,
    Sarah Mason, Isaac Luginaah, and Danielle Ouellette:

    The word THREAT appears 4 times (including derivations)

    The word TEASE appears 7 times (including derivations)

    Also includes:
    ‘[excerpt] people like “Barbara” seem ‘trapped’ in their home.’

    and
    ‘[excerpt] the hopes of outlasting the turbines’

  11. Tax dollars – and, are children being cheated?
    So sad………..

    Education in Ontario
    Shaping Our Schools, Shaping Our Future

    The government has made a commitment that environmental education,
    as defined in
    Shaping Our Schools, Shaping Our Future
    will be part of every child’s learning
    and that responsible environmental practices will be fostered across the education
    system.
    The government and its ministries have also continued to move forward on
    the environment and climate change agendas.
    http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/enviroed/ShapeTomorrow.pdf

    Indoctrinating Youth
    Shaping the Future: Indoctrinating Youth

    These boys and girls enter our organizations [at] ten years of age, and often for the first time get a little fresh air; after four years of the Young Folk they go on to the Hitler Youth, where we have them for another four years . . . And even if they are still not complete National Socialists, they go to Labor Service and are smoothed out there for another six, seven months . . . And whatever class consciousness or social status might still be left . . . the Wehrmacht [German armed forces] will take care of that.”
    —Adolf Hitler (1938)
    http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007820

    I wonder if Premier Social Justice studied history?

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