4/30/10 Who's afraid of the Big Bad Turbine Noise? Money doesn't just talk, it shuts people up AND Life in a wind project south of the border: a family from DeKalb shares their daily life with turbines.
NOTE FROM THE BPWI RESEARCH NERD:
At yesterday's wind siting council meeting at the PSC, council member and wind project resident Larry Wunsch, let the council know he wanted to play a recording of the noise from the turbine located 1100 feet from his home. He wanted council members to hear what he was living with.
We were troubled to see the instant resistance around the table to this idea from those with direct or indirect financial interest in the outcome of the siting guidelines. The wind developers, utility representatives and wind lobbyist did not want Mr. Wunsch to be able to play his recording for the council and seemed genuinely fearful of listening to it.
Why are the members of the council fighting so hard to push aside the direct experience of someone who has been living 1100 feet from a turbine around the clock for two years?
What are they so afraid of?
Other council members with no financial stake in the outcome of the rules seemed open to hearing the recording. Chairman Ebert pushed the option off the table as fast as possible, saying the council could hear the turbine noise in person when they visited the Wunsh home next week. He said perhaps Mr. Wunsch could play the recording then.
The Tuesday meeting at the Wunsch home, which is part of a 'field trip' to two wind projects will not be broadcast to the public. If the recording is played then, the members of the public who cannot attend will have no opportunity to hear it, or to hear the reactions of the council members.
Better Plan hopes that the few council members with no financial stake in the outcome of these rules will push back and act on behalf of the thousands of Wisconsin residents who will be living in the projects that will be sited according to the guidelines the council creates.
We doubt that any of those on the council who protested against hearing Mr. Wunch's recording will ever live inside of a wind project. And it was telling to see how the strongest protests came from those with money interests. It was disturbing to see how fast they acted together to make sure the public will not hear that recording.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO HEAR TURBINE NOISE AT 1100 FEET RECORDED BY LARRY WUNSCH
What is it like to live in a wind project? If you're in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, or DeKalb County, Illinois, the answer the same. CLICK HERE to visit a daily weblog called "Life with DeKalb Turbines"
we would like our blog readers to know that we are not angry people that go around all day bashing renewable resources. we love life, our neighbors, and people who don't necessarily agree with us. we count our blessings and life goes on. we are not going against the aesthetics of windmills, we are calling for increased setbacks because of constant noise and other issues. we are a small family going up against a very large company who have hired experts to support some of their misleading statements. we are the experts now, because we live with the turbines. 1400 feet is way too close! we would like wind companies, state representatives, county boards, landowners, planning and zoning committees, etc... to realize that they need to make larger setbacks so other residents can be spared from
the issues we (and so many others) are enduring. thank you for reading.
Our home in rural DeKalb County, IL is where we wanted to stay for good. We have put so much into our home to make it a place where we would love to live and raise our children, and unfortunately we are being forced to live differently.
We have been bullied by a large industrial wind company (NextEra Energy, a subsidiary of Florida Power and Light (FPL) and sold-out by the DeKalb County Board. FPL told residents that these wind turbines only "sound like a refrigerator."
Well, we have found that this is not the case. Often times our yard sounds like an airport. We hear and feel the low frequency sound on our property as well as in our home. We are bothered by the noise, whistling, contant swirling movement, and shadow flicker. Complaining is not something that our family is known for doing and we teach our children to look for the positive aspects of life, but this has gone too far with the turbines. Someone needs to speak up.
These industrial wind turbines should not be built close to homes. They should be at least a mile away to avoid these issues. We have 13 within a mile. The closest 2 are 1,400 feet away.
Friday, April 30, 2010
yesterday was 30 mph winds from the south. turbines weren't feathered out completely (meaning the tips were more concaved then convexed...the more convexed the blades are the more noise and low frequency). today's conditions are very similar to yesterday.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
today the winds were pretty consistent but the turbines were facing different directions at times and feathered differently from each other. the sounds were up and down all day due to the blade revolutions and feathering. it's something that you can't get used to. it's not a loud booming sound we are so bothered by. it's the quality of sound. an over and over again droning low frequency. and since it is on and off all day...it is an absolute nuisance.
we've been gone the last few days and slept very well away from the turbines.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
let us tell you the reality:
last night we were out on our back porch and it sounded like someone was standing outside shaking a large piece of sheet metal over and over again. it was disturbing and distracting to our family (the wind turbine we were hearing was the one pictured at the top of our blog). out of all the issues we are facing, the sound is the worst. we remember visiting some wind turbines before this project was completed. we pulled over to the side of the road, put our windows down, could hear the light swishing sounds of the blades and said, "maybe this won't be too bad after all" (even though the constant motion was quite dizzying). now that we live with them, we have found each moment is different with these turbines: wind speeds, wind direction, feathering of blades, etc. our family would like to see the wind companies do studies on the people actually living next to turbines.
we were robbed of sleep again last night because of the resonating low toned frequency sounds coming into our home (like tennis shoes in a dryer).