Responding to Concerns about Wind Energy Prepared by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) August 2007 Concerns around wind The wind industry takes these very seriously:
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“Wind turbines will reduce the value of homes in the vicinity”
What we know:
Issue has been studied more in the U.S. than Canada (simply because there is more historical data)
Some studies show property values increasing and others show them declining
Recent study by Renewable Energy Policy Project (REPP) in the U.S. was one of the most comprehensive – it found that there was “no evidence that property values decreased as a result of wind farms […] for the great majority of projects the property values actually rose more quickly in the view shed than they did in the comparable community. Moreover, values increased faster in the view shed after the projects came online than they did before."
How we address these concerns:
CanWEA undertaking a project of similar scope looking at Canadian installations
“Wind Turbines and Birds: A Guidance Document for Environmental Assessment - Final Document and Recommended Protocols for Monitoring Impacts of Wind Turbines on Birds”, Canadian Wildlife Service,http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/publications/eval/index_e.cfm
CanWEA Fact Sheet: Wildlife: Birds, bats and wind energyhttp://www.canwea.ca/Fact_Sheets_eng.cfm
Interference with telecommunications
“Technical Information on the Assessment of the Potential Impact of Wind Turbines on Radio Communication, Radar and Seismoacoustic Systems”, Radio Advisory Board of Canada (RABC) and CanWEA, April 2007http://www.canwea.ca/Standards_and_Technical.cfm