Quiet~ The essential need for Perceptual Comfort

Mothers Against Wind Turbines was founded by mothers whose children have a range of disabilities most which fall into the Autistic Spectrum.   Our children struggle with everyday exposures to light, sound, and movement naming a few, among many challenges.    Many of our families have purposely chosen to live in quiet rural areas to provide our children the best environment to grow and thrive so they can achieve their best potential in life.

With the installation of wind powered generation facilities adjacent to our homes and in our communities we are faced with the unrelenting intrusion and trespass by industrial wind turbines and its associated infrastructures discharging light, noise, movement, electrical emissions into the most intimate of places that should be one of security, peace and our children’s sanctuary.

The following article talks about research of noise impacting living spaces and what that means for vulnerable populations such as those with autism, the elderly or those who are noise sensitive.

“Perceptual comfort means that the acoustics falls in ranges that people consider comfortable, clear, pleasant,”

The Bizarre Experience Of Sitting Inside The ‘Quietest Room On Earth’

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Take a moment and think about the quietest room you’ve ever laid down in; the quietest, stillest place you’ve ever been. No matter how peaceful, how serene, there was still some sound: the rush of water in pipes, the hum of electricity in the walls, the breeze gently blowing, insects chirping; the ambient noise of nature, of life.

If you take a 15-minute car ride from downtown Minneapolis, you’ll find a nondescript concrete building with ivy climbing its exterior walls. Orfield Laboratories sits a block away from a bowling alley called Memory Lanes and directly across the street from Skol Liquors. Inside Orfield Laboratories is an anechoic chamber that has been certified by Guinness as the quietest place in the world.

That still bedroom you were in? The ambient noise was probably about 30 dBA, or A-weighted decibels — the relative loudness of sound perceived by the human ear. This is a logarithmic scale, so every 10 dBA, you’re either doubling or halving the loudness or quietness. At zero dBA, the human ear can no longer perceive sound. The anechoic chamber at Orfield Laboratories was certified by Guinness at -9.4 dBA in 2004 and -13 dBA in 2013, both for one hour measurements. But over shorter periods, they’ve conducted tests on the chamber that have given readings of up to between negative 22 and negative 23 dBA.

That’s just in terms of what instruments can read in the room. The human ear has no way of telling that difference in sound (or lack thereof). If a room or chamber is 0 dBA or lower, you won’t hear anything. Nothing at all. The difference between -9.4 dBA and -23 dBA sounds the same to our pitiful flesh-ears. But it made a difference to me. I wanted to be in the quietest room on Earth…..

Orfield Laboratories primarily works in architecture, product development and in office research. They’re attempting to make living and working conditions better for everyone, with a specific focus on the elderly, people with disabilities, and people who are on the autistic spectrum. Not to put too fine a point on it, but their research is crucial in our busy world.

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Wind Contracts- The Seven Deadly Sins

7 deadly sins.jpgCapital Journal|David Ganje|December 28, 2018

 

As in a courtship, pretty pictures painted, verbal promises and solid verbal commitments between the landowner and developer mean nothing once an agreement is signed.

Windless in Woonsocket – How not to sign a wind turbine agreement

I marvel how many South Dakota landowners sign a wind turbine agreement or an oil and gas lease without the benefit of good counsel. I have seen the end product. It is not pretty. Though we are taught about the seven deadly sins of this world also called the seven cardinal sins or capital sins, yet a wind turbine agreement may contain an even greater smorgasbord of “contract sins” all of which should be discovered, remedied and purged by any negotiating landowner before entering into a long term land use agreement. I will in this opinion piece visit a few contract issues. Let us first however examine a difference one occasionally finds between a North Dakota landowner and a South Dakota landowner. I am reminded of an old Aberdeen lawyer friend who has now passed away. He once said, “In North Dakota they spend money to make money and they spend money to save money, but in South Dakota they just don’t spend money.” Consider that many wind turbine agreements are private contracts in which the parties have an unequal bargaining position. To be involved with one is not the time to practice parsimony.

A particular contract term used by wind farm developers is the confidentiality agreement. This stratagem requires landowners sign a confidentiality agreement often before even seeing a form lease. The clause attempts to give a developer an advantage over landowners by prohibiting the sharing of information among landowners. Such a “gag” provision is also found in a final executed wind lease in order to protect the contract terms from disclosure. A confidentiality clause makes it a bit more challenging to determine what the regional “market” payment terms really are for a given project. And in turn the clause hinders a landowner’s ability to knowingly negotiate terms which are fair for a particular project in that particular market. The absence of market knowledge gives a competitive advantage to project developers. When I consult ag land appraisers to discuss regional wind turbine payment terms I usually find these experts bereft of much information on the subject. While there are methods for learning what a fair payment term should be, the methods are a bit more expensive than what might be found in an open and transparent market.

I will list some important terms found in a wind turbine agreement. This is a sobering list, and should motivate the landowner to seek the exact parameters for each term. Common agreements contain: a construction and land use option all in favor of the developer; an access easement to cross and use one’s property; the right to construct roads; the right to construct large turbines on one’s land; the right to construct underground and above-ground transmission lines and substations; and terms that bind on one’s heirs or any subsequent purchasers of the land….

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Re-powered Wind ~No Notice Required

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Proposed changes to Ontario legislation would allow major changes to existing wind facilities such as re-powering to occur without notice to municipalities, no additional environmental assessments…

Your comments are needed by January 18, 2019

Proposed amendments to O. Reg. 274/18, Siting Restrictions for Renewable Energy Generation Facilities

End of onshore wind turbines in Poland by 2040

The end of onshore wind turbines in Poland|Jean-Pierre Riou|December 17, 2018

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On the eve of COP 24 in Katowice, the 2040 Polish Energy Policy Polityki energetycznej Polski (PEP)  was unveiled and will remain in public consultation until 15 January 2019.

While Poland has the privilege of having virtually all of its energy resources on its own soil, it plans an ambitious program to drastically reduce the share of coal to 60% of the electricity mix in 2030 and 30 % by 2040, instead of 80% currently.

The project plans to increase electricity consumption from 165 TWh in 2018 to 232 TWh in 2040.

His presentation highlights the competitive nature of nuclear energy, whose competitiveness must be materialized by the commissioning of 6 additional nuclear power plants starting in 2033 with a new plant every 2 years .

In a forum , Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzzwski had mentioned the opportunity for the country, which already has 300 entities in this field, to develop highly qualified jobs.

This energy programming focuses on gas transiently, as well as on renewable energies such as geothermal energy and especially offshore wind and solar energy.

The big surprise is the decision to remove the onshore wind turbines from the Polish landscape by 2040 .

The graph below shows the program of evolution of their installed capacity, starting with a slight increase intended to support the role of the gas before the commissioning of the first nuclear power station. Then their rapid suppression until their near disappearance as early as 2040.

POWER OF TERRESTRIAL WIND POWER PLANTS IN POLAND (in MW)

 ( Source of the infographic Ministry of Energy )

Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski justified this choice with strong opposition from the Polish population .

Wind turbines and public health

In an August 2016 opinion , translated into French by “Le Mont Champot”, the Polish Public Health Institute (NIZP) called for a minimum distance between wind turbines and dwellings of 2 km by considering “that wind farms located too close to buildings intended for permanent human habitation are likely to have a negative impact on the well-being and health of people living nearby. “

This opinion mentions in particular the need for a precautionary distance between “1.5-3.0 km, based on the sound level, taking into account the modulation, the low frequencies and the infrasound levels” .

At the time of its publication, the opinion referred to the study of 487 scientific publications on the subject, by a link, broken since: http://www.pzh.gov.pl/wp-content/uploads/2016/03 /Stanowisko-NIZP-PZH-Farmy-wiatrowe-Bibliografia.pdf an extract of the first and last page are reproduced below.

Polish scientists are also not left out on this subject, particularly through studies on the physiological effects of exposure to wind turbines on goose farms and another on pigs , depending on the distance between them. machines and their place of breeding.

In the same year, Poland passed a law prohibiting the construction of wind turbines at a distance of less than 10 times the height of machinery .

Of flexibility to this law had been made this fall at the approach of the COP24.

But the Polish energy policy by 2040 therefore plans to be more protective.

At the opening of COP 24, its president, Michal Kurtyka, imposed a social justice component calling on all participants to sign the ”  Silesia Declaration for a Just and Inclusive Transition “, in order to avoid this transition. ecological can be the place of business for some and the burden for others.

By proposing the end of onshore wind turbines, this draft program also recalls that no economic or political objective should prevail over the well-being and health of individuals.

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No time to be silent

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Advocating for the return of silent nights free from industrial wind turbine installation noise and the return of our natural dark skies.

DEADLINE TO COMMENT~ January 18, 2019

Ontario is playing fast and fancy with recent amendments to the renamed Green Energy Act.  It is not the time to be silent.   Use your voice and let them know what you think about Grand Fathering existing renewable energy approvals (REA) of  industrial wind turbine complexes being built and those operated in our province.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is also proposing a regulation to address transition issues related to restoring municipal planning authority.

The proposed regulation would:

  • establish the transition rules for grandfathering existing renewable energy projects, as these projects may not comply with municipal planning documents and would require regulatory protection to continue
  • provide that, despite its repeal, section 62.0.2 of the Planning Act would continue to apply to specific renewable energy projects in specific circumstances.

https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4040

Oppose the recommendation to simply grandfather existing renewable facilities and to protect these projects as they continue to be the cause of adverse health injuries, trespass and havoc across Ontario.

Grandfather;  aka forgiven

Short List:

  • Ask the Ministers/Ministry to resolve, to the complainants satisfaction  aka the 4500+ complaints and growing provincially.
  • Ask the Ministers/Ministry to address and resolve the water well destruction to the satisfaction of all affected well owners.
  • Advocate fiercely for a health hazard investigation – Please reference Dr Bray’s recent letter Riina_Bray_IWT_Niagara recent and independent researcher Carmen Krogh’s documents.
  • Cancel the contracts.

CEASE TO OPERATEReverse the onus of no harm back to the industry and have them prove the safety of their electrical generation. (to include testing and resolution of impacts of noise such as infra sound, low frequency, non- ionizing radiation, stray voltage, EMFs and all the other discharges and emissions from these installations and their associated infrastructures)

Addition: looks like we have more work to do!

Please don’t go silent now!

https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4265

https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-3800

Health Canada’s Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study- A Review

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A new paper has just been published.  It is open access.

Krogh, C. M. , Dumbrille, A. , McMurtry, R. Y. , James, R. , Rand, R. W. , Nissenbaum, M. A. , Aramini, J. J. and Ambrose, S. E. (2018). Health Canada’s Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study—A Review Exploring Research Challenges, Methods, Limitations and Uncertainties of Some of the Findings. Open Access Library Journal, 5, e5046. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/oalib.1105046  

or  http://www.oalib.com/articles/5301313#.XBr6_PSno9M

Wind Turbine Application Denied

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69 News|By: Will Lewis| December 18, 2018

Wind Turbine Application Denied by Penn Forrest Township

ENN FOREST TWP., Pa. – The winds of change won’t be blowing through Penn Forest Township, Carbon County as the zoning board denies an application of a company for the second time.

The issue has been debated for the last two years and one resident says the decision means it will be a good Christmas.

The company, Atlantic Wind, wanted to build 27 to 28 wind turbines on the land owned by the Bethlehem Water Authority.

“There was not maybe one thing, but there was noise, there was runoff, there was the wind farm syndrome,” said Paul Fogal, a member of the Penn Forest township zoning board. “There’s all sorts of different things that made us come to a collective decision.”

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Corporate Welfare & Renewables

Multiple headlines in the past several weeks have highlighted how government subsidies to major corporations did nothing to stem factory closings and job losses. They include Bombardier Inc.’s announcement of 5,000 layoffs despite at least $5-billion in federal and Quebec subsidies. Then General Motors Co. announced it was laying off 14,700 people across North America. That came despite tax dollars going to the automotive sector: $3.7-billion in Canada and US$16.6-billion in the United States, stemming from the 2008-09 government bailouts.

Now switch gears and look at favourable headlines for another industry – green energy. The International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts that wind, solar and biomass will capture two-thirds of the new investment dollars in new power plants by 2040. But what exactly is meant by “investment dollars” when renewables receive massive taxpayer aid?

The IEA’s fine print reveals that green technologies must be subsidized and/or “mandated” into the electricity grid to succeed. For example, from the IEA’s 2017 summary: “Cost reductions for renewables are not sufficient on their own to secure efficient decarbonization or reliable supply.” And this year, the IEA wrote that private sector investment in bioenergy was not proceeding at the pace preferred by the Paris-based agency. It advised that “robust sustainability governance and enforcement must therefore be a central pillar of any bioenergy support policy.”……….

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