I often get this question: “Why have people vacated their homes, or are feeling sick, around windmills in Brown County”. This is not a unique scenario. Very large industrial-scale wind turbines placed irresponsibly close to families’ home have similar impacts worldwide. The impacts do not discriminate between young or old, rich or poor. Some people are more susceptible to the negative impacts (one consistent correlation is people who are sensitive to motion sickness).
This German video does a pretty good job describing the issue. Please note that the turbines in this video are MUCH smaller and less impactful than the 8 Duke Energy wind turbines in Glenmore that were unanimously declared a Human Health Hazard by the Brown County Government Board of Health.
Duke’s turbines in Brown County are among the largest in the country placed among the closest to homes. They are 493 feet tall and have 2.5 Megawatt generators (One megawatt = 1,000 kilowatts = 1,000,000 watts). You will also note that the turbines in this German video are over 700 meters (over 2,100 feet) from homes – the turbines in Glenmore are as close as 1,100 feet from homes.
Wisconsin Public Service (owned by We Energies) purchases the power from this project and it is regulated by the Town of Glenmore who apparently refuses to enforce the clear and protective language in their own ordinance and conditional use permit. Families are living away from the homes they still own; residents who can not move away have submitted affidavits attesting to the fact that they continue to feel severely ill when around the spinning turbines; and little is being done to bring any relief.
It breaks my heart to hear callous comments from well intentioned people that have not experienced the impacts in these homes first hand or even taken the time to talk with the impacted residents. The question I ask these people who don’t understand is why would people make this up. People do not leave the homes they still own and maintain for no reason. They do not want to sleep and do homework in their basements because it is the only place in their homes where they can get a little relief. They do not enjoy coming forward only to be the subject of ridicule and voluntarily devaluing their homes. The symptoms our neighbors express are shared world wide.
Even those profiting from renting land to wind developers have sued them because of claims of the unlivable conditions around the turbines. This is a social justice issue – Shirley Wind in Glenmore is arguably one of the most studied wind farms in the country and ample evidence is known on the conditions around these particular turbines. If you would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to call or write me – I can direct you to those that can provide the answers and have first hand experience. Hope some of this information is of value.
Thank you for reading this long post.
Steve Deslaurie, Brown County Supervisor
April 5, 2019
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