CSE has published a research paper that addresses some of the misconceptions surrounding wind energy.
‘Common concerns about wind power’ draws on peer-reviewed articles and as written in response to requests from community groups for factual information about the subject.
Separate chapters look in detail at a range of issues including: efficiency, energy payback times, subsidies, shadow flicker and epilepsy, noise, bat and bird mortality, and effects on property prices. It also has a section on nuclear power.
You can download the research paper here.
Wind power is one of the cleanest, safest and most cost-effective forms of energy available.
Yet wind turbines face opposition from a vocal minority who raise all sorts of arguments against them. These arguments are generally little more than myths.
In view of the increasing urgency of tackling climate change, decisions on potential wind turbines in Wales must be made on the basis of facts and informed debate, not myth and misinformation.
This new report tackles 20 of the most frequently heard arguments against wind power. These include:
MYTH: Wind energy produces little power
In May 2008, there were 1988 wind turbines in the UK generating the electricity needed for 1,379,127 homes
MYTH: Wind farms are unpopular
The Sustainable Development Commission assessed more than 50 public opinion surveys carried out since 1991 and found that 80% of people were in favour of wind farms and 20% against
MYTH: Turbines are taking over the countryside
As a result of the TAN 8 planning policy, future wind farms in Wales will be mostly restricted to areas amounting to approximately four per cent of the land area of Wales
MYTH: Wind farms harm property prices
A report by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Oxford Brookes University (May 2007) found no clear relationship between property prices and the proximity of wind farms.
Read the full report (PDF)
Questions and comments from the public meeting about the proposed wind turbine, held on 17th February 2012.
- Distance from houses and noise