Report: Wind energy may be harmful to your health (blog post)

June 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News



According to a recent report, industrial wind turbines can be harmful to people’s health. Well, at least for those who live near the turbines. The report says that neighbors of the wind turbines are at risk of a number of health ailments including stress and sleep disorders. 

According to a recent report, industrial wind turbines can be harmful to people’s health. Well, at least for those who live near the turbines. The report says that neighbors of the wind turbines are at risk of a number of health ailments including stress and sleep disorders. 










Patricia Resende
Managing Editor MHT- Boston Business Journal

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Wind energy is supposed to be good for us. After all, electricity generated by the massive wind turbines popping up all throughout out New England won’t dirty the air we take in, and it doesn’t emit pollutants. That’s why a new report released by Wind Wise left me scratching my head.

According to the Wind Wise, industrial wind turbines can be harmful to people’s health. Well, at least for those who live near the turbines. The report says that neighbors of the wind turbines are at risk of a number of health ailments, including stress and sleep disorders. The report cites The Journal of Laryngology and Otology, which states that there is more evidence suggesting that infrasound and low frequency noise (caused by the wind turbines) have physiological effects on the ear.

When people living near the turbines or soon-to-be neighbors of proposed sites for wind turbine complained, many people thought the complaints were not valid. I, for one, thought it was a simple case of Not In My Back Yard. (NIMBY) But, that’s not the case, according to Wind Wise Spokesperson Lilli-Ann Green. “These two papers are adding to the increasing number of peer reviewed medical studies that make it quite clear that the wind turbines are seriously affecting the health of individuals and families,” she said.

If these medical reports ring true, then many municipalities will have to weigh out the benefits of an industry that is growing fast. According to the American Wind Energy Association, the U.S. wind industry installed 1.6 megawatts during the first quarter 2013. Total wind capacity is now at 60,009 megawatts. And that’s not all. There were more than 500 megawatts under construction as of March 31, according to AWEA.


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