"People who state that wind turbines are very quiet are probably good candidates for a lobotomy." (Wisconsin)
Jan 23, 2009
From Plataformahorta.org with appreciation
Letter from homeowner Larry Wunsch, reprinted from the Tri-County News.
January 12, 2009
It has been almost a year now since the Forward Energy wind turbines (Brownsville, Wisconsin, area) went online. I have tried to keep an open mind and change the way I have looked at wind farms, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.
I have seen a number of homes in this wind farm go up for sale. Some of the homes are lived in by people that were born and raised here in this township, but because of the issues from the wind turbines, they said it just doesn’t feel like home anymore. The homes for sale in our township that are in the wind farm project have not or still have not been sold. In more than one case, the prospective buyers have stated that they were uncomfortable living so close to a wind turbine or just did not want to live so close to wind turbines in general. I guess so much for the submitted REPP study that states property values actually go up inside wind farms.
I always wondered why the attorney for Forward Energy told the Town of Byron Board of Appeals that if they had to provide adjacent non-hosting landowners with a property value protection agreement, that the company would not be able to get financing for the wind farm.
Invenergy told the Public Service Commission and Dodge County Board of Appeals that shadow flicker was minimal. With a modeling software they could almost eliminate this. This is BS. I get shadow flicker for six weeks in the fall and six weeks in the spring. Have someone in your home consistently turn the lights on and off and see if you can concentrate on something like reading.
People who state that wind turbines are very quiet are probably good candidates for a lobotomy. I have not slept with the windows open in my house since the turbines went online. There are days when it sounds like a jet engine idling on an airport taxi-way. There are other days when the noise is so intense, we can hear them through the walls of our home. Don’t come to me with the 50 decibel thing. I am not a sound expert, so I can(not) argue this. All I know, I was told that they don’t hardly ever hear them. Just another lie.
Ice throws—I remember this one well. Joel Link at Dodge County hearings along with Mark Jacobson stating the this type of new designed turbine does not have ice build-up on its blades, and, if it should, the turbine would shut down. I was plowing snow in my driveway on Dec. 23 when I noticed out of the corner of my eye what looked like a bed sheet diving to the ground. After the second time this happened, I figured it out. The turbine was shedding a ice/snow mix and the second one landed just short of my property line. I will tell you this, that if this event in the future should cause property or bodily harm, I will be out for blood. If you don’t believe me about the ice/snow build up, see for yourself (click here for YouTube).
Where do I go from here? I can’t complain anymore to the town chairman. He stated in an interview with Ted Perry from Channel 6 in Milwaukee that the town residents that are complaining about the wind farm’s issues are implants in the town, and not good stand-(up) people. So I am wasting my breath talking to this clown and the other two morons. I can’t complain to my state reps because they have told us that “it’s a local issue and not within their control,” but yet the state creates a law which the wind companies use to force their way into a community to erect turbines and destroy the community atmosphere. Then use a model ordinance that was drafted by (guess who) energy company officials to address concerns. I would be wasting my time talking to Invenergy people like Mick Baird, Joel Link and Mark Jacobson who basically never addressed concerns early in the project design, and have told town residents that I and others are just trouble makers.
So here I am typing this letter. I don’t know of any other way at this time to enforce what a poor decision this has been on the part of the Public Service Commission (PSC). I am shocked that the PSC didn’t place parameters in this project to protect me and other residents within the wind farm project. I don’t want to hear the “not in my back yard” (NIMBY) thing. Do any of the PSC commissioners have a wind turbine 1100 feet from their home, or does any state rep have a wind turbine 1100 feet from his/her home? Best yet, do you know of any energy company official with a wind turbine 1100 feet from his/her home? I don’t think so.
Let’s focus on the truth; this isn’t about renewable energy, it’s about money. This is just another scam where an LLC develops something to take advantage of subsidized money to stuff millions in their pockets. I am not sure where this is all going in the future, but I know this has taken away a quality of my life. This is why residents of Wisconsin don’t trust the judgment of the PSC or their own state reps. I hope the PSC learns and (does) not bend to the pressure of lobbyists.