Wind Concerns Ontario is a province-wide advocacy organization whose mission is to provide information on the potential impact of industrial-scale wind power generation on the economy, human health, and the natural environment.
Wind turbines reduce property values: Forbes. And they’re not so “green” either
A key point of contention against wind (and solar) farms is that they require much larger amounts of land to generate the same amount of electricity, an important downgrade of their “greenness” that goes conveniently ignored. Wind power is naturally intermittent, and plants typically operate at about 25% of full capacity, compared to coal and natural gas plants operating at 90%.
Thus, it can take 4-5 wind plants to produce the same amount of electricity as a single fossil fuel plant.
The U.S. Department of Energy has concluded that generating 20% of electricity (which is likely the highest we could go, seehere) with land-based wind installations would demand at least 20,000 square miles, or the size of Maryland and Vermont combined. By comparison, all U.S. nuclear power plants, which produce around 20% of power, occupy only 110 square miles.
The main reason industrial wind farms take up so much land is that each turbine can be spaced a half mile or more apart. And bigger, taller, and more spaced apart turbines are better because they can generate more electricity. Standing 650 tall (200 meters), these giant wind turbines dwarf nearby buildings. Along with the complexity of siting, this explains why getting wind farms built is much harder in real life than in the Sierra Club’s mind.
The pervasive “Not in My Backyard” (NIMBY) syndrome indicates that even the most ardent renewable energy supporters in public often don’t want wind farms near their own homes in private (see the wind hypocrisy of this famous familyhere). Additionally, the wind build-out will require massive amounts of new high-voltage transmission lines because our best wind locations, many of which have already been taken (“the sweet spots get chosen first”), are far from cities.
Perhaps most importantly, wind farms flicker, make noise,cause health problems, and can be “visual intrusions,” so their impact on property values, especially as wind power grows, is increasingly concerning.
It surely seems logical enough, anything that would cause a potential buyer to value a property less lowers its value. A piece of property, after all, is just what someone is willing to pay for it. Markets are about supply and demand, and all things being equal, why would somebody choose to buy a home with an industrial wind farm nearby? And simply put, it seems impossible to believe that wind turbines would actually add to a property’s value.
But, there’s a heavily funded public relations machine to make Americans think that wind power doesn’t impact property values, and it’s every bit as influential as the “Big Oil” the anti-fossil fuel movement purports to be so against.
Renewable energy and the “environment” are big businesses (see the Volkswagen emissions scandal for proof) and they include not just energy producing companies but also various agencies, interest groups, and even university researchers. Their grant money and careers are at stake.