Two recent studies confirm that complaints about wind turbines
are much more frequent in areas where the turbines have not been
built, than they are near operating wind farms. Wind farms are
particularly accepted in Alberta, which has had large wind farms
for 20 years. The Pembina Institute blog comments:
"No other province in Canada has a longer history with wind
energy than Alberta, which has 20 years of experience with
utility-scale wind farms...."
According to Pembina, Alberta's electrical regulator, the
Alberta Utilities Commission, has received NO complaints about
large operating wind farms:
"...no complaints about utility-scale wind energy have been
brought to the AUC — not a single one. There were 31,000
contacts from the public to the AUC about a variety of issues in
their 13-year-old database, but none of them were complaints about
wind energy. In fact of the 170 contacts (calls, emails, letters)
that the AUC received that did reference wind energy, more than
half were from individuals wanting to know how to set up their own
wind energy generation. Another quarter of those referencing wind
power were about proposed (not operating) wind energy projects. One
was a complaint about noise from a small-scale wind turbine in a
Other contacts relating to "noise" (45 in total) were
mostly about non-wind electric utilities and other projects like
oil and gas operations—even though the AUC has no
jurisdiction over oil and gas. So, we also went to the regulator
for oil and gas projects, as a comparator, where we found an
average of 819 concerns reported per year to the ERCB about wells,
facilities and pipelines."
Similarly, a recent study published by researchers at the
University of Western Ontario found that residents in a community
without wind turbines but with a proposed wind energy project were
less supportive of wind energy development and more concerned about
negative impacts than a community with turbines nearby.
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The Government of Alberta recently announced a number of policy changes that will impact the Alberta Electricity Market, composed of its generators, transmitters, distributors, retailers, electricity consumers and wholesale electricity market.
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