How to destroy your most valuable asset – add giant fans

owen paterson

Owen Paterson – turbine slayer, keen to get the truth out.

Secret report on wind farms to reveal turbines have slashed ‘billions’ from the value of rural homes
The Daily Mail
23 August 2013

Wind farms have slashed ‘billions’ from the value of rural homes, a secret Government report is expected to disclose.

The Coalition is in conflict over the critical document on renewable energy because it could prove they damage countryside communities.

Liberal Democrat ministers have been accused of trying to suppress the report, commissioned by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, because it concentrates on ‘ideology’ not science, sources have said.

Today more details of the document have emerged, and it is believed to reveal the impact wind farms have on rural house prices.

Mr Paterson described wind farms as a ‘complete scam’ in June and is said to be furious at attempts to hold back his report.

Consultants Frontier Economics were brought in to establish the loss to house prices caused by onshore wind.

The work is part of a wider study into how renewables impact on the countryside and the rural economy.

Glyn Davies, the Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire, told the Daily Telegraph: ‘I’m expecting this report to find that house prices will be reduced over the country by a measure of billions. It is my view that any unbiased study will show that. What is absolutely crucial is that this report is allowed to come out.’

Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary Ed Davey has played down reports of a row with his Conservative Cabinet colleague in a letter to the Daily Telegraph.

He said: ‘My department is not blocking a DEFRA report on the impact of wind farms.

‘The Government is committed to moving to a secure, affordable, low carbon energy system, without excessively relying on any single technology.

‘So, this cross-government study will look at maximising the benefits and minimising the negative impacts of all technologies, including shale gas and nuclear.’

The report is a joint project between Mr Paterson’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

A DEFRA spokesman said: ‘It is our role to rural-proof policy. We need to ensure that energy is generated in a way that is sustainable. Sustainability includes the economic as well as social and environmental impacts.’

A Government spokeswoman said: ‘We need to ensure that energy is generated in a way that is sustainable and understand the effects that different technologies have on the environment and on communities across the country.

‘DECC and DEFRA are working together on this report, which is not yet complete, to ensure that it meets the usual standards and quality assurances that you would expect from any Government publication.

‘A diverse energy mix is the best way to meet our energy security requirements, our climate change commitments and keep energy bills affordable.’
The Daily Mail

ed davey

Ed Davey – a man with plenty to hide, apparently.

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.


  1. David Mortimer says:

    We live on a 10 acre lifestyle block in a farming community. It only has two valued attributes viz peace and quiet and elevated panoramic views of the country side towards the sand dunes 5km distant and gorgeous sunsets.

    Infigen Energy have an approved application to place 23 3.5Megawatt turbines from one end of the panoramic view to the other at around a 2km radius. We will be on the downwind side of the prevailing winds blowing most of the year from the turbines. A local real estate agent has given us a written statement that just having the proposed wind power facility approved has devalued our home by around 30%.

    I would suggest that with the property’s main assets destroyed totally should the project be constructed, the value of our home will be zero. We can not afford to move and we will not be able to live in our home. How do we know this? Simple, we already live 2.5km from turbines which for the last 9 years have ruined our sleep and consequently, health. The new project could likely kill us. That is not being over dramatic; just try and live with sleep deprivation.

    Then there is the cost to the turbine host when the life expectancy (around 20 years) has elapsed and the host finds out that the developer has passed the buck and handed over responsibility for turbine removal to the host on the premise that a salvage company could probably be hired to remove the turbines. A quick calculation of turbine scrap value comes out at around $75,000. Then there is the cost of hiring massive cranes and work crews to dismantle the structures and transport them away. Then, there’s the blades and nacelle which are fibre reinforced plastic and not recyclable. What will happen to them? Every turbine has three blades. Where is the grave yard going to be? EPA, I hope you are listening!

    I think you will find that the host will be significantly out of pocket when all is said and done. The decommissioning costs alone may well render the host’s farms valueless. After all, who would buy a farm when the cost to remove the turbines was greater than the land value?

    Our local council told us that our property hasn’t been devalued by an approved wind energy facility; only the pool of prospective purchasers has been reduced. Dare I say, reduced to Zero. Is that not devaluation???

  2. Ed Davey, a slippery snake oil salesman if ever you saw one. Still peddling the failed, pointless renewables ideology – to hell with the misery it brings to ordinary country folk.

  3. Reblogged this on shelliecorreia and commented:
    They deny house depreciation, noise infractions, and health effects….disgusting.

  4. You don’t have to be a Rhodes Scholar to work all that out. What intrigues me is the fact that the victims – neighbours, and bless their little hearts the dreaded Wind turbine hosts will supposedly have to put up with this for a projected 25 years or more. Somehow the people who gave us this seem to think they are somehow immune and detached from all of this. To screw peoples health, property values, life styles and give them trauma and a sentence of 25 years plus of Home detention without committing any crime, is a crime in itself.
    Human Nature and History will eventually interact here and when it does it will not be pretty.

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