Resources

STT likes to think of itself as a one-stop-shop when it comes to fighting the wind industry, but there are plenty of others who are dedicated to helping communities and wind farm neighbours.

In Australia, the stand out has always been Dr Sarah Laurie (above) and the Waubra Foundation which the good Doctor fronts. The Waubra Foundation website is probably the best resource for noise affected people that money can’t buy. STT recommends the Waubra Foundation for anyone either threatened by or suffering from incessant, turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound.

When it comes to showing the pathetic ‘performance’ of Australia’s wind farms, we swear by (and the wind industry swears at) Aneroid Energy’s website which collects the output data from the AEMO for every wind turbine connected to Australia’s Eastern Grid (as well as presenting data from all other generation sources).

It’s the publicly available data from that site that has helped expose the wind industry’s ludicrous claims that wind power is a serious substitute, capable of replacing conventional generation sources, such as coal, gas and hydro.

Here’s the chaotic and occasional output during March 2017 from every wind farm in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia (with a combined total capacity of 3,891 MW):

The other critical tool in STT’s arsenal is the Australian Energy Market Operator’s data dashboard website – which, among other things, provides demand forecasts and spot market pricing outcomes for each of the Australian States.

That data, combined with the data from Aneroid Energy, demonstrates how prices in the electricity spot market rocket whenever wind power output collapses on a total and totally unpredictable basis (see above).

And when we say rocket we mean it: during wind power output collapses the average spot price jumps from around $50-70 per MWh all the way to the regulated market price cap of $14,000 per MWh.

When wind power output collapsed in South Australia on 8 February 2017 – a day when temperatures hit 40C – leaving 90,000 families boiling in the dark:

The spot price twice hit $13,000 per MWh:

Combining Aneroid Energy’s wind farm output records with AEMO’s data dashboard allows STT to make our point over and over again in pictures: these things do not work on any level.

Across the broad range of topics covered by STT, we include, wherever possible, peer-reviewed papers and articles in our posts. Here is a sample of a few of them for those looking for backup in their own battles (we have included links wherever available).

Wind Turbine Noise and Health

Ambrose, S. E., Rand, R. W., & Krogh, C. M. (2012). Wind Turbine Acoustic Investigation Infrasound and Low-Frequency Noise—A Case Study. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 32(2), 128-141.

Doolan, C., Moreau, D. J., & Brooks, L. A. (2012). Wind turbine noise mechanisms and some concepts for its control. Acoustics Australia, 40(1), 7-13. Available online.

Farboud, A., Crunkhorn, R., & Trinidade, A. (2013). ‘Wind turbine syndrome’: fact or fiction? J Laryngol Otol, 1-5.

Harding, G. W., Bohne, B. A., Lee, S. C., & Salt, A. N. (2007). Effect of infrasound on cochlear damage from exposure to a 4-kHz octave band of noise. Hearing research, 225(1-2), 128.

Hessler, D. M., & Hessler, G. F. (2011). Recommended noise level design goals and limits at residential receptors for wind turbine developments in the United States. Noise Control Engineering Journal, 59(1), 94-104.

Jeffery, R. D., Krogh, C., & Horner, B. (2013). Adverse health effects of industrial wind turbines. Canadian Family Physician, 59(5), 473-475.

Kelley, N. D., McKenna, H. E., Hemphill, R. R., Etter, C. L., Garrelts, R. L., & Linn, N. C. (1985). Acoustic noise associated with the MOD-1 wind turbine: its source, impact, and control. US Department of Energy.  Book -PDF download

Kelley, N. D. (1987). A proposed metric for assessing the potential of community annoyance from wind turbine low-frequency noise emissions. Presented at Windpower’87, San Franscisco, Calif., 5 Oct. 1987 (Vol. 1). PDF Download

Laratro, A., Arjomandi, M., Kelso, R., & Cazzolato, B. (2014). A discussion of wind turbine interaction and stall contributions to wind farm noise. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics127, 1-10. PDF Download

Larsson, C., & Öhlund, O. (2014). Amplitude modulation of sound from wind turbines under various meteorological conditions. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America135(1), 67-73. PDF Download

McKenna, H. E., Hemphill, R. R., Etter, C. L., Garrelts, R. L., & Linn, N. C. (1985). Acoustic noise associated with the MOD-1 wind turbine: its source, impact, and control. US Department of Energy.

Nissenbaum, M. A., Aramini, J. J., & Hanning, C. D. (2012). Effects of industrial wind turbine noise on sleep and health. Noise and Health, 14(60), 237. Available from: http://www.noiseandhealth.org/text.asp?2012/14/60/237/102961

Salt, A. N., & Hullar, T. E. (2010). Responses of the ear to low frequency sounds, infrasound and wind turbines. Hearing research, 268(1), 12-21.

Schomer, P. D., Erdreich, J., Boyle, J. and Pamidighantam, P. (2013). A proposed theory to explain some adverse physiological effects of the infrasonic emissions at some wind farm sites. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Wind Turbine Noise, Denver 28-30 August 2013. Paper available.

Walker, B., Hessler, G., Hessler, D., Rand, R., & Schomer, P. (2012). A Cooperative Measurement Survey and Analysis of Low Frequency and Infrasound at the Shirley Wind Farm in Brown County, Wisconsin (Report No. 122412-1). Wisconsin: Public Service Commission. Available from http://docs.wind-watch.org/Shirley-LFN-infrasound.pdf

Social Impact

Haggett, C. (2012). The Social Experience of Noise from Wind Farms. In Learning from Wind Power: Governance, Societal and Policy Perspectives on Sustainable Energy, (pp. 153-173).

Krogh, C. M. (2011). Industrial wind turbine development and loss of social justice? Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 31(4), 321-333.

Intermittent Wind and Power Prices

Evans, R., & Quirk, T. (2012). The ruinous privileges of renewable energy. Quadrant, 56(7-8), 8. Available from http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2012/7-8/the-ruinous-privileges-of-renewable-energy

Hirth, L. (2013). The market value of variable renewables: The effect of solar wind power variability on their relative price. Energy Economics, 38 (July), 218-236.

P. Miskelly, “Wind Farms in Eastern Australia – Recent Lessons”, Energy & Environment 23(8), 1233-1260 (2012) PDF HERE

Joskoaw, P. L. (2011). Comparing the costs of intermittent and dispatchable electricity generating technologies. The American Economic Review, 101(3), 238-241. http://cadmus.eui.eu/bitstream/handle/1814/18239/RSCAS_2011_45.pdf?sequence

Comments

  1. If the primary concern is the deleterious effects of carbon dioxide emissions, it matters not in the least who burns your coal.

    The first thing that any government should do while advocating a switch to energy resources that emit none, is NOT to permit any more mining of coal, whether for export or not. Well, OK, maybe carbon is absolutely necessary for the smelting of iron and most other metals, but not for energy production.

    But the products of recent sunshine, whether photovoltaic, photosynthetic,rain, wind, or waves, are simply too feeble and capricious to provide a modern industrial civilization.
    Nuclear energy alone can do that, with minimum emissions of carbon dioxide.

    The energy resources that we use are fissile nuclei. Astonishing amounts of energy are presently being cleanly produced, with a far better record of safety than coal, oil, or fractural gas, using the very scarce isotope 235 of uranium.

    But as a matter of fact, even reactors of the very old PWR and BWR designs produce a third of their energy from the synthetic isotope 239 of plutonium, an element that is almost unknown naturally on the Earth. Specially designed reactors have been built to ‘breed’ such isotopes, renewably, and will be built (by China and Russia) whether we do so or not. The waste and energy efficiency per ton of fuel for these reactors is orders of magnitude better even than for BWR and PWR types.

  2. I cannot understand how those effected by wind turbines have not taken a ‘class action’ against the Government for allowing their existence. The effect on humans amounts to a form of torture.

    • I am replying to R Martins comment regarding class action from affected people, like myself, living only 600m from Hepburn Wind industrial turbines. The main reason is MONEY. The wind industry and courts like V.C.A.T. know only too well that people like myself do not have the funds to fight proponents and government departments, namely Sustainability Victoria.

      I suffer 24hrs a day with the effects of the turbines. I can’t afford to walk off my property and no one wants to buy it. Above all this is my home that I love. I was here before the turbine installation. If R Martin can supply the lawyers Pro Bono, I will fight again and we will WIN. I can prove that corruption weaves its way through government departments and local councils even the health department.

      What a pandora’s box could do if it was opened.

  3. Jim Wiegand says:

    I am a wildlife biologist that has written many articles about the wind industry’s hidden slaughter to protected species in North America.

    I saw the post on this site with information about a fellow named Nick Valentine or Frank Bestic. Recently a story on wind energy was published and an elusive fellow calling himself Nick Valentine posted many replies to my comments. He called himself an Environmental Scientist. I have serious doubts because he could not ask one intelligent question pertaining to my comments.

    Could anyone from Stop These Things confirm if this is the same Nick Valentine of if they have any knowledge of this fellow having any higher education?

    Hockey & Co keep China, Germany & Buffet guessing on offensive wind

    http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/hockey-co-keep-china-germany-buffet-guessing-on-offensive-wind-55147#comment-1376397839

    Lastly………. This site may use and reproduce any of my published material about the fraudulent studies being conducted the wind industry to conceal mortality.

    • Having read the rant, that will be THE Nick Valentine. The only qualification he has that we are aware of is a PhD in lying. Although, strictly speaking it was his alter ego, Frank Bestic that was caught telling fibs. Nick is just angry that his beloved industry is finished in Australia: working through the 5 stages of grief. He will be looking for a new job soon, probably selling time-share apartments on the Gold Coast. We suggest you ignore him, he will fade to obscurity soon enough.

      • Jim Wiegand says:

        Thank you, also please spread this breaking news………….In Hawaii a story just broke. The wind turbines over there have been secertly killing endangered species since 2006. In fact a published list with 50 reported endangered species killed by wind turbines has just been leaked to the media.

        The availability of a carcasses to be found in any mortality study depends on the scientific methodology, search intervals, search plot size, crippling bias, searcher efficiency, and scavenging rates. I have read over at a good number of the studies. When accounting for all of these factors and the severely flawed study methodology used for Hawaii’s wind turbine studies, the real death toll of endangered species killed by Hawaii’s turbines is in the hundreds.

        My estimates are that 300-500 endangered species have been killed by the 200 MW of wind power in Hawaii. A majority these MW’s of wind energy have not been in production until recently and since 2011 40 of these 50 reported endangered species have been killed. This number will skyrocket because Hawaii has plans to install thousands of MW’s of so called “green or renewable” wind power. If this takes place most of the endangered species being killed by these wind turbines
        will not survive.

        This is an eye opening example of the extinction of species coming to the world from wind turbines.

  4. Melissa Ware says:

    Les Huson is an admirable professional of the highest standard. HIs investigation of the many detrimental noise impacts from wind farms is ground breaking and work to be very proud of. He has a remarkable ability to clarify gaps in understanding of the complexity of problems we experience living near this industry of noise. Bob Thorne, Steve Cooper and Les Huson are acousticians worthy of praise and heartfelt pats on the back for the inarguable honesty and the integrity of their work.

  5. Yes, our understanding assumes real energy innovation doesn’t injure our towns!!! Wind has injured people, unquestionably so!!

  6. Why is there nothing done about the noise of industrial wind turbines? Is it because there are too many people on the take as the industry is a fraud & there are wind weasels & greentards that are nothing more then corrupt (Labor & Greens included)?

  7. grouch11 says:

    We were impressed with these expert acousticians as they only gave us the facts. They have helped my family understand why we are being affected and this has helped us understand why we are feeling the way we do. We were suffering for years before we even heard of these people.

    There really needs to be a study done as per the senate recommendations. Let the wind industry stand on their own two feet and stop our taxpayer dollars supporting them. This money should be put to doing the research into the effects of windfarms on people and animals living near them.

  8. genie81 says:

    I just received an email concerning a Public statement – Waubra Foundation Calls for Public Inquiry. The Foundation has been informed that an “anonymous” document appeared at the office of Michael Moore, CEO of the public health Association of Australia alleging that the Foundation’s CEO Dr Sarah Laurie is conducting research without ethics committee approval and that Dr. Laurie is “practising medicine without being registered” These are serious, and reputation-damaging accusations, deliberately made. This has been transmitted this malicious and anon. document to the NHMRC and the Australian Health Practitioners regulatory Authority, the South Aust. Health Care complaints commission. It was leaked to the media before the NHMRC asked Dr. Laurie for a response. Having also been threatened as reported here earlier what are they trying to do to both anti-wind and decent concerned citizens speaking out. Isn’t this supposed to be Freedom of speech without fear of retribution here? Noted that the scum would not put name to this awful piece of fiction but hoping it will damage Dr. Laurie’s work and that of the Waubra Foundation.

  9. Mr.Cooper is a wonderful man. He speaks only the truth along with Dr, Laurie and several politicians who dare to oppose wind turbines. A lot of people think they work only with wind and do not realise they are an industrial machine made of CO2 emitting materials and emit noise.

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