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Date added:  September 21, 2020
Netherlands, Property valuesPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines and solar farms drive down house prices

Author:  Koster, Hans; and Dröes, Martijn | Netherlands, Property values

Countries that invest in renewable energy production face frequent opposition from local homeowners. Using a detailed housing transactions dataset covering the whole of the Netherlands since 1985, this column compares the overall impact that wind turbines and solar farms have on housing prices. It finds that tall wind turbines (over 150 metres) have a negative effect, and solar farms generate losses as well (2-3% for homeowners within a 1km orbit). This evidence should be factored into finding the optimal allocation . . .

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Date added:  September 20, 2020
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Wind Power and Clean Energy Policy Perspectives

Author:  Benton, Wash., Public Utility District | Grid, Washington

Executive Summary Clean energy technology and public-policy development continue to be in the news and at the forefront of much political debate and discussion. While wind power has emerged as a popular choice for helping meet greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, reasonable questions continue to be raised regarding its ability to cost-effectively contribute to the powering of modern civilization and how the lifecycle environmental and ecological impacts compare to other types of technologies. With Washington State’s passage of the Clean . . .

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Date added:  September 15, 2020
Health, Noise, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

A laboratory study on the effects of wind turbine noise on sleep: results of the polysomnographic WiTNES study

Author:  Smith, Michael; Ögren, Mikael; Thorsson, Pontus; Hussain-Alkhateeb, Laith; Pedersen, Eja; Forssén, Jens; Ageborg Morsing, Julia; and Persson Waye, Kerstin | Health, Noise, Sweden

Abstract Study Objectives: Assess the physiologic and self-reported effects of wind turbine noise (WTN) on sleep. Methods: Laboratory sleep study (n = 50 participants: n = 24 living close to wind turbines and n = 26 as a reference group) using polysomnography, electrocardiography, salivary cortisol, and questionnaire endpoints. Three consecutive nights (23:00–07:00): one habituation followed by a randomized quiet Control and an intervention night with synthesized 32 dB LAEq WTN. Noise in WTN nights simulated closed and ajar windows and . . .

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Date added:  September 8, 2020
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Assessing the effect of wind farms in fauna with a mathematical model

Author:  Refoyo Román, Pablo; Olmedo Salinas, Cristina; and Muñoz Araújo, Benito | Wildlife

[Abstract] Energy production by wind turbines has many advantages. The wind is a renewable energy that does not emit greenhouse gases and has caused a considerable increase in wind farms around the world. However, this type of energy is not completely free of impact. In particular, wind turbines displace and kill a wide variety of wild species what forces us to plan their location well. In any case, the determination of the effects of wind farms on fauna, especially the . . .

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