THUNDER BAY – The battle over the noise from wind turbines continues. Earlier today, Wind Concerns Ontario stated that it appeared that the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CWEA) had changed its stand on the noise from wind turbines. Now the CWEA states it “has not in any way changed its position on wind energy and human health”.
The groups says, “The balance of scientific and medical evidence clearly concludes that sound from wind turbines is not unique and that wind turbines do not have a direct impact on human health. There are well over 100,000 turbines operating worldwide and hundreds of thousands of people are living and working near and around them, the overwhelming majority of whom have productive and positive experiences.
“The association has always acknowledged that a small percentage of people can be annoyed by wind turbines in their vicinity. Annoyance is a personal experience that can be caused by many things and be influenced by many different factors and stressors in a person’s life. When annoyance has a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life, it is important that they consult their doctor.
As a responsible industry, we are interested in the responsible and sustainable development of wind for the benefit of all Canadians. We will continue to receive and review new and credible information pertaining to wind energy and human health as it is made available”.