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Friday, December 12, 2008

Turbine Noise At Iowa Wind Farm

December 11, 2008
Iowa
Turbine noise is supervisors' topic

Scott Rueter is fed up with the wind turbines that are near his home and with the company that owns them. Rueter, who was scheduled to voice his complaints to the board of supervisors at their last meeting but canceled because of illness, spent about an hour with the board on Tuesday. He said that the noise from the 2.5 megawatt turbines which are located near his home just east of Harris is overwhelming.

According to Rueter, the constant “whoosh, whoosh, whoosh” along with the noise generated by either the generator itself or a fan which operates in the turbine housing are making life on his farm almost unbearable at times.

Additionally, there is the “shadow effect” which is a problem now that the trees have lost their leaves. Rueter says that for several hours a day, the rotation of the blades cast a shadow inside his house as they turn and it’s “almost like a strobe light, just not as fast.”

Rueter stated anyone is welcome to come by his house to see and hear for themselves. He lives one mile east and half mile north of Harris. He said his two kids, ages six and 10, don’t want to go outside to play anymore, because of the noise. Rueter said the noise gets in his head and doesn’t go away when he leaves the area.

The turbines were constructed by Clipper, Inc., but have been sold to Florida Power and Light. The contract that land owners signed with Clipper stated that the turbines would be placed no closer than 1,200 feet to any residence but the closest one to Rueter’s house is actually 1,193 feet away as measured by the Osceola county engineering department with a laser.

Part of the problem is that the turbines are not located on Rueter’s property. They are on a neighbor’s property. The owner lives in Florida and has not responded to Rueter’s request for him to contact FPL.

Rueter has hired an attorney, who has contacted FPL, and got a response that they “were aware of the problem and were concerned” but there has been no other response, even after a second letter was sent by the attorney. Rueter said he has been in the local office of FPL to complain several times, and was told the last time that the company “would get a restraining order against him” if he returned.

He asked that the board of supervisors send a letter to FPL urging them to do something about the problem. He said he didn’t know if it would do any good but felt they might at least be able to get some sort of response.

Rueter said there are four turbines less than a half mile from his house and six that are within one mile (including the one that is less than 1,200 feet away). The Harris man said that Clipper had told land-owners that the turbines “would not make any more noise than a refrigerator”. He said that might be true for the 1.5 megawatt turbines but that the 2.5 megawatt size was much louder.

He also said that FPL is not living up to the contracts they have with landowners. FPL is supposed to shut down the generators whenever ice is building up on surfaces, since the blade tips reach up to 200 MPH in speed, and a chunk of ice thrown from them could do serious damage. Rueter said that Monday night, when ice was accumulating, the turbines were running.

The supervisors indicated that they will probably send a letter to FPL, although at press time no final decision had been made.

9 comments :

Anonymous said...

It is important to note that the 2.5 megawatt turbine is what is proposed for the Ulysses/Hector wind project. There are approximately 36 homes and countless camps that are going to be affected directly by these turbines. The health ,safety and welfare of these people are being completely overlooked by the Ulyssses township supervisors. To post anything that suggest Mr. Rueter is making this up would be ridiculous.
These peoples lives have already been changed forever and their storys are being told in an effort to warn others.
Why is no one listening??????????

Anonymous said...

Maybe you would like a coai fired generator in there place then you could complain about the soot instead......
If your neighbors want to lease their land to help this country go green good for them .QUIT YOUR @#$%$%% WHINNING

Aviator58

Anonymous said...

No one is listening because morally no one wants to hear.
Might upset some apple cart if anyone actually had to recognize that our lives are being threatened through our homes and health issues. In addition to that,
most of the people involved are retirees. So it is the lives
of senior citizens that is being
so threatened with little disregard
for their pain and suffering.
Some of us have mortgages on homes
that we could not sell because no one will move into a turbine neighborhood. Sad times

Anonymous said...

It is important to note..The turbine is not on his property..seems to be the only ones with a problem.....hmmmm..r

Anonymous said...

One poster said:
Maybe you would like a coal fired generator in there place then you could complain about the soot instead......

It is important to note that Pennsylvania exports 40% of the electric in produces. There is no need for turbine generators that produce only 20% of their nameplate in a good wind. Potter county only has a level 2 wind out of 7. In other words, wind turbines won't work here and the possiblity of a coal burning plant being located here with no transportation to get the coal is just not going to happen.
Read the article posted again, the point here is that this man is warning others that wind turbines to close to homes will cause Health, Safety, and welfare issues. There is no good reason to place these in Potter County. All we can do here is lose the beauty we now have. Once it is gone, it will be gone FOREVER!!

John Q Public said...

Well... since this is not the only incident of problems related to wind turbine noise in the country, that a logical person would be able to deduce that there really is a problem and that maybe we really don't want to have the turbines in our area. It definitely needs some more consideration.

Anonymous said...

Your Right John Q lots of problems. We just can't solve them because so far there is no diagnosis that can tie them to a turbine.
Until then we need to attribute danger to all sight and sound.

We can however tie together people who through internet access are able to become organized in their attempt to control situations through fear. They usually pray on the lonely and uneducated.

If you come to this site often I guess you know all the way around us they seem to progressing just fine. Its sad that we have to publish everyone elses accomplishments because we haven't had any of our own lately.

John Q Public said...

It's sort of frustrating position for me as I am still on the fence as far as the turbines go....my opinion is:

1) everyone has the right to do what they want on their own property as long as it doesn't adversely affect the surrounding community.

2) If there is "solid proof" that wind turbines will cause serious problems then they should not be allowed.

3) We definitely need to do something in our country to promote alternate energy...I'm not sure if wind is the answer, but it might help.

Anonymous said...

i UNDERSTAND THE HEALTH ISSUE BUT WHAT ABOUT THE FARMERS PUTTING CHEMICALS ON THE FIELDS TO MAKE CROPS GROW. NOW MAKES SENSE THAT WOULD GET INTO WATER TABLE AND BE A HEATH ISSUE MORE THEN TURBINES. OR FARMERS USING EQUIPMENT TO PLOW FIELDS NIGHT AND DAY. OR THAT NOISE DOESNT BOTHER ANYONE. I SAY LET THEM PUT THEM IN AND ENJOY THE POWER IT CAN PRODUCE. L