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Relationship Between Wind and Residential Property Values in MA

No Evidence of Residential Property Impacts Near Wind Turbines According to Third Berkeley Lab Study

 

Massachusetts-focused study finds other factors, such as proximity to highways, beaches have price impact

 

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) along with University of Connecticut analyzed more than 122,000 home sales near 26 wind facilities (with over 1,500 within a mile of operating turbines) in densely populated Massachusetts, yet was unable to uncover any impacts to nearby home property values.

Wind and Solar Integration Study for the West from NREL

Near the end of September 2013, the National Renewable Energy Lab published a Western Wind and Solar Integration Study which showed conclusively that wind and solar energy reduces net pollution emissions on a virtually 1 for 1 basis. Anti-clean energy forces have spread the lie for years that because wind and solar are intermittent sources, just as much fossil fuel energy is still needed, thus resulting in no lowering of harmful emissions.

Energy Information Administration 2013 Report with Projections to 2040

The EIA's 2013 Annual Energy Outlook with Projections to 2040 is available here. The projections are not favorable for the environment and the fight against global warming. We must do better. The EIA projects that coal will continue to be the top source of electricity even in 2040, and that it will produce more electricity at that time than it did in 2011. Here's a graph from the report.

2011 Harvard Study Found Full Cost of Coal Very High

Published in 2011, this study estimates, in a conservative manner, the full life-cycle cost of the US's reliance on coal for electricity. Its main finding is that the true cost of coal for electricity is between 9 and 27 cents per kWh (best estimate: 18 cents/kWh), considerably more than competently developed wind power. Taxpayers are paying this price, although it doesn't show up on our electric bills.

County Wind Ordinance Survey

The County Wind Ordinance Survey was designed to help users navigate through the permitting regulations for wind energy development at the local level. The information provided will be useful for all wind developers but specifically targets Community Wind developers who are interested in local permitting and siting rules as well as local officials who are working to develop wind ordinances for their area. This survey provides a single place to access the local permitting and siting rules for a certain area as well as providing additional resources for information relating to wind energy siting, such as wildlife interactions and federal permit requirements.

Clearance

These permitting regulations refer to the minimum distance the tips of the blade must be above the ground or other nearby obstacles. This ensures both safety for structures and beings near operating turbines, as well as promoting the most efficient use of the wind resource.

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