FAQ

How do wind farms impact property values?

Wind farms have no impact on surrounding property values. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, winner of 13 Nobel Prizes, was asked by the United States Department of Energy to conduct a comprehensive review of property values near wind turbines. The institution conducted studies in 2009 and 2013, reviewing 50,000 home sales records near 67 wind farms in 27 counties across 9 states. They found zero impacts from wind farms[1].


How do wind farms affect family farming?

Wind farms help preserve family farms. Lease payments provide a stable income stream that helps small farms weather fluctuations in crop production and pricing. Additionally, a typical wind farm uses only 1 to 2 acres per wind turbine, including all infrastructure like access roads, leaving 99% of farmland available for continued farm operation.


What can be done to mitigate impact from wind turbines?

With more than 300,000 wind turbines operating worldwide, best practices to minimize unwanted impacts are well established. Because effects diminish with distance, common sense setbacks ensure that wind turbines operate safely, quietly and unobtrusively for neighbors.


Do wind turbines affect peoples' health?

Numerous studies, including a comprehensive 2015 review by the Wisconsin Department of Health[2], have shown that wind turbines do not create any negative effects on human health.


[1] Hoen, B., Brown, J. P., Jackson, T., Wiser, R., Thayer, M., & Cappers, P. (2003). A Spatial Hedonic Analysis of the Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States. Retrieved from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory website: www.emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-6362e.pdf

[2] Public Service Commission Staff. (2015). Review of Studies and Literature Relating to Wind Turbines and Human Health. Retrieved from Public Service Commission of Wisconsin website: www.psc.wi.gov/Documents/Review%20of%20Studies%20and%20Litera ture%20Relating%20to%20Wind%20Turbines%20and%20Human%20Healt h%202015.pdf

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