Britain’s Only Wind Turbine Plant Closes

By | Apr 29, 2009

Wind turbines have been in the news quite a lot lately. They seem like the ideal power generator – they don’t destroy water systems, they don’t generate pollution and they can be installed basically anywhere. Offshore wind farms are sometimes seen the solution for meeting North America’s electricity demands without requiring us to give up all of our farmland.

The downside to wind turbines is, of course, Wind Turbine Syndrome – adverse health effects reported by some people who live close to turbines. Apparently turbines generate a high-intensity, low-frequency sound wave that causes a gamut of problems running from abnormal heart rates to dizziness to crippling headaches. These health concerns are part of the reason it takes so long to build wind farms; although most people agree to the benefits of wind power in principal, they don’t want to live with construction in their own back yards.

The “not in my backyard” mentality is cited as the major reason why Britain’s only wind turbine plant is closing despite the announcement of new government spending for the construction of wind farms. At least for now, the delay in getting construction projects off the ground means too few orders to keep the factory’s 700 workers employed.

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  1. Good Riddance 2009 | Ignorant Mouth January 4, 2010 8:40 pm

    […] trouble ourselves to write an article about Copenhagen – why bother wasting our breath. Even wind turbines are under seige. California is taking the lead in reducing automobile emissions – time will tell whether they […]

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