Month: October 2015

What’s wrong with this Math? Turbines make more than teachers!

Oklahoma pays an average of $32,000 to a first-year teacher, yet gives $38,000 per turbine in tax subsidies to Industrial Wind companies.

In 2016, state leaders predict a state budget shortfall of up to $1 billion, a crisis that will be felt in our most vital services, such as education. At a time when it is more important than ever to invest in our children’s future, Oklahoma is running out of money to pay for it. So why are we allowing multi-billion dollar Industrial Wind corporations to take millions in taxpayer dollars and add to government debt?

A popular wind industry website reported that Florida utility Gulf Power executed an energy purchase agreement for part of the output from Apex Clean Energy’s 300 megawatt Kingfisher project in Oklahoma. The announced 20-year deal includes an annual delivery commitment of 674,437 megawatt-hours, which is equivalent to a 178 Megawatt portion of the wind farm. In order to deliver on this commitment each 2 megawatt turbine must produce 7, 577.940 in Kilowatt-hours (KWh) per year.  This production will cost Oklahoma taxpayers one-half cent per KWh in production tax credit, for a total of $37,889.72 per turbine.  There are typically several hundred turbines in each wind farm.  The spending adds up quickly!

Wind Turbine Syndrome

Nina Pierpont, a physician in Malone, N.Y., has described a recurring set of symptoms experienced by people living near industrial wind turbines. Other researchers around the world have also noticed them. They appear to be similar to those of “vibro-acoustic disease,” a well documented set of harmful effects from low-frequency industrial noise and vibration.

Her testimony before the New York State Legislature Energy Committee was published in 2006 and describes in detail the impacts of industry-driven siting practices, which completely disregard public health.

Physicians who study the issue notice the same sets of symptoms, which start when local turbines go into operation and resolve when the turbines are off or when the person is out of the area. The symptoms include:

  • Sleep problems: noise or physical sensations of pulsation or pressure make it hard to go to sleep and cause frequent awakening.
  • Headaches which are increased in frequency or severity.
  • Dizziness, unsteadiness, and nausea.
  • Exhaustion, anxiety, anger, irritability, and depression.
  • Problems with concentration and learning.
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
  • Rapid heart beat.