They use the word Nimby and yet the origin for that is not people effected by developments in their back yards but for politicians in Westminster who fought against developments in their constituencies which mights adversely effect their political ambitions. Public awareness is tempered by personal experience. Therefore those who live in the urban environment, which is by nature noisy, do not understand those rural dwellers who tilt against wind farms. Very few people understand the intermittency or financial ramifications of wind and if they did so may well question it’s efficacy of a viable energy source. If you had a cow that only provided milk from one teat you would get rid of it. Too costly to keep. If you have a wind turbine which only works 21% of output capacity, why pay millions to keep those that own it in caviar and champagne. It doesn’t make economic sense! And take into account that output capacity is far below rated capacity. As to the impact on those ‘hosting’ wind farms, the real measure is in truth quality of life! If you commit the largest life time expenditure to a quiet rural lifestyle with fantastic views, a wind farm with the attached noise and shadow flicker, added to the impact on your property value virtually imprisoning you in your property, very much adversely impacts on your quality of life. A community divided in some cases. Sleep deprivation, stress and in some cases hopelessness are all ‘conditions’ reported time and time again. The infrastructure of towers(pylons) and substations with their incumbent noise extends this to a greater number of homes and families. Public opinions have possibly polarised depending on which side of the fence. What has impacted on those opposing wind is the cumulative effect of more and more applications in an area. Once one is approved a phalanx of applications follows in it’s wake and people get tired of repeating the blindingly obvious. Total trust in the Government and the planning system is destroyed and with it another nail in our quality of life. Public opinion is divided by experience. But we are really rather tired of repeating the blindingly obvious!
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