Myth: Wind power will reduce my electric bill
Fact: Alliant Energy recently raised its price 24%. MidAmerican Energy raised rates from 2014-2016. Iowa’s residential electric rates increased 18% from 2008-2015. Most of the energy produced in Iowa is exported out of Iowa.
Myth: Wind energy is green and renewable
Fact: More carbon dioxide is emitted manufacturing and transporting a turbine than is ever reduced in its lifecycle.
Myth: The use of wind energy reduces our dependence on coal and nuclear
Fact: Wind is intermittent so it requires a back-up source, like coal or gas. For every 10 MW of wind power generated, at least 8 MW of back-up power from fossil fuels must also be dedicated. The fossil fuel and renewable energy industries are intertwined and interdependent.
Myth: Wind energy creates jobs and tax revenue
Fact: The developer and construction company typically bring in existing employees so new jobs are not created. Economic forecasts actually show a net loss to a county as a result of less tourism and lower property values.
Myth: There aren’t any negative effects from wind energy
Fact: Many independent, credible sources have proven the negative effects listed below. The reason you do not hear about the negative effects may be because a) typically, few participants live next to their own turbine. Participants sign a contract agreeing not to disclose the negative effects. b) Non-participating neighbors may have signed a good neighbor agreement, which means they cannot talk about the negative effects either.
What are the downsides?
Health effects – Many people across the U.S. have reported headaches, heart palpitations, vertigo, and dizziness from wind turbines. ² Many cases go unreported due to confidentiality clauses. The UofI/IEC study, which claims otherwise, was debunked.
Shadow flicker – an intermittent shadow caused when the sun rises or sets behind a turbine, is cast ¾ mile from a turbine. Wind companies promise not to exceed 30 hours/year but it is difficult to prove if exceeded. ²
Property values – around wind farms decrease 25-50% and homes for sale stay on the market longer. ¹ Farmland, tile, and roads can be damaged during construction.
Debris – It is estimated that for every 100 turbines, one blade will break off. Ice can be thrown 800 feet from a turbine.²
Noise – can be heard and felt up to 2 miles away. While Invenergy claims the turbines sound like a refrigerator during the day (43 dB), the noise is 15 dB louder at night. Wind farms across the U.S. have recorded sound up to 70 dB several times per year, which causes sleep disruption. ¹ If the turbines exceed 43dB, it’s up to the resident to prove – a process that costs thousands of dollars.
Before signing an easement with Invenergy, consider:
If you experience negative effects or if Invenergy breaches its contract, you waived your right to a trial by jury or to even talk about it (page 15). If the contract is breached, you are responsible for decommissioning (page 17).
If someone sues you or files an insurance claim because of the turbines, you are liable (page 15).
The payments could decrease or cease altogether if Invenergy sells to another company or if the PTC is not extended (page 17).
Only damage to the construction area by Invenergy itself will be repaired and roads or tile may not be repaired after turbine maintenance (page 4 and 5).
You have to ask for permission before you can hunt, construct a building, or plant trees on your own land (page 7).
Invenergy has breached its contracts in the past. ¹ Without legal recourse or an ordinance, you have no protection.
You do not have control over where they place the turbine and they will have access to your land for decades to come (page 7).