Frequently Asked Questions
In August of 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory published a study regarding wind turbines and home values. Researchers “analyzed more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities in 27 counties across nine U.S. states, yet were unable to uncover any impacts to nearby home property values."
In a letter from Ryan M. Rasmusson, Freeborn County Assessor, he stated, “Currently, we do not adjust the market value of property based on the presence of wind turbines located near them. At this point, there is insufficient data to quantify that the presence of wind turbines affect the market value of the properties.”
According to an American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) study, American wind power saves consumers money. Adding wind energy to the generation mix reduces electricity prices, helps protect against future price shocks, and makes the energy market more competitive.
Each wind turbine site typically utilizes less than one acre of land. The project provides dependable, steady income for farmers and ranchers, which helps them preserve and protect their prime, valuable land for future generations.
According to a Maine CDC study, wind turbines produce very low noise levels, comparable to a typical living room or quiet, air-conditioned office. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) reported that “No clear or consistent association is seen between noise from wind turbines and any reported disease or other indicator of harm to human health.”
Numerous studies have shown that wind turbines do not have a negative impact on human health.