This week we received a notice of a study conducted by the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory entitled National Survey of Wind Power Project Neighbors. While it is better than nothing, we believe it has significant drawbacks. The study used a “dataset of 1.29 million homes within 5 miles of all U.S. wind projects with turbines larger than 364 feet and 1.5 MW, which were installed between 2004 and 2014. This resulted in a sample of 1,289,478 possible households near 604 wind projects. The total number of turbines was 28,078 although in a footnote, the authors state that some of the turbines in the study might be further than five miles from a home. The study cautions that its results may not be generalized to areas beyond the sample where turbines may be taller than 492 feet or larger than 3.1 MW.
The Survey’s objectives were to explore: