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NEWS RELEASE · 26th July 2013
Albertans file few complaints about wind power: study

Albertans file very few complaints about wind power projects once those projects are operating, a new study by the Pembina Institute has found.

The study was designed to document the number and nature of official complaints that have been brought to the various authorities in Alberta that are most likely to receive them.

Among those who were interviewed — including the electricity industry regulator, the municipalities where wind farms are located, and the operators of nearly all of the wind turbines in the province — very few complaints were found.

In particular, the Alberta Utilities Commission, which regulates the sector, did not find a single complaint against an operating utility-scale wind energy project in its 31,000 contacts received since 2000.

"Alberta has more than 20 years of experience in developing wind power and some of the best potential for wind energy generation in the country," said Ben Thibault, legal and policy analyst with the Pembina Institute. "It’s encouraging to see that Albertans appear to be living near wind turbines with few complaints."

This study should not be interpreted as a broader indicator of public opinion toward wind projects in Alberta. The authorities who participated in the study noted that, while some people raised concerns during the preliminary permitting and construction phases of the projects, few of those concerns translate into complaints once the turbines are operating.

Further research would be valuable to determine practices that operators or authorities have used to mitigate concerns that residents may have about wind development, but that were not captured as official complaints.
wind farms
Comment by ankle deep on 15th January 2014
oh yes, they are such a beautiful sight littered all over the southern province to deliver not enough power to fill anyone's grid......a rich company's tax dodge......
Wind Farms
Comment by Jules on 31st July 2013
Depends on who your asking. The people of Ontario greatly disagree with the farmers of Alberta and don't want them at all near where they live.

And having lived close to a small wind farm in Ontario I can certainly tell you those dam things are way too noisy for me to want them any where near where I live ever again.

Property prices will drop like a shunned lover when people find out they hate the dam things and want to move. Love the idea but location is everything.
Sometimes smaller is better...
Comment by maggie jo Johnson on 29th July 2013
Funny how this was posted after CBC just this past week aired the complaints from Albertans regarding the turbines, where initially the 'noise' was a humming whisper...but grew more and more of a nuisance when the wind companies started 'sneaking' in even bigger and bigger megawatt turbines which are exhibiting non-stop much louder noise as though jets are buzzing around in circles over peoples' homes. The non-stop noise is leading to chronic sleeplessness which we all know leads to health issues - depression, diabetis, heart disease and inner ear issues affecting equilibrium. Doctors in the area have seen an increase in patients with the same complaints. The constant buzzing/humming is driving people mad! Sounds like they're in the middle of a stock car race 24/7. I guess the officials didn't do their homework properly, heh? But aren't they clever: "Psst...we'll start small and no one will complain...and then we'll throw in the BIG guns after we are all licensed up!" Perhaps the peeps should record the sound and bah-LAST it in front of the Executives homes/offices non-stop as long as they can before the big-wigs call the police for a 'noise complaint'. How ironic would THAT be?! HA!
Thornhill is WINDY
Comment by powersmart on 27th July 2013
Put wind turbines in the Thornhill school's fenced, windy and would pay for the school defecit
Comment by RICHARD on 26th July 2013
it`s the only clean energy,that should be coming out of alberta. canada needs tobe self sufficient.canada is # ONE. NO ONE WANTS TO EAT TAINED BEEF FROM ALBERTA. ANY BEEF PERIOD. PIOSONED THE SOIL ,FOR GROWING IN,THE WATER. Alberta`s new flag should be the pirates of canada black and white . lies lies lies. more will die from coal dust along any rail way . who needs to wait for a desaster to happen. it already has. science dosn`t lie. the facts are there. only one to blame here is are self`s.for standing back and letting it happen. karma,may it strike you sooner than later.
I wonder.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 26th July 2013
To file a complaint there needs to be the reasonable expectation that it is not a useless activity. Could it be that people don't expect anything to change and that is why the number of complaints are low?