Life in a Wisconsin Wind Project

These two turbines are the same industrial turbine 2480 feet from my house in the Forward project by Invenergy. The right photo is from the front of my shop used so you can easily see what 2480 feet looks like. The left photo is from the front of my house. You can see part of the porch roof. This turbine is often louder than the turbine 1560 feet behind my house. Trees are said by developers to cut noise. That is not at all true. I have trees in front of my house and behind my house. If they do cut wind turbine noise I feel sorry for those that have no trees because then the noise would be even louder.

Turbine Noise Log April 22, 2012

5:45 AM. It is Sunday morning. Sleep “annoyance” was a big thing last night. I was woke up by the turbines at 12:53, 1:54, 3:24, 4:56 and 5:45. At 5:45 I got up because I could sleep no more.

7:05 AM, Wind NE, 10.9 rpms. Low speed motor noise. Even at slow speed the turbine’s low frequency noise or what ever power it is they have, does it’s damage on my body. My ear crackling or hissing has been prevalent for about 3 weeks worse than usual. The volume is getting louder and more noticeable.

Workers in a basket reparing the blade of a wind turbine in the same Invenergy project I live in. These turbines are 400 feet tall with blades 127 feet long. No official reason was given for the repair, however there was a lightening storm a few day before this repair.


Workers in a basket reparing the blade of a wind turbine in the same Invenergy project I live in. These turbines are 400 feet tall with blades 127 feet long. No official reason was given for the repair, however there was a lightening storm a few day before this repair.

Turbine Noise Log April 21, 2012 

5:10 AM. It was the usual sleep deprivation night last night. I’m being woke up earlier and earlier. Last night I wrote down 11:43, 3:45, and 4:15. There were more wake ups I just did not write down. After 4:15 I don’t think I slept. I got up just before 5:00 AM.

5:15 PM. The turbines were turning slow and at time off today.

 9:10 PM. Wind SE, 11:0 rpms Just a motor grinding noise. My chest  pains were noticeable all day and into the evening.

If you go to a presentation by the wind company after they have farmers signed up and a concerned citizen asks about shadow flicker or noise they will tell you to plant trees. My house is the white spot with the brown roof in the center of the clump of trees.  The closest turbine you see is 1650 feet from the base of my house. The red pines planted diresclty behind our barn were planted in 1987 or 25 years ago. They are about 18 feet tall now. In my life time I will never see those trees tall enough to even come close to hiding or blocking the sound from these 400 foot tall industrial wind turbines. If you drive around a large city you see steel, concrete or dirt burms between the highway and homes. It is easy to block the sound of a truck from a home with a 15 foot wall. It will never happen with a home and a 400 to 500 foot wind turbine.

If you go to a presentation by the wind company after they have farmers signed up and a concerned citizen asks about shadow flicker or noise they will tell you to plant trees. My house is the white spot with the brown roof in the center of the clump of trees.  The closest turbine you see is 1650 feet from the base of my house. The red pines planted diresclty behind our barn were planted in 1987 or 25 years ago. They are about 18 feet tall now. In my life time I will never see those trees tall enough to even come close to hiding or blocking the sound from these 400 foot tall industrial wind turbines. If you drive around a large city you see steel, concrete or dirt burms between the highway and homes. It is easy to block the sound of a truck from a home with a 15 foot wall. It will never happen with a home and a 400 to 500 foot wind turbine.

Turbine Noise Log April 20, 2012

5:45 AM. I was woke by the turbines 4 or 5 times over night. I was able to get back to a rest-less sleep. I feel exhausted right now. I should feel rested.

7:30 AM. Wind NNE, 18.3 rpms. There is a jet sounding noise from turbine 4. There is a thumping and pounding noise from turbine 6. I feel exhausted and need a nap.

4:40 PM Wind NE, 18.4 rpms. Loud jet noise from turbine 4.

 9:20 PM. Wind NE 18.5 rpms. The jet noise from turbine 4 continues.

Turbine Noise Log April 19, 2012

5:00 PM. There was strong winds all day and rain mid afternoon. The turbine noise was  filling the air, but was masked partially by the wind and rain.

There was more going on the last three days as far as wind turbine noise and low frequency noise. I just did not feel like writing. You can not imagine how the constant sound affects and controls the mind and body.

Turbine Noise Log April 18, 2012

I was gone all day.

Turbine Noise Log April 17, 2012

6:10 AM Turbines are stoppedJ

Turbine Noise Log April 16, 2012

5:40 AM. I was woke up 5 or 6 times earlier in the night last night. The time I wrote down   were 12:45, 1:45, 2:02 and 2:57. There were other times not written down. It is extremely rare to have a dream her in the wind factory. I id have a very short dream last night. An odd dream. All it was is that I jumped off a trailer or truck with 2 dozen eggs in my hands. I dropped both cartoons and they all broke. End of dream.

9:40 PM. Wind NW, 16.7 rpms. Turbines 4 and 6 noise is like that of a jet flying over. It has been very windy all day. Now the wind is more calm. The wind covered much of the turbine noise today, yet I felt nauseated at time and I hear crackling in my ears. This crackling is getting worse and generally constant rather than occasional.