Wind Farm Opposition

Wind Farm Opposition

Despite much support by both consumers and developers around the world for wind energy and the positive ecological benefits it brings as a renewable source of energy for homes and businesses alike there is growing opposition among some groups to the widespread development of wind turbines in some area. Primarily this opposition is coming from many governmental organizations fearing for public security and general safety, with some US departments openly opposing the development of wind farms in some areas.

As of late one of the most noteworthy opponents found within the US that has spoken against some wind farm developments has been the Pentagon, citing that some large-scale wind farms such as the nation’s largest planned wind farm in Oregon as posing a potential risk to aircraft flying into and out of military installations in the area. This sentiment has been supported by the Federal Aviation Association (FAA), with warnings being issued to even private residential developers of wind turbines due to the potential collision hazard they pose to low-flying aircraft in addition to the potential electro-magnetic interference the turbines may create during periods of normal use that could interfere with some aircraft instruments.

This opposition has effectively stymied developments of wind energy ranging from the Pacific Northwest as far south as Texas, at least temporarily stopping a number of large wind energy develops that together would produce constant renewable energy in the range of gigawatts of power – enough to provide clean energy to thousands of homes in surrounding areas. Many of these developers are feeling particularly challenged by these delays due to the fact that if they do not complete development of the wind farms by 2012 they will lose eligibility for many of the government incentives that are currently available that would allow them to justify the developments to investors and ensure the energy is truly an affordable alternative to conventional energy.

Nevertheless the concerns being voiced by the government agencies, despite their negative public impact upon many developments, are valid concerns for public safety. Should the wind farms actually generate significant levels of electro-magnetic interference, for instance, this could effectively eliminate many air travel routes from being accessible to both public and private aircraft and cause both large-scale delays and cost increases in many travel plans in addition to direct safety hazards to stray aircraft entering danger zones. This has been a major concern in many areas and has been a long-term concern working against many developments worldwide, providing a heavily weighted negative side to the many positive benefits most people see from alternative energy development plans.

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