Health Statistics: No Signs of Wind Turbine-Related Illnesses

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Opponents of wind energy in Michigan and elsewhere frequently assert they oppose wind farms because of their impact on public health. But Checks & Balances Project (C&BP) spent several weeks reviewing health statistics from American communities with significant numbers of wind turbines. The records and relevant public health authorities report no negative health effects from… Read more »

Opposition to wind forces Michigan employers to look elsewhere for renewable energy

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By the end of this year, Michigan companies will produce 3,544 megawatts of renewable energy, state statistics show, from an assortment of sources, including 38 wind farms that generate the vast majority of that electricity. Yet, many large Michigan employers seeking to power their facilities with renewable energy are now having to turn to out-of-state… Read more »

Wind Energy Opponents Are Costing Michigan Landowners, Local Governments Over $200M

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Often lost in the debate in rural Michigan communities about whether to host a wind farm is the cost to saying “no.” That’s why Checks and Balances Project investigated just how much communities and landowners stand to lose over the projected 20-year life span of wind projects in their areas. Our research concluded that five… Read more »

Virginia Supreme Court Rules Against Sentara in Chesapeake Case

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The state health commissioner’s office, which backed claims by hospital conglomerate Sentara against Chesapeake Regional Medical Center (CRMC), erred in rejecting Chesapeake’s attempts to start an open-heart surgery center, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The court’s unanimous opinion said the health commissioner at the time, Dr. Marissa Levine, erred in two ways according to… Read more »

Community That Stopped Wind Project Now Seeks Bond Issue – Without Aid of Wind Revenues

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Eleven years ago, clean energy opponents in Lenawee County, Michigan, blocked a proposed wind farm that would have paid landowners and local governments up to $56.7 million over 20 years. Now, its school district is seeking a $42 million bond issue to fix its aging schools. If the wind farm in Lenawee County, Mich., had… Read more »

In Riverside’s Hospital Win, A Setback for Sentara?

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Sentara Healthcare has been dealt a reversal in its efforts to limit a rival’s expansion in Virginia’s Hampton Roads area. The state health commissioner overturned a staff decision and ruled in favor of Riverside Hospital’s application to build a 50-bed hospital in Smithfield. Sentara, the $7 billion health care conglomerate had opposed Riverside’s plan, claiming… Read more »

Claims That Wind Farms Lower Property Values Undercut by Real Estate Data

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UPDATED with new information on livestock feed lot: A common complaint of anti-wind activists is that wind farms decrease the property values for landowners near them. Those complaints were echoed again at a Feb. 5 rally in Trufant, Mich., in which speakers claimed that wind turbines drove down property values. “Absolutely they can hurt your… Read more »