A true noise hell: Wind turbines in Denmark

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“A true noise hell”: Wind turbines in Denmark

Jan 15, 2013

Editor’s note:  The following is a translation of a recent article on wind energy in a prominent Danish news magazine.  There are several parts to the article, including an interesting exposé of Vestas (one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wind turbines) complaining to the Danish government that recently proposed noise standards will severely damage Vestas’s business ventures, both in Denmark and abroad.

The translation was done by a Danish friend of this website.  Click here for the original article.

“A true noise hell:  Erik Nielsen had looked forward to a peaceful retired life, but the idyll and nocturnal sleep are destroyed by giant wind turbines”

“As a consequence of the noise & sleepless nights, Erik & Rigmor Nielsen are looking for a small cottage, where they can get peace.”

While thousands of people have to live in a noise hell from the giant wind turbines, which both [neighbor] associations and acoustic experts are raging over, the politicians have done nothing to investigate the matter properly.

The fact is, according to the Chairman of the Danish Society for Labor- and Environmental Medicine [DASAM], Vivi Schlünssen, it has not been properly investigated whether the many Danes who are daily exposed to tremendous noise from wind turbines are harmed by it.

“We are very concerned that the new regulations [of Jan. 1, 2012] on noise from wind turbines, have been conceived completely without investigating if people are harmed by living in constant noise.”

Doctors not asked

“The noise limits have been determined by engineers. There has not been a single medical doctor involved,” she says.

Vivi Schlünssen emphasizes that wind noise is very different from, for example, noise from a highway.

“Although the noise from the turbine is often lower [in amplitude], it is continuous, especially [a problem] at night, when the annoyance is increased.”

– The new rules [statutory order 1284 of Jan, 1, 2012, including low frequency noise] were conceived far too quickly.

“Our primary criticism is that it is not right that people should have to live with great noise nuisance, especially at night when it can interfere with their sleep,” says Vivi Schlünssen, who emphasizes that the problem of noise from wind turbines should be fully investigated.

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Q: CEO BANKS MINISTERS IN SPACE VESTAS-BOSS GOT ITS COMMITMENT:

After heavy pressure from Ditlev Engel Environment Minister Karen  Ellemann changed central  legal requirements for noise  from wind turbines

by  MORTEN JOHNSEN

The powerful Vestas CEO Ditlev Engel has had  managed to put so much pressure on the then Environment Karen Ellemann (V) that new, stringent noise requirements  industry and his company mills were extremely favorable.

It can have serious consequences  for the thousands of  Danes, who can look forward to being neighbors to noisy  wind turbines over the next few years.

The Minister had otherwise powered ahead forth and required new  rules for how much so-called  low-frequency noise that may come from large wind turbines  after numerous complaints from residents  around the country,  which was heavily plagued by  huge noise from the giant  wind turbines.

But when the draft of the new  rules were presented to Vestas CEO Ditlev Engel 26th  May 2011, he wrote three days  later a personal letter to Environment Minister Karen Ellemann,  which he strongly called on Minister to relax the requirements for industry and Vestas.  ‘In a small country like Denmark this will for a significant  number of projects mean they cannot be realized as  these increased distance  will not be satisfied  maintaining for investor satisfaction business case ‘, writes Ditlev Angel in the letter as Extra The magazine holds.

[Eventually] not the stringent requirements for the industry and Vestas few months later were considerably milder, when the Final Act [was] voted through parliament in autumn.

Researchers say in fact, the current rules have changed so much,  the country’s most recognized  independent researchers the area from Aalborg University withdrew from the process, because they do not feel heard by the Minister and the Environmental Protection Agency, who was about to lead [stylus] on the new law, according to a letter from the nation’s leading noise research Henrik Moller from Aalborg University of the Environmental Protection Agency  from 23 september 2011,a s Ekstra Bladet in possession of.

‘Within the given framework We have therefore been unable  to contribute to the review. I must first refrain from commenting it makes sense to introduce limits you in advance have agreed not get no consequences’, writes  Henrik Moller in September 2011th

The final law was among other things, agreed that one would measure wind turbine noise on the basis of the firm Delta’s calculations. Delta has close ties to the wind industry, since, among other things [the] Siemens’ CEO is [on] the Board.

Threatens layoffs

Ditlev Engel had also made sure to make it very  clear to Karen Ellemann that  strict requirements would cost the company  box while making  it is necessary to fire people. Engel also feared that the stringent Danish regulations would  spread to other countries.  ‘We fear so – with  right, history shows – that the  upcoming Danish rules for low frequency noise from wind turbines be spread to a many other wind markets, as commercially far more important for Vestas and hence employment the company ‘, writes Director.

Ditlev Engel concludes his direct  letter to the Minister,are also sent to the climate andEnergy LykkeFriis, to emphasize that The new rules will make it much difficult for Denmark to live  up to among other governmen  own ambitious climate targets  to put the wind turbines 900  up home field

The 2020th Ekstra Bladet has tried to get a comment from Karen Ellemann. But in vain.

(The)Minister had otherwise  powered ahead forward and  called for new rules  for the amount of  so-called low-frequency  noise that may come  from large wind turbines  You do as I say Ditlev Engel had his way, when he worked threatened that it would cost jobs Vestas, if you are not relaxed at  environmental requirements for giant wind turbines.

Action short of wind turbines, Vestas and Karen Ellemann

In the spring of 2011 then  Environment Minister Karen  Elleman promises, that she will  help the many Danes  daily plagued by  big noise from wind turbines.  26th May 2011 lands first draft a law, how much wind may be  noise, at Vestas CEO  Ditlev Engel table.  CEO gets so angry about the new rules that he  writes an extreme, personal letter to Karen Elleman 29th June, which he highlights [how] catastrophic the new law is to Vestas.

Independent researcher Henrik Moller from Aalborg University, which would help in formulating the law, the project pulls out.  He believes that Karen Ellemann and the Environmental Protection Agency [are] consciously working on a law which will not actually have any effect.

Experts and local associations protesting against wind turbines  express subsequent  great amazement of course,  particularly because Karen Ellemann  and Environmental Protection Agency  after Engels letter has  handpicked wind industry  own  consulting firm Delta  to make calculations in which  much wind turbines  noise.

Since the new vindmøllelov  sees the light in  January 2012, is  it is clear that the  no real practical  effect has  the many giant turbines,  as  inter alia  Vestas produces.

  100,000 Danes Suffer

The green 2020level means that there should be 900  giant turbines in Denmark  2020. Experiences  from such Netherlanders shows that according to several doctors – including specialist in general  medicine Michael Rotne – [it]will  mean that up to  100,000 Danes in future  years can look forward to  living under violent  noise.

The Environment Minister Karen Ellemann bent for Vestas boss, when he put the screws  on.

Vestas: It is as normal

-Often, it is not unusual that a CEO from a large company writes to politicians or others in civil service in with issues that affect the company’s business said Vestas’ press officer, Mikkel Friis-Thomsen,  and adds: – Vestas speaks regularly with politicians and officials, and it is a normal practice to have an ongoing, open and fact-based dialogue, points he said. Vestas relies on the industry standard argument that other things [are]much more noisy than wind turbines.

However, without taking into account, for example, a motorway not make noise as much at night when the wind turbines merry buzz loose.

Neighbours of giant wind turbines: It is completely untrustworthy

The many noise-ridden Danes previously clamped waiting for new, stricter requirements for wind industry is hard disappointed back day.

They had just been promised new limits on how much giant wind turbines from manufacturers such as. Vestas may generate noise.

But also thanks to pressure from Ditlev Engel rules were adapted to the wind industry and Vestas so much that they really do not help the noise-ridden neighbors.

– Politicians have a huge problem here, because it is simply not credible, says Tone Brix-Hansen, who is on the board the National Association Neighbors of Giant Windmills. Severe problems

– There is stand big interests connected with making wind turbines up in Denmark. And it has completely overshadowed science, scientists and all the many Danes living in a noise hell.

According to the association, themajor problems by new rules that noise limits include set against the background of firm Delta measurements, without that has skeleton to the firm has close ties to the wind industry.

At the same time, it was decided completely to overhear a number of researchers from Aalborg University.

They have repeatedly warned especially against the very deep noise, referred to as low-frequency noise,as the big wind turbines ‘re doing.

– All who live near wind turbines, can talk about huge problems, including sleep deprivation as a result of noise.

– It has been completely ignored, and it may just not be true, says Tone Brix-Hansen.

With this letter was Ditlev Engel banquet Minister for the Environment in place.

‘It’s like having a truck in the garden ‘

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 Attached is a report from a news magazine in Denmark showing the collusion between the industry VESTA wind turbines and the Danish Minister of Environment and how the Danish people are suffering. 

The story is eerily familiar to what is happening in Ontario.

Below is a report from a news magazine in Denmark, showing the collusion between the industry VESTA wind turbines and the Danish Minister of Environment and how the Danish people are suffering.   The story is similar to what is happening in other countries involved with wind energy.   This is a roughly translated google version in English.

 Q: CEO BANKS MINISTERS IN SPACE VESTAS-BOSS GOT ITS COMMITMENT:

After heavy pressure from Ditlev Engel Environment Minister Karen  Ellemann changed central  legal requirements for noise  from wind turbines

by  MORTEN JOHNSEN

The powerful Vestas CEO Ditlev Engel has had  managed to put so much pressure on the then Environment Karen Ellemann (V) that new, stringent noise requirements  industry and his company mills were extremely favorable.

It can have serious consequences  for the thousands of  Danes, who can look forward to being neighbors to noisy  wind turbines over the next few years.

The Minister had otherwise powered ahead forth and required new  rules for how much so-called  low-frequency noise that may come from large wind turbines  after numerous complaints from residents  around the country,  which was heavily plagued by  huge noise from the giant  wind turbines.

But when the draft of the new  rules were presented to Vestas CEO Ditlev Engel 26th  May 2011, he wrote three days  later a personal letter to Environment Minister Karen Ellemann,  which he strongly called on Minister to relax the requirements for industry and Vestas.  ‘In a small country like Denmark this will for a significant  number of projects mean they cannot be realized as  these increased distance  will not be satisfied  maintaining for investor satisfaction business case ‘, writes Ditlev Angel in the letter as Extra The magazine holds.

[Eventually] not the stringent requirements for the industry and Vestas few months later were considerably milder, when the Final Act [was] voted through parliament in autumn.

Researchers say in fact, the current rules have changed so much,  the country’s most recognized  independent researchers the area from Aalborg University withdrew from the process, because they do not feel heard by the Minister and the Environmental Protection Agency, who was about to lead [stylus] on the new law, according to a letter from the nation’s leading noise research Henrik Moller from Aalborg University of the Environmental Protection Agency  from 23 september 2011,a s Ekstra Bladet in possession of.

‘Within the given framework We have therefore been unable  to contribute to the review. I must first refrain from commenting it makes sense to introduce limits you in advance have agreed not get no consequences’, writes  Henrik Moller in September 2011th

The final law was among other things, agreed that one would measure wind turbine noise on the basis of the firm Delta’s calculations. Delta has close ties to the wind industry, since, among other things [the] Siemens’ CEO is [on] the Board.

Threatens layoffs

Ditlev Engel had also made sure to make it very  clear to Karen Ellemann that  strict requirements would cost the company  box while making  it is necessary to fire people. Engel also feared that the stringent Danish regulations would  spread to other countries.  ‘We fear so – with  right, history shows – that the  upcoming Danish rules for low frequency noise from wind turbines be spread to a many other wind markets, as commercially far more important for Vestas and hence employment the company ‘, writes Director.

Ditlev Engel concludes his direct  letter to the Minister,are also sent to the climate andEnergy LykkeFriis, to emphasize that The new rules will make it much difficult for Denmark to live  up to among other governmen  own ambitious climate targets  to put the wind turbines 900  up home field

The 2020th Ekstra Bladet has tried to get a comment from Karen Ellemann. But in vain.

(The)Minister had otherwise  powered ahead forward and  called for new rules  for the amount of  so-called low-frequency  noise that may come  from large wind turbines  You do as I say Ditlev Engel had his way, when he worked threatened that it would cost jobs Vestas, if you are not relaxed at  environmental requirements for giant wind turbines.

Action short of wind turbines, Vestas and Karen Elleman

In the spring of 2011 then  Environment Minister Karen  Elleman promises, that she will  help the many Danes  daily plagued by  big noise from wind turbines.  26th May 2011 lands first draft a law, how much wind may be  noise, at Vestas CEO  Ditlev Engel table.  CEO gets so angry about the new rules that he  writes an extreme, personal letter to Karen Elleman 29th June, which he highlights [how] catastrophic the new law is to Vestas.

Independent researcher Henrik Moller from Aalborg University, which would help in formulating the law, the project pulls out.  He believes that Karen Ellemann and the Environmental Protection Agency [are] consciously working on a law which will not actually have any effect.

Experts and local associations protesting against wind turbines  express subsequent  great amazement of course,  particularly because Karen Ellemann  and Environmental Protection Agency  after Engels letter has  handpicked wind industry  own  consulting firm Delta  to make calculations in which  much wind turbines  noise.

Since the new vindmøllelov  sees the light in  January 2012, is  it is clear that the  no real practical  effect has  the many giant turbines,  as  inter alia  Vestas produces.

100,000 Danes Suffer

The green 2020 level means that there should be 900  giant turbines in Denmark  2020. Experiences  from such Netherlanders shows that according to several doctors – including specialist in general  medicine Michael Rotne – [it]will  mean that up to  100,000 Danes in future  years can look forward to  living under violent  noise.

The Environment Minister Karen Ellemann bent for Vestas boss, when he put the screws  on.

Vestas: It is as normal

-Often, it is not unusual that a CEO from a large company writes to politicians or others in civil service in with issues that affect the company’s business said Vestas’ press officer, Mikkel Friis-Thomsen,  and adds: – Vestas speaks regularly with politicians and officials, and it is a normal practice to have an ongoing, open and fact-based dialogue, points he said. Vestas relies on the industry standard argument that other things [are]much more noisy than wind turbines.

However, without taking into account, for example, a motorway not make noise as much at night when the wind turbines merry buzz loose.

Neighbours of giant wind turbines: It is completely untrustworthy

The many noise-ridden Danes previously clamped waiting for new, stricter requirements for wind industry is hard disappointed back day.

They had just been promised new limits on how much giant wind turbines from manufacturers such as. Vestas may generate noise.

But also thanks to pressure from Ditlev Engel rules were adapted to the wind industry and Vestas so much that they really do not help the noise-ridden neighbors.

– Politicians have a huge problem here, because it is simply not credible, says Tone Brix-Hansen, who is on the board the National Association Neighbors of Giant Windmills. Severe problems

– There is stand big interests connected with making wind turbines up in Denmark. And it has completely overshadowed science, scientists and all the many Danes living in a noise hell.

According to the association, themajor problems by new rules that noise limits include set against the background of firm Delta measurements, without that has skeleton to the firm has close ties to the wind industry.

At the same time, it was decided completely to overhear a number of researchers from Aalborg University.

They have repeatedly warned especially against the very deep noise, referred to as low-frequency noise,as the big wind turbines ‘re doing.

– All who live near wind turbines, can talk about huge problems, including sleep deprivation as a result of noise.

– It has been completely ignored, and it may just not be true, says Tone Brix-Hansen.

With this letter was Ditlev Engel banquet Minister for the Environment in place.

‘It’s like having a truck in the garden ‘

 

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mjo@eb.dk

8 In Ekstra Bladet Thursday 10th January 2013

EDITED BY BIRGITTE Helweg.

4 responses to “A true noise hell: Wind turbines in Denmark

  1. Brilliant work to expose these articles and translate from the original Danish.
    How long will the truth remained buried? We must all work to bring the light of day to this health compromising misadventure. Physicians must be health advocates and too many have shirked their responsibility to date. Hopefully this will change and the power of truth will prevail.
    RYM

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