Proof wind turbines take thousands off your home: Value of houses within 1.2 miles of large wind farms slashed by 11%, study finds | Mail Online

The presence of wind turbines  near homes has wiped tens of thousands of pounds off their value, according to the first major study into the impact the eyesore structures have on house prices.The study by the London School  of Economics LSE – which looked at more than a million sales of properties close to wind farm sites over a 12-year period – found that values of homes within 1.2  miles of large wind farms were being slashed by about 11 per cent.This means that if such a wind farm were near an average house  in Britain, which now costs almost £250,000, it would lose more than £27,000 in value.

In sought-after rural idylls where property prices are higher, the financial damage is even more substantial…

The study further discovered that even a small wind farm that blighted views would hit house values…

The report’s author, Professor Steve Gibbons, said his research was the first strong evidence that wind farms are harmful to house prices.

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Premier Wynnd’s strategy on wind turbines: say one thing; do the opposite

Nice work charting the increased approval of wind projects. I’ll add that is in no small part due to the offering of curtailment payments almost as soon as Wynne moved into the Premier’s office: http://coldair.luftonline.net/2013/12/big-thunder-is-big-mistake-and-its-not.html

CCSAGE Naturally Green

Don’t know if you have noticed, but governments have a new approach to communicating unpopular decisions to the public: If something is black, call it white. Say one thing; do the opposite.

Case in point: Premier Wynnd’s Wynne’s “willing hosts” throne speech on February 19, 2013. Quoting from a Toronto Star publication: “It referred repeatedly to the need for “conversations” and promised an end to the arbitrariness of the McGuinty regime. Local populations must be involved from the beginning, it said, if there was to be a gas plant, casino, wind farm or quarry in their area. “Our economy can benefit from these things, but only if they have willing hosts.” [Ref: http://tinyurl.com/kl7drmu, page 32.]

Taking the Premier at her word, 83 municipalities (out of a total of 90 that are high potential wind project locations), passed “not a willing host” resolutions.  So, let’s see how the Liberal government followed up on…

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Ten Reasons Intermittent Renewables (Wind and Solar PV) are a Problem

I did not see this one coming from Gail The Actuary, but original. provocative, thinking is why I check her blog often.

Our Finite World

Intermittent renewables–wind and solar photovoltaic panels–have been hailed as an answer to all our energy problems. Certainly, politicians need something to provide hope, especially in countries that are obviously losing their supply of oil, such as the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, the more I look into the situation, the less intermittent renewables have to offer. (Please note that I am not talking about solar hot water heaters. I am talking about intermittent renewables added to the electric grid.)

1. It is doubtful that intermittent renewables actually reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

It is devilishly difficult to figure out whether on not any particular energy source has a favorable impact on carbon dioxide emissions. The obvious first way of looking at emissions is to look at the fuel burned on a day-to-day basis. Intermittent renewables don’t seem to burn fossil fuel on day-to-day basis, while those using fossil fuels do, so wind and…

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Making sure the lights stay on in Toronto

Sell Toronto Hydro?
Absolutely.
The latest absurdity is that online hourly consumption data is showing customers they used quite a lot of power while they had no power; that actually seems OK by Measurement Canada rules, but I doubt a professional utility would be displaying figures in such a cavalier fashion.
Referece: “Confusing glitch in Toronto Hydro time-of-use tracker”

Energy Probe

(January 16, 2014) Private electricity companies in other parts of the world have a much better track record than Toronto Hydro when it comes to handling severe weather.

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Week in review

Some great quotes in Climate Etc.’s “week in review”
I should heed this one: “You’ll never reach your destination if you stop to throw stones at every dog that barks.” – Winston Churchill
This one is of some concern: ” I wouldn’t be productive enough for today’s academic system.” – Peter Higgs “of boson fame”

Climate Etc.

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

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