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""shadow flicker"" from a CAW wind turbine is upsetting
residents in Port Elgin
ON - The CAW turbine is causing what is known as "shadow flicker" in
some nearby homes, even though the CAW said they had computer programs that
would prevent such an occurrence.
information comes from Saugeen Shores Deputy Mayor Luke Charbonneau who says
he's received a couple of videos via e-mail from a family living on Stickel
Street in south Port Elgin.
told a recent Committee of the Whole meeting that he's really irritated by the
shadow flicker stories because council and the Ontario Municipal Board were
told that no shadow flicker would occur off the CAW's property.
MA - Testing to analyze the amount of
shadow flicker created by Scituate wind turbine began this month, but neighbors
complain that the tests are taking place at the wrong time of the year.
flicker refers to the strobe-like effect that comes from the turbine’s blades
as they move into the sun’s path.
neighbors have long protested to include an analysis of the turbine’s shadow
flicker into an overall study of the machine, they say there isn't much to see
period at which those most impacted by shadow flicker on the South Coast of
Massachusetts is between October and March,” said Tom Thompson, Executive
Director for a neighborhood fighting against the location of the Scituate
turbine. “Anyone that’s looking to commission a shadow study prior to that that
knows those are not the peak periods. [To do one now] is not an accurate
were told there would be no shadow flicker from wind turbine in Port Elgin
PORT ELGIN, ON - It has been approximately 20 weeks
since the blades on the Canadian Auto Workers’ (CAW) wind turbine in Port Elgin
have been spinning. It has also been the same amount of time since members of
Stop Turbine Operation Policy (STOP) have been tracking complaints of those
experiencing alleged negative impacts associated to the turbine.
A recent email sent to those on STOP's mailing list,
provided some of those complaints which included audible noise outside the home
preventing property enjoyment; inside the home causing sleep depravation,
headaches, nose bleeds, nausea and dizziness, to name some.
In the same email, STOP spokesperson Greg Schmalz
said the listed symptoms go away when those affected leave the turbine area,
but reappear when they come back.
Deputy mayor Luke Charbonneau made reference to some
of those residents who have made complaints at last Monday night’s council
meeting. He also said he had visited with a couple who live on Stickel Street,
close to where the turbine is situated.
"It's bad news," he told ¡ councillors
around the table.
Charbonneau said it was a sad day when he visited
with the Port Elgin residents who are said to be suffering from migraines,
especially when the wind is coming off of the lake.
Moreover, he said a shadow flicker is now occurring
in people’s homes, something the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) said would not
In an interview Friday, Charbonneau referred to a
meeting which took place in late 2011 where he was the only town official
present. It was there, he said, that Martin Ince, the CAW's engineer for the
project, said a shadow flicker would not occur.
This sentiment, Charbonneau continued, was repeated
on page 6 and 7 of the OMB decision that permitted the turbine in the first
“There is (also) recorded testimony present from
Brooks Wickett (a landscape architect) on behalf of the CAW. He testified that
there would be ‘...no appreciable shadow cast by the turbine off site,’”
Charbonneau said. "We now know that they were wrong to make these