Fremantles Wind Driven Psychogenic Disease

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Looks like the NHMRC has called for more funds to study Wind Turbine sickness.

The main topic of dissent seems to be in the area between those who are adamant that wind turbines emit sounds and vibrations that upset and harm some of those exposed, and those who argue that the available evidence points strongly to health problems and complaints being psychogenic.

I love reading some of these things it’s great to see two seemingly opposing sides arguing the same point, i.e. if it makes people sick is it physical or mental, end of the day if it makes you feel sick what difference does it make? The mind is a powerful thing if you think something will make you sick it possibly will?

Just because it doesn’t affect one person doesn’t mean it will not affect another, as it is with a whole range of illnesses through our community?

Studies from Canada have shown the Nocebo phenomena is almost impossible to separate from putative direct effects. So pretty much the researchers need to be in an area for years testing people for conditions before anyone even talks about a wind farm to get real results to compare, but I suppose if it’s a mental health issue, there would be so many other factors that would change over the time. That would affect their study making it near impossible to compare the effects the wind farms would have on the population with or without a farm being there?

But it seems in all my reading the closer to the wind farm the more the issues, in the UK they have proposed rules the bigger the turbine the further away it has to be from residents, or homes.

I.e. Wiltshire Council  amended its main strategy pre-submission document to impose min separation distances, no matter the local context, of 1 km for turbines over 25 m, 1.5 km for turbines over 50 m, 2km for turbines over 100m and 3km for wind turbines over 150m tall.

Possibly one of the reasons why Germany, has so many wind farms off shore anywhere from 400m to 90kms, in 2014 it doubled its off-shore power production. The UK is clearly a world leader in offshore wind farms ahead of Germany currently.

So it make you wonder with all the issues, people’s health, Europe leading the way in off shore wind farms, why would people want to stick them right in our Fremantle  port, just 100’s of metres from residents homes?

If people think they are being made sick from wind farms and the stress of it, actually makes them sick, whether it’s physical or mental does it matter? The effect is there still the same, telling someone who is stressed out its just in your head, get over it doesn’t really help, does it?

You have to ask, if it creates such health issues for the community why bother doing it, when there are so many other options, without the stress?

Will Wave Power Sink Fremantle Wind Farm

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Just days after Carnegie launched a world first in WA, they announced a $20 million loan facility that will go to part fund its CETO 6 project.

Carnegie is reported to be close to finishing conceptual design, ahead of schedule. The CETO 6 is planned to be 8km further off shore than the one they opened up last week. This new plant will produce 3x what the Perth array project does. The loan new loan facilities/arrangements, through CEFC and ARENA, has guaranteed Carnegie, capital and cash flow as it develops bigger more commercial units.

So with this new drive and real operational units functioning, funding, from state and federal government, clients for their product, hopefully we won’t have to see wind turbines littering our coast line.

I also feel safer knowing that Carnegie has a solid funding model, where I saw on FB pages councillors eluding to, rate payer funds possibly being used to fund the wind farm. Again their own personal ideology driving council direction, not the best interest of the rate payers their amenity or true representation.

I think people would be better putting solar panels on their own roofs, to help lower their own energy cost or carbon footprint. Then again the people who really need lower energy costs, or have medical needs for AC etc. and can’t afford the cost probably don’t have the money to invest in a community wind farm either? So while it sounds good its only for those who can afford it, the cashed up? I think sometimes the word community has just become another spin term for do what I want as it’s for the community, weather the community wants,needs it or not?

Well power generation I can see looks good to me.

 

 

 

Fremantle Wind Farm, Why Now?

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I see the Freo Wind Farm is back in vogue again, it seems to pop up at least a couple of times a year. Made a Saturday paper even a few weeks back. I thought the journos name seemed familiar so I did a google Search on Kate Emery, so if you put Brad Pettitt and Kate Emery and then google, it’s seems that this journalist is a bit pro Brad,  I don’t know how it works, but I now realize when I read an article in the West Australian  I have to look a lot deeper not just the spin laid out on top in black and white? Try googling their names together and see what pops up?

On FB  the wind farm it seems to have risen its head again back in December, I wonder what it’s all really about. Personally it will not look great and the issue of bird kill as well, doesn’t make it a great start?

I’m all in favour of renewable energy I have panels on my house, I asked about wind for home as well but it’s not available for residential. It’s ok for the city of Fremantle to have but not its residents? Wanted a bigger inverter to allow for wind later but it seems the industry is not that far along.

So we are back to hearing the drum being beaten for this little wind farm on FPA property,  Port Authority have said no way, so why is the issue being raised again?

Now I understand it’s planning to be a community wind farm,  so 1st of all, I ask why community funded, not commercial, well the first answer possibly  is if commercial has past it by, there’s no money it and/or the risk factors would out weight the benefits? So if it’s not good for commercial operators is it worth the risk to the community?

So how is this a good business proposal, especially for the community, what worries me is that city funds become part of the funding model? I’m sure that would suit some, as it’s another green catch cry, good for rallying the troops. Why is that important, ohhh could there be a local election rolling around this year? Yes time to dust off a few great community actions to show we care, outcome not so important, what counts is going through the motions to look the part. Another box to tick so to speak.

Hard to believe the environment is a concern to COF after pumping hundreds of tonnes of concrete in Freo CBD’s biggest park?….. cutting down 100+ trees at Kim Beazley site, seeking to approve a lease to put a huge pub on an A-Class reserve, having the second worse rating in Australia on the 202020 report? A shame Kim Beazley name is tied to a site that was deforested, especially with the great school system it had? Any Questions? The plans for the Burt St Favella will have no parks little real greenery just a lovely R160 zoning? Time to beat the social housing drum too?

I saw a couple of weeks ago a huge wind turbine come crashing down in Nth Ireland in light winds. Check out this article too? Then click on the picture below.

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Seems not much in info in the last couple of weeks has come to light, since then the rest of the turbines have been shut down, closing the whole wind farm. Could a community wind farm sustain such a closure? The size of this thing is huge. If it fell into the port if could shut down operations? What happens when a blade comes lose and flies off into the port operations full of ships, containers, cranes and more importantly people? Just this week we have seen a cable or pulley break sending a cranes cargo come crashing down. Imagine a turbine blade some 40m long weighting tonnes, braking off, slicing through the air only to hit a crane in operation.

imagesWhat a disaster that could lead too if a sucker this size got loss in Freo?

Here’s what one looks like when it comes apart.

The real question is does Freo want to risk having turbines on the harbour where passenger ferries travel in and out of regularly?

Could a turbine incident shut down our port and what impact would it have on the port operations in Freo and what financial impact could on the greater Perth metro business area?

I think the idea raises more and more issues the closer you look at it?

No to mention they have close to 2 yrs to go on their power contract with Synergy, so by the time they got set up Synergy could be locked into another contract for a for 5 or so?

Would I be putting my cash in right now, no I think not, doesn’t look like a safe bet for ratepayers funds either?

I also see a report on the ABC that the “The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia’s premier health research body, has called for Australian scientists to look into so-called “wind turbine sickness”, saying that very few scientifically rigorous studies have been done.”  From all I have read it on the FB page it sounds like a safe thing to have, guess you need to read a little further on such issues, perhaps FB is not the best place for real facts?

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/wind-turbine-crashes-to-the-ground-after-rotor-blades-spin-out-of-control-under-light-winds-9956194.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-30671607

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/wind-farm-scam-a-huge-cover-up/story-e6frgd0x-1226345185075

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