Articles Yield Insights into Americans Living near Wind Projects

Nov. 19, 2019

More than 1.5 million American homes are within 5 miles of large wind turbines; yet, until recently, no comprehensive effort had analyzed the attitudes and annoyances of such households. Today, five peer-reviewed journal articles—including three published recently—help fill this gap, illuminating the individual experiences and community dynamics of wind turbine neighbors.

The study, A National Survey of Attitudes of Wind Power Project Neighbors, was led by researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in collaboration with researchers from the University of Delaware, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Medical School of Hamburg (in Germany), RSG (a consultancy in Vermont), Portland State University, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

A high-level summary of key survey results, along with links to the articles and related presentations, is available.

Support for this work was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office.