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Déja vu and Wind Turbines: A Review of Lived Experiences after Appeals of Ontario Industrial-Scale Wind Power Facilities

DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1106276, PP. 1-18

Subject Areas: Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electric Engineering

Keywords: Wind Power, Legal, Justice, Environment, Noise, Government Policy, Public Health

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This paper is a review of reports of lived experiences of residents in rural/small-town Ontario, Canada and a comparison to the concerns raised during citizen-sponsored appeals of industrial-scale wind power project approvals. We found that the concerns leading to the decisions to appeal power projects have been borne out in real-life experience, as government documents record thousands of complaints about adverse effects on the environment and human health. These findings support the need for enforcement of regulations on wind power operations, and the need to acknowledge that community concerns about large power projects are genuine.

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Wilson, J. , Krogh, C. and Peel, P. C. (2020). Déja vu and Wind Turbines: A Review of Lived Experiences after Appeals of Ontario Industrial-Scale Wind Power Facilities. Open Access Library Journal, 7, e6276. doi:


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