America The Beautiful, Created By Wind (Video)

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For all of its opponents’ arguments, wind energy remains one of the cornerstones of our present and future clean energy framework, and while there is no shortage of stories about wind turbines being harmful to birds, bats, and humans, much worse could be said about the effects of our current fossil fuel addiction, and the environmentally destructive extraction, refining, and transportation processes that go into feeding it.

The wind energy industry is not only generating clean renewable energy, but it’s also creating jobs and boosting local economies, while also driving down energy costs and contributing to a reduction in energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. The fossil fuels industry can’t touch that. And because of that, the wind industry in the United States continues to grow by leaps and bounds, is already cost-competitive with natural gas in this country, and could account for 20% of our national energy mix by 2030.

But one old chestnut that continues to haunt wind energy is the mysterious ‘wind turbine syndrome‘ that is reported to affect certain people living near wind turbines, and which no amount of debunking seems to be able to blow away. So it amuses me that Siemens Wind Power, one of the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturers, made a video featuring the noise of wind (which to some people sounds like money in the bank), in which wind is used to create an iconic American song, America the Beautiful.

That video is a great follow-on to last year’s creation, which celebrated Siemens’ largest onshore wind power order to date (448 wind turbines for MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa wind farms), with the orchestration of Strauss’ Blue Danube from the sounds of the wind:

(A longer version of the Blue Danube video is available on the Siemens website.)

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9 thoughts on “America The Beautiful, Created By Wind (Video)

  • Music to my ears. Thanks Derek.

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  • I have stood within 300 ft. of a wind turbine and all I heard was a gentle “whoosh, whoosh” and you could have normal conversation. I consider their movement to be graceful. In AZ at least, a wind turbine cannot be any closer than 1/4 mile from any habitation. Because sound drops off with the square of the distance, those people would receive 1/19 of that sound. I think most of the objection is an objection to change rather than noise. And the article makes a good point about contrasting the health of birds to the health of humans when coal generation is used.

    • I’ve stood underneath an operating wind turbine, my hand on the tower close.

      There was no problem having a normal conversation. The wind blowing through the bushes around the tower was a larger issue than blade noise.

      • Thanks for corroborating my thoughts.

      • Indeed. After all the fuss about supposed “WTS,” I was surprised how hard it was to hear them spinning at all.

        Roy was with us on a trip to some in Germany. He had been covering the wind noise stuff “objectively” for a while (that is, giving the people a voice who complained about it), and he was so clearly shocked for days. It was quite funny. 😀

        • Well, don’t cha know that windmills give off noise that can’t be heard and can’t be measured but a few people “know” it’s happening and that drives them crazy.

          Or did the crazy come first? I’m thinking….

    • A reported was with us on a trip to some wind farms in Germany who had been covering the wind noise stuff “objectively” for a while (that is, giving the people a voice who complained about it), and he was so clearly shocked for days at how quiet they were. It was quite funny. 😀

      • A reporter…

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