Broome County Concerned Residents

We are a coalition of residents that oppose the construction of the Bluestone Industrial Wind Turbines in the towns of Sanford and Windsor, New York.

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Economic Impacts

According to the London School of Economics, wind farms decrease property value by up to 12 percent if the home is within a two km radius and can even affect a property’s value up to 14 km away from the home.  In fact, the Ontario Superior Court ruled in 2013 that landowners living near large wind farms suffer from lower property values. That court said it decreased property values by 22 to 55 per cent.  Clearly, wind turbines do affect landowners’ property values. Paintearth County proposes a 500-metre setback from homes. The landowners want a 1.5 km setback. Given that studies prove property values decrease when wind turbines are two km from homes, is a 1.5 km setback even enough?

Think that an Industrial Turbine complex won't effect communities that depend on tourism, think again!

Results indicate that there is not a scenario for which respondents would be willing to pay more to rent a home with turbines in view,as compared to the baseline view with no turbines in sight. Further, there is a substantial portion of the survey population that would change their vacation destination if wind farms were placed within visual range of the beach. 

This paper uses data on 11,331 property transactions over nine years in northern New York State to explore the effects of new wind facilities on property values. We use a fixed-effects framework to control for omitted variables and endogeneity biases. We find that nearby wind facilities significantly reduce property values in two of the three counties studied. These results indicate that existing compensation to local homeowners/communities may not be sufficient to prevent a loss of property values

Impact studies suggest the values are substantially negatively impacted in the range of -12% to -40%. P. 17.

Studies prove property values decrease when wind turbines are two km from homes

Studies prove property values decrease when wind turbines are two km from homes

Certified appraiser Michael S. McCann submitted this testimony to the Adams County Board, Adams County Illinois in reference the impact of industrial scale wind energy development on residential property. Mr. McCann's testimony provides a detailed explanation of the impacts he has found and his recommendations to avoid harm to adjacent property when siting projects. An excerpt of his testimony is provided below. The full testimony can be accessed via the link at the bottom of this page.

John Leonard Goodwin, who has been a real estate broker for more than 10 years in the Grand Bend, Ont. market, asserted that wind turbines absolutely do affect property values. “Turbines complicate your property enjoyment, period,” he said. “That alone spells depreciated value(s).

John Leonard Goodwin, who has been a real estate broker for more than 10 years in the Grand Bend, Ont. market, asserted that wind turbines absolutely do affect property values. “Turbines complicate your property enjoyment, period,” he said. “That alone spells depreciated value(s).

Among the studies we reviewed, the highest diminution we saw was 40% (nearly half of what the president suggests), and that was in circumstances where the wind turbine was located directly on the property. While that loss percentage was on the high end, most studies show that the losses in property value from wind farms in the United States is somewhere between 0% and 35%.