Letter to the Editor
Wind energy can deliver big economic boost
(Source: Rushville Republican)
Indiana has a valuable natural resource that’s ready for harvest. Wind energy can deliver a big economic boost to communities – creating jobs, paying millions in property taxes and leases to landowners, and generating clean, homegrown electricity from a source that will never run out.
While there are plenty of Hoosiers who see the benefits of wind, some have questioned whether it’s right for them. When changes to our communities are proposed, we want to be sure they’re in harmony with a safe place to live.
Let me set the record straight.
Hundreds of thousands of people live near wind farms around the world without experiencing health issues. Over 20 peer-reviewed studies have found no evidence of harm from proximity to wind turbines. Credible research from MIT, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Wisconsin Department of Public Health, and Canada’s equivalent of the Department of Health and Human Services bears this out.
Besides being safe, wind energy also helps us preserve our clean air. A Harvard study found $7.3 billion in public health benefits from wind in 2015 alone, because of how much pollution it avoids that would otherwise cause unhealthy smog and trigger asthma attacks.
We all plug things in. More wind power gets that energy as cleanly and cheaply as possible. It’s an economic powerhouse for the communities that host it. And we can breathe easier knowing our communities will stay healthy and safe.
NOTE: The American Wind Energy Association represents over 900 companies, including those now working on new wind farms in Indiana.
Peter L. Kelley
Vice President, Public Affairs
American Wind Energy Association