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Wind energy is an emerging technology that carries legal concerns

| Jun 12, 2020 | Firm News

The quest for new energy resources has been going on for years. Fossil fuels have been our go-to energy source. Most people realize that those fuels cause pollution and that they will end someday. As a result, we are looking for a clean, renewable and safe energy source. Many companies are turning to wind energy.

The U.S. is a leader in wind energy production, and Colorado is one of the top producers. A recent study found there are about 400 wind turbines in the state.

Wind is the third leading energy resource, behind only coal and natural gas. With all the benefits of wind energy, there have been concerns. They could lead to legal issues for companies working to harness wind energy.

There are concerns related to wind turbines

Scientific studies show that wind is impacting our dependence on fossil fuels. Yet there are concerns. People living near wind turbines have complained about several health issues, including:

  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stress

Wind turbine neighbors say vibrations and sounds cause the health problems. They also said the turbines are a public nuisance and they take up too much land. They say the emerging technology may be clean and renewable, but that it is not worth the price.

No connection found to health risks

Scientists have found no health risks associated with living near turbines. There were studies of the effects. None of them found any connection between health problems and wind turbines.

Wind turbines produce over 200 million megawatt-hours of energy in America. They have become one of the fastest-growing resources in Colorado.

Wind energy has proven to be a viable and clean option. Yet there could be legal challenges requiring skilled defense of company rights.