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Facts about wind turbines and your health

In response to questions about the Bearspaw Operations Workplace Centre wind assessment, here are links to research about wind turbines and health.

About our project

 Things to remember about the wind assessment project in Bearspaw OWC:

  • The size of wind turbine under consideration is defined by the electrotechnology systems industry as "small." The approximate height would be less than 50 metres to the tip of the highest blade. Small wind turbines in the 50 kW range are most often found in urban centres - referred to as "urban turbines." For details, see Comparing different types of wind turbines
  • The use of renewable energy is a healthier alternative to the use of coal and other carbon-based fuel sources.
  • Use of renewable energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
  • If the project moves forward, Calgary will join many cities around the world that have urban turbines in the 50 kW range within the city limits, e.g. Toronto, Copenhagen, and San Francisco.

Project standards

If the wind assessment project (that began in fall 2012) recommends that it makes sense to install a small wind turbine in Bearspaw Operations Workplace Centre, many approvals, review and/or guildelines are in place to ensure proper standards are followed, including:

Other approvals include funding (which could include grants and/or Council funds).

Industry standards

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is a non-profit organization with a central office in Geneva, Switzerland that regulates and sets safety standards for all electrotechnology systems including renewable energy systems such as wind turbines. National and local governments are to implement and police the compliance to these safety standards.

Advocacy groups help make sure the wind industry follows these industry standards, including:

For more information: