This is an email we just received from Cary Shineldecker who had sent the picture of the turbine that was just over 1,000 feet from his home. It demonstrates the effect of another turbine that’s almost 1 mile from his home.
This is our future if the zoning amendment is enacted. Attend the next township meeting on September 10th and let the trustees know how you feel about the proposed zoning amendment.
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 9:25 PM
To: ‘Save Reading’
Subject: Consumers Energy Flicker Engulfs Shineldecker Home Even Before Start-up – 5 short videos – 1 min. ea.
Karen and I had the misfortune of looking into our future as reality hit last week. A 476’ turbine about 5000’ away from our home filled our house with strobing during a beautiful country morning sunrise. We tried to find a place to get away from it but as with most country homes, ours has large windows, French doors, and not so much in the way of curtains. The impact is not as severe as we have seen in other videos, but what makes this important, is the distance at which the flicker impacts. This turbine is about a mile away from our home. This turbine was running for testing as the development is not yet in operation, however it was meaningful because it gave us the opportunity to compare the impact to the Consumers Energy Flicker Map. Consumers predicts less than 10 hours per year for our home and this single sunrise cast shadow flicker on our home for almost an hour. We later found that this turbine is not included in the flicker study and report as affecting our home at all. All turbines outside of ten rotor diameters from our homes are not considered. Our ordinance does have a 10 hour maximum, measured at the exterior wall of the residence. It will be interesting to see what Consumers and Mason County do to abide by the 10 hour maximum.
Please share this video as it may help your quests for safe zoning ordinances.
Best Regards, Cary Shineldecker
Mason County, Michigan