According to a recent survey, 95% of Frisians are pro-wind energy but 50% would rather not have a turbine placed in their immediate neighbourhood. The survey of 600 respondents in this wind rich Dutch province was undertaken by the Frisian regional authorities in an effort to involve the public in its decisions about wind energy development. The survey shows that half the respondents believed a turbine placed within 300 metres of a dwelling negatively affects property prices, while one-third believed turbines detract from the beauty of the landscape. Encouragingly for developers of the proposed Afsluitdijk wind farm, three-quarters of respondents had no objection to the placing of turbines along the 32 km dike connecting Friesland with North Holland.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol