MASG Research Documents


Click on the Links below to download the reports from MASG’s Current Projects:

Stage 1 Castlemaine Waste to Energy Pre-Feasibility Report 2015

Baringhup Renewable Energy 2015


Scientific Research


The following are published, independent, peer-reviewed studies that have followed a rigorous scientific method for collecting data.  ‘Peer reviewed’ means the study has been checked for rigor and accuracy by other recognised experts in the field.

Renewable Energy (2009) Life cycle assessment of a multi-megawatt wind turbine by E Martinez et al.

National Health & Medical Council (NHMRC) (2010)  Wind & Health: a rapid review

Journal of Environmental Health (2011) Health Effects & Wind Turbines by L. Knopperson & C. Ollson

Environmental Research Letters (2011) Infrasound and low frequency noise from wind turbines: exposure and health effects by K Bolin et al.

Journal of Noise Control Engineering (2011) Health aspects associated with wind turbine noise – results from three field studies by E Pedersen

A summary of 17 turbine & health studies

S Chapman, T Simonetti (2012) Summary of main conclusions reached in 17 reviews of the research literature on wind farms and health


Government Reports


The following are reports commissioned or released by government. They have been completed by or in conjunction with expert consultants and have employed a rigorous scientific method.

Victorian Department of Health (2013) Wind farms noise and health_Fact sheet_Vic Dept Health_2013

CSIRO (2012) Exploring community acceptance of rural wind farms in Australia_or see Summary

EPA SA, Resonate Acoustics (2013) Infrasound levels near windfarms and in other environments

Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (2012) Renewable Energy (Electricity) amendment (Excessive Noise from Wind Farms) Bill andK Joshi (2012) Summary

Massechusetts Dept for Environmental Protection, Massechusetts Dept of Public Health (2012) Wind turbine health impact_study

NSW Dept Lands (2009) Preliminary assessment of the impact of wind farms on surrounding land values in Australia

NSW Dept Environment Climate Change and Water (2010) Community attitudes to wind farms and renewable energy in NSW

Dept Environment and Heritage, Biosis (2005) Modelled cumulative impacts on the swift parrot of wind farms across the species’ range in south-eastern Australia

Dept for Environment and Heritage SA (2010) Briefing note on the effects of wind farms on bird and bat populations

Dept Environment and Heritage, Biosis (2006) Impacts of avian collisions with wind power turbines: an overview of the modelling of cumulative risks posed by multiple wind farms


Government Policy and Regulatory Statements

 CFA Vic (2007) Emergency Management Guidelines for Wind farms


Industry Studies


The following are studies and fact sheet release by the wind industry or by peak industry bodies.  The content of these studies is based on scientific studies or industry research.

Fact Sheets

Clean Energy Council CEC_WIND_FACT SHEET_Final

Beyond Zero Emissions BZE wind fact sheet

Sustainability Victoria SV_WindEnergy

Origin Energy WhyChooseWind_Origin_FactSheet

NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water Wind Energy In NSW – Myths and Facts

Australian Wind Energy Association Fact Sheet 10: Wind Farming Electromagnetic Radiation and Interference


World Wind Energy Association (2011) World wind energy report 2010

Vestas Wind Systems (2006) Life cycle assessment of offshore and onshore sited wind power plants based on Vestas V90-3.0 MW turbines



Meridian Energy, P Botha (2012) Ground Vibration & Infrasound Measurements from a Modern Wind Turbine – Results from NZ

Clean Energy Council (2010) Wind farms technical paper: environmental noise

N Hagens (2006) Energy from wind: A discussion of the EROI (Energy Return On Investment) research

Community renewable energy

Hepburn Community Wind Cooperative (2000) Community involvement in renewable energy projects: a guide for community groups

Community Power Agency / Journal of Rural Society (2011) Community Renewable Energy: Opportunities for Rural Australia by J. Hicks & N Ison.

 More Case Studies here

Other Information


The following is interesting information, but not of a scientific kind.   Some of this is ‘anecdotal evidence’, based on people’s own experience and interpretation of wind turbines; also included are a few media articles.

Neil Barrett (2012)  Getting the Wind Up: Exploring concern about the adverse health effects of wind turbines in Australia and Europe Version 2

S Chapman (2012) Wind turbine syndrome: a classic “communicated” disease

The Australian (2012) State’s wind farms help debunk a few myths by G Parkinson