Get this: Windmills unwelcome in Netherlands
AMSTERDAM _ Erecting 200m-tall wind mills on or off the Dutch coast may cause a 30% drop in tourism in Friesland province _ a region of lakes popular with boaters, says an alliance of tourism trade organizations. It says customer surveys show almost a third of tourists may stay away if they see windmills lining the horizon all day. A question they ask: Would Italy ever build windmills in one of its alpine lakes?
The Netherlands’ 21st century windmill debate increasingly turns on the impact that giant windmills will have on a small, flat nation where opens spaces are at a premium. (photo: windmills near Copenhagen). The prospect of North Sea wind parks close to the shore riles coastal resorts. Jan Ybema of the Dutch watersports federation HISWA says a key problem are handouts to the wind industry. “That’s how subsidies given to one sector kill another. It’s like Italy building windmills in Lake Garda. They are not that crazy!”
The tourism sector is calling for a broader cost-benefit debate, wants to see better, more realistic artists’ impressions of future windmills and wants attention paid to the noise they make.