Relationship between Wind Turbines and Residential Property Values in Massachusetts


This report, published by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of the US Dept of Energy, investigates a common concern of people who live near planned or operating wind developments: How might a home’s value be affected by the turbines?  Previous studies on this topic, which have largely coalesced around non-significant findings, focused on rural settings.  Wind facilities in urban locations could produce markedly different results.  

To determine if wind turbines have a negative impact on property values in urban settings, this report analyzed more than 122,000 home sales, between 1998 and 2012, that occurred near the current or future location of 41 turbines in densely- populated Massachusetts communities.  The results of this study do not support the claim that wind turbines affect nearby home prices.  Weak evidence suggests that the announcement of the wind facilities had a modest adverse impact on home prices, but those effects were no longer apparent after turbine construction and eventual operation commenced. The analysis also showed no unique impact on the rate of home sales near wind turbines. Article by: Carol Atkinson-Palombo and Ben Hoen.