Gigawiek Foundation
Cause and effect

Cause and effect

Since the erection of 3 wind turbines in Houten in 2013 by Eneco (now owned by Mitsubishi), those living in its vicinity have reported regular, vast and extreme sleep disturbance. Complaints with the local government (who owns the land the turbines are built on) and with Eneco were fully ignored. 

The local government and Eneco/Mitsubishi have been collaborating together against its neighbours/inhabitants, with government officials even writing to civilians on joint logo letterheads. Only after independent research by Utrecht University concluded that the noise and sleep disturbance was even greater than anticipated by the Gigawiek Foundation, some action was taken. On initiative by the city council, a tripartite mediation was started. None of the proposals that Eneco/Mitsubishi deemed feasible, were to lead to fully restoring the right to sleep free from interference at night.

In 2019, Eneco/Mitsubishi even took the step to have protective noise regulations relieved, showing that its primary target is to earn money, not to be a decent neighbour. Again, as from its inception in 2013, ordinary civilians were victimised by the behaviour of this multinational that proclaims to be environmentally friendly. Its objective to reduce CO2 emissions goed hand in hand with disturbing the right to rest at night. Not just from adults, but also from our children. They have been fully aware since the study by Utrecht University in 2015. To date, the situation has not been resolved ┬žand Eneco/Mitsubishi has not taken any action to restore our right to a decent night’s sleep.The effect: after a noisy night, children start their school days tired, parents are grumpy, and civilians are fighting this multinational as well as their local government. These 3 wind turbines have devastated the local community, its relations to its own government, and the orderly and proper functioning of those 800 households that lie within 1 kilometer from these 150 metre high towers.