Law Court: Back to drawing board for wind project.376432013-03-06T12:29:41Z2013-03-06T12:29:41Z"We are encouraged to see that the Court will not be a rubber stamp for DEP decisions on wind power. This is a decision that FMM finds helpful because the Court addresses the health and environmental impacts of wind power projects."Court tells DEP to lower nighttime noise levels on Saddleback wind farm.376182013-03-05T02:50:03Z2013-03-05T02:50:03ZThe court unanimously agreed with the groups' appeal of a ruling by the Board of Environmental Protection that backed the DEP's decision that the nighttime noise level for the windmills should be at or below 45 decibels. Roxbury wind project.374362013-02-18T04:38:19Z2013-02-18T04:38:19Z14 of the 22 wind turbines stretch 4 miles across the Record Hill Ridge in Roxbury. Roxbury residents approved the project but the town of Byron, where Paquette lives, turned it down.
Philip Paquette: "No one wants it their backyard but it's not in my backyard it's in Roxbury's and they put it in my backyard when I said no."Superior court justice to decide Pisgah Mountain wind farm appeal.373702013-02-13T12:55:04Z2013-02-13T12:55:04ZAfter hearing from the attorneys for the farm owners, the town and the developer, Justice Andrew M. Horton determined there was some controversy about where sound receptors were located and told the two parties to submit a brief describing their locations by next Wednesday.Spruce Mt. Wind neighbors complain of "aircraft" sound.356852012-07-26T10:08:43Z2012-07-26T10:08:43ZWoodstock property owners near the Spruce Mountain Wind turbines - particularly camp owners on Shagg and Concord ponds - said at a public informational meeting last week that noise from the towers is louder than expected, because it carries over water and bounces off nearby hills.
Its effects, some said, include sleepless nights and headaches, as well as general annoyance.
Roxbury residents lodge turbine noise complaints.340482012-01-12T10:47:35Z2012-01-12T10:47:35ZKuras told Roxbury selectmen Tuesday night that the low frequency noise sounds like something heavy tumbling in a clothes dryer. ..."I know what the ice in the lake sounds like and this noise is not that," she said. "This is a repetitive thumping sound: a whemp, whemp. What was once a quiet night's sleep is now this."
Panel nervous about potential noise with proposed Rockport high school wind turbine.337662011-12-02T15:09:10Z2011-12-02T15:09:10ZAccording to facilities committee chair Edmund Hartt, no acoustic engineer was brought on-site to evaluate the project.
The problem with spending money on an acoustic study is that there is no extra money. ...The three committee members unanimously voted to ask the school board whether an acoustic engineer should be hired to conduct a sound study.Maine Board of Environmental Protection endorses stricter noise rules for wind farms.330442011-09-16T23:06:31Z2011-09-16T23:06:31ZIn a split decision, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection voted Thursday to impose more stringent noise regulations on commercial wind turbines operating near homes or businesses.BEP approves lower turbine noise standards .330352011-09-16T19:50:01Z2011-09-16T19:50:01ZPetitioners who asked the Board of Environmental Protection to lower the allowable nighttime noise level of the turbines are unhappy that the standards were lowered by only 3 decibels, from 45 to 42, rather than to the 35-decibel level they sought, said Portland attorney Rufus Brown ..."So far it's the only time where the issues we've raised have been seriously. I think it's a landmark in that sense."
DEP staff recommend postponing vote on wind turbine noise.330102011-09-14T18:35:39Z2011-09-14T18:35:39ZMaine's noise law applies a decades-old standard that critics contend did not anticipate the unique noise and vibrations generated by 400-foot-tall wind turbines. Industry representatives argue that the existing standards and practices observed by companies are sufficiently protective.Environmental board debates wind noise.327062011-08-08T12:45:58Z2011-08-08T12:45:58ZThat department's Board of Environmental Protection has been working since December to decide if Maine needs tougher noise standards. Acting DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho says the existing noise rules come from 1989, long before there were any wind farms envisioned for the state.
Wind turbine noise recommendation unlikely to end debate.326972011-08-07T01:44:51Z2011-08-07T01:44:51ZStaff with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection have waded into the debate over noise from commercial wind turbines by recommending a slight reduction in the decibel level that could trigger a noise violation for wind farms located near homes or businesses.Experimental edges added to turbine blades for noise reduction .326542011-08-02T00:18:21Z2011-08-02T00:18:21Z"It's not new blades," said Baker. "They're applying these serrations to the trailing edge of the blades. They look like sharks teeth. We're going to have the meanest looking turbines on the East Coast."
Baker said the Vinalhaven installation is only the third application of the LNTE system, worldwide.
Vinalhaven residents ask court to vacate wind turbine decision.326532011-08-02T00:13:18Z2011-08-02T00:13:18ZThe petitioners have asked the court to vacate the June 30 order and to replace it with an order drafted by DEP staff. Earlier this year, DEP staff prepared a draft order requiring submission of data and requiring Fox Island Wind to post operational sound and meteorological data on a website for public review. Group alleges political meddling in Vinalhaven wind project.326232011-07-30T13:40:15Z2011-07-30T13:40:15ZFox Islands Wind Neighbors and other individuals are asking judges to nullify a June 2011 DEP order against the wind power project developer. Instead, the group wants the court to institute an earlier version developed by DEP staff that imposed tougher compliance requirements.
Expert speaks on wind turbine noise in Sumner.324412011-07-12T16:09:27Z2011-07-12T16:09:27ZSelectman Maryann Haxton asked how the sound problem could be corrected. James replied that guidelines of 35 decibels should be set for turbines and to require them to be located a mile and a half away from homes. ...Someone asked about home appraisals and James said real estate agents were no longer appraising any homes near windmills.
Wind power noise dispute on tranquil Maine island intensifies .320302011-05-24T20:52:30Z2011-05-24T20:52:30ZWhile thousands of wind power enthusiasts and industry representatives gather in Anaheim Calif. for Windpower 2011, the American Wind Power Association's popular annual conference and exhibition, some 3,300 miles due east, wind power is tearing a tiny island community asunder.Report: Turbine noise a complex issue.318642011-05-01T20:27:29Z2011-05-01T20:27:29ZThe proposed minimum setback is longer than three football fields, but it's still way too short, wind opponents say, to keep people from being disturbed by the noise, low-frequency sound pressure and vibrations that turbines and their blades spinning atop 300-foot towers can make under various wind conditions.