This report of the results of Dr. Michael Nissenbaum's investigation into turbine noise impacts on residents living near the Mars Hill ME and Vinalhaven ME wind energy facilities was presented at the 10th International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem (ICBEN) 2011 in London.
This letter, prepared by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, details guidelines to the Town of Falmouth on conducting background noise levels. The Mass DEP explains its preference for sound surveys to be attended by trained personnel who can ensure the readings recorded by the equipment are not contaminated by transient noise sources.
This complaint was filed with the Maine Public Utility on behalf of ratepayers and members of the Fox Islands Electric Cooperative ("FIEC") aggrieved by unreasonable practices engaged in and unreasonable rates charged by FIEC.
This important document examines the possible impact of turbine noise on wildlife. The entire report, with references, can be downloaded by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
Noise expert, Robert Rand prepared this report on noise produced by wind turbines which was submitted to the Riga Township, Lenawee County Michigan Planning Commission. Mr. Rand is a member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering. This report presents a discussion of community reactions to noise, guidelines for appropriate maximum permissible noise limits in rural areas, measured noise levels versus distance and observed community responses. The cover letter included with the report is presented below. Click on one of the links to access to full report.
This important paper examines low-frequency noise emissions from 48 wind turbines with nominal electric power up to 3.6 MW is analyzed and discussed. The authors conclude that it is "beyond any doubt that the low-frequency part of the spectrum plays an important role in the noise at the neighbors." The abstract and conclusions of the paper are provided below. The full report can be accessed by selecting the links at the bottom of this page.
This letter addressed to George Baker of Fox Islands Wind LLC responds to a complaint filed with the State of Maine concerning excessive turbine noise emissions at the Vinalhaven wind energy facility. The State has determined that the project is operating outside the noise limits permitted for the project.
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This important summary piece written by Dr. Nina Pierpont provides a clear explanation of what Wind Turbine Syndrome is and how turbine noise might be negatively impacting those living within the viewshed of the towers.
Dr. Daniel Shepherd was invited by the Ohariu Preservation Society in New Zealand to provide an evaluation of the impact of turbine noise on health and well-being. The report specifically references the proposed Mill Creek wind energy facility proposed to be built on rural land northwest of Wellington, New Zealand in the Makara and Ohariu valleys. His full report can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. The conclusions of his report are shown below.
Dr. Robert Thorne presented this paper at the annual symposium on turbine noise held by the Society for Wind Vigilance. The evidence documented in his paper show "there is the potential for adverse health effects for individuals due to wind farm activity while living in their residences and while working on their farms within 3500 metres of large-scale turbines". Dr. Thorne's complete paper can be downloaded by clicking on one of the links at the bottom of this page.