Can wind beat the noise?
The wind industry is still trying to analyse the implication of some of the recommendations - such as state governments consider their own setback rules, or low-frequency noise be included in planning decisions. But possibly the most valuable part of this process has been the realisation from the wind industry that it needs a little less hubris and a lot more consultation as it seeks to build projects.
June 24, 2011
by Giles Parkinson
in Climate Spectator
Given all the emotion around the issue of wind farms, and the rhetoric about renewable energy in general, the Senate inquiry into the wind energy industry has produced a surprisingly sensible and balanced conclusion.
It has resisted the temptation to call for a moratorium on development, as was demanded by some, or to impose arbitrary setback distances. It has found no proof of a direct link between wind farms and health problems, although it has suggested that more research needs to be undertaken to settle this once and for all.
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