Documents filed under Noise from Australia / New Zealand

Response to article by S. Cooper, “Wind farm noise - an ethical dilemma for the Australian Acoustical Society?”

2013_41_1_tumneyletter_thumb This letter by acoustician, Ray Tumney, addresses a consistent resistance by the Australian Acoustical Society to address the problem of wind turbine noise emissions. A portion of his letter is provided below. The entire letter can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. Mr. Tumney's letter supports comments by acoustician Stephen Cooper's document on this issue ( ).
1 Apr 2013

Critique of South Australian EPA study on Infrasound Levels New Wind farms and other Environments

Cooper-critique-resonate_thumb Dr. Steven Cooper, an Australian acoustician with considerable experience measuring wind turbine sound emissions, prepared this important and detailed critique of a study sponsored by the South Australia EPA on low-frequency noise. The SA EPA report insisted that infrasound emitted by wind turbines was not different from infrasound from other sources in the environment. Dr. Cooper exposes the fatal flaws in the EPA's methodology for surveying the sound. Excerpts of his critique are provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.
26 Feb 2013

"The biggest government sponsored fraud in the history of our country"

120213_alby_schultz_renewable_energy_hansard_thumb The following speech was given on the floor of the Australian Parliament, House of Representatives, by the Member for Hume, Alby Schultz. Mr. Schultz addresses the failure of the Waubra wind farm and others to operate within the limits of their permits, the high cost and inefficient operation of wind turbines and, what he deems fraudulent issue of RECs to shell companies overseas.
12 Feb 2013

David Mortimer Statement on health impacts of living near utility-scale turbines

Landscape_guardians_-_david_mortimer_thumb David and Alida Mortimer host two Vestas 1.75 megawatt wind turbines in the Lake Bonney windfarm. Since the wind project went into service, he and his wife moved into a new farmhouse that they built away from the turbines. The new house is approximately 2.5 km from from a cluster of four turbines situated on his neighbor's property. The problem of noise has been significant. Mr. Mortimer filed this testimony before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal in reference to the Cherry Tree Wind Farm proposal. In his testimony, Mr. Mortimer details the disruptions and health complaints he and his wife are experiencing as a result of the turbines.
11 Jan 2013

Michael Nissenbaum MD responds to turbine noise complaints and 'nocebo' claims

Nissenbaum_11_22_2012_thumb These important comments prepared by Dr. Michael Nissenbaum respond to questions raised by the Australian Senate Environment & Communications committee during its inquiry into wind turbine noise. In particular, Dr. Nissenbaum explains how the 'nocebo' effect is not a factor and that health complaints reported by those living near large turbines are real and require attention.
22 Nov 2012

Wind farm noise – what is a reasonable limit in rural areas?

Windturbinenoise-reasonablelimits_thumb Measurements were undertaken both indoors and outdoors at a typical rural residence approximately 2km from the nearest wind turbines at Waterloo wind farm to determine the appropriate turbine noise limits for rural areas. The abstract and conclusions of the paper are provided below. The full paper can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
21 Nov 2012

Peer Review of Environmental Noise Assessment at the Collector Wind Farm

Cooper__steven_collector_submission_thumb This peer-reviewed report written by the Acoustics Group in Australia evaluates the noise impact assessment for the Collector wind farm proposed to be built in New South Wales. The project will have up to 68 turbines but the turbine make and model is still undetermined. Three turbine makes and models were considered: Suzlon S88-2.1MW, V3; REpower 3.4M 104; Siemens SWT-2.3-101. The introduction and conclusion of the report is shown below. The full report, with appendices, can be accessed by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
24 Sep 2012

Evaluation of wind farm noise policies in South Australia

Wang_evaluation-of-wind-farm-noise-policies-in-south-australia-waterloo-case-study_thumb The government of South Australia issued two series of "Wind farms environmental noise guidelines" in 2003 and 2009, aiming to balance the advantage of wind energy development in South Australia with the protection of amenity of the surrounding commmity from adverse noise impacts. This briefing paper sums up a study undertaken during 2011 evaluating the efficiency and adequacy of these guidelines.
1 Feb 2012

Impact of turbine noise on health and well-being

Shepherd_millcreek_2010_thumb 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.
1 Oct 2010

The Dean Report: A Noise impact assessment of the Waubra Wind Farm

The_dean_-_waubra_wind_farm_report_july_2010_thumb Mr and Mrs Noel Dean requested a Report providing an assessment of the potential for adverse effects due to activity from the Waubra wind farm while living in their residences and while working on their farms. Dr. Robert Thorne undertook the study. His full report can be accessed via the link at the bottom of this page. Below is a summary of Dr. Thorne's findings and conclusions.
1 Jul 2010

Nonsense on stilts

Nonsense_on_stilts_thumb The expressions “Environmental Sustainability” and “Resource Management” may seem to be synonymous. In the original concept this could have been the intent, but now that we have in operation a number of alternative energy sources to offset the use of fossil fuels, unforeseen emissions may be affecting local communities in the vicinity with the possibility of public health being compromised. Wind farms are an alternative energy source and the effects of noise emissions on the health of people living within several kilometres of the wind farms is becoming a concern. The noise level from a wind farm may be quite low, but its characteristics compared to that of the normal background sound make it stand out as something quite different, and its ability to excite room resonances makes it an irritant causing severe loss of sleep and extreme annoyance. Often the sounds are heard more clearly indoors than outside. New Zealand Standard 6808 on the noise from wind turbines has been reviewed and a new draft standard produced for public comment. The draft differs little from the existing standard and closely follows that used in Britain and parts of Europe, even though there are clear indications that the criteria to be met do not fully conform with World Health Organization recommendations, and the methodology used is likely mathematically, scientifically and ethically wrong. The draft and similar standards across the world are clearly biased towards wind farm development for as little cost as possible, and it appears public health concerns are not being given enough attention.
23 Nov 2009
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