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Mary Ellen Jones, formerly of Cohocton, NY, discusses her experience with wind developer First Wind. Ms. Jones lived within the viewshed of First Wind's 125 megawatt wind energy facility referred to as Cohocton Wind. When she found the turbine noise exceeded the permitted levels, she entered into negotiations to sell her home to First Wind. This is her story.
The test results show repeated excursions beyond the legal limit. Simultaneous with its release of the report on sound testing, Iberdrola Renewables announced it would immediately begin testing the use of a proprietary noise reduction system developed by Gamesa, the manufacturer of the turbines. ...The town councils in both Fairfield and Norway have directed Iberdrola Renewables to report back to them on the results of the test no later than their next meeting in the month of September.
The turbines, at 476 feet, are the tallest in the state so far. The two towns also were the first in the state to require sound testing of turbines after construction, rather than relying solely on pre-construction models to predict sound levels. ...Tests at the Hardscabble farm done in the spring and winter of 2011 found noise levels from the turbines were spiking as high as 60 decibles, Melewski said.
The town board recently authorized the testing of an a Noise Reduction System by Iberdrola Renewables to test 37 turbines - 25 of which are located in Fairfield - at Hardscrabble Wind Farm. The test will ensure that the turbines are in compliance with noise levels required by the special use permit issued by the company, according to a news release.
In a draft letter to commission Secretary Jaclyn A. Brilling signed by Supervisor Urban C. Hirschey, the board asked the state to amend Article X to require wind farm developers to assess low-frequency noise impact - a component, town officials argue, that will be "most annoying and unhealthy."
In the winter, the red light reflects off the white snow and can be seen for miles. Salamone has talked to a realtor about selling his property, and the realtor told him his asking price is about $90,000 too high now that the wind turbines have been installed. A neighbor has simply moved away, without even trying to sell his property, because he couldn’t stand living under the turbines.
We own a camp near Lowville and those wind towers have ruined the serenity of the area. I cried the first night we spent at our camp after the turbines were turned on. It was in the spring with all the windows closed. I couldn't sleep with the constant whump, whump, whump of the towers all night long.
The town board is set to approve a new turbine noise limit next month based on an "invalid" sound demonstration, according to the acoustics expert who performed the noise test.
A study conducted earlier this year found that the noise level in some instances went above the 50-decibel level required in the permits for the turbines, Fairfield town Supervisor Richard Souza said. Another, more extensive study will be conducted starting in late October or early November, Souza said.
"We want to amend it from 50 dBA to 45 dBA based on the World Health Organization guidelines for community noise. That would be the noise limit at participating residences and nonparticipating property lines," Town Supervisor Justin A. Taylor said.
The proposed law was designed to limit noise levels of the turbines ...This set of guidelines would require turbines being built within 2,000 feet of a home, school or hospital not increase that building's level of noise more than six decibels above the level it currently is.
We cannot carry on conversations outside due to the constant noise level. There is a constant droning sound inside my home that was never there before. I can't even begin to imagine the noise when the turbines are going full force and in the summer.
Pat Eaton, town supervisor, said the board voted 3-2 against changing the sound ordinance, which currently allows for the noise level to be raised 3 decibels above the ambient level of 25 decibels.
The committee voted 9-1, with leaseholder Michele W. McQueer casting the opposing vote, to recommend noise limits proposed by sound expert Paul D. Schomer. He proposed three separate limits for different times of the day and night, including 45 decibels between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., 40 decibels between 7 and 10 p.m. and 35 decibels between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
The resolutions called for the town's acoustic engineering firm, Cavanaugh Tocci Associates, Sudbury, Mass., to take sound measurements in the town and prepare a report on the background sound levels in the town. Mr. Hirschey cited the wide difference between the results of the two wind project developers' study and one commissioned by the opposition group Wind Power Ethics Group.
After we spent two days driving, and an hour and a half on the ferry, to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York, it was quite ironic to find our rental house located across from the intermittently noisy power plant.
The Hammond Wind Committee will visit Iberdrola's Maple Ridge Wind Farm on Saturday to get a first-hand look at an industrial wind project.
"I'm getting vibrations, and I haven't slept in I don't know how long," Mrs. Garrow said. "But I don't think anybody's looking out for our interest." Richard Green of Churubusco said he can feel the sounds from the turbines, citing the low range and the repetitiveness. "It's a constant noise that you can feel in your body."
In rural areas like Hammond, he continued, where traffic is infrequent and the lulls he spoke of are common, its easy to hear and locate distant noise sources. Few people, few machines and little man-made noise ...He said he expects the background noise level in Hammond to be somewhere between 25 and 35 dBA, while the wind industry, he said, says its between 40 and 45 dBA.
In a May 14 letter, the two disputed the background noise levels that Mr. Hessler assumed through his regression analysis. Mr. Elliot and Mr. Tocci had measurements that averaged five decibels below the levels Mr. Hessler predicted ...If ambient noise levels have been overstated in the impact statement, it will allow higher levels of noise from turbines.