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Transformers generate noise complaints

Noise from an industrial wind farm substation in Amaranth has generated several complaints as of late. Residents near the transformers say the sounds have been stronger than usual and they want action - something the company says it's already taken. "It's like a humming noise. We can actually hear it inside the house. It just kind of vibrates inside the house," explains Terry Kidd, who lives across the street from the transformers.

Noise from an industrial wind farm substation in Amaranth has generated several complaints as of late. Residents near the transformers say the sounds have been stronger than usual and they want action - something the company says it's already taken.

"It's like a humming noise. We can actually hear it inside the house. It just kind of vibrates inside the house," explains Terry Kidd, who lives across the street from the transformers.

"It's gotten to the point where the last two nights (Monday and Tuesday) my wife hasn't really slept very much due to it," he adds. "It doesn't affect me as much as her. I can sleep through more than she can."

Kidd is one of three nearby residents who filed complaints with the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) on Jan. 22 and 23; he says his wife filed another Tuesday night (Feb. 3).

The noise volume is like "a florescent light that's not quite working 100 per cent," he says.

Canadian Hydro Developers, which operates a 133-turbine industrial wind energy project in Melancthon and Amaranth townships, acknowledges the complaints but says a technician who visited the site could not detect any "unusual" noise.

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Noise from an industrial wind farm substation in Amaranth has generated several complaints as of late. Residents near the transformers say the sounds have been stronger than usual and they want action - something the company says it's already taken.

"It's like a humming noise. We can actually hear it inside the house. It just kind of vibrates inside the house," explains Terry Kidd, who lives across the street from the transformers.

"It's gotten to the point where the last two nights (Monday and Tuesday) my wife hasn't really slept very much due to it," he adds. "It doesn't affect me as much as her. I can sleep through more than she can."

Kidd is one of three nearby residents who filed complaints with the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) on Jan. 22 and 23; he says his wife filed another Tuesday night (Feb. 3).

The noise volume is like "a florescent light that's not quite working 100 per cent," he says.

Canadian Hydro Developers, which operates a 133-turbine industrial wind energy project in Melancthon and Amaranth townships, acknowledges the complaints but says a technician who visited the site could not detect any "unusual" noise.

"The additional noise from the transformer may have been caused by the turbines going into ice detection load shutdown," says a company report. "This is a temporary condition that will rectify itself as the turbines become operational."

A seasonal audit for the area is scheduled for this month.

"That seasonal audit will determine whether we're in compliance or out of compliance," explains Kip Clancy, development manager, noting the MOE requirement is no more than 40 decibels. "We are well within compliance on all of our audits to-date."

It takes about four weeks to receive the results of an audit, Clancy adds.

Should the audit show the company is out of compliance, "We'll take measures to abate the noise. We have no intentions at all to operate out of compliance," Clancy says.

"Canadian Hydro is actually bound by the consultant's recommendations," says MOE spokesperson Kate Jordan, noting that includes mediation efforts. "We're still continuing to monitor Canadian Hydro Developers and also the consultant's progress to resolve the complaints."

However, Paul Thompson, who also filed a noise complaint and is currently suing Canadian Hydro in relation to the transformer station, suggests the audit will have missed the sound of a supposed "ice detection load shut down."

Clancy insists his company has done "everything under the sun" to mitigate noise.

"It is the Cadillac of transformer stations," he says. "We have two of the quietest transformers installed and then we also have a noise barrier wall around each one of them. And then around the perimeter of the transformer gate we have an earth berm, with landscaping and trees and whatnot."


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FEB 9 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/18993-transformers-generate-noise-complaints
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