Library filed under Noise from Australia / New Zealand
This open letter written by Mauri Johansson, MD, MHH, a specialist in Community and Occupational Medicine, reveals important information about the impacts of wind energy development on communities in Denmark and how these impacts are being exported to other countries.
The judge said there was no doubt New Zealand Windfarms' original application significantly under-estimated how much noise the 65 Windflow 500 turbines would generate at the wind farm. The problems became apparent in 2009 when complaints from neighbours began pouring in, with 800 received so far. "The error was a grave one," he said.
Companies claim a Coalition government will undermine the development of wind farms across the south-west if it introduces stricter controls on noise levels. Revelations this week that an Abbott-led government would force companies to release noise levels online have again raised questions for the renewable energy industry.
The yet-to-be-released resources policy is set to require all windfarms to provide "real-time" noise monitoring, with the findings immediately publicly available, so nearby residents concerned about the alleged health impact of windfarms can compare the results with strict state government noise controls. The Coalition resources spokesman, Ian Macfarlane, will also try to introduce the measures before the election with a private members bill.
He said he also experienced feeling some vibration from the turbine as he slept on the ground. Mr Parnell said that at one stage the wind was blowing from due north, and with 'at least 20 wind turbines upwind' of him, he believed he had experienced a 'full dose' of the effects. He pitched his tent between the turbine array and the township of Waterloo.
Wind energy producers are in a twist after being forced to demonstrate they are operating within noise limits every time they seek to surrender renewable energy certificates. As of the start of June, all large-scale power stations accredited under the renewable energy target will have to submit a "standing notice" of ongoing compliance with all local, state and federal planning and approval requirements.
SA Greens MLC Mark Parnell will spend a night sleeping under a wind turbine at Waterloo tonight in a bid to experience the reported effects of the farms firsthand. ..."There needs to be a lot more research done and people need to come to Waterloo, where the turbines are too close together and too close to the people, and do the research there."
In less than a fortnight, the small community of King Island will vote on whether a crucial part of Australia's clean energy future should proceed to the next stage. But the islanders are sharply divided, after claims by health promotion company the Waubra Foundation, and their controversial CEO Dr Sarah Laurie, that the noise wind turbines make harms human health. Sarah Dingle investigates.
Professor Colin Hansen of the University of Adelaide in South Australia authored this important critique where he explains that low-frequency noise produced by industrial scale wind turbines, in fact, does fall within the threashold of human hearing and can disturb sleep and lead to other possible adverse health effects.
This letter was submitted to the Victoria Department of Health in response to the Department's report entitled "Wind Farms, Sound and Health: Technical Information". Dr. Alex Salt critiques the report's assertions regarding inaudible noise and human health.
AGL Energy (AGL) this week announced that an independent noise compliance assessment on the wind turbines by the AECOM company had shown the farm was operating within the noise limits set down in its planning permit. However, Annie Gardner said residents who lived near the turbines could still not sleep at night.
The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is using noise testing near a Clare Valley wind farm to determine whether local residents' claims about health impacts are valid. ...Peter Dolan from the EPA says 57 residents will also be keeping 'noise diaries' to document their own experiences.
Melissa and Rikki talk about life among the wind turbines at Cape Bridgewater in Victoria, Australia. Duration: 9 minutes 5 seconds
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 (http://www.windaction.org/documents/35844 ).
This document by acoustician Graeme Harding offers a clear explanation surrounding the debate of wind turbine noise and the failure of acoustical experts to reach agreement on the problem.
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.
An important news report from Australia examining the health issues created by industrial scale wind turbines. Duration: 7 minutes 11 seconds
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.
The EPA will measure sounds down to 0.25 hertz and will ensure wind turbine operator TRUenergy turns the wind turbines off and on when requested to get an accurate measure of background noise. The testing follows a joint study in Wisconsin in the US that found enough evidence to "classify low frequency noise and infrasound as a serious issue, possibly affecting the future of the (wind) industry".
Angry residents living in the shadow of the Macarthur wind farm are seeking political support for a senate bill which would sever government grants to wind operators that disobey noise restrictions. About 20 property owners living next to the 140-turbine wind farm expressed their anguish to member for Wannon Dan Tehan last week.