Articles filed under Noise from Maine

Wind turbine noise, an independent assessment

Currently there is no effective, reliable noise mitigation for wind turbines of this size other than shutdown. Therefore, at this time it appears appropriate that proposed wind turbine sites should position wind turbines at least one mile away from residential properties and further for sites with more than one wind turbine.
11 Sep 2010

When is wind energy noise pollution?

As more wind projects are developed closer to communities in densely populated areas, a number of homeowners within close range are complaining about noise. This often raises the question: "When does wind become an unacceptable source of noise pollution?"
26 Aug 2010

Noise controversy over Vinalhaven wind turbines amps up

Sally Wylie, another neighbor of the wind farm who lives less than a mile away from the turbines, didn't parse her words. She was thoroughly frustrated. "They said it would sound like the humming of a refrigerator. That didn't seem so bad," said Wylie. But Wylie said it isn't like a refrigerator. "It sounds like a jetport."
12 Aug 2010

What works and for whom

The prospect of cheaper "green" electricity, even at significant cost to private citizens, appears to be totally acceptable to these entrepreneurial wind developers, and now with the Department of Energy in Washington DC involved, actually "exciting." However, for many of the 106 Vinalhaven households within the 1.5 mile FIW noise umbrella, the daily turbine experience is vastly different. Our feelings of "excitement" would best be described as outrage.
1 Jul 2010

Sound engineer to answer questions on proposed wind farm

An acoustical engineer will be on hand at 6:30 p.m. May 19 at the Community Center to answer questions about the sound levels that likely would be generated by a proposed wind farm in Eastbrook. Peter Guldberg of Tech Environmental Inc. in Waltham, Mass., will appear before the Comprehensive Plan Committee to offer his best estimation of the decibel levels generated by various turbines.
13 May 2010

Wind turbines will harm health according to doctor

A doctor who has studied the health effects of a commercial wind power project in northern Maine brought his conclusion to the State House Friday morning, May 7. "There is absolutely no doubt that people living within 3,500 feet of a ridge line arrangement of 1.5 megawatts or larger turbines in a rural environment will suffer negative effects."
12 May 2010

Fort Kent enacts wind rules based on sound, not distance

This northern Maine town became the most recent to enact a wind ordinance after residents approved the new municipal regulation basing industrial turbine setbacks on sound levels rather than geographic distance. About 200 voters acted on the proposed ordinance during the annual town meeting Monday night, the only time by law when ordinances may be approved or amended.
24 Mar 2010

Noisy Turbines

Imagine how you would feel if turbines were built in your neighborhood and suddenly you were forced into an unimaginable situation? There are so many families in Maine that are overwhelmed trying to deal with problems related to wind farms because the Maine state noise regulations are outdated.
2 Mar 2010

DEP questions Fox Island Wind's noise study

Fox Islands Wind used an unusual and possibly misleading method to calculate what area should be designated a "quiet zone" around its wind turbines, a state environmental official confirmed. Jim Cassida, director of the Department of Environmental Protection's land resource regulation division, said when Fox Islands Wind collected its data it excluded periods when winds were below 3 mph. This skews the results by "taking out the quietest time," he said.
1 Mar 2010

Wind Power In Maine Part 1

Since the Fox Island Wind Project started running last November, all eyes have been on Vinalhaven. The $15-million dollar project was built to provide power for Vinalhaven and North Haven. While it's been widely thought of as a success, there have been some issues, mostly concerns about noise. "My quality of life before the wind turbines was fantastic…it was very quiet, a remarkable quality of life, a rare opportunity," says Vinalhaven resident Ethan Hall.
24 Feb 2010

Citizens' task force calls for wind power moratorium

For Ethan Hall, who lives 3,500 feet from a wind turbine on Vinalhaven, being subjected to the turbine's sound is like listening to a drippy faucet -- "torture." "I wouldn't be here if it was easy to get used to," Hall said at a Feb. 19 press conference at the Statehouse Hall of Flags. "The sound is different from anything I have ever heard. It is an intense pulsing. It is impossible to block or mask this noise." Hall wasn't the only person voicing his opinion at the press conference.
20 Feb 2010

More complications for wind power in Maine: Local residents react to excessive and unexpected noise

In Vinalhaven, a small island community off the coast of central Maine, the recent installation of three massive wind towers was hailed by residents and developers as the answer to the island's energy woes, but as soon as the turbines started turning this past November, some local residents began to regret what they now feel was a "devil's bargain."
29 Jan 2010

Turbines turn into headache for Vinalhaven

Art Farnham is trying to ignore the noise, although he can clearly hear it inside his mobile home. A lobsterman who lives 1,300 feet from a turbine, Farnham turned down an offer to buy his 6-acre property. He continues working on a new home and shop that will have a turbine almost in its backyard. "I think they should shut them down," he said. "We were here before they were."
24 Jan 2010

Hard lessons from the Fox Islands Wind Project

The turbines were running, the community had pulled together, and with the support of the Fox Islands Electric Cooperative Inc. ...the dream of community-based wind power on Vinalhaven was a reality! ..."We support the windmills, but not the noise." The noise is as constant as the wind, building in intensity according to wind speed and direction. It can be a low rumbling, whooshing, grinding background noise that one can just hear above the sound of the trees or it can build to an in-your-face noise, like jet engines roaring combined with a grinding and pulsating sound that echoes in your head, keeps you awake at night, and beats on your house like a drum.
8 Dec 2009

Roxbury project's appeal shows sides of wind power debate

This week, Concerned Citizens to Save Roxbury appealed the Maine Department of Environmental Protection's approval of the Record Hill Wind Project. The group wants the DEP's board to hold a public hearing to explore conflicting medical and technical information regarding the licensing of large wind turbine projects. The appeal comes while Gov. John Baldacci is on a trade mission in Europe to promote Maine as an attractive place to develop wind power.
24 Sep 2009
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