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Wind turbines appear headed for a townwide ban in Foster after the Planning Board voted 5-1 to change the green energy ordinance to no longer allow the alternate energy sources in town last Wednesday. ...Sackal provided research, documentation, testimonies and written statements against wind turbines. He said an all-out ban is the best way to go, and the town can deal with potential litigation as it comes. “Once you let these things up, you have no control over what happens,” he said.
“The select board will write a letter to the SEC, voicing concerns from the people,” Robertson said. Richard Block, one of the residents who lives near the windmills, said he is pleased that the board is getting involved, though he wants to see results. “It remains to be seen if the board will be proactive enough, but we’ll be watching,” Block said.
John Robertson, chairman of the select board, said the board has been hearing from residents who have problems with the noise generated by the $60 million Antrim Wind project. Residents have been complaining about the wall-shaking noise the windmills make, and the near-constant flashing lights.
The state Site Evaluation Committee is one pretty powerful entity, which is why its action, or lack thereof, in the Antrim windmill project was so disconcerting. The SEC seems to have righted itself on this one, but only after state senators called it to task for ignoring windmill neighbors’ complaints.
“Please, when you consider noise with a wind turbine, that it is sometimes loud and sometimes quiet,” Lerner told committee members, reminding them that the intent of their rules ought to be a “shall not exceed” limit. The project’s motion-activated lighting also hasn’t worked correctly since its installation, Lerner said. The blinking red lights on the towers frequently light up, rather than just activating when an aircraft approaches, as they were intended to, she said, and it’s been a year since both Antrim Wind and the SEC were alerted to the problem, with no fixes to show for it.
Several residents have complained about the noise level. ANTRIM — After several residents in the Gregg Lake area of Antrim continued to bring their complaints about windmill noise, the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee voted Thursday to create a new subcommittee to investigate the complaints.
I am writing in response to a recent Post-Journal and OBSERVER article regarding the Cassadaga Wind Project. Owner RWE claims, “Local support for the project remains strong.” I do not believe our local bats, eagles, raptors, songbirds, most living creatures or most turbine neighbors agree with RWE.
Responding to years of complaints from neighbors that they can’t sleep at night because of the noise from the Scituate Wind turbine, the Scituate Select Board ordered the operation shut down at night — from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. — from mid-May to mid-October. The seasonal hiatus will cost the town about $96,000.
New Hampshire State Senators Jeb Bradley, Bob Giuda and Ruth Ward, as well as Rep. Michael Vose sent a letter to the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) on Jan. 29 pointing out that the Committee has been sidelining public complaints about noise the Antrim Wind Energy turbines make in the Antrim area.
“A new regulatory framework is required to align the approach to managing wind farm noise with the [amended] Act,” the government said on its Engage Victoria website this week. “Clear and consistent wind farm noise regulation is needed to provide certainty to industry and confidence for communities.”
Orne authorities have ordered the operation of the Echauffour wind farm in Orne to be temporarily suspended because the wind turbines are making too much noise. An study must be carried out to see if it is possible to bring the park back below the authorized sound threshold.
What Antrim residents who complained of turbine noise levels are especially upset about is that the SEC, at this meeting that they missed due to it not being directly noticed to them, adopted a report that they believe is not acceptable under the SEC’s own rules regarding the Conditions of the AWE Certificate. ...So, to summarize, the Town of Antrim was not directly notified of the meeting, those making the complaints were not directly notified, no transcript of what took place in the November 23 meeting – now a month ago – has been made available, and no meeting to consider the complaints has been scheduled as of yet.
Dr Micic said the latest study aimed to comprehensively review published evidence regarding the impact of wind turbine noise on the most widely accepted objective and subjective measures of sleep time and quality. ..."Nevertheless, the available self-report data appeared to support that insomnia severity, sleep quality and daytime sleepiness can be impacted by wind turbine noise exposure in comparison to quiet background noise."
In the video, which is posted on YouTube called “Arkwright Monitors Wind Turbine Noise,” Twichell reveals some of what he’s learned as the volunteer sound monitor. It’s about 30 minutes long and reveals some information that explains how the wind company may jump through loopholes to keep their machines there, Twichell said.
Jeffrey Butler, a member of the McDonough County Farm Bureau, told the county board’s law and legal committee Monday that having his farm near two wind turbines has caused some disruptions. He suggested the board consider adding language to its wind farm ordinance that might solve some of the problems.
“This is incredibly disruptive to my workday and life in general,” she wrote. “My neighbors and many others fought against the installation of these turbines and they were right to do so. The turbines have been nothing but a constant headache and source of stress for those made to endure their intolerable noise. It must stop.”
The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors heard some concerns about a new wind turbine project in the works in the northern part of the county and decided to do some further research on the topic before making any decisions. The Worthwhile Wind Energy Center is a proposed wind development in Worth and Winnebago counties on private land, according to a statement by the developer, Invenergy.
A company official said the equipment has been added to about 15 other turbines and said all 87 would have the equipment by a September 15 deadline the commission had set. ...Commissioner Nelson cautioned the company that the commission could take action if the company didn’t meet the deadline.
Carbon County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven R. Serfass has denied a land use appeal filed by Atlantic Wind LLC and the Bethlehem Authority, seeking to erect a wind turbine project in Penn Forest Township.
After nearly eight and a half years, Vermont Wind, developer and operator of the Sheffield Wind Project, has settled a noise complaint and resolved other legal claims with Paul and Carol Brouha, owners of an adjacent property in Sutton. ...“This complaint should have been resolved in 2012,” stated Mr. Brouha.