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    posted:  July 4, 2014
    Noise, PublicationsPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Atkinson and Rapley Consulting

    Collection of wind turbine noise perception papers now available for Kindle

    Sound, Noise, Flicker and the Human Perception of Wind Farm Activity is a collection of papers about the physics of sound and the human perception of noise from wind turbine facilities. Click here to see the contents and/or order a print copy.

    The book is now available as an e-book for Amazon’s Kindle reader:

    AU$ 10.60
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    posted:  June 18, 2014
    Australia, Campaigns, NewslettersPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Residents Against Jupiter Wind Turbines

    Residents Against Jupiter Wind Turbines

    A good example of a community campaign newsletter (click here to download PDF):


    Jupiter-EPYC-Residents-Newsletter-June-2014-1     Jupiter-EPYC-Residents-Newsletter-June-2014-2

    Jupiter-EPYC-Residents-Newsletter-June-2014-3     Jupiter-EPYC-Residents-Newsletter-June-2014-4

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    posted:  June 8, 2014
    Greece, ProtestsPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  όχι στις β.Α.Π.Ε.

    Η φετινή Πρωτομαγιά, στον Τσιλίβδικα, που θα μείνει αξέχαστη

    Εκατοντάδες κάτοικοι από τους δήμους Αγίου Βασιλείου και Ρεθύμνου, άτομα κάθε ηλικίας και οικογένειες με παιδιά, συγκεντρώθηκαν το πρωί της Πρωτομαγιάς στην Κάνεβο, στην διασταύρωση προς Καλή Συκιά.

    Από εκεί, ανηφόρησαν όλοι μαζί στο βουνό του Τσιλίβδικα, τόπο με μακραίωνη ιστορία αγώνων κατά των κατακτητών της πατρίδας μας, τόπο ηρωικής θυσίας αγωνιστών που έδωσαν το αίμα τους για την λευτεριά.

    Σ” αυτό το βουνό, σήμερα, δυο εταιρείες θυγατρικές της γαλλικής EDF έχουν πάρει άδεια από την ΡΑΕ (Ρυθμιστική Αρχή Ενέργειας) για να εγκαταστήσουν αιολικά πάρκα με 61 συνολικά ανεμογεννήτριες.

    Σ” αυτό το βουνό, δίπλα στον ανεμολογικό ιστό, οι συγκεντρωμένοι διαδήλωσαν την οργή τους κατά του ξεπουλήματος της χώρας και διατράνωσαν την απόφαση να αγωνισθούν για να μείνουν ελεύθερα τα βουνά κι η πατρίδα μας.

    Στη συνέχεια τηρήθηκε ενός λεπτού σιγή στην μνήμη όσων αγωνίσθηκαν για την ελευθερία και την δημοκρατία.

    Παρά τον δυνατό άνεμο και το κρύο, συνέχισαν όλοι να παραμένουν σιωπηλοί για πολλή ώρα ακόμα, μαγεμένοι από την υποβλητική ομορφιά του τοπίου.

    Η σκέψη πως κάποιοι σχεδιάζουν να καταστρέψουν αυτό το ανεπανάληπτο τοπίο φούντωνε την οργή του κόσμου. Και σαν να την συμμεριζόταν ο αέρας, αύξαινε κι εκείνος την ορμή του.

    Από την μεγάλη αγανάκτηση του κόσμου και του αέρα την ορμή, σαν στάχυ έγειρε και σωριάστηκε στο έδαφος ο πανύψηλος ανεμολογικός ιστός.

    Κι έπειτα, στο εκκλησάκι του Αγίου Πέτρου κάτω από τον αιωνόβιο πλάτανο, στήθηκε γλέντι γνήσιο κρητικό. Εξαιρετικοί μουσικοί, όπως ο Αλέξανδρος Παπαδάκης, ο Γιάννης Παπατζανής, ο Στέλιος Συκάκης, ο Στέλιος Ζερβός και άλλοι, έπαιξαν όπως παιζόταν παλιά η μουσική, χωρίς μικροφωνική. Ο ήχος τους ανόθευτος, πλασμένος μόνο με την τέχνη τους, πρόσθεσε στην ημέρα αυτή μια ακόμα εμπειρία αξέχαστη.

    Άφθονα και νόστιμα τα φαγητά και τα κρέατα που κουβαλούσαν συνεχώς κι έψηναν επιτόπου οι Καλοσυκιανοί και κράτησε το γλέντι, ο χορός και το τραγούδι, μέχρι αργά το απόγευμα. Κι ήταν όλων η ευχή κι η απόφαση να στέκει πάντα ο Τσιλίβδικας περήφανος κι ελεύθερος όπως πρέπει να ναι όλα τα βουνά.

    πάνω στον Τσιλίβδικα

    πάνω στον Τσιλίβδικα

    Ελεύθερα βουνά περήφανοι άνθρωποι!

    Ελεύθερα βουνά περήφανοι άνθρωποι!

    Πριν την συγκέντρωση στην  Κάνεβο, προς Καλή Συκιά

    Πριν την συγκέντρωση στην Κάνεβο, προς Καλή Συκιά

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    posted:  June 6, 2014
    Advertisements, Australia, Health, NoisePrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Stockyard Hill Community Guardians

    Origin Energy on notice for not being protective of the health and rights of neighbours

    Origin Energy’s proposed changes to the blade length and height of the turbines at Stockyard Hill will cause irreparable harm to the health of our community.

    Origin claims the increase in turbine height is “improving project efficiencies”. This is clever corporate wording for ‘improving profits’ at our community’s expense and also makes the Stockyard Hill Project more attractive to on-sell to foreign investors.

    Here is what this means for residents:

    A moratorium on all proposed and approved wind farms should be effective immediately until further independent acoustic and health research has been completed and the results made public. Stockyard Hill Community Guardians calls for a new planning application to be required from Origin Energy for the huge change in turbine size and the old permit made obsolete.

    Stockyard Hill Community Guardians
    syhcg/bigpond.com
    Written and authorised by M Armstrong

    Published as a full page ad in the Pyrenees Advocate, 6th June 2014.

    Download original document: “Origin Energy on notice for not being protective of the health and rights of neighbours”

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    posted:  May 7, 2014
    England, Impacts, Meetings, PublicationsPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  no2windfarm.co.uk

    The Wurzels announce release of new single: “The Mendip Windfarm Song”

    The Wurzels: The Mendip Windfarm Song

    “The Mendip Windfarm Song” is aimed at highlighting the proliferation of proposals for wind turbines across the West Country and furthermore the entire UK, disregarding the views of the local communities they are imposed upon.

    The song was penned after hearing of a proposed 66m turbine in the quiet village of Laverton, near Norton St Philip where the band’s HQ is based and news of the song has led to huge support for its release.

    A spokesman for the band says “Renewable energy has to be considered as an important part of the make up of our energy solutions. However imposing these cost inefficient turbines on communities after they have been opposed by local parishes and refused by local planners seems very unfair and undemocratic.

    It seems that the government have lost their will to support onshore wind farms and the general public are unhappy to fund the huge subsidies we are forced to pay to finance them. So why are the inspectorates still allowed to overturn these local views and decisions?

    You can hear it on youtube at http://youtu.be/omujHQK9qL4:

    The Mendip Windfarm Song is available to download on iTunes from 11th May.

    Mendip Windfarm Song poster

    (((( o ))))

    Public Meeting Announcement
    Opposition grows as Distgen announces Laverton Wind Farm Public Meeting
    Friday 16th May Palairet Hall, Norton St Philip
    3.30-8.00pm

    no2windfarm

    The opposition group from Laverton and Norton St. Philip called no2windfarm.co.uk start their campaign this week as the public meeting presented by wind farm developers Distgen has been announced for Friday 16th May at Palairet Hall in Norton St Philip.

    In the light of this proposal near Frome and others nearby in Thoulstone, Chantry and Wanstrow, the growing amount of applications for wind turbines in the West is now creating widespread concern throughout local communities. However, despite local planning refusals the energy companies find ways to overturn these decisions on appeal at a national level demonstrating the lack of regard to the decisions of local planners and the communities they represent.

    This coincides with The Wurzels’ announcement of their new single “The Mendip Windfarm Song” which highlights the proliferation of wind farm applications in the West.

    Tim Page, a local campaigner against these local proposals welcomes the song. “It’s a mad world that encourages the building of these useless, noisy, industrial machines across our beautiful countryside and far too close to people’s homes. If it was not for serious subsidy abuse they simply would not be built. It’s great that The Wurzels have helped highlight the problem and draw attention to what is going on in the Mendips. There is a feeding frenzy in the subsidy trough by developers from Wells to Norton St Philip and Shepton Mallet to Frome. We have to do all we can to stop it.”

    A spokesman for the no2windfarm.co.uk action group based in Laverton says “this proposal affects one of the UK’s most celebrated village views at Norton St Philip and one of the oldest Grade 1 listed buildings, The George Inn, and has limited support from the community it will be imposed upon. We are not against renewable energy and would have supported solar energy on the site but an industrial wind turbine is visually intrusive.”

    Distgen, who have just erected one in Wanstrow retracted plans for turbines at Callow Rock in Shipham where Distgen boss John Zamick lives after 63% of the residents were against the scheme out of 238 votes cast.

    The European Commission is to ditch legally binding renewable energy targets after 2020 in a major U-turn and admission that the policy has failed industry and consumers by driving up electricity bills. A Brussels paper on the European Union’s “2030 Framework for Climate and Energy” will instead propose binding targets to reduce carbon emissions without imposing requirements on how the reductions are made.

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    posted:  April 22, 2014
    Meetings, NoisePrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  INCE Europe

    Low Frequency Noise 2014

    The next conference in the Low Frequency Noise series will be in Berlin, Germany.

    Dates: 29 September 2014 – 1 October 2014

    Submission Deadlines

    Suggested Topics

    Who Should Attend?

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    posted:  April 21, 2014
    Action alerts, Environment, Information, IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  David Simpson, Inishowen Wind Energy Awareness Group

    Wild Atlantic Way under threat from developers

    First challenge to Wild Atlantic Way – barely one month after its establishment – could set precedent for wind farm/other development on route of the Wild Atlantic Way.

    OUTLINE – THE FACTS

    A wind farm of two turbines has permission, following an appeal to An Bord Pleanala, to be built on the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. The developer has recently put in an amendment (1450014) to increase the height by 24% to 132 metres.

    Donegal County Council refused permission for the height increase. Their grounds for refusal highlighted two areas: Wild Atlantic Way: Scenic Driving Routes and Donegal County Council’s Tourism Policy. The public road passing Crockbrack Hill is now identified as a Scenic Driving Section of the Wild Atlantic Way. Scenic Driving Sections are selected ‘to provide the visitor with opportunities to see and experience the best land and seascapes along the route spine’ (My italics).

    Council policy supports the need for protection. Tourism Policy (TOU-P-3) states: “not to permit development proposals which would detract from the visual quality/amenity on either the approach roads to, or views to be had from significant tourist attractions” (My italics).

    The developers have now put in a new Appeal to An Bord Pleanala (PL O5E.243207; to view the Appeal go to Donegal County Council Planning on line: 1450368) asking them to overturn the Council’s refusal.

    In their appeal they take a very narrow, restricted view of the Wild Atlantic Way. The developer states: “The Discovery Point at Kinnagoe Bay represents the coastal views as can be seen from the public car park that serves the beach”. They argue that as the site of the farm is inland and cannot be seen from the car park then it can be developed further. The permitted wind farm is already going to be visible from the route of the Wild Atlantic Way, even before this appeal for an increase in the height. The WAW is about the route not the destination. It ignores the lived experience of the moment when you first see the sea and travel down the Long Glen road to reach it. Crockbrack Hill sits right in the middle of this view and the developer argues that two turbines at 132 metres (twice the height of Letterkenny Cathedral) won’t adversely impact on the visual amenity. A local resident said: “It is called the Wild Atlantic Way, not the Wild Atlantic Point. It is called Way because the experience of travelling on it is about the journey and not about individual, separated points”.

    The developer makes the following claim in his appeal: “In the first instance it is not considered that the purpose of the Wild Atlantic Way is to sterilise all lands from future development along the western coastline of Ireland from Donegal to Cork and all places in between” (p 20 of Appeal document).

    At the moment the only areas protected from wind farms are those with European designations (SAE and Bird – based on endangered species – why do we have to wait till something is endangered until it is protected?). Local Councils can only use the criteria of Visual Amenity to reject a development. This leaves the rest of the country wide open for wind farm development. This is surely the wrong way round. Instead of saying lets leave everything open apart from designated areas. We should be saying where is sensitive and needs to be protected, and then with prudence open the rest for consideration. Donegal Council is carrying out a Landscape Character Assessment in order to identify sensitive areas that do not have European designations.

    “What is wrong with the idea of protecting an internationally recognised, €10 million euro tourist route from inappropriate, intrusive development? What is wrong with protecting our greatest assets from inappropriate development?” said another local resident.

    Threat to Tourism

    The proliferation of wind farms has the potential to make Ireland ‘sterile’ – slowly tourists will seek wilder, unspoilt, undeveloped landscapes elsewhere. A new Scottish survey (of 1,000 people) by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland has found that two thirds of people think turbines are making Scotland a less appealing place to visit. Four out of five called for ‘buffer zones’ around areas of outstanding beauty. Seventy three percent said they would choose accommodation without a wind farm view compared to five percent who said they wanted to see a turbine. The MCS says the findings are a ‘stark warning’. (Telegraph, 18th March 2014.)

    Observations on the Appeal

    It is possible to make an Observation to An Bord Pleanala about the Appeal. If you think that the Wild Atlantic Way should be protected from inappropriate, intrusive development, please write in an objection to the Appeal.

    Letters need to state that you are asking An Bord Pleanala to reject the Appeal (PLO5E.243207) on the following grounds:

    Send your letters, with a €50 cheque, to An Bord Pleanala, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1.

    BACKGROUUND AND COMMENTARY

    The paint is barely dry on the signs for the new Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) and the tourists have yet to arrive and a wind farm developer is already

    What is wrong with protecting our assets? Ireland already has a disgraceful history of giving away our assets. Before the tourists have arrived international finance wants to strip our assets while we pay green taxes to subsidize them while they do it. They will leave the country once the subsidies stop.


    It’s called the Wild Atlantic Way not the Wild Industrialised Way

    It’s called the Wild Atlantic Way, not the Wave our Assets Away

    The WAW is not the end of development. Why not see the WAW as an opportunity to work with local communities rather than exploit local land? Why not use their expertise as developers to work with local communities to develop new tourist businesses on the route itself (cafes, tourist centres, exhibitions, tours)? Unfortunately they want to exploit the land for their own profit not for local people. The Celtic Tiger is not dead it has moved to new territory – our land and wind farms.

    Background

    The developer put in an appeal to An Bord Pleanala on 31st March 2014 to secure an increase in the height of the turbines to 132 metres, a 24% increase, on the route of the WAW. This is just over four weeks since the launch of the WAW on 27th February 2014. The history of this development is as follows:

    The public road passing Crockbrack Hill is now identified as a Scenic Driving Section of the Wild Atlantic Way. Scenic Driving Sections are selected “to provide the visitor with opportunities to see and experience the best land and seascapes along the route spine” (My italics). Council policy supports the need for protection. Tourism Policy (TOU-P-3) states: “not to permit development proposals which would detract from the visual quality/amenity on either the approach roads to, or views to be had from significant tourist attractions” (My italics).

    The developer is now appealing to An Bord Pleanala to uphold their application to increase height of turbines by 24% (PL O5E.243207).

    Issues in the Irish Planning System

    The Irish planning system is a system that makes it hard for ordinary local people to object or challenge decisions. Twenty euros to submit to a Council planning application. Fifty euros to submit to an An Bord Pleanala appeal. Thousands of euro to challenge an An Bord Pleanala decision through a Judicial Review.

    Donegal County Council responded to local residents’ outcry that the developer had put notice of original application in the Irish Times (Jan 9th 2012). They passed a resolution that made it mandatory to put Notices in Local Papers. Central government told them they did not have the right to make this change to planning regulations and so they had to withdraw it

    This developer has used this to put 6 notices in national papers (only once in a local which was about a small, insignificant aspect of the development).

    The same planning regulations for notifying the public apply for a twenty six turbine wind farm as for a two-bedroom bungalow: namely a Notice (item in national/local paper) and a sign on a gate.

    The planning system allows a developer wins an appeal at An Bord Pleanala for a specified application, he can then submit as many amendments as he likes that change any and all aspects of the original application.

    An Bord Pleanala has meetings in an office in Dublin to decide local cases. In the UK, the Planning Inspector who visits the site of an appeal and meets with all relevant parties on the ground makes the final decision.

    The planning system can only ‘strongly recommend’ that developers consult with local communities. Practise is way behind that of other European countries: “proud to be European but not too keen to act like one”.

    The planning system deals in restricted, defined areas using minute, limited criteria to make decisions. A good example of this is the approach of the appeal to how to make a decision on the impact of a wind farm on the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. The developer states:
    “The Discovery Point at Kinnagoe Bay represents the coastal views as can be seen from the public car park that serves the beach”. They argue that as the site is inland and cannot be seen from the car park then it can be developed further. He completely ignores the lived experience of the moment when you first see the sea and travel down the Long Glen road to reach Kinnagoe Bay. Crockbrack Hill sits right in the middle of this view and the developer argues that two turbines at 132 metres (twice the height of Letterkenny Cathedral wont adversely impact on the visual amenity.

    “It is called the Wild Atlantic Way, not the Wild Atlantic Point”. It is called Way because the experience of travelling on it is about the journey and not about individual, separated points.

    Developer’s Appeal raises issue of Sterilisation

    The developer makes the following claim in his appeal: “In the first instance it is not considered that the purpose of the Wild Atlantic Way is to sterilise all lands from future development along the western coastline of Ireland from Donegal to Cork and all places in between” (p 20 of Appeal document).

    Leaving aside the obvious scare-mongering tactic that this kind of comment is, lets look at sterilisation.

    This might actually be a good idea. At the moment the only areas protected from wind farms are those with European designations (SAE and Bird – based on endangered species – why do we have to wait till something is endangered until it is protected?). Local Councils can only use the criteria of Visual Amenity to reject a development. This leaves the rest of the country wide open for wind farm development. This is surely the wrong way round. Instead of saying lets leave everything open apart from designated areas. We should be asking where is sensitive and needs protection. Then with prudence open the rest for consideration. Donegal Council has started a Landscape Character Assessment as a way to identify sensitive areas.

    What is wrong with the idea of protecting an internationally recognised, multi million euro tourist route from inappropriate, intrusive development?

    What is wrong with protecting our assets? Before the tourists have arrived international finance wants to strip our assets while we pay green taxes to subsidize them while they do it. They will take their money else where once the subsidies stop.

    Sterilisation has two meanings:

    What is sterile are the ways that planning makes decisions and the rooms that they do it in.

    They have been made sterile from the spirit of the land.

    They have been made sterile from the lived experiences of local people.

    Developers are sterilised from consulting with and working with and giving benefit to the very local communities that they intend to develop with wind farms

    Some radical protestors might argue that it is development itself which should be sterilised. Imagine if it had been sterilised from building too many ghost estates and too many empty holiday homes. (Why can the government not work out how many houses are needed and then allow developers to only build that many? Why can they not work out how many wind turbines are needed for Ireland and then disallow any further proliferation of unneeded wind farms?)

    What needs sterilising is the government’s desire to inseminate thousands of wind farms across Ireland for the benefit of the few.

    The proliferation of wind farms has the potential to make Ireland sterile – slowly tourists will seek wilder, unspoilt, undeveloped landscapes elsewhere. A new Scottish survey by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland has found that two thirds of people think turbines are making Scotland a less appealing place to visit. Four out of five called for ‘buffer zones’ around areas of outstanding beauty. Seventy three percent said they would choose accommodation without a wind farm view compared to five percent who said they wanted to see a turbine. The MCS says the findings are a ‘stark warning’. (Telegraph, 18th March 2014.)

    Conclusion

    The land cannot speak for itself. We are guardians of it.

    If you think that the Wild Atlantic Way should be protected from inappropriate, intrusive development, if you care about the land of Ireland and the spirit of the land and want to see it protected from wind farm development, please write in an objection to the Appeal.

    Letters need to state that you are asking An Bord Pleanala to reject the Appeal (PLO5E.243207) on the following grounds:

    Send your letters, with a €50 cheque, to An Bord Pleanala, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1.

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