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    posted:  April 30, 2019
    Meetings, NoisePrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  International Conferences on Wind Turbine Noise

    8th International Conference on Wind Turbine Noise – Draft List of Papers

    Draft List of Papers at 30th April 2019 for Wind Turbine Noise 2019, June 12-14, 2019, Lisbon

    [full schedule now available (click here for PDF)]

    Ethan: Wind Farm Environmental Noise and Vibration Impact Analyses: Background Sound, Project Construction, and Assessment of Final Project Vibration Immissions (United States)

    Mranal: Advancements in continuous learning for tonality free turbine design (Denmark)

    Tomohiro: A comparison of standardized methods for prominence analysis of tonal components (Japan)

    Lars Sommer: Prominent tones in wind turbine noise – Round robin test of the IEC 61400- 11 and ISO/PAS 20065 methods for analyzing tonality content (Denmark)

    Matthew: Amplitude Modulation analysis – now and in the future (United Kingdom)

    Christopher: Long-term noise monitoring of wind turbine amplitude modulation (United States)

    Till: Time dependent changes in sound pressure levels caused by wind turbines at long distances (Germany)

    Thomas: How Critical is Low Frequency Noise for Micrositing? (Denmark)

    Niels: Noise propagation at short range farfield position investigated by simultaneous measurements in the nearfield and the farfield. (Denmark)

    Kristina: Low-level wind maxima and their effect on wind turbine sound (Sweden)

    Bill: Sensitivity analysis of influential parameters for wind turbine noise (France)

    Susanne: Measuring and Analyzing the Sound Propagation of Wind Turbines (Germany)

    Kohl: Using Measured Sound Power Inputs for Comparison of Measured Immission Noise Levels and Sound Levels Predicted with ISO 9613-2 for Various Ground Factors (Canada)

    Alice Elizabeth: A proposal for the prediction of sound pressure levels due to wind turbine operation (Uruguay)

    Matias: Wind turbine noise propagation in flat terrain for wind farm layout optimization frameworks (Denmark)

    Pablo: Noise Sorce Location in Wind Turbines (Spain)

    Sylvia: Measurement of wind turbine noise characteristics in receptor position – A new IEC Technical Specification (United Kingdom)

    Pierre: France – Germany: A Comparison of the Acoustic Assessment Procedures (Germany)

    Rune: Danish experiences with measuring wind turbine noise at neighbor dwellings. (Denmark)

    Tomas: Atmospheric absorption in sound power measurements of wind turbines (Denmark)

    Alexis: Is it possible to predict background noise levels from measured meteorological data with machine learning techniques? (France)

    Sarah: Measuring infrasound from wind turbine: the benefits of a wind shielding dome (Belgium)

    Duncan: A study of background noise levels measured during far-field receptor testing of wind turbine facilities (Canada)

    Arthur: Does Background Noise Vary with Seasons? (France)

    Sabine: A low wind noise microphone for wind turbine noise (United Kingdom)

    W. David: Wind Turbines and Groundwater Contamination: An Analysis (Canada)

    Peggy: Testing the human response to wind turbine emissions (United States)

    Isaac: Human Health Hazard – The Shirley Wind Story (United States)

    Anu: Self-reported health in the vicinity of five wind power areas in Finland (Finland)

    David: PIBE : a new French project for predicting the impact of wind turbine noise (France)

    Geoff: I can still hear it and it’s making me ill (United Kingdom)

    Thomas: Simulation of sound radiation of wind turbines using large-scale finite element models (Germany)

    Alexandre: Airfoil LE Noise prediction supplement for PNoise Code (Brazil)

    Wouter: Towards digital wind turbine noise certification (Germany)

    Florian: Analyses of a high fidelity aero-servo- elastic process chain to assess low- frequency emissions from wind turbines (Germany)

    Franck: A Wind Turbine Noise Code Benchmark – Round 1 (Denmark)

    Dan: Numerical study of aerodynamic radiated noise of a Coflow-Jet Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (Romania)

    Sara: A Brief Study on Noise Propagation of Airfoils from Wind Turbines Using the Lattice Boltzmann Method (Brazil)

    Joseph Youssif: The Quasi-3D TE Rotor Noise Prediction Tool of the PNoise Code (Brazil)

    Michaela: Aeroacoustic Assessment of Wind Turbine Blade Tips (Germany)

    Cordula: Development of design guidelines for low noise but high yield wind turbines (Germany)

    Ronan: Scales of turbulence on a wind turbine leading edge (Portugal)

    Kevin: Aeroacoustic Optimization of a Small Wind Turbine – Methodology and Experimental Validation (Germany)

    Alper: Hydrodynamic Analysis of Trailing Edge Serrations with Blunt and Rounded Edges (United Kingdom)

    Xavier: Measurement of sound efficiency of trailing edge serrations (TES) on wind turbines in the Jura mountains. (Switzerland)

    Farhan: Numerical Investigation of Porous Trailing Edge Noise Reduction Mechanism using lattice-Boltzmann Method (Germany)

    Kathrin: Experimental Investigation of Self- Aligning Trailing Edge Serrations for Airfoil Noise Reduction (Germany)

    Andrea: Current regulations for the protection against noise from wind turbines in Germany (Germany)

    Christophe: WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region conditional recommendation for wind turbine noise in the context of Australian regulations (Australia)

    David: Applying a general noise regulation on Wind Turbines: an administrative interpretation to a specific noise source (Chile)

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    posted:  April 1, 2019
    Australia, Environment, Health, Noise, PublicationsPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Berni Janssen

    Between Wind and Water (in a vulnerable place)

    Published in Australia in October 2018 by Spinifex Press, Berni Janssen’s powerful expression of the traumas wrought by industrial wind turbines on the land, its life, and human neighbors is now more widely available: in April via IPG and in June at Amazon.

    Reviews have been glowing. Janssen uses a variety of forms that convey the many voices she presents. She masterfully weaves life and politics and nature in all its complexities. This book, its poetic language, its emotional intensity, its anguish, is to be savored.

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    posted:  March 12, 2019
    Announcements, France, Impacts, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Collectif Énergie and Vérité

    « Energy & Truth » wants to influence the debate on energy.

    The Collective « Energie et Vérité » (Energie & Truth) was launched on February 22 in Paris, on the initiative of personalities, scientific experts, economists, environment officials. Those persons share the same values concerning the truth about energy, which is one of most important sectors for development in France.

    This group is determined to put forward arguments free of any ideology, to analyse the studies published, to sort the truth. And to let it be known.

    The statement assessed by this group of people is that the program dedicated to energy transition and renewable energies has been widely hijacked for the benefit of the wind industry. It is on this very subject that the Collective wants to focus its recommendations towards the French government.

    In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions the Collective recommends that the financial resources allocated to the wind energy industry should be deferred, for the benefit of the purchasing power of the French people, primarily to a vast program of thermal insulation renovation of the buildings, and secondly to research for energy savings and alternative renewable energies.

    The Collective wants to draw the attention of the French government on the consequences linked to the development of wind energy.

    This energy, which has never given the proof of its efficiency,

    The Collective Energy & Truth will make appropriate propositions concerning energy, a key sector for French development.

    Press release
    Paris, March 11th 2019
    Press contact : Fanny Milcent-Baudoin
    Tel : 00 33 1 76 21 54 06
    fannymilcent-baudoin@accoms.eu

    (((( o ))))

    Membres du Collectif Énergie & Vérité :

    Philippe Ansel, Chef économiste de la Fondation Concorde

    Pierre Audigier, GIRE [Groupe indépendant de réflexion sur l’Énergie], Ingénieur Général des Mines, longue expérience de la politique énergétique (libéralisation des marchés, sûreté nucléaire, expert auprès de la Commission européenne).

    Sioux Berger, Auteure, journaliste, formatrice

    Jean-Louis Butré, Président de la Fédération Environnement Durable (FED), Ingénieur de Physique et Chimie de Paris, ancien Directeur d’usines Rhône Poulenc, ancien Directeur Général de la Pharmacie Centrale de France, ancien Président Directeur Général d’Axens, filiale de l’IFP

    Patrice Cahart, GIRE, Inspecteur général des finances (h), ancien Directeur de la Législation fiscale et des Monnaies et Médailles, ancien conseiller à la Cour de Cassation

    Arnaud Casalis, Administrateur de la Fédération Environnement Durable (FED), Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, Expert en finances et en organisation d’entreprises dans les domaines bancaires et industriels, ancien commissaire aux comptes

    Pierre Dumont, GIRE, Chef d’entreprise, Co-auteur du livre : “Eoliennes : chronique d’un naufrage annoncé”

    Luc Domergue, GIRE, Ingénieur civil du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts, MBA HEC, fondateur d’un cabinet de conseil spécialisé dans le domaine des relations institutionnelles au plan national et européen

    Michel Faure, GIRE, Ingénieur des mines Paris, Consultant en capital investissement – capital risque, Président et administrateur de sociétés, Membre du bureau de l’association Environnement du Confolentais et du Charlois, (16)

    Edouard Freund, Président du Comité Ernergie de la Société des Ingénieurs et Scientifiques de France

    Bertrand Hainguerlot, Associé-fondateur de Pechel Industries – capital investissement, Président, gérant ou administrateur de sociétés, Administrateur de 3 associations, conseiller municipal de Saint Luperce, (28)

    Christophe Journet, MPE Media, journaliste spécialisé, rédacteur en chef et associé fondateur de MPE-Média (Matières Premières Énergies Média), Ex Senior Reporter Dow Jones Metals, modérateur d’évènements

    Denis de Kergorlay, GIRE, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, acteur de longue date dans le monde associatif, dans le domaine de l’environnement (Les Amis de la Terre), de l’action humanitaire (Médecins sans Frontière) et de la défense du patrimoine culturel (La Demeure Historique, Europa Nostra, French Heritage Society)

    Pierre Morel, GIRE, ancien ambassadeur

    Fanny Milcent-Baudoin, Institut d’Interprétariat et Traduction (ISIT), fondatrice de l’agence ACCOMS spécialisée en relations média, Conseillère municipale dans l’Eure, Secrétaire de l’Association pour la Protection du Pays d’Ouche.

    Hervé Novelli, Maire de Richelieu, Ancien Secrétaire d’État au Commerce et PME, ancien Conseiller Général, Régional et ancien député.

    Hubert de La Raudière, Association pour la Protection des Paysages et de l’Environnement Entre Beauce et Perche (PPEEBP)

    Jean-Louis Ricaud, Ecole normale supérieure, agrégé de mathématiques, Ingénieur en chef des mines Paris, Président ADTECH.

    Michel Rousseau, Président de la Fondation Concorde

    Ancien professeur à Paris Dauphine, ancien Maire de Gallardon, puis de Saint Denis des Puits, 28.

    Président de l’association de protection des paysages entre Beauce et Perche.

    Daniel Steinbach, Président de l’association « Vent de Colère »

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    posted:  February 23, 2019
    Action alerts, Iowa, Law, SetbacksPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  National Wind Watch

    Iowa wind bill blitz

    Update, March 11:

    All of the bills died. ‘We were never going to get what we needed, not with the wind industry’s very strong lobby. Most likely we would’ve backed into a “compromise” (we all know how well the wind industry compromises) and we would’ve been stuck with a bill that helps very few, if anyone. We were pleased and emboldened by the express support from many of our legislators.’

    Update, March 5:

    SF 361 is the only wind energy bill still in play.

    The bill was passed through Subcommittee and is heading to Committee.

    We do not like how it is now written and we have been assured that it can be amended.

    What we have asked for is “no less than 5 times total height or 2550 ft, whichever is greater” from the property line. (The wind companies can get waivers from landowners/residents – it shouldn’t be a problem if they have as much support as they say they do.)

    We will not negotiate from that stance. We would rather have no bill.

    We have been told directly from lawmakers that we have more support than we know. The day we were at the Capitol many lawmakers told us they support us.

    We cannot stress enough that the lawmakers do not know what we don’t tell them.

    The wind industry has lobbyists. We have thousands of rural residents that have been stepped on. We all need each other to fight this!

    We have heard it is best to call or text!!

    Just briefly say you do not support industrial wind or that you do support 1/2 mile setbacks from property lines. We are filling in the details with Legislators.

    The next step will be to do something about the existing nuisance wind turbines so help us get the ball rolling even if you already have wind turbines.

    Call or text these lawmakers – they are on the Committee that is dealing with SF361:

    Senator Carrie Koelker
    Cell phone: 563.590.5975
    Capitol phone: 515.281.3371

    Senator Michael Breitbach
    Cell phone: 563.920.7399
    Capitol phone: 515.281.3371

    Senator Dan Dawson
    Home phone: 712.256.1199
    Cell phone: 515.281.3371

    Senator Randy Feenstra
    Home phone: 712.439.1244
    Capitol phone: 515.281.3371

    Senator Craig Johnson
    Home phone: 319.334.2413
    Capitol phone: 515.281.3371

    Senator Mariannette Miller-Meeks
    Home phone: 641.683.7551
    Cell phone: 641.226.0528

    Senator Zach Nunn
    Cell phone: 515.519.2246
    Capitol phone: 515.281.3371

    Senator Amy Sinclair
    Cell phone: 641.870.0199

    Senator Roby Smith
    Home phone: 563.386.0179

    Just in case you would rather email….
    I would suggest you put your opinion in the subject line of the email. Something like:
    – SF 361 @ 1/2 mile setbacks
    – Say NO to wind turbines
    – Property rights, not turbines

    They told us they receive 300-700 emails a day. Being succinct serves you well!

    carrie.koelker@legis.iowa.gov
    michael.breitbach@legis.iowa.gov
    dan.dawson@legis.iowa.gov
    randy.feenstra@legis.iowa.gov
    craig.johnson@legis.iowa.gov
    mariannette.miller-meeks@legis.iowa.gov
    zach.nunn@legis.iowa.gov
    amy.sinclair@legis.iowa.gov
    roby.smith@legis.iowa.gov

    (((( o ))))

    Wind Warriors Past and Present!

    Our friends in Iowa are desperate! If you have any contacts in Iowa, please help.

    As the home of Senator Charles Grassley, who wrote the original federal Production Tax Credit bill in 1992, Iowa is a crucial battle line. There is now significant pushback in Iowa against the continued encroachment of ever-larger wind turbines near homes and workplaces, not to mention the environmental destruction to valuable farmland and habitat.

    In response, the state legislature is fielding several bills concerning wind energy development. They are all at preliminary stages right now, but needless to say, there is a lot of activity around them. The legislators need to hear from the people, not just the wind industry lobby.

    So far, these are the bills at play, with their salient points:

    Senate File 361 – Senators Brown, Chapman, Zaun, and Edler –
    Setback greater of 2-1/2 times total height or 1,250 feet from nonparticipating property.

    Senate File 232 – Senator Zaun –
    Setback 500 feet from property line.

    House File 159 – Representative Shipley –
    County board of supervisors “may establish standards and requirements regarding the installation or siting of wind energy conversion facilities located within the jurisdiction of the county and shall make the final determination regarding the installation or siting of any such facility” (instead of the Iowa Utilities Board).

    House File 193 – Representative Shipley –
    Setback 2,500 feet from residential property line.

    Relevant news development: Jeff Danielson, after 15 years in the Iowa Senate, takes job with American Wind Energy Association to lead advocacy efforts across the Midwestern and Plains states.

    Iowa contact: Janna Swanson, President of the Coalition for Rural Property Rights and National Wind Watch board member

    Thank you!

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    posted:  December 22, 2018
    Aesthetics, Economics, Environment, France, PublicationsPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Pierre Dumont et Denis de Kergorlay

    Éoliennes : chronique d’un naufrage annoncé

    [Wind turbines: chronicle of a shipwreck foretold]

    Le grand plan de développement de l’énergie éolienne en France va-t-il tourner au naufrage ? Tout semble l’annoncer. Des doutes de plus en plus forts et justifiés entourent ce choix énergétique qui répond essentiellement à des considérations politiques. Dans toutes les régions de France se manifeste une opposition croissante de la part des riverains contre les éoliennes qui menacent leur environnement et leur santé, mais aussi des Français en général, révoltés par le saccage de leurs paysages et le gaspillage des denier publics. Trompeusement paré de toutes les vertus écologiques, le développement en France des éoliennes, destructrices du patrimoine et de notre potentiel touristique, n’obéit à aucune logique climatique ou économique. Il donne lieu à des montages financiers souvent opaques qui ne profitent qu’à un petit nombre d’initiés, alors que c’est l’ensemble des Français qui, par leurs impôts et les taxes perçues sur les factures d’électricité, supportent le coût insensé de cette politique irresponsable. Il est plus que temps de renoncer à cette utopie écologique qui ne correspond ni aux spécificités de la France en matière de paysages, ni à son modèle énergétique, et qui nous conduit collectivement vers un désastre culturel, environnemental, sanitaire et financier sans précédent.

    Pierre Dumont est chef d’entreprise. Il dirige une société familiale bicentenaire, elle-même engagée dans d’autres énergies renouvelables. Il mène, depuis de nombreuses années, un combat acharné pour préserver des éoliennes les sites emblématiques du pays de George Sand et de la Vallée des Peintres, entre Bas-Berry et Creuse.

    Denis de Kergorlay est un acteur de longue date du monde associatif dans le domaine de l’environnement (Les Amis de la Terre), de l’action humanitaire (Médecins Sans Frontières) et de la défense du patrimoine culturel (La Demeure Historique, Europa Nostra, French Heritage Society).

    Acheter: FNAC, Decitre, Amazon

    Livre article sur l’essai.

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    posted:  November 14, 2018
    Aesthetics, Economics, Environment, France, ProtestsPrint storyE-mail story

    Meyrand 18 Novembre: Rassamblement

    Rassemblement pour la préservation du patrimoine paysager & naturel de nos montagnes

    RDV dimanche 18 novembre à 11h
    en cas de beau temps: au col de Meyrand (07110 Valgorge)
    en cas de pluie: au gîte de la Bombine (07140 Montselgues)

    Nouvelle forme d’artificialisation des espaces, l’actuelle prolifération d’éoliennes industrielles dans nos montagnes met en péril la beauté unique de leurs paysages, la biodiversité (oiseaux, chauves-souris…) qu’on prétend par ailleurs tout faire pour protéger, l’attractivité résidentielle et touristique essentielle à l’économie de nos territoires, la paix et la cohésion sociales dans nos communes rurales.

    Dans le site exceptionnel du Col de Meyrand, face au massif du Prataubérat menacé par un énième projet (23 éoliennes géantes), nous appelons société civile, élus, et institutionnels à venir exprimer leur attachement à nos territoires montagnards en tant que patrimoine naturel et culturel, et leur volonté d’en défendre la qualité environnementale.

    Programme de la journée:

    Appel lancé par les associations locales:

    Coordonnées par EOLE 07, fédération d’associations d’Ardèche pour la protection de l’environnement

    Voir et télécharger ce programme: accès au col de Meyrand, détails page 2; accès au gîte de la Bombine, détails page 3

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    posted:  October 12, 2018
    Aesthetics, Environment, Flyers, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Save Our Beautiful Lake

    Say No to Wind Turbines in Lake Erie

    For further information, visit saveourbeautifullake.org

    Also see:  Icebreaker Binder at na-paw.org

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