These postings are provided to help publicize and provide examples of the efforts of affiliated groups and individuals related to industrial wind energy development. Most of the notices posted here are not the product of nor are they necessarily endorsed by National Wind Watch.
Impacts, Ohio, Publications •
Source: Crawford Anti-Wind/Crawford Neighbors United PAC
HARD FACTS – 653.5 FT INDUSTRIAL SCALE TURBINE
(as proposed for Crawford County, OH)
- 71 tons of rebar
- 29 tons of bolt cage
- 772 cubic yards of concrete
- Extremely hard rock, no pilings used
- 72.5 ft. across
- 11 ft. deep
- Transported in 7 sections
- 426.5 ft. tall
- Weighs 188,600 lbs.
- 17 ft. in diameter
- 221 ft. each
- 49,000 lbs. each
- Blade tip height is 653.5 ft. tall (199.2 meters)
- Rotor diameter is 446.2 ft (136 meters).
- 100+ truckloads for crane parts
- 80 truckloads of concrete
- 29 truckloads of turbine components
- Tallest turbine onshore in the U.S.
- There is only one this size
- It is part of the test facility at West Texas A&M Univ.
- When constructed, it was the first of its size outside of China.
- No residential homes in sight for many miles.
INITIAL IMPACT ON CRAWFORD COUNTY
- First full scale industrial facility in U.S. to construct this size of turbine.
- NOT ONE turbine, but 144 turbines in just Phase 1 of project!
- No decrease in Ohio’s low setback number of 1,125 ft. (plus one horizontal blade) with super-sized turbines
- With high population density for rural area, no opportunity to isolate turbines
- Heavy damage to roadways, due to weight and number of truckloads passing through
- Years of road construction, traffic delays, and complete shutdowns due to constant repairs
- Well water issues (poisoned or dry wells)
LS Power wants to build its wind project on public land – our land. It belongs to all of us. Our voices matter!
We are a community group standing up for ourselves and Idaho. In order to protect our home, we need to band together and let all stories and opinions be heard. We aim to educate people about the project, share ways people can help stop the project, and advocate our cause to local and state government leaders. Many believe that the project is approved and there is nothing we can do. We CAN do something, and we will do everything we can to protect our homes, lands, and livelihoods.
Public Open House
Thursday, July 14th
At the Messersmith Building,
Jerome County Fairgrounds
Come and learn more about the wind turbine projects in our area and their impacts!
and General Project Information
We can make a difference. This is NOT a done deal.
We need to tell Our Personal Stories and how the project will impact us, our families, and community.
We need your help.
What you can do:
- Email or call your U.S. Congressional Delegates:
Rep. Mike Simpson – Linda Culver, 208-734-7219, Linda.Culver@mail.house.gov
Sen. Mike Crapo – Samantha Marshall, 208-734-2515, Samantha_Marshall@crapo.senate.gov
Sen. Jim Risch – Mike Mathews, 208-734-6780, Mike_Mathews@Risch.senate.gov
- Contact county commissioners who are serving on the BLM Lava Ridge Subcommittee and share your concerns:
Commissioner Ben Crouch, Jerome County, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Rebecca Wood, Lincoln County, at email@example.com and 208-320-1387 (cell) and 208-886-0011 (cell)
Commissioner Wayne Shenk, Minidoka County at firstname.lastname@example.org and 208-670-2202
- Contact County Commissioners – Tell your personal story and how the project impacts you, your family, and your community.
Jerome County www.jeromecountyid.us/
Lincoln County lincolncountyid.us/commissioners-2/
Minidoka County www.minidoka.id.us/246/County-Commissioners
- Join us for a BLM in-person public comment period on Wednesday, June 15 at the BLM’s Twin Falls District Office, 2878 Addison Ave. E, Twin Falls.
Public comment is from 4:45-5:15 PM
Please email MJ Byrne email@example.com to ask to be added to the list of speakers.
Also, you can submit written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org to share with the Lava Ridge Subcommittee. There is no deadline for written comments.
- Email or call your County Commissioners, attend County Commissioner meetings.
- Share information with us. Tell your friends and family about the project.
- Contact BLM Shoshone Field Office.
- Email/write a letter to state and local BLM officials. We have been assured that they want YOUR stories. Be personal and polite, but passionate!
- Contact BLM RAC.
Attend Public Comment Meetings in July, Aug, Oct.
- Watch for the BLM Draft EIS report in August.
- Encourage your friends and neighbors to learn more at www.stoplavaridge.com and share information with us at email@example.com and on Facebook.
New regulations of wind energy facilities in Victoria are proposed to ensure that the amenity of local communities is protected and to provide certainty for industry. These will replace interim regulations, which are due to expire in October 2022.
What is being proposed?
Three alternative approaches to wind farm noise regulation have been assessed in a regulatory impact statement (RIS), prepared by Deloitte Access Economics:
- No additional regulation – relying on general provisions within the Environment Protection Act 2017
- Direct regulation – setting specific requirements for compliance
- Permissions – using a permit or other permission from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to specify requirements for compliance.
The RIS identified that the preferred approach is direct regulation, as it is expected to provide greater certainty by creating an explicit and transparent regulatory framework.
The following package of requirements for wind farm operators is proposed under both the direct regulation and permissions options:
- Complying in an ongoing manner with the relevant noise standard
- Implementing a noise management plan, including a complaints management plan
- Providing an annual statement of actions taken to ensure compliance
- Completing a post-construction noise assessment
- Undertaking noise monitoring every five years.
Under all options, EPA will be the primary regulator for wind farm turbine noise, for new and existing facilities.
The Minister for Planning will continue to be responsible for assessing applications and approving permits for wind farm developments.
Why are new regulations needed?
The Environment Protection Amendment (Interim) Regulations 2021 [click here for PDF] were made on 26th October 2021, are currently in effect and will expire after 12 months. Ongoing regulations are required to ensure continuity and certainty for industry and community.
How does this relate to the interim regulations?
Proposed regulations about wind farm noise have been developed for public feedback, the Environment Protection Amendment Regulations 2022 (‘proposed regulations’).
The proposed regulations have the same requirements for wind farm operators as in the current interim regulations, with some minor points of clarification and updates to the timing of requirements. This includes two changes in response to public consultation on previous draft regulations in January 2021:
- allowing greater flexibility in periodic monitoring of wind turbine noise, specifically the use of alternate assessment points.
- continuing to allow for stakeholder agreements with wind farm operators.
Table 1. Requirements for wind farm operators
|Requirement in the interim regulations||Changes in the proposed regulations|
|Ongoing compliance with the relevant noise standard||No change|
|For properties subject to new stakeholder agreements, upper noise limit of 45dB or background sound plus 5 dB||Timeline of requirement coming into effect changed from 1 November 2021 to 1 June 2022|
|Completing a post-construction noise assessment within 12 months of commencement of operations||Timeline of requirement coming into effect changed from 1 November 2021 to 1 June 2022|
|Implementing a noise management plan, including a complaints management plan||Clarifying that the noise management plan must be provided to EPA upon request, with the timeline changed from 1 January 2021 to 1 June 2022.|
|Providing an annual statement detailing actions to ensure compliance, from 1 July 2022||Due date changed from three months after the end of the financial year to four months, as per the original regulations|
|Conducting noise monitoring every five years, from 1 January 2024||No change|
|No transitional provisions||Transitional provisions to preserve the requirements that applied under the interim regulations and any reports produced during this time|
How can I participate?
Please note that submissions to the previous consultation on wind farm noise regulation in January 2021 will not be considered as part of this consultation. Submitters to the previous consultation are welcome to provide additional or revised submissions to this consultation.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will consider feedback and make recommendations on the final regulations or other regulatory options to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. It is intended that these will be introduced, along with a report of responses to public comments in mid-2022.
How can I find more information?
More information about the regulation of operational wind farm noise, including technical guidance is available from the Environment Protection Authority – Victoria (EPA).
Concerns about wind farm turbine noise should be raised directly with the wind farm operator. The operator will respond according to their complaints management procedures. If unresolved, concerns about noise pollution can be reported to EPA via the 24/7 Pollution Report hotline – 1300 372 842 or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, see the document library for:
- a summary fact sheet
- the regulatory impact statement
- the draft regulations
- a response to comments from the previous public consultation.
For any questions or further comments about this consultation, please email email@example.com
Announcements, Australia, Health, Noise, Studies •
Source: Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health
This project will use the best available measurements of sleep and physiological activation responses to a range of different noise types to carefully test noise impacts on sleep macro-structure (sleep stage distribution and wake time during the sleep period) and sleep micro-structure (brief arousal and physiological activation responses).
Participants who take part in the (CATI) and consent to being contacted about potential further involvement in this project, may be approached to take part in this phase of the study. Residents who have not been contacted via the CATI but would like to participate, are welcome to express their interest to partake in this experiment and will be considered.
What is the research question?
This study was the first direct investigation of real-world wind farm noise compared to traffic noise effects using gold-standard assessments of sleep (i.e., polysomnography that measures brainwaves and other physiological factors to determine sleep/wake). The aim was to assess self-reported (subjective) and direct objective measures of sleep quality in a carefully controlled laboratory environment to investigate relationships between noise, sleep disturbances and other factors.
What will the participants be expected to do?
Participants were booked to attend the sleep laboratory for seven consecutive nights (plus additional recovery nights if required to recover from the experimental nights), based on their availability and the availability of the laboratory. They resided in a private, self-contained bedroom (like a hotel room, with a king-size single bed, ensuite and shower facilities) and were welcome to use a shared lounge, kitchen and washing facilities.
We also posted a sleep monitoring device (like a FitBit) and sleep diary, that participants will be asked to use for two weeks prior to their laboratory stay.
Upon arrival at the sleep laboratory on the very first evening, participants were familiarised with the facility and the experimental procedures and given an opportunity to settle into your bedroom. After dinner, research personnel including trained sleep and sound technicians, set up participants with sleep-recording devices. Participants then undertook a listening test to examine annoyance and acceptability for sleep toward different noise types, and complete questionnaires.
At their usual bedtime, lights were turned off in participants’ bedrooms for sleep.
Each morning, four saliva samples at 15-minute intervals as a measure of stress-response (cortisol, and a 5th sample in the evening). Participants were then asked to complete a sequence of computerised tasks and questionnaire.
On a single occasion, a small hair sample was collected to measure long-term stress and, on another occasion, participants attended a 60-minute clinical audiology appointment at the Flinders Medical Centre Audiology Clinic.
What benefits will participants receive?
Full accommodation, all meals and snack was provided during the stay.
Participants received $100 per night reimbursement for their time, plus $200 upon successful completion of all 7 overnights. Participants travelling from rural areas received $400 for travel expenses and $100 for urban travel to the laboratory.
Location of the study
Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Nick Antic Laboratory located at 5 Laffer Drive, Bedford Park, South Australia 5042.
Who is eligible to participate?
- Anyone aged 18 and over.
- In particular, we are seeking interest from those who:
- Live <10 km away from a wind turbine
- Live adjacent to a busy main road
- Live in quiet areas unaffected by environmental noise
- Those who can travel to Adelaide and reside in the laboratory for 7 consecutive nights.
Who to contact and by what date?
Please contact Dr. Gorica Micic before December 2020.
Phone: +61 8 8201 2377
Download the participant information sheet. Please register your interest using the form on the participant information sheet.
Wind Farm Noise Study at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Flinders University: background information, publications and presentations, survey, in-home study, and laboratory study, community liaison group.
Economics, Emissions, France, Publications •
Source: Fédération Environnement Durable
to put an end to misconceptions about wind energy]
Malgré toutes les objections et protestations, la progression éolienne se poursuit, au détriment de nos paysages et de nos finances. C’est pourquoi Patrice Cahart a rassemblé, dans un petit livre percutant, toutes les idées utiles sur ce sujet. Ancien inspecteur général des finances, il était bien placé pour dénoncer le gaspillage monumental que constitue l’éolien dans notre pays.
Les éoliennes reposent sur un mythe, suivant lequel elles permettraient de réduire les émissions de carbone. Or la part des énergies fossiles (gaz surtout) dans notre production d’électricité est déjà tombée au plus bas. Elle ne saurait baisser davantage. L’expansion éolienne ne peut au contraire qu’accroître les émissions nocives, car une éolienne, dans notre pays, ne fonctionne en moyenne qu’à 24% de sa capacité. Pour le complément, force est de se tourner vers le gaz, polluant et, de plus en plus, d’origine russe.
Le livre insiste aussi sur les conditions profondément anormales dans lesquelles l’éolien est financé. Les promoteurs se lancent avec un capital très faible, parfois un seul euro ! Les banques s’empressent de leur prêter tout le reste. Pourquoi cette faveur, refusée aux entreprises industrielles normales ? Parce que l’Etat garantit aux promoteurs éoliens, pendant vingt ans, une recette égale à peu près au double du prix de l’électricité sur le marché. Aucune autre branche de l’industrie française ne bénéficie d’un avantage aussi exorbitant.
Les sommes gigantesques attirées par ce moyen pour financer des investissements éoliens inutiles manqueront pour financer ceux qui sont réellement utiles au climat (isolation, voitures électriques, chauffage électriques, voitures électriques).
Entre les éoliennes et la France, il faut choisir.
L’énergie éolienne a-t-elle un vrai rôle à jouer dans le ” mix énergétique ” on ne relève-t-elle que d’une imposture plus juteuse pour ses producteurs et pour ses promoteurs que pour le commun des mortels ?
Vivons-nous l’ère des marchands de vent, dans le mauvais sens du mot ?
Patrice Cahart ne voudrait pas que l’on apporte une fausse solution au vrai problème que constitue le réchauffement de notre planète. Sachant qu’une éolienne ne fonctionne en moyenne, dans notre pays, qu’à 24 % de sa puissance, il est indispensable d’assurer le complément, et de recourir au gaz, polluant. L’éolien est donc une fausse énergie propre, une fausse énergie renouvelable.
Les éoliennes, dont certaines atteignent maintenant deux cents mètres de hauteur, ravagent nos paysages, qui sont le cadre de vie des Français, et l’une des bases de notre tourisme.
De surcroît, le courant d’origine éolienne coûte deux fois plus cher que celui des centrales nucléaires actuellement en service, dont l’exemple des États-Unis montre qu’on peut les prolonger durant une quarantaine d’années. La réalisation du programme éolien actuel engloutirait des dizaines de milliards qui seraient bien plus utiles ailleurs (développement des véhicules électriques, isolation des bâtiments).
Pour que vous retrouvez votre liberté de penser, Patrice Cahart vous donne les vrais clef du problème.
May 18-21, 2021
e-Conference from Europe:
Ninth International Conference on Wind Turbine Noise
(Presentations will be either oral, poster or part of a workshop session.)
A review of different methodologies to measurement of Sound Pressure Level from Wind Farms
Efficient management of acoustic studies of large wind farm projects
Miguel Ausejo Prieto, Laura Simón Otegui, Rubén García Morales
A model to calculate the delta between internal noise with open windows vs external noise
Andrea Bartolazzi, Cecilia Pompili
A tower wake model for low-frequency noise of downwind turbine rotors
Wind sector management using Beilis Tappert parabolic equation
Validation efforts of an open-source aeroacoustics model for wind turbines
Pietro Bortolotti, Yi Guo, Eric Simley, Nicholas Hamilton, Patrick Moriarty, Carlo Sucameli, Franck Bertagnolio
Development of IEC/TS 61400-11-2: Measurement of wind turbine noise characteristics in receptor position
Sylvia Broneske, Bo Søndergaard
The (psychoacoustic) basics of tonality perception
Markus Buße, Robin Woodward, Sylvia Broneske
Comparison between modelled and measured noise impact with varying ground factors
Kohl Clark, Payam Ashtiani
Prediction of wind turbines infrasound from meteorological parameters
Sarah D’Amico, Timothy Van Renterghem, Dick Botteldooren
Meteorological effects on wind turbine noise at the receptor location
Different sound source setups in the simulation of wind turbine sound propagation
Katharina Elsen, Arthur Schady
Robust noise indicators using Gaussian Processes
Arthur Finez, Favrot N., Petit A., Le Bourdat C., Antoni J.
Estimation of the sound emergence of wind turbines by semi-supervised learning technique
Jean-Rémy Gloaguen, David Ecotière, Benoit Gauvreau, Arthur Finez, Arthur Petit, Colin Lebourdat
A study of the relationship between wind direction and sound level for wind turbines measured in the far field
Effect of grid resolution on airfoil self-noise prediction by large eddy simulation
S. Mohammad Hasheminasab, S.M. Hossein Karimian, Sahar Noori, Saman Lak
Turbulence inflow noise prediction of wind turbine rotors: The physically correct Representations of the Simplified Amiet and Lowson Model
Cordula Hornung, Christoph Scheit, Nils Noffke, Mohammad Kamruzzaman
Calculation of wind turbine noise uncertainty for downwind conditions
Bill Kayser, Vivien Mallet, Benoit Gauvreau, David Ecotière
If they are not being made ill by infrasound, then what is it?
Amplitude modulation characteristics with distance and direction
The effect of wind turbine noise on polysomnographically measured and subjective sleep onset latency in wind turbine noise naïve participants
Tessa Liebich, Leon Lack, Gorica Micic, Kristy Hansen, Branko Zajamsek, Nicole Lovato, Claire Dunbar, Bastien Lechat, Felix Decup, Peter Catcheside
Human subjective responses to wind turbine sound amplitude modulation: meta-analysis and synthesis of laboratory listening studies
Michael Lotinga, Toby Lewis
Changing states: A developer review of the evolution wind farm permissions under New York’s Article 10
Krispian Lowe, Isaac Old, Kenneth Kaliski
A review on the development of airfoils for wind turbine blades
Alexandre Martuscelli Faria, Joseph Youssif Saab Jr., Sara Rodriguez, João Paulo Sales Barreto, Marcos de Mattos Pimenta
Physics-based auralization of wind turbine noise
David Mascarenhas, Benjamin Cotté, Olivier Doaré
Comparison of tonality analysis methods for wind turbine receptor based long-term monitoring datasets
Allan Munro, Adam Suban-Loewen, Cooper Hatfield, Payam Ashtiani
Wind turbine sound quality rating
Establishing sound limits for wind energy: What is the role of annoyance?
Christopher Ollson, Mark Bastasch, Jacbos, United States
Stymied by standards? Arguments for wind turbine noise standards that actually measure irritant drivers
William (Bill) Palmer
Assessment and rating of Wind turbine noise immission at dwellings – the influence of amplitude modulation, aerodynamic noise sources and the Doppler effect
Kai Pies, Sergio Martinez
Assessing Wind Turbine Noise Perception by means of contextual laboratory and online studies
Stephan Preihs, Jakob Bergner, Daphne Schössow, Jürgen Peissig
Decisions made to arrive at an implementation of ISO PAS 20065:2016 as the recommended tonality method for IEC/TS 61400-11-2, and a description of the current and developing implementation specifics to stimulate input and discussion
Tonality Expert Group to PT61400-11-2
The quasi-3D blade and rotor noise prediction methodology for the PNoise code and results
Sara Rodriguez, Joseph Youssif Saab Jr., Alexandre Martuscelli Faria, João Paulo Barreto, Marcos de Mattos Pimenta
On the need for improved prediction models and updated noise regulations to utilize the advanced controls strategies that are available modern for wind turbines
Tonality content analysed with both 1/3 octave band methods and narrowband methods and compared with listening test
Lars Sommer Søndergaard, Mark Bastasch
Long distance noise propagation measurements over water for an elevated sound source – investigating multiple reflections
Lars Sommer Søndergaard, Erik Thysell, Christian Weirum Claumarch, Andrea Vignaroli
Wind farm neighbourship investigated by a daily app questionnaire combining weather, noise and annoyance
Lars Sommer Søndergaard, Christer P. Volk, Tomas Rosenberg Hansen, Lars Enggaard, Thomas Sørensen, Alfredo Peña
Developing new airfoils for larger wind turbine blades
Joseph Saab, Marcos de Mattos Pimenta, Alexandre Martuscelli Faria, Sara Rodriguez
Numerical study of the impact of vortex generators on trailing edge noise
Ferdinand Seel, Thorsten Lutz, Ewald Krämer
Further experience of reviewing noise assessments for wind farms in Scotland and the implementation of the IOA Good Practice Guide to the application of ETSU-R-97 for the assessment and rating of wind turbine noise
Steve Summers, Graham Parry
Identifying the flap side-edge noise contribution of a wind turbine blade section with an active trailing-edge
Alexandre Suryadi, Christoph Jätz, Michaela Herr, Jörg Seume
A characterization of wind turbine noise and background noise levels distributions in far-field receptor testing of wind turbine facilities
Nicholas Tam, Dorsa Fardaei, Duncan Halstead
Audibility and health effects of infrasound
Frits van den Berg, Irene van Kamp
Health effects related to wind turbine sound: an update
Irene van Kamp, Frits van den Berg
Listening test design for adaption of ISO/PAS 20065 (2016) for wind farm noise assessment
Robin Woodward, Markus Buße, Sylvia Broneske
Source: Piscataqua Press
Ready or not, trouble finds Patton Conover …
In “Deadly Turn,” Patton and her wayward dog Pock are hired by a research firm to collect dead birds and bats at wind power generation sites. When a turbine explodes, she stumbles over the body part of an unknown man whose death implicates both her and her dog.
Under a brutal fall heat wave and the unblinking scrutiny of the game warden who is another mystery in her life, she’s drawn into a battle with wind power developers and environmental activists.
Adopted by a teenage trapper who moves into her cabin as he illegally raises an eagle to hunt over the dangerous wind site, Patton is, once again, offered only outlaw solutions to fight for a disappearing world while she tries to clear her name.