This article has reviewed information on wind turbine noise which is familiar to the author. The information was from studies in the United States and abroad. The most recent information was all land-based. Despite reassurances by the developers of wind farms and the industry, there is evidence to support the existence of a health problem under some conditions and for some people with wind turbines, which appears to be tied to the infrasound or low frequency portion of the acoustic emissions of the turbine. It is important for scientists and engineers to acknowledge the problem and to work to eliminate it for affected residents who were the industry’s supporters. It is unfortunate that many of the affected citizens feel disenfranchised by their governments in response to this issue.
Acoustics Today, July 2013
Nancy S. Timmerman, PE, is an engineering consultant from Massachusetts working in acoustics and noise control. A Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), she is a past Chair of the Technical Committee on Noise, and currently chairs a subcommittee on Wind Turbine Noise for ASA’s Panel on Public Policy. She is also a Board Certified Member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE), where she is also a Fellow and a past President.
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