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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

January 16, 2020 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Bizarre call to save ‘distressed dog stuck inside wind turbine’ leaves firefighters stumped

Firefighters have been called out to a “distressed dog” trapped in a wind turbine in East Yorkshire. Six Humberside Fire and Rescue crew members from the Howden team descended on the huge structure in Eastrington after reports of an animal was trapped inside it. A disc cutter had to be used to cut their way into turbine after being called by a concerned member of the public, however, all was not as it first seemed. Despite the team and the . . . Complete story »

April 14, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Petition to amend Cassadaga Wind’s certificate denied

Noise: It’s one of the most common complaints in communities with wind farms and one of the least understood in terms of health impacts. That is, until October 2018, when the World Health Organization (WHO) issued new noise guidelines, which capped community exposure to wind turbine noise at 45 decibels.* On Feb. 8, 2019, 140 Chautauqua County residents signed a petition to the state asking that these new standards for wind turbine sound be included in the regulations for the . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers approve tighter sound rules on wind power

After an extended debate, Vermont lawmakers have imposed new statewide limits on wind power that are meant to prevent sound from disturbing neighbors’ health and sleep. Some renewable energy advocates claim the restrictions will effectively stop the construction of large wind projects in Vermont. The rule, proposed by the Public Utility Commission and approved Thursday by a legislative committee, will limit noise from large wind projects to 42 dBA during the day and 39 dBA at night, as measured 100 . . . Complete story »

August 23, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Walkamin resident is keeping tabs on Mt Emerald wind farm through state-of-the-art equipment

A Tablelands resident opposing a wind farm has taken her objection to the $380 million development to the next level by becoming a certified noise surveyor. Walkamin business owner Jenny Disley has bought state-of-the-art equipment and obtained a diploma in noise monitoring and evaluation in order to ensure the Mt Emerald Wind Farm complies with environmental conditions set by authorities. Construction is underway on Ratch Australia’s 53-turbine project due to be completed in September next year. The company says the . . . Complete story »

May 26, 2015 • Blogs, SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Referat från Svensk Vindenergis seminarium

Svensk Vindenergis seminarium om Ljud från vindkraft i drift, 2015-05-20. [Report of Swedish wind energy seminar on noise from operating wind turbines, 2015-05-20.] Svensk Vindenergi, som är en förening för företag som är verksamma inom vindkraftbranschen, bjöd in till ett seminarium med i syfte att belysa frågor om ljud från vindkraft. Ca 110 personer hade nappat på erbjudandet. Flertalet representerade branschen. Det var representanter för företag, konsulter och jurister. Myndigheter som Naturvårdsverket och Energimyndigheten var med liksom ett större antal . . . Complete story »

December 21, 2014 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Feeling the noise

By using longer blades and fine-tuning them into more aerodynamic shapes, manufacturers are squeezing more and more performance out of their wind turbines. But the background noise caused by stalling continues to grate on some people’s nerves. The phenomenon requires more than just a psychologist. The wind power industry has grown accustomed to conflicts with environmentalists and groups of local residents. Noise pollution in particular has long been a hot issue. Whenever this topic arises, the debate quickly moves into . . . Complete story »

June 27, 2014 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Sound effects: the impact of marine renewables

A European study is investigating the environmental impacts of noise, vibrations and electromagnetic emissions from marine renewables. Frank Thomsen from the DHI Group gives an insight into the new initiative. In Europe and beyond, there are ambitious plans to install marine renewable energy devices, or MREDs, ie wind, wave and tidal power plants. The construction and operation of MREDs will lead to, among other things, the emission of electromagnetic fields (EMF), subsea sound, and vibrations into the marine environment. Migratory . . . Complete story »

January 12, 2013 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Afsløring: Pressede larmende vindmøller igennem; Vestas-boss bankede Minister på plads

[Disclosure: Noisy wind turbines forced through; Vestas boss put Minister in her place] Topchef banker Minister på plads [CEO put Minister in her place] VESTAS-BOSS FIK SIN VILJE: Efter tungt pres fra Ditlev Engel ændrede daværende miljøminister Karen Ellemann centrale lovkrav til støj fra vindmøller. [VESTAS BOSS GOT WHAT HE WANTED: After heavy pressure from Ditlev Engel, then–Environment Minister Karen Ellemann changed the key legal requirements for noise from wind turbines.] Den magtfulde Vestas-direktør Ditlev Engel har haft held til . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2011 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Miljøstyrelsen anklages for at fifle med vindmøllestøj

Ifølge eksperter manipulerer Miljøstyrelsen med støjberegninger til skade for vindmøllenaboer. (Experts accuse environmental board of manipulating wind turbine noise rules to harm neighbors) [Click here for English translation by EPAW] De nye støjregler for vindmøller, som miljøminister Ida Auken (SF) netop har sendt i høring, er udarbejdet på et mangelfuldt grundlag: Beregningerne, som er grundlag for reglerne, giver alt for lave tal for møllernes lavfrekvente støj – og tillader dermed, at møller står tættere på beboelse, end hvad der er . . . Complete story »

June 15, 2011 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Turbine noise in Rome

Wind turbine experts gathered in Rome recently to discuss noise. Low frequency noise and amplitude modulation provided plenty to talk about. Noise from wind turbines is still not solved, as evidenced by seemingly endless conferences called to talk about the problem. Not that there is a noise problem, many wind farm operators would have us believe! That there are so many speakers and delegates at wind farm conferences would sort of suggests there are problems, with 87 papers covering both . . . Complete story »

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