wind farm noise News

  • Wind Farm Noise Assessment by XL2

    Wind Farm Noise Assessment by XL2 One of the largest acoustic consulting firms in Australia, “Renzo Tonin & Associates” was engaged by the New South Wales Department of Planning ...


    By NTi Audio AG

  • Offshore wind farm construction noise can displace harbour porpoises

    Noise caused by construction of Germany’s first offshore wind farm caused significant habitat disturbance for harbour porpoises, according to a recent study. Its results suggest that porpoises avoided areas up to 20 kilometres from the noise source during construction of the wind farm’s foundations. Development of offshore wind farms plays a major role in the shift towards renewable ...

  • Canada to Study Wind Turbine Noise and Health

    Health Canada, in collaboration with Statistics Canada, will conduct a research study that will explore the relationship between wind turbine noise and health effects reported by, and objectively measured in, people living near wind power developments. "This study is in response to questions from residents living near wind farms about possible health effects of low frequency noise generated by ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • New policy statement for Australian wind farm industry

    Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett today released an invaluable tool to help the wind farm industry meet national environment law. Mr Garrett said the Wind Farm Industry Policy Statement will help wind farm operators decide whether to refer wind farm proposals for assessment and approval under national environment law. 'Wind energy has the potential to deliver a significant proportion of ...


    By Australian Government

  • Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths

    It happens about once a month here, on the barren foothills of one of America's green-energy boomtowns: A soaring golden eagle slams into a wind farm's spinning turbine and falls, mangled and lifeless, to the ground. Killing these iconic birds is not just an irreplaceable loss for a vulnerable species. It's also a federal crime, a charge that the Obama administration has used to prosecute oil ...


    By Associated Press

  • Sopcawind, a Multidisciplinary Tool for Designing Wind Farms

    The SOPCAWIND tool is a piece of software that facilitates the design of wind farms, bearing in mind not only the aspects of energy productivity but also the possible impact the wind farm may have on the environment, radars or other telecommunications systems in the vicinity. It also assesses acoustic noise, the effect of shadow on nearby housing, and applies criteria for heritage protection or ...

  • New Welsh wind farm to provide secure, home-grown energy

    Energy Minister Charles Hendry today granted consent to Vattenfall for the Pen Y Cymoedd project, a 299MW wind farm between Neath and Aberdare in South Wales. Made up of 76 turbines, it would have the highest generating capacity of any onshore wind farm in England and Wales. The developer predicts that it will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of up to 206,000 homes a year. The ...

  • Japan starts up offshore wind farm near Fukushima

    Japan switched on the first turbine at a wind farm 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima on Monday, feeding electricity to the grid tethered to the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant onshore. The wind farm near the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant is to eventually have a generation capacity of 1 gigawatt from 143 turbines, though ...


    By Associated Press

  • E.ON: Construction begins on Amrumbank West wind farm in the North Sea

    E.ON is further expanding its renewables business and has started construction of Amrumbank West wind farm in the North Sea. The first foundation was installed today 37 kilometer northwest of the island of Helgoland. To help build Amrumbank West and other offshore projects, E.ON has chartered the MPI Discovery, a self-elevating turbine installation vessel or jackup rig, for several years. The ...


    By E.ON AG

  • Appeal of wind farm rejected by ontario environmental review tribunal

    After a lengthy hearing extending between February 1st and May 26th of this year the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) issued its decision on July 18, 2011 regarding the appeal of the issuance of a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) for Suncor's Kent Breeze Wind Farm. In this, the ERT's first hearing of an appeal of an REA, the Tribunal dismissed ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Environmental Protection UK urges joined-up thinking and sound guidance on wind turbine noise assessment

    Environmental Protection UK welcomes guidance published today by DEFRA, which aims to help local authorities investigate complaints about noise from wind farms. his comes after the publication of DECC commissioned research last week, that highlighted the need for clear, up to date guidance on how wind turbine noise impact is assessed in development proposals, which is urgently needed to reduce ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Global Wind Energy Industry

    Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:   Global Wind Energy Industry ...


    By ReportLinker

  • Wind turbines - not pretty but not unhealthy - Ontario

    The scientific evidence does not demonstrate any direct causal link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects according to a new report from Dr. Arlene King, Ontario"s Chief Medical Officer of Health. The report was prepared by the Chief Medical Officer of Health and in consultation with the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Where now with wind turbine impact assessment

    Environmental Protection UK's recent event 'Where Now with Wind Turbine Impact Assessment' was a big success, providing valuable insight into an often confusing area. The event brought together over 120 delegates including practitioners experienced in noise assessment, renewable energy developers, local authority officers who have dealt with or are facing applications and community neighbours of ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Finding space for wind power in the North Sea

    A new tool for minimising offshore wind energy’s impacts on other activities in the North Sea has been developed. The tool identifies space for wind farms based on their priority compared to other marine activities, such as sand extraction or fishing. The EU Renewable Energy Directive1 sets a target for Member States to meet 20% of their energy needs using renewable sources by 2020. To ...

  • With a boost from innovation, small wind is powering ahead

    The Solarium, a new 8-story apartment building in New York City, is part of a new wave of green buildings in Gotham. Its exterior is made from 100 percent recycled material. The burnished floors are sustainably farmed bamboo. The apartments lack bathtubs in order to save water. Perhaps the most novel green accoutrement of the Solarium, however, is a small, black windmill perched on a short pole ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Micro wind turbines and wildlife: integrating plaplanning with ecology

    The ecological impacts of micro wind turbines (up to 50 kW) are treated in a diverse way by different local authorities in the UK during the planning approval process, research suggests. The study calls for ecologists, policymakers, planners and industry representatives to improve the integration of ecological information within planning, and for greater guidance for local authorities on the ...

  • New wind turbines to replace old in Germany

    Many of Germany’s wind turbine projects began in the late 1990’s and are now faced with declining output, thanks to wear and tear. Now with newer technologies surpassing old, and larger available wind turbines, it makes sense to start replacing older systems with new. As a result, Nordex will be replacing 16 legacy wind turbines with 9 newer models by the end of the year, at the ...


    By Orenda Energy Solutions Ltd.

  • GE Introduces 2.5-120, the World’s Most Efficient High-Output Wind Turbine—the First Brilliant Wind Turbine

    Today, GE (NYSE: GE) announced the 2.5-120, the world’s most efficient high-output and the first brilliant wind turbine. The 2.5-120 is ...


    By General Electric

  • Wind turbines not a risk to human health, says MIT study

    The review took into consideration health effects such as stress, annoyance and sleep disturbance among others that have, in the past, been raised in association with living close to wind turbines. "No clear or consistent association is seen between noise from wind turbines and any reported disease or other indicator of harm to human health" the study found. The MIT authors considered a number of ...


    By WindEurope

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