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AEI presentation: NEWEEP webinar on wind farm sound

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On July 13, I was honored to be one of three presenters in a webinar sponsored by the New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP), a DOE-funded project of Wind Powering America.  Complementing the technical and regulatory information presented by Mark Bastasch and Ken Kalinsky, my presentation focused on the “qualitatitive” data that we are receiving from people living near wind farms, which can be as useful as the quantitative data coming from engineers and scientists.  The main point of the presentation was that reports in wind farm communities, as well as our best research indications, suggest that a significant minority of nearby residents—25 to 45%—are quite seriously impacted by noise issues when sound is 40dB or more (roughly within a half mile); I also included a look at interesting research into rural place identity and noise sensitivity, both of which provide some clues as to why many people find wind turbine sounds very annoying, while other neighbors are not much bothered by them.

UPDATE, 8/4: All three presentations, along with the audio of the webinar and a transcript, can now be downloaded at the Wind Powering America website: Scroll down to “Understanding the Impacts of Wind Turbine Sound.” Mark’s presentation is largely about measuring sound; Ken’s focuses more on regulatory approaches.

A pdf version of the presentation can be downloaded here, or you can view or download the Powerpoint version via Slideshare:

Wind Farm Sounds: Public Perception and Annoyance from Acoustic Ecology Institute

4 Responses to “AEI presentation: NEWEEP webinar on wind farm sound”

  1. » Blog Archive » New wind farm property value study offers grist for both sides Says:

    […] in the immediate area.  Those of you familiar with my analysis of community annoyance rates (see this NEWEEP presentation) will recognize what this means: in this community, the vast majority of residents have a […]

  2. » Blog Archive » Flurry of articles, reports debunk wind farm noise concerns Says:

    […] on community responses to wind farm noise, see this column in Renewable Energy World:  this post about last summer’s DOE-sponsored NEWEEP webinar on wind farm noise; and this recent guest column, Wind Farm Noise: Moderate but Often Disruptive […]

  3. » Blog Archive » NY’s Hardscrabble Wind Project triggers neighbor noise issues Says:

    […] in similar communities, and on the limited research data we have available; for more on this, see AEI’s 2010 NEWEEP presentation on community responses).  It all adds up to the classic conditions that have often led to problems in rural towns that […]

  4. » Blog Archive » AEI taking new direction on wind farm noise – leaving the grey areas to compile concrete information Says:

    […] and take it at face value; likewise, community activists need to acknowledge that many people do live without major problems with the noise levels they’re concerned about.  Neighbors struggling with noise aren’t making […]