Wind Turbines – Proposed Requirements and Setbacks

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General Requirements for Wind Turbines

The ministry is proposing that developers of all renewable energy projects including wind turbines meet general requirements, including consultation with local residents, municipalities and Aboriginal communities; studies and research required for approval; and identification of potential problems and how they can be mitigated.


The proposal also includes setbacks for wind energy projects from receptors, such as dwellings.

The ministry is proposing a minimum setback for wind turbines of 550 metres to ensure noise levels do not exceed 40 decibels at the receptor. Forty decibels is approximately the noise level experienced in a quiet office or library.

The applicable setbacks would rise with the number of turbines and the sound level rating of selected turbines. For example, a turbine with a sound power level of 106 decibels would have to meet a setback of 950 metres from the nearest receptor.

A facility with eight turbines with a sound power level of 105 decibels would need to meet a setback of 1000 metres.

All wind turbines with a sound power level greater than 107 decibels, regardless of the number, would require a noise study, as would projects involving more than 26 turbines within 1.5 km of any receptor.

The ministry is also proposing that as a condition of approval for wind turbine projects, proponents would be required to monitor and address any perceptible infrasound (vibration) or low frequency noise as a condition of the Renewable Energy Approval.

Environmental Registry posting: Registry Number 010-6516: Proposed Ministry of the Environment Regulations to Implement the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009
Environmental Registry posting: Registry Number 010-6708 Draft Approval and Permitting Requirements Document for Renewable Energy Projects developed by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

5 thoughts on “Wind Turbines – Proposed Requirements and Setbacks

  1. This Government will ram these down our throats whether we want them or not. Their language in this declaration is basically telling US that these wind turbines will be located within our “personal space” regardless of how much harm they will do.

    Anything short of 2 to 3 kms. from any residence is a Criminal Act and should be prosecuted as such.

    Better yet, shake our collective heads, STOP anymore Wind Development because it doesn’t work and get rid of this absolutely insane Governance by absolutely insane individuals!!!

  2. Their computer models haven’t worked in the past, and they won’t work now. They need to come down out of their ivory tower and get into the real world environment. The fact they suggested a closer setback than 1.5km shows they can’t even organize a one car funeral. It’s no better than e-health or McGuinty shutting down hospitals in places like Fort Erie.

  3. Where did MOE come up with their illusionary set back values? Who did they reference? It does not appear they are talking to families with the problems. Why not? Those families have answers MOE doesn’t like – something called the truth.
    I agree with Quixote’s conclusion. Industrial wind development for the purpose of trying to capture wind energy for the grid is a costly scheme that is unable to deliver on the promises believed only by the ill informed. No placement anywhere is really the only appropriate conclusion.

  4. meh… we all know this is a form of pandering. They don’t want to have their feet in the mud when this thing becomes a recognized medical symptom. When that happens the Libs can claim ‘hey we did something about this, we care about the health of the populace, blah, blah, blah.’ don’t think that their going to rebuild the turbines on Wolfe island or in areas that already infringe upon the 550 meter boundary. we have to stop this GEA and the steamrolling of rights go and sign the petition here.

    i gave you guys a shout out on my blog today.

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