By Jim Cummings, Acoustic Ecology Institute – Renewable Energy World
The wind industry needs to be more proactive about addressing community noise standards.
In recent years, we’ve seen a surge of noise complaints, troubling annoyance-level surveys, and widespread fear of new wind development.
Though sound levels of 45-50dB have been taken in stride by many, even most, places where early industrial wind development took place, it’s becoming apparent that for some types of communities, sound levels of even 40dB are triggering high levels of community push-back.
The industry’s first responses to this emerging problem have been counterproductive: discounting the prevalence of complaints, vilifying acousticians seeking to understand the shift, and most fundamentally, insisting to county commissions nationwide that “widely accepted” community noise standards that have worked elsewhere are applicable everywhere. Read the article here