The wind industry and its acousticians have for many years been denying there are noise related
problems associated with industrial wind turbines. A report released this week, and presented to
the Department of Energy and Climate Change by the Independent Noise Working Group (INWG),
shows how a small group of wind industry funded acousticians have taken control of the Institute of
Acoustics (IoA) and its noise working groups. This façade of respectability afforded by the Institute
of Acoustics has enabled the wind industry to dominate government noise assessment policy and
planning guidance by providing inaccurate and misleading scientific advice. The parallels with the
Volkswagen emission scandal are quite remarkable.
The INWG suggest these two decades of deception are now resulting in serious annoyance and far
reaching risks to the health and wellbeing of large numbers of people living in the proximity of
wind farms. They have urged the Government to complete an overhaul of the planning condit ions
that have led to these wind farms being granted planning permission in the first place, and to
ensure future developments are more strict ly controlled.
They also want the Government to provide robust protection for existing wind farm neighbours
against the effects of turbine noise – specifically against Excessive Amplitude Modulation (EAM).
EAM is a highly int rusive ‘whoosh’ or ‘thumping’ noise characteristic emitted by most wind
turbines; a fact which has been continually denied and downplayed by the wind indust ry.
This report is one of a number of elements within a major study which has been prepared for
Government by the Independent Noise Working Group (INWG). The INWG is sponsored by Chris
Heaton-Harris MP (Conservative, Daventry). Heaton-Harris paid tribute to the experts working on
the INWG study for the last 12 months: “We have drawn people from a wide range of disciplines.
This gives real authority to the final study when I present it to government departments later this
The INWG reports can be obtained at: http:/ /www.heatonharris.com/ reports-publications
Or by contacting us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide links to download all the
INWG work packages.
Dated 13th October 2015