“Wind Farm Noise does not exist. It is only a few Nimbys that complain about what they think will happen and no one complains after they are built“. That is the spin that the Wind Farm Companies, Renewables UK and Scottish Renewables would like you to believe. The then arbiter of standards, the DTI produced a report for planning ETSU-R-97 to prove it. It was written by consultants Hayes and Mackenzie and, despite a World Health Organisation report just prior that stated a maximum night-time level in a bedroom of 30dba, this report came out at 47dba. The report is reasonably standard as to the conceptions at the time, but the conclusions are at variance with the report. A Freedom of Information enquiry by the Daily Telegraph exposed the truth. The committee, heavily weighted to the Windfarm Industry; nine members from the Wind industry, one from the National Physics Laboratory, two from south west councils(no wind farms at the time), one from North Wales and one from the DTI; adjusted the parameters to enable the noise output of turbines to stay with the limits.
A warning about the health effects of noise from wind turbines was removed from a government study following pressure from civil servants.
A sample of that information removed
“The analysis of the external and internal noise levels indicates that it may be appropriate to re-visit the issue of the absolute night-time noise criterion specified within ETSU-R-97. To provide protection to wind farm neighbours, it would seem appropriate to reduce the absolute noise criterion for periods when background noise levels are low. In the absence of high levels of modulation, then a level pf 38db LA90 (4o db LAeq) will reduce levels to an internal noise level which lies around and below 30db LAeq with windows open for ventilation. In the presence of high levels of aerodynamic modulation of the incident noise, then a correction for the presence of the noise should be considered”
Extract from a letter from the Minister at the Dept of Energy & Climate Change.
“With regards to your comments to the ETSU R-97 guidance, our main concern is that it is not always applied in a consistent or effective manner. To address this, we have appointed consultants Hayes and Mackenzie to undertake a project to review how noise impacts are currently considered in planning applications in England. The report will be published in April 2011, and we will consider the future direction of wind turbine noise policy once the findings of this report are clear” (Still waiting 22nd July 2011-Ed)
Charles Hendry MP, Minister of State, DECC.
I would not hold my breath if they have appointed the same consultant. They rolled over and aquiesced to a convenient obfuscation before. There is a Wind Farm Noise Conference in Rome this April and by the amount of papers to be read one would hope that something positive comes out of that. The post conference report states that one of the main themes that came out of the Conference was:
“The main effect of daytime wind turbine noise is annoyance. The night time effect is sleep disturbance. These may well lead to stress related illness in some people. Work is required in understanding why low levels of wind turbine noise may produce affects which are greater than might be expected from their levels”
The Renewable Energy Foundation has presented a very good report to the DECC and one would hope that due consideration is given to that.
So, it would seem that the DECC and the Renewables Industry have been the proverbial Ostriches and, conveniently it would seem, ignored critisiscm from those affected by the Noise of Turbines for far too long. There is an increasing history of considerable problems caused by Wind Turbines and it is about time that the lies and deceipts of those Government and Council Bodies tasked with protecting our lives and our environment were exposed and those officers stood up to the Mark and do the job that they are paid to do. As Peter Hadden stated in his report to the House of Lords “it is not possible to justify allowing wind energy to claim status as being in the national interest. As a result, wind energy schemes should be treated in Town Planning terms, on equal footing with any other proposal to industrialise areas of the countryside” In other words “The End does not justify the means”
Therefore, I would conclude that ETSU R-97 is not fit for purpose and for that matter never was. A complete re-appraisal by a totally independant body needs to be urgently put in place and issues such as low frequency sound and infra sound should be included in that brief. It should also have the power of law behind it in the UK as a whole, not as a planning guidance, but as a Health and Environment standard and should be allowed nowhere near the Department of Energy and Climate Change or the Energy and Climate Change Directorate who have demonstrated in this a far too cosy relationship with the Renewable Industry.
When will the wind energy companies finally admit that noise can be a problem?
When some people make so much money out of wind power, why is there no compensation for its victims – why is there no justice?
A single turbine placed in the school yard at Raasay drew comments on noise from two crofts within 100 metres. Read the letter to Highland Council
The Wind Industry denies there are problems which is either naive or an outright lie.
Gail and Walter Mair just finished their new house in Italy before a new wind farm was switched on. They were advoactes of wind. They have kept a diary and they have asked that as many people as possible read THE TRUTH ABOUT TURBINE NOISE. Again the Industry is ingenuous in prmulgating the fiction that they have been working in many countries about the world without problems. Just look at the information on the Windbyte web site
There is masses of information about ETSU-R-97 on the Windbyte site and there is not a lot more that we can add. A flawed report twisted byIndustry insiders appointed to what should have been an environment dept brief.
Another video, this time from Swindon where Honda wish to build three large turbines in close proximity to people homes. Remember these are not just houses, they are people’s homes!