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Noise from Windfarms

Windfarms and the noise generated by them is a hot topic in the news. In March, the Telegraph reported that "one in six wind farms" sparked complaints over noise and the Country Guardian website lists 240 action groups against Windfarms.

Experts understand that the problem is largely due to a chopping sound caused by Amplitude Modulation. Noise Bulletin reported that RenewableUK (formerly the British Wind Energy Association) is commissioning research into the causes of Amplitude Modulation. Furthermore, Renewable UK have recently accused anti wind farm protesters of costing the UK £1.3bn by delaying developments with the Chief Executive labelling their concerns as "selfish". In contrast, back in 2009 the Independent reported a American doctor's research stating "living too close to wind turbines can cause heart disease, tinnitus, vertigo, panic attacks, migraines and sleep deprivation".

Noise Bulletin also reported that members of the Institute of Acoustics have been continuing the debate around the Windfarm Regulations (ETSU-R-97) with the debate chairman admitting that it "proved to be the most controversial document ever seen in the industry". (Previous debate)

With RenewableUK reporting 280 Windfarms in operation and nearly as many in the planning stage this looks to be an issue worth watching.

Have you suffered the noise of a Windfarm? Share your experiences with others.

2010-11-19 15:38:45

Make Your Own Noise! is on twitter

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2010-11-18 11:19:45

Private Chat now available

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2010-05-16 13:43:39

MYON! has been redesigned

Make Your Own Noise! has been relaunched with new features and a new look.
Features include:

  • Google Maps integration - for greater accuracy
  • Better search options - find useful information easier
  • New icons and colours
  • User-friendly interface

Have any thoughts? Your feedback is welcome!

2010-02-09 18:35:57

Make Your Own Noise! is featured in Noise Bulletin

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Scan of a newspaper article: Nuisance can now be logged online. Two new websites allow logging of nuisance noise via online maps. Mike Stigwood of MAS Environmental has launched to allow complaints to be logged against commercial nuisances such as factories, theme parks and wind turbines Complaints can be logged and viewed by clicking on a map or entering a postcode. Stigwood told Noise Bulletin: "The project is at a pilot stage but based on the suspicion that commercial noise is under-reported. Our site allows people to complain about noise anonymously without fear of making their own property difficult to sell and without fear of retribution from the nuisance business. It will also get round the problem where local authorities fail to register a complaint about a business even if there is an apparent nuisance."

Click to visit the Noise Bulletin website

2007-12-18 11:15:46

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