Maine BEP rules for wind turbine noise approved by Environment and Natural Resources Committee with unanimous "ought to pass"

For Immediate Release

The Citizen’s Task Force on Wind Power (CTFWP) applauds the Environment and Natural Resources Committee for its “unanimous ought to pass” vote today on new regulations governing noise from wind turbines. 

“We look forward to the legislature’s unanimous consent to this rule, and final adoption by the Board of Environmental Protection",  said Monique Aniel, one of  the original founders and  co-chair of the CTFWP.  "From the first wind projects in Maine the pulsating noise from wind turbines has impacted many Maine citizens, and the state has turned a deaf ear to the problem.   For three years since the Rumford Hospital Staff called for a moratorium on new wind projects in February 2009, we have been working to educate decision makers about the harmful effects of the noise produced by these enormous machines.” 

 “The BEP hearings last July provided a forum for Mainers to describe the hellish experience of living too close to these machines,” said Steve Thurston, also cofounder and  co-chair of the CTFWP.  “The BEP recognized that turbine noise has characteristics that justify a separate section in state noise regulations.   Wind turbines have doubled in size in the past three years.   Turbine noise is a function of the length of the blade and the speed of rotation, and it is important for Maine to have regulations in place that can be responsive to the evolving technology.”

Contact information:

Citizens Task Force on Wind Power

PO Box 345 Oquossoc, ME 04964

 207 864 5423 land

207 441 2818 mobile

Monique Aniel

Steve Thurston

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Comment by Willem Post on February 14, 2012 at 6:01pm

Many people obtain their information about wind energy from the
self-serving PR of promotors as do many legislators and the lay public,
most of whom have near-zero technical knowledge about energy system
analysis and therefore can easily be swayed into la-la-land by the PR
of wind energy promotors.

The legislators, etc., just parrot what they hear, Shumlin included.
While campaigning for governor, he said Vermont could have 30% of its
electricity from solar, just like Germany, until someone told him
Germany was getting only 2% from solar after a major 10-year effort and
about 200 billion euros ($266 billion) spent.

Shumlin's statement is not misspeaking; it is an example of ignorance
among legislators and the lay public. I frequently encounter it and
usually keep quiet.

Here is my background:

Willem Post, BSME New Jersey Institute of Technology, MSME Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, MBA, University of Connecticut. P.E.
Connecticut. Consulting Engineer and Project Manager. Performed
feasibility studies, wrote master plans, evaluated and performed
designs for incineration systems, air pollution control systems,
utility and industrial power plants, and integrated energy systems for
campus-style building complexes. Currently specializing in energy
efficiency of buildings and building systems. Retired. No financial
interest in any renewables entities.

Here is an article about Lowell Mountain for your information. It has a
section about noise that was reviewed by 2 professional acoustics
engineers who testified about Lowell before the PSB to no avail; one of
them told me he felt as if talking to a wall, i.e., total non-interest.
Many people living within a mile of these (21) 3 MW, 459-ft tall wind
turbines will experience significant health problems soon after they
are started.

Heavily-subsidized wind energy from ridge lines will cost 9-10 c/kWh,
per GMP, about 2x annual average grid prices; the unsubsidized cost is
about 15 c/kWh. BTW, the unsubsidized cost is the real cost to society.

Here are 2 more articles for your information.

Here are 5 more regarding wind energy not avoiding CO2 anywhere near
what is claimed by wind energy promotors.

Comment by Rick Conrad on February 14, 2012 at 5:43pm

      Its about time the regulators stopped looking the other way, took notice and did their jobs.Now if some of these new rules can be enforced at existing projects sites, maybe citizens will finally get some relieve from these abusive siting practices.

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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