Vermont Public Service Board adopts 35 dBA nighttime noise level for wind turbines.

The PSB just issued its new rule, which has been submitted to ICAR.  See this section, excerpted from the rule, below.  This is a huge victory for us!!  They adopted the German nighttime standard of 35 dBA and the highest standard in Denmark for daytime of 42 dBA, plus a setback of 10x the total height which is what Poland requires and the Cape Cod Commission recommend.  The wind industry just sustained a huge loss.  This comes as a big surprise, and we will have to defend this through the public hearing process that remains to get this rule fully adopted.  DECLARE VICTORY!!

Facilities with a plant capacity of greater than 150 kW. Operation of facilities with a plant capacity of greater than 150 kW shall not result in: (1) audible prominent discrete-frequency tones pursuant to the latest revision of ANSI S1.13 Annex A at a distance of 100 feet from the residences of non-participating landowners; and (2) sound pressure levels in excess of 42 dBA between the hours of 7 A.M. and 9 P.M. and 35 dBA between the hours of 9 P.M. and 7 A.M. at a distance of 100 feet from the residences of non-participating landowners. Each sound-producing element of such facilities shall be set back horizontally no less than ten (10) times the turbines’ height, as measured from base to the tip of a blade in the upright, vertical position, from the residences of non-participating landowners. 

 

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Comment by Eric Rosenbloom on March 6, 2017 at 5:43pm
Comment by Eric Rosenbloom on March 4, 2017 at 6:22pm

This is from the proposed rule as filed last week with the Vermont Interagency Committee on
Administrative Rules, the first step of official rule making. Eventually there will be another round of public comment and then input from the legislature, so the fight is still on. It was sent to the distribution list of people involved with the Wind Generation Facility Sound Rulemaking that started last year. But it is indeed encouraging that the proposed rule was revised in this way after all the public testimony and comment (http://psb.vermont.gov/about-us/statutes-and-rules/proposed-rule-so...).

Comment by Willem Post on March 4, 2017 at 10:09am

Steve,

Please provide the source, ASAP.

The URL, so it can be confirmed by all

Comment by Eric Rosenbloom on March 4, 2017 at 9:27am

What is the source for this? The draft rule of 1/20/17, eg, specified a 45dBA limit at night (7-7) and the alternative setback for only small turbines (≤150kW). http://psb.vermont.gov/sites/psbnew/files/doc_library/draft-rule-5....

Comment by Willem Post on March 3, 2017 at 9:33pm

This is absolutely beautiful.

I have been advocating for 42 dB daytime and 35 dB nighttime noise standards, and 10 times turbine height setbacks for years. Read all about it in this article.

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/wind-turbine-noise-adve...

It is important these noise standards include 5 dB annoyance penalties, to account of irregular pulsating noises, AS THEY DO IN DENMARK.

After 6 years of stonewalling with the connivance of ex-Governor Shumlin, the VT-PSB finally caved and did what was right for the people.

Putting America first and the American people first is a Trump mantra and campaign promise.

Annette Smith of Vermont has been the real, tireless, relentless hero in all this.

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