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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Wind Turbine Noise Questioned In Allegany,NY

Acoustic engineer: Do sound studies first

ALLEGANY - Can the noise generated from a wind turbine be detrimental to the health of nearby residents?

That question and others were touched upon during a special presentation made to the Allegany Town Planning Board on noise impacts of commercial wind farms. The presentation was made by Charles E. Ebbing, a retired acoustic engineer in response to a request made by residents of Chipmonk and their attorney, Gary Abrams. The Chipmonk area is being considered for a 32-turbine wind farm by wind-energy developer Everpower Renewables. A draft study is expected to be submitted to the planning board by the company in mid-February.

"I am not pro- or anti-wind turbine but I am pro-facts," Mr. Ebbing told several dozen residents who gathered at the Allegany Senior Center on Birch Run Road.

Mr. Ebbing said he has 47 years of experience in acoustic engineering and serves as a facilitator for a wind committee in the community of Orleans. More...

19 comments :

Anonymous said...

"The town has a very stringent noise standard in the local law. It says no increase beyond three decibels over the ambient noise level."

I wonder if these town planners will get as much flack as the Potter County planners for limiting the sound-above-ambient to 5 decibels.

Anonymous said...

FINALLY a decent wind turbine article and discussion had without whooping and hollering about heresay! But of course it doesn't include Potter County because there is always a slant toward the anti opinion. Well done Allegany! You guys are a class act while some here in Potter are class clowns!

Anonymous said...

Both groups deserve credit for realizing the need for acoustic experts. The townships in Potter County that blindly followed the lead of the wind "promoters" didn't bother doing their homework.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Ebbing said he has 47 years of experience in acoustic engineering and serves as a facilitator for a wind committee.
Here we go again. Another dimpling out there to get some extra money for doing what?
Nothing!!!

Anonymous said...

I was wondering what happened to all the wind articles.

Well done Allegany... said...

"The townships in Potter County that blindly followed the lead of the wind "promoters" didn't bother doing their homework."...

Well is Paul H. an acoustic expert?
Wasn't he the one that spent time and tax payers money "researching" this matter? Do not throw spears at the township leaders until you look at the big dog first!

I hope the people involved in this commercial wind farm are shown more respect than was given to our friends on Fox Hill and a few business owners in the area that dared to have an opinion to be pro green energy!

Anonymous said...

Maybe you people should move to Allegany, you seem to agree.

Anonymous said...

DAMN WIND TURBINES !

Anonymous said...

keep potter county beautiful keep out the turbines. yeah right lets not move into the 21st century. you all did the samething when adelphia was expanding keep potter county beautiful no big corporations now where are we ? no jobs no jobs pretty soon there will be no people and all you tighty whiteys will get your wish .potter county will be beautiful with no one here.

Anonymous said...

the dream team only "think" they have all the answers. if they had to make a decision on their own it just wouldn't happen. noise? what noise? ask paul.

Anonymous said...

One would wonder what the outcry would be if someone wanted to install a large solar array for the generation of electricity in Potter County

Anonymous said...

I don't think there would be an outcry, but do you think it's practical? It sounds about as practical as industrial wind turbines. Take away the gov't incentives and there would be no discussion of industrial wind turbines in Potter County.

Anonymous said...

I suspect that a large solar
array would be sited in one
location and not imposing itself
on too many homes. Siting is everything. And it would not make noise. And it would not cause any chaos visually during white out season!!! Sounds great. But do we have any sun ;-)

John Q Public said...

I think a solar array would be great! I've been looking into putting panels on my house to help with heating. The problem that I've run into is the cost of the panels is very high compared to the output and the efficiency of the panels in our cold environment decreases that efficiency.

Anonymous said...

One of the largest solar arrays to be installed in Pa. is proposed to be constructed in Carbon County. Might be worth looking into. Could create green jobs

Ya think... said...

"I don't think there would be an outcry, but do you think it's practical? It sounds about as practical as industrial wind turbines."...

Ya don't think there would be an outcry?

Are you kidding me?

Depending on who's land they are placed on we would hear "money for me" all over again. But hey, if they do work well in another county of PA and a company wants to install them here, get er done!

Anonymous said...

We are killing our planet and all you can think about is a little noise?! What do you people have against clean energy? Do you not want your grandchildren and there children's children to have a world to live in without having to wear a mask or walk around in dirt?!! You need to think about the future now or there will not be one!!

Anonymous said...

Ya Think,

I think you're wrong. There wouldn't be an outcry. Solar panels are not obtrusive and they don't make noise like industrial wind turbines. It wouldn't matter who's property they would be on. If it was a gov't driven boondoggle, I wouldn't be crazy about them, but I don't think most local folks would care at all. Most would probably welcome them.

Sincerely,
I Think

Anonymous said...

"But do we have any sun ;-)"...boy I don't know about enough sun but we sure do have "dark skies"!