Wind Turbine-Related Noise in Western New York

The goal of this study is to better understand the “potential noise issues related to wind turbine operation in New York State.”  The study exclusively examined a 126 MW wind park located in Wethersfield, New York.  The authors conclude, among their key findings, (1) that it appears that “an individual’s level of satisfaction with their living environment does not depend upon the noise levels sampled inside and outside their homes” and (2) there was a correlation between an individual’s concern regarding health effects and the prevalence of sleep disturbance and stress among the study population.”  The authors caution that, given the nature and scope of this study, “…the project has generated results that are highly specific for this region of the country.” (authored by Rohr, A. C.; Magari, S. R.; Smith, C. E.; and Schiff, M.) Read the entire study here.

Wind Type: Land Based Wind
Author: Colden Corporation, Electric Power Research Institute, Lally Acoustical Consulting
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Topic: Environmental Impact
Resource Type: Report
File Type: Link
Geographic Focus: New York
Keywords: Physiological Impacts, Sound and Vibration
Prepared For: New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
Funding Source: New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

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