Baystaters battle over wind turbines in neighborhoods

WCVB-TV Channel 5 reports on battles brewing all over the state, with local residents fighting plans to put industrial-sized wind turbines too close to residential homes. [ more ]

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Wind Committee Officially Halts Plans for Wind Turbine

Northborough, MA – Since the results would not yield enough energy to break even, economically, for at least ten years, the town has decided against wind power. [ more ]

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How close is too close?

A look at the effects of siting industrial wind turbines in residential areas. You’ll hear from those who live in the shadows and experience the ill health effects of the Hull and Falmouth Massachusetts turbines. [ more ]

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Acoustic experts declare Salem sound study flawed

Independent acoustical engineers Robert Rand and Steve Ambrose reviewed the City’s acoustical analysis purported to measure existing “ambient” sound levels and predict the amount of additional sound generated by the proposed Winter Island turbine. The Rand/Ambrose report points out significant shortcomings in the City’s study. First, ambient sound pressure measurements were not done according to Department of Environmental Protection standards; modeled sound levels were not accurate; the starting “sound power level” was not properly adjusted; and, the study failed to address sound propagation over water – as Winter Island Park is close to hundreds of residential homes along the coastline. The Rand/Ambrose review concludes: “The Study appears to under-predict the sound level at receptors by 4-5 decibels over land and 5-12 decibels over water.” This calls into question the City’s claim that noise from the industrial wind turbine would not increase the ambient sound levels in surrounding neighborhoods by more than 10 decibels, which would violate state noise pollution laws. [ more ]

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Wind turbine proposed for Winter Island in Salem

Residents of Salem and Marblehead are concerned about noise and health hazards, such as sleep disturbance and vertigo, afflicting residents within 1.25 miles. [ more ]

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Listen to the Wind Turbine

Click on the video above to listen to the same type of industrial wind turbine the City of Salem’s Mayor wants to fast track installation on Winter Island.

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Voices of experience

Residents of Vinalhaven, Maine describe their experiences from being proponents of green energy and supporting their new industrial wind turbine … until they turned it on.

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