Sound, Noise, Flicker and the Human Perception of Wind Farm Activity

This very useful reference from a New Zealand group who have worked in this area for 8 years including Bruce Rapley, Bob Thorne, Huub Bakker and Philip Dickinson with an assortment of peer reviewed papers by various people is now available.

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Sound, Noise, Flicker and the Human Perception of Wind Farm Activity

This book is a review of how wind farms affect people through the sound and flicker that they produce. It covers topics in health, noise assessment, noise prediction, economics and noise management.

The format of this review is a series of papers that have been accepted from experts in different fields and peer-reviewed for this work. The intent is to make this material accessible to the layman, so many of the papers have extended introductions to the subject areas.

Amazon link is here:

Sound, Noise, Flicker and the Human Perception of Wind Farm Activity

It is also available in book form, via

SNFathpWFA25pcThe explosion of wind farms worldwide has brought with it a rising tide of resistance from residents near them. Complaints about noise and flicker, as well as health problems such as sleep disturbance, headaches, dizziness, anxiety and depression, are all strikingly similar. Developers are advised by experts that the noise levels are virtually undetectable and so low that sound cannot directly cause these symptoms and that these people are naturally anxious.

Why is there such a disparity between the perception of the issue from the two groups? Part of the problem is that the physics of sound and the human perception of noise are still not well understood by many. There is a great difference between being able to measure something and a person’s perception of it and the variation between individuals is never well accounted for by a statistical mean. This can split communities into the affected and the unaffected, the latter group who, due to no fault of their own, cannot understand the views of those who complain. Yet, for those adversely affected by the wind farm placement, there is no doubt about the intrusion into their lives.

This Review brings together the many threads that are needed to explain these issues as a series of Papers from experts dealing with issues of human perception of wind farm noise and flicker. The intent is to make this material accessible to the layman, so many of the papers have extended introductions to the subject areas.

Please spread the word around – the information is readily accessible.

Mothers Helping Mothers

This request goes out to all Mothers to answer a call for Help sent to us from a Mother of two small Chirldren  who lives in North Wales.

“I would be grateful if who ever can could support my family and I in North Wales against this proposed turbine application!

It’s proposed less than 450m from our house and we have 2 young children!

Thanks for your support!

Please support us by rejecting the planning application for a wind turbine 67m HUGE (73m to top of the blades) less than 500m from our home.

  Please think of Martha and Lago playing and sleeping under such giant alien structure whizzing around constantly!

You don’t need a medical degree to know that this is not fair on a child!

Just a small sentence to support us with your objection will mean a lot to us!


Application details (C14/0479/37/LL)

Link to council website is above!  Any more information inbox me! (on Facebook)

Sioned Enlli-Morgan

Hackers Find Open Back Door to Power Grid With Renewables

By Louise Downing and Jim Polson Bloomberg View July 2, 2014

Photographer: Tom Strickland/ Bloomberg

Making the electricity grid greener is boosting its vulnerability to computer hacking, increasing the risk that spies or criminals can cause blackouts.

Adding wind farms, solar panels and smart meters to the power distribution system opens additional portals through which hackers can attack the grid, according to computer security experts advising governments and utilities. Where traditionally the grid took power from a few sources, it’s now absorbing it from thousands.

The communication networks and software that link green energy sources to the grid as well as the electronic meters that send real time power usage to consumers and utilities are providing new back-door entry paths for computer hackers to raise havoc with the grid. The disclosure this week that hackers known as “Dragonfly” and “Energetic Bear” gained access to power networks across the U.S. and Europe in the past 15 months is a reminder of how vulnerable the system has become.

Read rest of article here.

Reporting Concerns and Complaints about Wind Projects in Niagara:

Follow links provided below for a printable information sheet with the numbers for reporting complaints, for Haldimand and West Lincoln.

Please keep these numbers handy and use them if and when you find a need to use them.

mzl.sfawjecoReporting Concerns and Complaints about Wind Projects in Haldimand County

Reporting Concerns and Complaints about Wind Projects in Niagara


Dear friends:

Since June 20, the Vineland Power turbines are approved (again).

It is important that you report any and all issues or annoyances that you experience to the MOE and to Vineland Power.

I understand that Vineland Power must post these numbers, and that they should have supplied this information to all receptors.

 However, this has not been done, so we are reminding you again of the numbers and of the need to report anything, no matter how in significant you think it is. 

Keep a record of all incidents and all contacts that you make, with dates and who you speak to and what they do about it, and then forward all the information to WLGWAG

If you live more than 1500 M from the nearest turbine, apparently they do not want to hear from you, but you should call them  since they want us to believe that their setbacks are sufficient and that those living further away will not be effected in any way.

1) Ministry of Environment & CC Niagara District Office at 905-704-3900 during normal business hours, or to the Spills Action Centre after hours at 1-800-268-6060

2) Vineland Power Inc. public line at 289-447-6112 for further information or to report a complaint.

Make sure you call both numbers: this holds them accountable.

West Lincoln, Glanbrook Wind Action Group. June 20 2014