Launch of wind turbine noise consultation
The Institute of Acoustics has launched a consultation on “Good Practice Guidance to the application of ETSU-R-97 for wind turbine noise assessment”.
The 80-page main consultation document (also referred to as the discussion document) has been produced by a five-strong working group and an eight-strong review panel which was set up last year following a request from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to take forward the recommendation of the Government-commissioned Hayes McKenzie report on Analysis of How Noise Impacts are considered in the Determination of Wind Farm Planning Applications. (Ref HM: 2293/R1 dated 6 April 2011).
The group has also published a second document which contains some commentary on the discussion document, and a questionnaire response for consultation feedback. Both documents can be viewed below.
The documents have been produced specifically to promote discussion of the relevant issues during the consultation period, which includes workshops to be held in Dublin on18 July and London on13 September (This second date is to be confirmed). IOA members and other interested parties are encouraged to attend the workshops, or to provide feedback to the consultation by the 28 September 2012.
At the end of the consultation period the group will meet again to consider all responses, after which it will aim to produce a final version of the Good Practice Guide for publication early in 2013 , which will supplement the ETSU-R-97 document where used for wind turbine noise assessments.
Richard Perkins, Group Chairman, said: “This consultation is an opportunity for the IOA to address some of the more difficult aspects of wind turbine noise assessment and to improve understanding of the noise assessment process for a wider audience."
All comments on the consultation should be sent by email to ETSUCONSULT@IOA.ORG.UK or by post to IOA NWG GPG Consultation Feedback, Institute of Acoustics, 3rd Floor St Peter's House, 45-49 Victoria Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3WZ.
IOA Discussion Document July 2012.pdf
IOA Consultation Document.pdf