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Understanding the Impacts of Wind Turbine Sound: A NEWEEP Webinar

Understanding the Impacts of Wind Turbine Sound: A NEWEEP Webinar

Date: 7/13/2010

Location: MA

Contact: New England Wind Energy Education Project

The New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP) hosted its second free webinar in its eight-part webinar series. The webinar included a discussion of wind turbine generator sound, permitting issues, and mitigation with a question and answer session. This event was designed for the general public, local officials, facility siting decision-makers, policy-makers, and others interested in objective information on wind energy impacts.

Audio and text versions of the webinar are available (WMV 33.7 MB) Download Windows Media Player. Time: 02:12:44. Text Version. A bibliography is also available for the webinar.


Individual speaker presentations are available.

  • Mark Bastasch (PDF 588 KB), PE, Lead Acoustical Engineer, CH2M Hill
  • Jim Cummings (PDF 749 KB), Executive Director, Acoustic Ecology Institute
  • Ken Kaliski (PDF 284 KB), P.E., INCE Bd. Cert., Q.E.P., Director of Environment, Energy, & Acoustics, Resource Systems Group

Discussion Topics

  • Introduction to sound generation, propagation, attenuation and measurement;
  • Acoustic modeling techniques and analysis;
  • Qualitative Considerations — Evaluating the experiential reports of wind farm neighbors;
  • Non-wind industry methods for addressing sound-related annoyance;
  • Federal and state sound policies and regulations, and their role in the siting and permitting process;
  • Mitigation and management;
  • Areas of ongoing research.

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This information was last updated on August 17, 2010