Lobby group ‘influenced wind farm noise report’

December 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

The emails uncovered yesterday relate to guidance published in May over
implementing a method of measuring noise from wind farms. The guidance
includes taking measurements between 3.5 and 20 metres from homes, and
excluding background noise such as bird song from the data on predicted
levels.

RenewableUK lobbied the Institute of Acoustics during a 12-week consultation
period and was invited on to a peer review panel. An email from an energy
department official to RenewableUK on May 10 said: “I understand you met
with [name removed] and […] to discuss your concerns about the IoA noise
good practice guidance – in particular sound power levels and cumulative
impacts. I’m aware that […] has spoken to […], who has confirmed that the
majority of R-UK’s input has been reflected in the guidance.”

Last night RenewableUK said: “We raised concerns and asked for clarification
because the draft wording was not clear. Once those issues had been
resolved, we were supportive of the new guidance.”

An energy department spokesman said the guidance “drew on the expertise of a
range of parties”.

Richard Perkins, the report’s editor, said: “There were some amendments made
following the peer review, but RenewableUK did not influence the actual
guidance given.”

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