The Social Experience of Noise from Wind Farms

  • Claire Haggett
Part of the Energy, Climate and the Environment Series book series (ECE)


Research on wind power from around the world has demonstrated the importance of a disjuncture between the global benefits of renewable energy production and the direct and tangible disbenefits felt by host communities. One such potential impact is explored here — noise from wind turbines. It is commonly assumed that noise can be simply and accurately ‘measured’, and that account can be taken of the level of disturbance. However, noise measurement and annoyance are much more complicated issues. Whilst developers state that noise levels are within industry standards, and that it is possible to have a conversation standing underneath a turbine, this fails to: (1) appreciate that the industry guidelines are problematic and controversial in themselves; and (2) understand that noise is something that is ‘experienced’ rather than just ‘heard’.


Wind Turbine Wind Power Wind Farm Environmental Impact Assessment Aircraft Noise 
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