"Noise pollution from wind turbines" (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Jan 13, 2010


Mark Boswell, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
©Mark Boswell, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Click here for the full-spread, legible image, complete with spinning propeller. 

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the source for all this evidence is the American Wind Energy Association and Canadian Wind Energy Association.


  1. Comment by Rural Grubby on 01/13/2010 at 11:19 am

    This is a well done graphic, which I find completely ironic because two journalists came to conclusions such as: blades producing pulsing or oscillating sound, flicker can disturb residents, noise produced by vortex shedding, nacelle producing high pitched sound similar to jet engines, all based on information they researched from AWEA and CanWEA.

    It’s pretty clear to me that the Wind industry is acknowledging that Wind Turbine NOISE is more than just audible noise measured on a dBA scale, and that the low frequency noise (which, by the way, wind developers do not include in their noise assessments for any gov’t agency regulating Wind development, at least NOT in Ontario) does in fact exist and can penetrate walls and windows.

    One small correction should be noted, the blade tip speed is closer to 120 mph, therefore faster than what is noted above.

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