New Proposed Requirements for Wind Turbines in Ontario

We received a memo from the Ontario Real Estate Association that refers to the current situation with approval of wind turbines for power generation.  This has been a major issue in the Georgian Triangle area and so, I felt it worthwhile to share the contents of the memo which reads:

“ On June 9th, 2009 the Ontario government announced proposed approval requirements for renewable energy projects, including wind turbines. The proposal also includes setbacks for wind energy projects from dwellings.

35761The ministry is proposing a minimum setback for wind turbines of 550 metres to ensure noise levels do not exceed 40 decibels from a dwelling. Forty decibels is approximately the noise level experienced in a quiet office or library.

The applicable setbacks would rise with the number of turbines and the sound level rating of selected turbines. For example, a turbine with a sound power level of 106 decibels would have to meet a setback of 950 metres from the nearest dwelling. A facility with eight turbines with a sound power level of 105 decibels would need to meet a setback of 1000 metres.

All wind turbines with a sound power level greater than 107 decibels, regardless of the number, would require a noise study, as would projects involving more than 26 turbines within 1.5 km of any dwelling.

The Ministry is also proposing that as a condition of approval for wind turbine projects, proponents would be required to monitor and address any perceptible infrasound (vibration) or low frequency noise as a condition of the renewable energy approval.

The province will hold information meetings in six locations across Ontario in June to get public input. Visit the Ministry of the Environment’s website for dates and locations. Ontarians can also comment on the proposals of the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Natural Resources, which will be posted on the Environmental Registry until July 24.”

Further information can be found on the Ontario Newsroom website http://www.news.ontario.ca/ene/en/2009/06/ontario-proposes-new-rules-for-green-energy-projects.html


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