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  • Wind Energy Guidelines: Review of noise and shadow flicker standards

    The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, in conjunction with the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, intends to undertake a technical update of the guidance on noise (including separation distance) and shadow flicker in the Wind Energy Development Guidelines 2006.

    It is understood that a Private Members Bill is currently proposing increasing the setback from houses from 500 metres to as much as 2 kilometres to protect residential amenity.  This increased setback would restrict wind farm development to only a small portion of the country suitable wind farm development.

    Comments are invited by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government on these aspects of the Guidelines before February 15th, 2013.

    Published on February 6, 2013 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Green Energy, Planning Guidelines; Tagged as: , ,
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One Response to “Wind Energy Guidelines: Review of noise and shadow flicker standards”

  1. The problems of shadow ficker were a prominent reason for a refusal of planning permission for wind farm here in Wexford. Having interviewed people close to an existing ‘farm, it was clear that the problem is debilitating : one likened it to “Chinese torture”. It is well known that flicker can induce epileptic fits. The number of people in Ireland who have or will suffer a seizure is a staggering 1 in 5 – it only takes an inducement.
    The problem of noise is apparently even more pervasive downwind where the low level “groaning” gets on people’s nerves. More subtle and less obvious than other forms of pollution these factors of flicker and noise are nevertheless a form of pollution.
    The taller the pylon of a turbine -the further the spread of the problem.

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