Following a recent review of the 2006 Wind Energy Development Guidelines, there will be stringent restrictions on noise levels from high-powered turbines.
Local authorities will be tasked with enforcing noise limit rules in their counties and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be charged with policing sound levels.
Breaches of noise restrictions will result in turbines being turned off. The noise levels are based on standards set by the World Health Organisation. The maximum noise level permitted will be the same for both night and day, opposed to two different levels as is currently the case.
The proposed approach will be further supported by the “Good Practice for Wind Energy Development Guidelines” issued by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in December 2016 for the wind industry.