Development of regulatory requirements for wind turbines in Alberta
Keywords:Electric power generation, Environmental protection, Noise pollution, Regulatory compliance, Spurious signal noise, Noise Control Directive, Regulatory requirements, Wind farms
AbstractThe process of developing regulations of any type is extremely challenging in that they must be relatively simple, easy to understand, technically correct, defensible in their need and approach, and enforceable. The Energy and Utility Board (EUB) recognized that the use of wind turbines for electrical generation in Alberta was growing at an alarming rate and that noise was going to be a significant issue for individuals and communities situated near wind farms. This paper examines the considerations that were taken by the EUB to understand the issues around noise and what ultimately influenced the regulatory requirements that will be incorporated in the new edition of the province's Noise Control Directive.
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