The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources have commenced a technical update of the guidance on noise in the Wind Energy Development Guidelines 2006 (WEDG06). The review is taking place in the context of Ireland’s targets under Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is assisting with the review and have commissioned a desk based study to review, and provide advice on, international best practice in relation to onshore wind farm noise which will be a key input into the review of WEDG06. The objective of this study is to: “...obtain evidence upon which to evaluate the appropriateness of the Wind Energy Development Guidelines in relation to noise impacts and if considered necessary suggest changes.”
This report summarises the findings of a desktop study and concludes with comments about the effectiveness of WEDG06 for wind farm noise assessment with an emphasis on commercial scale wind farm developments. Recommendations are also provided for consideration as part of the current review of WEDG06 in relation to noise and shadow flicker.