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Wind Facility Siting Noise Regulations
WIND ENERGY FACILTIES GET A BOOST
 

 
Recently approved streamlined rules for siting wind energy facilities will help accelerate the development of renewable energy, while maintaining Oregon's commitment to the environment.
 
The purpose of the rulemaking was to amend existing noise control regulations to address wind energy facilities. Oregon Department of Energy Director Michael Grainey says noise regulations could have become an unintended barrier to wind energy development if they had not been amended. The Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council uses the regulations when evaluating energy facilities.
 
The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission adopted the new noise standards on May 20. The original rules were created 1974, before wind energy facilities were considered a potential noise source. Wind power has become a source of economic development in Oregon's rural areas.
Farmers and ranchers interested in putting wind energy generators on their land also appreciated the decision. In a letter of support, John Guynup of Currydale Farms in Langlois said, "I am very interested in putting wind generators on our property so we can afford to keep the ranch for future generations."
OAR340-035-110 -
Suspension of Commission and Department Responsibilities

 
 
OAR340-035-0035
Noise Control Regulations for Industry and Commerce