Toronto, ON, September 2010 - To develop a protocol for measuring noise emitted from wind turbines, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, earlier this year, retained Aercoustics Engineering Ltd., a prominent acoustic engineering consulting firm.The protocol will provide an objective method which can be used to evaluate sound levels for wind plants across Ontario. This measurement convention will establish a baseline to determine whether wind facilities comply with sound level limits and will provide a standardized methodology for everyone across Ontario to follow. “Currently, there is no standardized approach which has been developed”, says Steven Titus, project leader on this initiative, who along with Payam Ashtiani and the team at Aercoustics are developing the protocol.“We believe that Aercoustics was chosen because of our extensive experience in environmental noise assessments and in-depth experience with wind turbine facilities”, says Ashtiani. “This includes modeling and assessment, measurement and complaint response experience.”For the general public, it will mean that developers of wind turbine systems will put in controls to ensure that sound levels meet and comply with set standards. For the developer, it will provide the assurance that their facility is operating within the established norms. The goal is to lend clarity to the debate by establishing an objective procedure which can then be used as a neutral platform of discussion.