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Turbine Noise Level and Height Being Debated

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SOMERSET COUNTY, Md. – The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended to drop the nighttime maximum noise level for 25 wind turbines to 15 decibels less than what is required.

Paul Harris, development manager for Pioneer Green Energy, says that makes things difficult.

“Maryland code is 55 decibels during day and night, and they revised it to 40 at night and 55 during the day,” Harris said. “That is hard for compliance.”

The project still has a month until a final decision needs to be reached. Harris said the original deadline for a vote was October 3rd and has been delayed until November 3rd.

“The process is still playing out,” Harris said. “There is still some time. Votes are indicative of consensus to move forward.”

Regarding height of the turbines, Pioneer Green Energy would like approval for higher. Planning and Zoning voted to keep height maximum at 400 feet.

“We hope it(height) will be revised,” Harris said. “The height in place is for outdated technology.”

Still many variables to be sorted out in the wind turbine project in Westover.

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