Electric Utility Noise Emissions

by Allan M. Teplitzky, Consolidated Edison Co of New York, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Noise and Vibration Measurement: Prediction and Mitigation


Environmental regulations require that impact statements for new electric utility and industrial power plants include an evaluation of noise emissions. Variations in equipment sound power levels and the non-uniformity of state and local noise abatement regulations require that sound emissions from each proposed utility facility be uniquely evaluated. Acceptable community noise environments are achieved when: (a) emissions from new facilities are compatible with surrounding land use, (b) sufficient real estate is acquired for a buffer zone, and (c) noise abatement devices are installed. Thus, an understanding of both the regulatory requirements and the ability to identify practical and economical solutions for abating power plant noise emissions is needed by design engineers and environmental specialists.

Subject Headings: Electric power | Emissions | Industrial facilities | Equipment and machinery | Real estate | Power plants | Land use | Environmental issues

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