Aeron Hurley ’07, who is researching the noise produced by wind turbines this summer, was interviewed by Ted Baker on Finger Lakes News Radio on Thursday, July 6.
Hurley talked about his experiences sleeping under the turbines on wind farms across Western New York, including the night before in Tug Hill and taking readings with decibel meter to find out just how loud the turbines are.
Hurley also talked about his visits to local town and planning board meetings, and some of the concerns residents have expressed about wind energy, and how it continues to require government subsidy. He also mentioned the solar panels that help provide power to the Finger Lakes Institute, on the HWS campus, as an example of alternative energy sources.
The project, inspired by a course with Professors Tom Drennen and John Halfman, is part of a series of studies Hurley has undertaken into the social and cultural impact of renewable energy.
Despite the obstacles to wind energy and the nights out in the field, Hurley thinks his efforts are worth it. “Wind has the most potential of any renewable resource,” he said. “It’s important that we gather reliable data to help people make the best decisions.”