Onshore Wind Policy Statement
Published in January 2017 the Scottish Government’s Onshore Wind Policy Statement directly references Xi Engineering Consultants report that was produced on behalf of the Eskdalemuir Working Group. ‘Seismic vibration produced by wind turbines in the Eskdalemuir region Release 2.0 of Substantial Research Project’
The Eskdalemuir ‘Noise Budget’ hinges around safeguarding the Eskdalemuir Seismology Array (EKA) which is bound by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. The treaty states that the array’s detection capabilities must not be compromised. Seismic ground vibration from wind turbines was identified as just such a source of compromise. Xi’s work resolved a complex multi-party issue involving, government, the MoD and wind turbine developers and manufactures relating to seismic vibration from wind turbine installations. Xi developed a revised vibration noise budget and consultation zone.