Many of you, especially in the southern part of the neighbourhood, will have been plagued by the droning hum from the Community Energy Centre in Regent Park. The noise seems to be particularly loud during the summer months. It began 5 years ago, and despite repeated complaints to our councillor, 311, TCHC and Daniels…the noise has continued. Since the Community Energy Centre is intended for use for the entire Regent Park development, it is likely that as development continues, the noise will become louder or more persistent and further negatively impact on many residents’ enjoyment of their property.
One resident was finally able to convince the city to do proper testing in the fall of 2012, and a reading of 44db was determined (the provincial and municipal limit is 45db) at the east end of Carlton St. near Riverdale Park. Residents closer to the Energy Centre, in a direct line from that location, have recorded readings of 60db however.
At community consultation meetings held in October of 2013 (related to changes to the official plan for Regent Park), TCHC committed to investigating this problem.
The following update was provided to me today by a representative of TCHC:
I heard back from our district energy team this morning and wanted to provide you with their update. They’ve discussed with both the vendor of the cooling tower directly, as well as the consultant on site (Amaresco). So far, the status is as follows:
– Measured sound level on-site
– Analyzed the acoustical measurement data
– Discussed the findings with cooling tower supplier
– Reviewed the noise control proposal from the supplier
– To submit the updated Environmental Compliance Approval with the MOE [Ministry of Energy], in order to obtain approval to install noise control measures.
I’m waiting to be updated on the estimated time for the MOE approval. The good news is that although the timing is as yet undetermined, it looks as though the team has found a solution to the problem – of course, I will let you know as soon as I have any more information.
Therefore…for now, keep your windows closed, your earplugs in – and your fingers crossed.