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The women, in a letter dated July 28, are protesting the building of 50 windmills at the source of the Grand River to provide energy for the non-Native market. The group protested the original decision by the company to acquire the land.
"It really aggravates me that the board doesn't bother to notify people of these things in a public way," said Christine Ingham, who attended the Wednesday open house.
"And then, we get here and see there is no balanced information, just how great they think it is."
Arthur Rosenfeld speaks with the conviction of a man who has seen the incandescent light. As head of the California Energy Commission, he takes a decidedly low-watt approach toward energy savings, espousing staid but effective building codes, appliance standards, and utility-run energy efficiency programs that reward consumers for shopping green.
Fresh from fighting off attempts to build a nuclear power plant next to their lakeside community, residents of the Vaughan subdivision are facing the prospect of a new development: wind turbines.
On Thursday, the province gave approval for an Edmonton company to put up about a dozen turbines in the fields across the road from the houses that dot the Lakeshore Road east of Port Dover.
Carbon offset schemes are designed to neutralise the effects of the carbon dioxide our activities produce by investing in projects that cut emissions elsewhere. They work through the rapidly growing trade in carbon credits, each worth the equivalent of a tonne of carbon. Offset companies typically buy carbon credits from projects that plant trees or encourage a switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy. They sell credits to individuals and companies who want to go "carbon neutral". Some climate experts say offsets are dangerous because they dissuade people from changing their behaviour.
To summarize: The Canadian association sees wind energy generation as a potentially major regional industry for the maritime provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick – particularly since the plan would be to export some of the wind-generated power for consumption in what is described as a potentially “lucrative” New England market.
TORONTO (CP) - Canada has "probably the best wind resource in the world" but lags behind other developed countries in generating electricity from the air, the head of the wind industry's national organization told a Bay Street crowd Tuesday.
Alberta farmers who hope to halt construction of a major power transmission line proposed between Great Falls and Lethbridge were granted permission Thursday to appeal the $150 million project to the Alberta Court of Appeals.
"The only way we're ever going to stop this line is to win an appeal and get the decision overturned," said Scott Stenbeck, an attorney representing 16 farmers who live in the Lethbridge and Warner areas.
Marc Clark, president of the line's developer, Montana Alberta Tie Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Toronto-based Tonbridge Power Inc., said the ruling may delay the project, but it won't stop the proposed line.
There are just two Canadian offshore projects likely to come to completion in the next few years.
One is NaiKun Wind Development Inc.'s huge wind farm in Hecate Straight, off Haida Gwaii in British Columbia. But the first phase of that project won't likely be completed until 2012, and only if the company secures a contract in B.C. Hydro's upcoming clean energy call.
The other is Trillium Power Wind Corp.'s offshore wind farm planned for the eastern end of Lake Ontario, which is at least three years away from the start of construction.
Canada's fledgling wind power industry, late off the global starting blocks, has stumbled on growing local resistance to the idea of massive turbines dotting the country's relatively unmarked landscape.
Although polls show widespread support for the renewable energy source, a growing number of companies say that support quickly fades among those who must live alongside wind farms, leading to project delays and extra costs.
Hinchliffe said the school cost $2 to $3 million more than a regular school to build because of the additional green technology used in the construction. And despite being a green engineering feat, she said it's not a model other boards should copy.
"It's not a sustainable system ..." said Hinchliffe.
A Toronto-based company is teaming up with the Labrador Metis Nation to build what is being called Canada's largest wind farm, near Churchill Falls.
The Prince Wind Energy Project is comprised of 126 wind turbines extending over nearly 20,000 acres. With a total installed capacity of 189MW, Prince is now the largest wind farm in Canada.
There is also a tremendous amount of interest in renewables, particularly wind power. In British Columbia, construction of the 700-MW Nai Kun Wind Power Project, with an estimated capital cost of $1.6 billion, is expected to begin on the Queen Charlotte Islands in 2007. In Quebec, six wind farms are planned for the Gaspé region at a total cost of $1.1 billion. In Ontario, the 99-MW Erie Shores Wind Farm near Port Bur-well, the 40-MW Kingsbridge I Wind Power Project near Goderich, and the 67-MW Melancthon Grey Wind Project near Shelburne are three of the 19 new renewable energy projects the province has supported to date. Combined, these projects should help Ontario reach its goal of generating 5 per cent of its electricity capacity through renewable generation by 2007, and 10 per cent by 2010. Since 2003, the amount of wind energy in the province has increased 80-fold and brought an estimated $2.5 billion in new investment to Ontario.
Experts agree that LFN, at sufficient levels, may be a health concern for those who are sensitive to its effects. The effects of inaudible levels of LFN have not been sufficiently studied to date to rule out the possibility of health effects, but commentators have weighed in on each side of the debate. Setbacks and noise surveys are common requirements imposed on new wind farm developments, in part to minimize the risk of wind turbines causing health effects on local residents.
The power purchase agreement or "PPA" is a key agreement in the development of a wind power project. While there are wind farms that are "merchant" projects subject to a PPA are far more numerous. For such projects, the PPA represents the sole, or most significant, source of revenue. What I have tried to do in this paper is identify some of the typical issues that arise in the course of negotiating a PPA, both in the United States and Canada, from the perspective of a project lender.
A single wind farm located in a scenic setting outside this rural Canadian town was featured on a postage stamp three years ago.
Today, the cumulative stamp of hundreds of turbines on the views of wide-open farmland and majestic mountains here is an increasingly sticky issue.
"How many is too many?" asked Rod Zielinski, a municipal district councilman in Pincher Creek, 250 miles north of Great Falls.
Last year, the district unsuccessfully tried to create a wind development-free zone in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Now it's proposing changes to its bylaws to address "cumulative effect." ...Some residents value tax revenue and jobs more than vistas, and vice versa, Zielinski said. Weighing these equally important but sometimes competing values is the contentious issue in regulating the siting of wind plants, he said.
"Be prepared for these things [turbines] to be there forever, like the bank downtown," he said.
A proposed cross-border power transmission line connecting electric systems in Alberta and Montana has cleared a major regulatory hurdle in Canada.
The National Energy Board, Canada's equivalent of the U.S. Department of Energy, on Wednesday issued a permit authorizing construction and operation of the line in Alberta.
Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. (CHD) has acquired all shares of Vector Wind Energy Inc. for a cash payment of $5.3- million, the companies said in a joint news release just before Christmas.
The acquisition adds Vector’s 20 prospective wind energy areas — with capacity for 1,000 megawatts of electrical generation — primarily in Manitoba and Ontario, but also in Quebec, the Maritimes and Newfoundland.
CHD already has a diversified portfolio of renewable energy plants — wind, water and biomass — at 18 facilities in B.C., Alberta and Ontario, including the Melancthon I wind farm.
A commercial wind farm operator in Melancthon is asking the court to dismiss a $1.25 million lawsuit brought against it.
Canadian Hydro Developers says its transformer in Amaranth "has not produced excessive or disturbing noise at any time," as claimed by a neighbour.
Paul Thompson filed the lawsuit in February seeking compensation for damage and special damage from Canadian Hydro Developers and property owner Hendrika Broeze. Canadian Hydro leases land from Broeze for its transformer.
Thompson claims noise from the device has caused "substantial and unreasonable interference" with his home and industrial equipment repair business since it began operating in early 2006.