Lisa MacLeod, the incumbent for the riding, told the Citizen editorial board that her stand was not only because of her constituents' adamant opposition to the project, but stemmed also from a fundamental objection to Liberal clean energy plan, which she claimed was contributing to high hydro rates in the province.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Jan 10, 2006
Magenn Power Inc. today announced a distribution agreement with
Krystal Planet Corporation to market the Magenn Air Rotor System
(MARS), an airborne tethered wind generator. This innovative new
product will deliver up to 4 kW (kilowatts) of power at a cost per
kWh (kilowatt-hour) potentially much lower than conventional wind
turbines mounted on towers.
Just a month after agreeing to enter a memorandum of understanding to buy alternative electric power at rates that would save hundreds of thousands of dollars, elected officials in Mahone Bay have rescinded the motion.
Shear Wind Inc., a Bedford wind developer, says it abandoned plans to seek provincial approval for a 50-megawatt project at Canaan Mountain, near Parrsboro, after government officials said a three-year moose-monitoring program would be needed.
Several multi-million dollar projects, most of them dealing with energy production and distribution, are under way or are planned for Atlantic Canada, but they face some formidable financial challenges, the president of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) said yesterday.
APEC releases a major projects inventory every year to highlight the most significant ventures in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.
This year's inventory lists all projects worth $10 million or more. There are 425 of these projects worth a projected $84 billion.
Grey Bruce medical officer Dr. Hazel Lynn said the health unit is looking seriously at conducting an impact study involving wind turbines.
After some research, she said she is beginning to believe that there is some biological plausibility that people are disturbed by wind turbines. She also said complaints begin to rise the closer you get to a wind turbine.
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Councillor Rick Fryer admits to being "very disappointed" with how the process has done. Referring to health information obtained last week, Fryer believes setbacks should be as high as 800-950m from homes. He believed GenGrowth found a "loophole" in the process due to the fact no site plan was finalized before the Green Energy Act came into power.
The Calgary-based company building a $410-million wind plant on Wolfe Island has issued a cease-and-desist letter to a citizen it claims is spreading "false and defamatory statements."
Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. sent the letter in connection with a statement made by Wolfe Island resident Chris Brown, an outspoken critic of some aspects of the project.
Brown, a local musician, is one of a handful of citizens who sit on a community liaison committee Canadian Hydro set up last year to answer local concerns about the project.
Brown regards the letter as an attempt to gag critics of the project.
The Manitoba government plans to build enough wind towers over the next two years to quadruple its wind-generated power, Energy Minister Dave Chomiak announced Thursday.
The province, along with Manitoba Hydro, hopes to add 300 megawatts of wind power to the province's energy grid — enough power for 100,000 homes.
That could mean up to 160 more windmills, although newer and evolving wind turbine technology could make that number smaller.
Maritime Electric wants to increase its capital budget by $13.9 million to construct a wind energy transmission line along the Confederation Trail, but the company says it won't mean rate increases for Islanders.
Maritime Electric has applied to the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission for the budget increase. ..."This line is paid for (by) Suez (Energy North America) and the government of P.E.I. so it has no effect on the customers of P.E.I. in terms of cost or risk.''
Wind is free, the fuel source is not imported, it does not use water, has no air emission or solid waste disposal issues and its generation is not affected by increased natural gas prices, but it has two weaknesses. It is uncontrollable and uncertain as an energy source.
That variability affects its integration into the region's electrical grid. The power in the wind is proportional to the cube of its speed and doubling the wind speed increases the available power by eight times. In addition, calm days mean zero voltage.
The Nova Scotia side of the Tantramar Marsh and other parts of Cumberland County may be ideally suited for the creation of wind farms, says a researcher from the University of Moncton.
Yves Gagnon, who was recently hired by the Nova Scotia government, to draw up a wind map of the province said a similar study in New Brunswick revealed favourable conditions on the Tantramar Marsh near the Nova Scotia border.
An Ontario company is looking at marshlands near Amherst as a potential location for a wind farm that could include up to 40 turbines.
Invenergy Canada recently erected test towers in the Mount Whatley area and at another location near the Missaquash River on the Converse Marsh to determine their suitability as potential wind farm sites.
"Our company is looking at the opportunity to put wind farms up in Atlantic Canada. Everyone has said for years and years that there's plenty of wind in the Tantramar Marsh area and we're here to prove it," company director Mark Bell said. "We've started an exploration campaign with two test towers."
Massive commercial power developments are being considered for existing and planned conservancy areas on the B.C. coast, raising doubts about a landmark multi-stakeholder agreement designed to bring peace and economic certainty to an area known as the Great Bear Rainforest.
"Premier Gordon Campbell is completely going back on his promise to protect this coast," charged Ian McAllister, the award-winning author and conservationist who coined the term Great Bear Rainforest and who now works under the banner of Conservation Pacific.
"This isn't world-class, this isn't a model we'd want to have any other region on the planet follow."
The $700-million Bruce to Milton transmission project will allow electricity to flow from refurbished reactors at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, and from wind and solar projects that have received conditional contracts under Ontario's green energy program.
The lines will be able to carry 3,000 megawatts of electricity.
The Australian company that's building and financing Manitoba's new wind farm - slated to be the biggest in Canada - is nearing financial collapse, but the Manitoba government says there's nothing to worry about. ...Australian pundits said Sunday the company is in its "death throes" and grinding toward receivership, perhaps as early as this week.
At around 6:30, a horsewoman in a Lady Godiva bodysuit made an appearance. She, along with Centre Wellington Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj, led the protesters into the Sportsplex where wpd Canada, a subsidiary of the German parent company, had set up a series of displays related to the project.
Groups across Ontario are demanding that: Wind turbines that are offending must be removed, democracy must be returned, and an immediate moratorium must be placed on new projects, permitted and planned. Despite obvious and substantiated evidence that the Ministry knew of serious health complaints back to 2006, they continued to permit.
Niagara Region Wind Corp. spokeswoman Randi Rahamim said the company erected a meteorological tower in the region six months ago to gather data on wind velocity and weather data. Two more towers will soon be built in the region.
A large wind farm with as many as 153 turbines could be coming to Lambton Shores.
A public meeting for the 230 MW Jericho Wind Energy Centre is scheduled for June 30, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Kimball Hall on Townsend Line in Forest.