Argyle municipal council in Yarmouth County voted preliminarily Thursday night to keep large commercial wind turbines at least a kilometre from the nearest house. ...At present, the distance between a wind turbine and the nearest house must be merely twice the height of the turbine.
Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter says he is surprised Amherst's town council has asked him to delay the development of new wind turbines in the area.
Ontario Superior Court Justice Mary Sanderson issued an order Wednesday that requires Dr. Arlene King to testify in the case of Shawn and Trisha Drennan of Ashfield Township by Lake Huron in southwestern Ontario. The couple is fighting the proposed Kingsbridge II project to install 150 wind turbines, one of which will be within 650 metres of their farm.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is seeking $4.4 million in civil penalties plus $379,016 in "unjust profits" made by Lincoln Paper & Tissue LLC, alleging in documents released Wednesday that the papermaker fraudulently manipulated the energy market with its participation in a load-response program five years ago.
Coun. Stauble said Health Canada came close at one point to adopting Ontario's wind turbine guidelines, and is glad that didn't happen. ..."I think the Province (Ontario) has treated the whole wind industry issue with a 'gold rush' mentality. I hope the federal government imposes a moratorium on them...and, if you have health concerns about something, that's a reason to stall giving the green light."
Health Canada, in collaboration with Statistics Canada, will conduct a research study that will explore the relationship between wind turbine noise and health effects reported by, and objectively measured in, people living near wind power developments. ...In recognition of the potential difficulty over the summer holiday period of certain interested Canadians in providing input before August 8, 2012, submissions will be accepted until September 7, 2012.
"We've received a number of calls, emails and presentations expressing concerns about the effects on health and property values," Robert Small, the town's mayor, said Tuesday.
"These points of view deserve to be investigated. All the reports we've seen so far come from industry itself and not an independent body."
An $8-million legal wrangle between contractors doesn't affect its $61-million Amherst wind farm, says the president and chief executive officer of Sprott Power Corp.
"This is between Suzlon and White," Jeff Jenner said Wednesday in an interview from Toronto.
Results of 542 ballots cast: 489 ‘No’; 51 ‘Yes’ 2 spoiled ballots. Based on a population of 868 in South Marysburgh, the voter turnout is 62.4 per cent.
The study will be focused on an initial sample size of 2,000 dwellings selected from eight to 12 wind turbine installation facilities in Canada. In addition to taking physical measurements from participants, such as blood pressure, investigators will conduct face-to-face interviews and take noise measurements inside and outside homes to validate sound modelling. Study results are expected to be published in 2014.
The Harper government, an ardent defender of oil sands extraction, is taking a keen new interest in Ontario voters' concerns that wind power generation may be harmful to humans. ...Ontario's Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty has run into resistance from rural landowners over wind turbines - opposition that may have cost him his majority in the last election.
"Finally," said Fred Ortt, a member of Haldimand Wind Concerns, which is questioning the location of hundreds of wind turbines in the county by companies such as Samsung, the Niagara Region Wind Corp., Pattern Energy and Capital Power Corporation.
"We've been asking for it for four years," said Ortt, who will have his Cheapside-area house surrounded by six proposed turbines.
"The fact the federal government feels this study is necessary is reason enough to put a halt to any more wind turbines being built in Ontario right now.'' ..."The house vibrates, it becomes like a guitar. The noise and the vibration enters the home and it actually increases the effect.''
Western Wind was awarded a $78.3 million U.S. grant ...The Vancouver-based company had applied for $90.5 million under the Treasury Department's 1603 cash grant program and plans to appeal to receive the full amount.
The $12.2 million shortfall may make it harder for Western Wind to repay short-term loans that are due soon for its 120- megawatt Windstar project in Tehachapi, California
Wind power opponents were celebrating Tuesday after Health Canada announced it will conduct peer-reviewed research, in collaboration with Statistics Canada, into the effect of wind turbine noise on human health.
Jane Wilson, president of the anti-wind group Wind Concerns Ontario, learned of the study in a phone call Tuesday morning from Prime Minister Stephen Harper`s office.
Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced Tuesday that Ottawa will conduct the study, which "is in response to questions from residents living near wind farms about possible health effects of low-frequency noise generated by wind turbines."
The $1.8-million study will initially focus on residents in 2,000 dwellings near eight to 12 wind-turbine installations.
"There's a reduction in coal use from 2010, but it's not being replaced primarily by green-powered wind energy," Fedeli said.
"That hole is being filled mostly by power from other sources. For example, the output increase from natural gas plants was 36% greater than that of wind."
According to Krogh, a 10-decibel difference is equal to double the sound to the human ear.
She said the Province allows between 40 to 51 dB. Krogh says the experts say anything over 32 dB can cause significant health issues in humans and animals. Krogh said the intermittent swoosh-swoosh sound is actually harder on the human ear than constant sound.
"We are open for business, but we want the right kind of business."
He said municipalities and the province must do more research before allowing large-scale wind farms into rural communities. ..."Why do we in the beautiful rural areas have to be subjected to large industrial wind farms?
Norma Schmidt and Jutta Splettstoesser from the Kincardine area were both in attendance. ...Schmidt says wind turbines have destroyed her health and is determined to halt wind power in its tracks. She says she is living in hell and has been for three years, and she asked that Eijgel discontinue these speaking engagements.