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As turbine numbers have increased, rural residents once largely supportive of harnessing wind energy are expressing concerns ...“In each five year increment, starting with 1996, there’s been a 20 percent drop in the approval of the citizens for wind within our municipality. That leaves us at about 55 percent for, 45 percent against,” said Gavin Scott, senior planner with the Oldman River Regional Services Commission.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty right now on what programs might be rolled back, what incentives might be rolled back, so that creates not a great environment for investors,” said Binnu Jeyakumar, director with the Pembina Institute. “There’s a lot of wait and see. What we saw in Ontario was pretty disastrous for investments” in renewable energy, she added.
In a case which could have implications for the provincial government’s ambitious targets for renewable energy generation, the Municipal Planning Commission for the MD of Pincher Creek, which has one of the largest densities of wind farms in southern Alberta, rejected the proposed Windy Point Wind Project earlier this month after about 80 local landowners said enough was enough.
The growing backlash to Canada’s climate push reflects a number of changes, experts say. Those include widespread anger in Ontario as electricity prices soared in recent years, driven in part by a shift to renewables; worries about the economy amid a brewing trade war; and the rollback of U.S. climate policies under President Donald Trump, which could draw energy investment away from Canada.
Kroker says plans for the wind farm have been in the works for years but the sizable turbine model was not disclosed until the summer of 2017. The towers have never been tested in North America. “There are no real studies on a tower this size when it comes to health effects and, for a lot of our community members, that’s the big sticking point.”
“We’re very worried about these contracts that landowners are signing,” Bennett said during a March 8 meeting of the Action Surface Rights group and a similar presentation March 7 at the Alberta Grazing Leaseholders Association meeting in Brooks, Alta.
Police on Piikani First Nation asking public for help in identifying culprit who caused $25K in damage
RCMP discovered several bullet holes in one of the transformers for the wind turbines. They say it appears the shots were possibly fired from the nearby roadway.
RCMP said it appears shots were fired from a distance, possibly from nearby roadway
“TransAlta is very interested in repowering this site. Unfortunately, right now, it’s not economically feasible,” Wayne Oliver, operations supervisor for TransAlta’s wind operations in Pincher Creek and Fort Macleod, said in an interview. “We’re anxiously waiting to see what incentives might come from our new government
The 57 turbines on the site produce about 20 megawatts of electricity. The lifespan of this equipment is about 20 years, and this site is becoming a safety issue and there's a lack of replacement parts.
“They confirmed most of the reports we’ve seen in media where, again, the failed policy that the government is trying to promote to replace coal generation and gas generation to a large extent, by renewables, will not work, is not economically viable and will cost this province billions of dollars,” he said.
A large wind farm with 50 turbines proposed southwest of Vermilion is raising concerns about noise, disturbing farmers and killing migratory birds and bats.
Officials confirmed Tuesday that the birds were found last week and noted a team of avian experts has again been dispatched to the area to determine what happened. It’s believed there’s about a hundred mallard ducks and at least one Canada goose.
Carcasses, dismembered wings and skeletal remains of numerous ducks lying beneath a 240 kilovolt power line were reported in early January to AltaLink, the electrical system provider, by area resident and environmentalist David McIntyre.
"Many people have lost their farms and others are still suffering as a result of BluEarth's previous projects in Ontario," Hagen wrote in her submission to the AUC. "We will not stand by and watch the disaster in Ontario be replicated in Alberta."