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Policy uncertainty fuels market exodus as firms bolt North American wind industry

FTI Consulting notes that prolonged market contraction has forced major turbine OEMs divest in-house non-core production assets and opt for outsourcing. As a result, the hybrid model of vertical integration and outsourcing has gained popularity. "The wind industry has been in the process of transformation since 2011, and the global wind supply chain is not matured yet."
14 Jan 2015

Clearview Township, WPD clash at Ontario Energy.

In December, in a submission to the OEB on WPD's application, municipal officials argued the board should not approve WPD's application without a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for Fairview. The municipality has also argued the company has not undertaken an appropriate consultation process with the community.
13 Jan 2015

Four Ontario families lose wind farm case

The panel of judges who heard the case found that the tribunal did not make an error in the way it dealt with the families’ claims that their charter rights to security of the person were violated. A lawyer for the families had compared the turbines to new neighbours who might drive you to distraction and out of your home because you have no legal way to deal with the situation.
30 Dec 2014

Widespread Hydro-Québec outage fuels concern over future reliability in N.H.

Earlier this month, two of Hydro-Quebec’s transmission lines funneling power from James Bay to Quebec went out, causing about 188,000 customers in Canada to lose power during the outage’s peak. The outage meant that more than 2,000 megawatts of power bound from Canada to the New England grid didn’t show. And that drove grid operator ISO-New England to launch reactionary procedures to keep electricity flowing south of the border. 
28 Dec 2014

Packed council chambers for wind project road agreement

“Why as a council, are we being asked to sign a contract under duress?” asked Coun. Dean Trentowsky. “I got the first copy of this on the weekend, the second copy of this bylaw I received by email today at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon and I understand there’s a further revision that was submitted at 6:10 p.m. tonight – you’re asking me to sign a contract like that?” ...Council voted to endorse the recommendation for the road user agreement, as presented by Jaques, which passed.
26 Dec 2014

Industry criticizes wind turbine report

“The turbines that are proposed here are quite large,” she said. “The majority of the population here very clearly doesn’t want them. Put simply, if you were to buy your future home, given the choice, would you buy where you would have noise, shadow flicker, an industrial view, potential health issues caused by the turbines, and the possibility of a very difficult resale, or would you spend your money elsewhere?”
18 Dec 2014

Wind farm and property value study should not have been published: Queen’s professor emeritus

The paper by Vyn and McCullough (2014) should not have been published in its current form as the results are being misinterpreted and highly publicized in the press and in radio broadcasts. The core issue is the lack of power in the statistical tests, a problem partially acknowledged by the authors but then dismissed by their focusing attention on tests for the sensitivity of their model specification. 
10 Dec 2014

Invenergy wind turbine contract terminated

Information surrounding the plan to build up to 26 industrial wind turbines in North Perth and Perth East has been limited since the Ministry of the Environment deemed the application to be incomplete in August 2013 ...Invenergy LLC confirmed on Monday that the Conestogo Wind Power Partnership and the Ontario Power Authority have mutually agreed to terminate the Feed-In Tariff contract for the Conestogo Wind Project.
9 Dec 2014

Wind turbines have little impact on property values, study concludes

Wind turbines generally have little effect on the value of nearby properties with possibly isolated exceptions, a recent study of thousands of home and farm sales has found. ...One appraiser's report found the values of five properties close to turbines – bought and resold by wind farm developers – plunged by more than half, the researchers note. In addition, homes or farms that may not have sold because of nearby turbines don't show up in the sales data.
7 Dec 2014

Wind turbine appeal to be heard in Smithville

Two weeks after the REA was issued, Mothers Against Wind Turbines filed an appeal. Board member Linda Rogers said they're fighting “to protect children and families in our communities against the wind turbine emissions.” But Rogers was candid Saturday about the little hope of victory the advocacy group has.
30 Nov 2014

Health Canada and Wind Turbines: Too little too late?

Industrial wind turbines (IWTs) are being erected at rapid pace around the world. Coinciding with the introduction of IWTs, some individuals living in proximity to IWTs report adverse health effects including annoyance, sleep disturbance, stress-related health impacts and reduced quality of life. In some cases Canadian families reporting adverse health effects have abandoned their homes, been billeted away from their homes or hired legal counsel to successfully reach a financial agreement with the wind energy developer.
28 Nov 2014

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Canada&p=21
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