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A year into the provincial government's efforts to drive investment in green energy, the wind industry commissioned a poll to determine the "high level reaction" of Ontarians to wind turbines. ...the results in southwestern Ontario - where the majority of wind turbines are currently clustered - should be given special attention. While there was still significant support, there was markedly less support in this region than everywhere else in Ontario.
It was a packed house at the Pontypool Community Centre Thursday (July 29) night -- a little too packed. Not a half hour into the planned three-hour public meeting regarding two proposed wind turbine projects in Pontypool and Bethany, fire officials shut it down for violating fire codes for going over capacity.
When more than 140 people had crowded into the Pontypool Community Centre, the meeting was brought to an abrupt halt - a move that serves opponents of the Settlers Landing Wind Park and Snowy Ridge Wind Park since it means the first open house has technically not taken place and sets proponents' Energy Farming Ontario Inc. and project managers M.K. Ince Associates Ltd. back in their process.
"We're interested in hearing their point of view and if the turbines do come, we do want to know what they're going to do to protect our health, and what the setbacks will be," said Ms. Rutherford. Representatives of the wind farm company said they hoped the information they provided will make people more comfortable with the project.
The lead up to the results of the survey by Ipsos-Reid outlines the geographic location of the respondents and, lo and behold, 384 are from the Greater Toronto Area, where there is one wind demonstration wind turbine, a giant money-losing contraption located on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition. Do GTA residents know about wind turbines, and do they care?
Environmentalists and affected communities remain deeply divided on the benefits of these large offshore wind projects and their impacts on birds, aquatic life, and local scenery. Legal and regulatory challenges continue to hobble developers' efforts.This kind of resistance is likely to spill over into Great Lakes projects as well. To a certain extent it already has.
At the urging of Huron East Against Turbines (HEAT), Huron East's administrative committee is recommending that the municipality investigate ways to create legal agreements with wind turbine farms planned in Huron East. ...Ross also recommended a regulatory bylaw that would put the onus on the wind turbine company to ensure that local citizens are not adversely affected by low frequency noise (LFN).
"Having reviewed the draft ESR, I have found it to be very insufficient, full of errors and omissions which will be identified and brought to your attention," McLeod writes in his deputation request to city clerk John Hannam.
More than 40 opponents and supporters of the 78 MW, 32,000 acre project spoke before administrative law judge Eric Lipman, who will provide a summary of the comments to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the agency that regulates large-scale wind projects.
Historical data from the Red Deer Regional Airport indicate that the average annual wind speed is 10.8 km/h. This would only allow residential turbines to operate at only 20 per cent efficiency - producing about 1,025 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, or enough to run two 100-watt light bulbs
At its meeting June 28, the township passed a motion stating that staff members wouldn't devote any time to applications in the township being dealt with under the provincial Green Energy Act. Deputy-mayor Alicia Savage introduced the motion.
The future of the wind energy industry has become a complicated matter in Ontario, and nowhere was that more evident than Monday night's meeting of Clearview Council, where wind turbines provided both the context and subtext of several of the evening's debates.
Mayor Brian Mullin told the delegation that council has refused to consider the road use agreement and he didn't see any movement around the table to change that position. "Procedurally it would require a resolution from this council to re-consider the agreement," he said.
A multi-million dollar wind farm proposed for near Amherst remains on hold ...because of market conditions. Acciona Energy spokesperson Eric Schneider said the conditions that existed in early 2009 haven't improved to the point where the company is prepared to move ahead with the project.
"This major regulatory milestone allows us to continue moving forward with our goal of bringing clean power to British Columbians by 2012," said Brian Vaasjo, Capital Power president and CEO.
The plan for a new wind farm in Prince Edward Island that would produce 130 megawatts of renewable energy for both domestic and export markets is dead in the water, says Opposition Energy critic Mike Currie.
Nelson said he's "not particularly" in favour of solar power generating facilities being built in Otonabee-South Monaghan. Residents are asking questions about the project but the Green Energy Act eliminates municipalities from the process ..."The Ministry of the Environment pretty much can't turn them down... The Energy Act seems to overpower everything," he said.
Because wind systems will always have days when they will contribute essentially nothing, and because society will not want power blackout on those days, the only prudent course for the managers of the electricity grid is to value wind's capacity at essentially nothing.
A merchant nuclear reactor in New Brunswick would face a market south of the border where renewable energy is favoured and the power supply is poised to exceed demand for at least the next nine years. ...The recession has reduced the load somewhat and it's unclear how much demand will return, he said.
Hydro-Quebec announced Wednesday that it has received 44 submissions for wind farm projects that would provide a total of 500 megawatts of green energy. The public utility made a request for proposals on April 30 for two blocks of wind power.