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Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. today announced that it plans not to proceed with the previously announced investment in First Wind Holdings, LLC's ("First Wind") wind portfolio in the North East United States. The initial joint announcement with Emera Inc. in April 2011 had contemplated APUC acquiring a minority interest of approximately 12.5% in the Portfolio, representing an approximate U.S. $83 million investment.
A Port Elgin community group has launched a boycott of products and services from companies employing CAW members, to protest a wind turbine being erected by the union in town. ...That includes auto makers, airlines and retailers organized by the CAW.
Wind-turbine opponents are demanding Adelaide Metcalfe council repeal a new turbine-building fee it imposed unexpectedly and without notifying them. ..."I was flabbergasted," said activist Esther Wrightman, to discover from a councillor's Facebook page that in one night council had proposed, debated, approved and passed into bylaw the new fees. "I didn't believe it at first."
Wainfleet residents want a bylaw calling for a two-kilometre setback for wind turbines and 100% restitution of property values by the wind energy industry. Judith Atkinson, of the Wainfleet Ratepayers Association, asked for the bylaw at Tuesday night's township council meeting, stating council has an ethical and legal obligation to protect residents from the noise and annoyance of wind turbines.
The situation regarding Industrial Wind Turbines (IWT) has become untenable. The proliferation of wind turbines across rural Ontario has seriously polarized our rural communities. Residents not engaged in turbine developments have been pitted against neighbours, over concerns with health impacts and quality of life issues. IWT development currently preoccupies the rural agenda.
President Mark Wales says escalating concerns about industrial wind turbines have prompted the group to make the recommendation. Wales says farm families and rural residents must be assured that their interests are adequately protected in the development of wind farms.
Mark Wales, president of the largest farm organization in the province, said the debate over industrial wind turbines has become an "extremely divisive" issue within Ontario's rural community, pitting farmers against each other. "We need to stop the process, and get it right," saidWales.
Escalating concerns about industrial wind turbines have prompted the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) to urge the province of Ontario to suspend further development until farm families and rural residents are assured that their interests are adequately protected.
The Link's Lynn Desjardins examines noise of turbines and the impact on nearby residences.
The Ministry of Energy says a provincial moratorium on wind projects enacted almost a year ago will remain in place until the province is satisfied such projects are safe. It is currently studying an offshore wind turbine development in Sweden and another planned pilot project in Ohio and will not approve any projects in Ontario until results are known.
Wind developer WPD Canada and a farm that signed a lease to host wind turbines are now both being sued. The claim seeks an injunction and $2 million in damages related to the proposed Fairview Wind Farm in Stayner.
This important report examines the failures of wind turbine blades and the possible origins of the problems. The abstract and an excerpt of the report is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
"At this point the best science says you should be two kilometres away," McMurtry said. "I'm a clinician. The proponents have not engaged with people who have suffered." Health Canada says the draft guidelines will undergo a public consultation phase prior to their finalization.
The wind turbine proposed at the landfill, which would have been closest to the Montgomery neighborhood was killed last night (Mon), because only one company bid on the project, and that bid was 2 million dollars over budget.
All in all, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) has to overcome some formidable challenges before they can make legitimate claims of protecting the health of rural Ontario when it comes to industrial wind projects. There is a huge need for the education of the organization and some members, as well as a strong well informed lobby effort to re-write the rules.
If they [turbines] interfere with the effectiveness of a transportation facility such as by raising the approach limits and posing collision hazards in poor weather, they reduce the economic capability of others. ...When one lands and takes off from the Collingwood Regional Airport, there is only one runway, and the flight paths are governed by standard practices promulgated by Transport Canada.
Workers are currently trying to find a way to melt some of the ice. They will use helicopters to spray the blades with hot water in an attempt to break up some of the ice, she said. Last year, all 33 of the turbines had to be shut-down for over a month.
Those in attendance at the information session came from across Amherst Island, where a 33-turbine wind farm has been proposed by developer Algonquin Power. The audience also included a number of Wolfe Island residents, who came to learn more about health effects from turbines, and to share their own experiences since the island is home to 86 turbines.
The city received only one bid at $6.35 million to build the 120-metre tall turbine, close to $2 million over budget. The turbine would still turn a profit, but "the rate of return is not enough," said Kevin Hudson of Saskatoon Light and Power.
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.