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City Council unanimously passed a motion to submit a letter to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change on Monday night, objecting the wind farm designed to be built just eight kilometres east of Jack Garland Airport.
How well assessments actually protect wildlife remains a point of contention for conservation groups. “It’s a process that’s run by very good people, but it’s a weak process,” said Kevin Hanna, an associate professor of geography at the University of B.C. Okanagan. B.C. has raised the threshold for which projects are required to undertake a full environmental assessment several years ago, which was “a political decision”.
Mayor Al McDonald, who's scheduled to meet Tuesday with Ontario's Environment Minister, Glen Murray, said he will be requesting that the province deny Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.'s proposal for a wind farm on Crown Land in the unorganized Merrick Township.
When the Ontario government launched its Green Energy Act (GEA ) in 2009, it promised “new green economy jobs” and ” a wide range of economic opportunities.” ...Everyone would need to pay a little more for renewable power, the public was told, but the benefits would be widely shared, for the ultimate benefit of all. As it turned out, power rates didn’t go up a little – they soared. And the subsidies weren’t widely shared among the folk – a handful of billion dollar companies pocketed most of them, most of them outside the province.
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."
“We have concerns with the ability of the wind project to operate near the Port Granby site,” said Andrew Allison, municipal solicitor. “We have concerns with the dust effects ... and the effect of the turbines on dust management at the facility.”
“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.
The district is working to secure meetings with the power authority, in hopes of convincing them to sign agreements with producers that have projects proposed in the Tumbler Ridge area. Lack of demand is the only thing keeping wind turbines from going up on two projects, he said, adding that additional projects are at earlier stages.
"We are really concerned at the fact that our small parcel of property is going to be surrounded by these wind turbines," she says. Atkins says because of her medical condition her physicians have advised her to stay away from "stress, wind and noise."
Ultimately, councillors wouldn’t change a bylaw that would have allowed for meteorological test towers to be constructed. The decision followed a heated debate in February that left the community divided. So he couldn’t install a test tower,
LITTLE CURRENT—Members of the McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm Project held their fourth and what may well be their final meeting at the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre in Little Current (CLC) on Wednesday, November 26.
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.
An investigation is underway to figure out why one of the turbines at the Eastern Kings Wind Farm stopped working and who’s going to pay for the repairs.
In essence, they argue, the legislation makes it impossible to scuttle a project on the basis of potential health effects. “The priority is to get the turbines up come hell or high water and that’s what they do,” Mr. Falconer said. “My clients have to wait until the turbines are spinning before they get to make an argument they must be stopped – it’s Alice in Wonderland.”
“There is no requirement for the wind energy, and there isn’t a business case … to support the expanse of the wind in the short term. I would suggest in the longer term, when we have interconnections with the rest of North America, I think the opportunities then will expand a fair bit.”
The plan by German company Prowind to build a wind farm in North Gower is a no-go for now, since the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) deemed it not a qualified applicant.
Quebec’s wind industry is encountering strong headwinds ...Hydro-Quebec is forecasting an oversupply of electricity through 2027. Furthermore, the government-owned utility has linked rising prices in the province to wind energy. In its 2015-2016 rate application request, Hydro-Quebec noted that “the cost of new electricity supplies, mainly wind power” was primarily responsible for its 3.9% requested rate increase.
The barn owl has done what no anti-wind turbine protester in Port Ryerse has been able to do to date: halt construction of a green energy project in their village. ...The Port Ryerse case is the first time a project in Ontario has been ordered back to the drawing board due to the presence of barn owls.
Residents want to be informed and to know the assets and drawbacks a project will bring. If project advocates do not inform them, it is a certainty that opposition groups will. Furthermore, some locals may have very legitimate concerns that require in depth answers. It is paramount that these concerns are addressed or acknowledged by the wind company itself while analysis takes place. Rather than ignore citizen complaints, industry leaders must keep residents engaged while working to find ways to address the concerns of interested parties.
While the township hasn't received official word from the company, landowners who signed leases allowing turbines to be built by Mainstream on their property received letters saying "they don't think they could make a viable application under the new rules for energy procurement," he said.