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Nova Scotia and Britain have announced plans to cut subsidies that encouraged small-scale renewable energy projects, amid worries that the support programs have been pushing up electricity prices.
"This is the right time to bring COMFIT to a close; it has achieved its objectives," says Michel Samson, energy minister. "We are now at a point where the program could begin to have a negative impact on power rates."
While disgruntled cottage owners near the new wind farm at South Canoe are upset by the way their view has been altered and about a possible drop in property values, an expert on renewable energy at Dalhousie University thinks they have little to be concerned about.
A local group opposed to the proposed wind farm just outside of Amherst made clear during a meeting Wednesday night that the process is not community-based but, instead, First Nations based.
A public meeting was held earlier this week at the Plymouth Fire Hall to hear the public’s opinion on a county bylaw amendment that stipulates that wind turbines must be placed 1,000 metres from the nearest residence unless all residents in the affected area agree that the setback can be 600 metres.
Dr. Brian Ferguson lives very close, possibly the closest, to the proposed site. He attended the meeting and asked Hunter if he would stand with them in opposing the development of the proposed wind farm. “At tops there are 200 people here tonight and I’m representing over 16,000, and I have got to say it’s not the will of the people when I just hear from 200,” said Hunter.
Glooscap Wind Field Inc. of Windsor has been penalized $3,250 for violating Nova Scotia securities laws. The community economic development corporation accepted responsibility for failing to provide annual financial statements to its shareholders from 2010 to 2012.
“The flickering runs from fall to spring, and it comes right in our patio door, right into the dining room. It’s just like Chinese Torture. I try to stay out of my kitchen and my dining room which is hard to do because my dining room has my computer in it, and I spend time in my kitchen cooking and cleaning.” She also has a hard time sleeping because of the flickering and the sound created by the turbines.
A proposed $110-million wind energy project on Cape Breton could be put aside if it’s found the project will have a negative impact on the endangered Canada lynx habitat.
Construction of a wind turbine is expected to begin in the community of Bateston in the spring, a project some residents are not looking forward to. A meteorological tower to measures the wind has been set up at the site for the Celtic Current wind turbine project in Bateston, about one kilometre off the road, near MacVicar's Lake.
Renewable energy producers say they, not Nova Scotia Power’s parent company, should be the ones to build a wind farm if one is needed to back up Labrador hydro. “I don’t know why it wouldn’t be an open market,” he said in an interview Tuesday from Salt Springs, Pictou County. “Emera has no right to build its own blocks of power at potentially higher costs than independents can produce it for.”
Council later approved a new bylaw that increases the setback distance of an industrial wind turbine to the nearest residence of 1,000 metres (one km) from the previous distance of 700 metres. A maximum sound standard has also been set at 36 decibels as measured at existing dwellings.