Jane Wilson, president of Wind Concerns Ontario, a coalition of groups opposed to wind farm development, said the Western study shows local support of a wind farm should be required before any project is approved. “Municipalities should be able to say no, which is not allowed by the province. The Green Energy Act was written for the wind power industry and not the people of Ontario,” she said.
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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 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.
“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.
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.