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As long as people have health concerns while living close to wind turbines, the wind energy company shouldn’t be putting money into the community, said Gary Fohr, a member of the community liaison committee related to two wind energy projects in Grey Highlands. “We don’t want their money . . . I don’t see a reason why somebody from Flesherton would show up looking for that money."
The corporate development committee has overwhelmingly supported a resolution that council will not support motions of support from any proponent seeking a FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) contract that would result in the construction of industrial wind turbines in the county.
A controversial donation made by a wind power company to the County of Lambton should never have happened without council's authorization, say several county politicians.
While WPD Canada has been granted a remedy hearing to present how the company plans to mitigate its eight-turbine Fairview Wind project from affecting the local population of the little brown bat, opponents to the project still hope the Environmental Review Tribunal will revoke the project’s renewable energy application.
Ontario's government signed an electricity deal with an American company to build a wind farm at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, froze the project, and then wanted to treat its decision like an uncontrollable act of God to get out of the contract, an international panel found in a ruling saying such behaviour is not OK.
On Friday, Dec. 2, promised to ask Premier Kathleen Wynne to withdraw her support for the Nation Rise wind farm project. The project would see wind farms constructed in North Stormont and South Nation. Representatives from both areas say they do not want the wind farms and have thousands of signed petitions to back them up.
Last week’s high winds and blowing snow may have resulted in closed schools and numerous fender benders throughout the County, but it was small in comparison to what occurred in the Town of Ontario.
“Municipalities should have the right to deny these projects from coming into their area if they don't want to support them. 1,800 signatures is quite a large amount for that area of our county,” said Yurek.
Carriveau notes that most of the province’s turbines are at the mid-life point of what is generally considered to be a 20-year life cycle. Many are also operating under provincially guaranteed power purchase agreements that also expire at the 20-year mark. “These guys are really interested in knowing what’s going to happen on the other side of the power purchase agreements.”
Untethered by accountability to its voters and deaf to its ministries’ advice and counsel, provincial Liberals have made a terrible mess of the energy supply system in Ontario. It will take decades to fix. It has squandered billions of dollars chasing schemes unworthy of a Nigerian postmark. ...Meanwhile, it has made a select group of developers very, very wealthy.
Members of Water Wells First have been pointing a finger at the Municipality of Chatham-Kent for what they feel is a lack of concern over issues with several water wells in the former Dover Township located near wind turbines.
A company that planned a huge offshore wind farm in Lake Ontario says it has been awarded more than $25-million in damages, because the Ontario government cancelled its project. ...A hearing was held in front of a three-member panel convened by the Netherlands-based Permanent Court of Arbitration in February.
At least two proposed multi-turbine wind farms in Grey-Bruce are now on hold due to the province's decision this week to suspend signing new contracts for large-scale renewable energy projects.
After building up its portfolio of wind farms in Canada over the past 10 years the Toronto-based company plans to test the market to see if it can get a premium for the assets, Shachin Shah, chief executive officer of Brookfield Renewable, said.
The survey determined that 43 per cent of people do not like turbines, 43 per cent do and the remaining 14 per cent don’t know. Wainfleet Mayor April Jeffs said she hears more negative comments and concerns than positive remarks.
The Appeal Court rejected the city’s arguments, finding that provincial legislation — such as laws on renewable energy — supersedes municipal bylaws where there’s a conflict. “The only concerns a municipality can advance are reasonable considerations such as costs, indemnification, and liability, and only so long as it does so in good faith,” the Appeal Court said. “Permits may not be refused simply because the municipality disagrees with the overall project.”
While working in the solar industry, Truman said, “We all made fun of wind, which blows at the wrong time and doesn't blow when it's needed, is intermittent and needs expensive backup generation idling away.” Truman said one of his pastimes over the years was taking pictures of abandoned, decaying wind turbines he was encountered on travels from Hudson Bay to Hawaii.
A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll finds 43 per cent of the survey's 2,537 respondents have a positive view of wind energy, while 43 per cent have a negative view. And those who dislike wind power are more intense in their dislike than those who support it. The full results of the survey can be downloaded from this page.
“The people who don’t like wind power right now really, really don’t like wind power, and the people who do like wind power are only somewhat okay with it,” said David Valentin, executive vice president of Mainstreet Research. ...More than 60 per cent of respondents believed wind power has contributed to higher power bills and 59 per cent expect the charges will keep increasing over the next 12 months.
I regret that the voices of the people of Dutton Dunwich were disregarded by the province for this important decision, which has significant implications for the life of our community.