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Realtors say the value of waterfront homes in the town has slid steeply over the past five years due to the eyesore of Wolfe Island Wind Farm, creating a buyer’s market for those who don’t mind looking out at turbines.
Anyone who has studied the Ontario Liberal government’s failed experiment with wind power knows what a financial and social catastrophe it has been.
DOWN WIND deals head on with how Ontario politicians rammed through green energy laws and dashed forward with installation of thousands of wind turbines across the province's farmland and countryside. The television debut is June 4, 2014 at 8pm ET.
The Progressive Conservative candidate for Simcoe-Grey says he’d put a stop to a company’s plans to erect wind turbines near the local airport should his party form the next government.
Last week township council voted to review its current renewable energy process. The motion is yet another attempt for the town to gain some traction in the continued effort to stop wind turbine development in the area.
After studying two Lake Erie communities, Western University researchers are calling on governments and wind farm developers to avoid feeding the war of words that has broken out between supporters and opponents of wind turbines.
A local study that concluded industrial wind turbines cause distress among people who live near them is to be published in an online medical journal. The report, which was co-authored by Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hazel Lynn and epidemiological researcher Dr. Ian Arra, will be published in the online journal, Cureus. No date has been announced for publication.
Economist Finn Poschmann, vice-president of research at the C.D. Howe Institute, doesn’t mince words: he says subsidies for wind and solar energy are extremely expensive ways to get electricity, and individual Ontarians and business are paying through the nose for it. And that kills jobs.
Down Wind is a documentary film project about the destructive impact of wind turbines being forced into communities across Ontario, Canada. The film is due to be completed by June, 2014. Contributions to the effort can be made here.
After a fatal crash in the U.S., local pilots are again raising concerns about wind turbines near Ontario airports. Scott Miller explains.
“They’ve taken my place, taken my home that I was so attached to, and five years of my life fighting,” she says. “I’m determined that they won’t take my right to speak out as a person. I’m determined they won’t take my happiness and they won’t take my health and the health of my family.”
Wind power companies have done a lot of damage to roads in Haldimand County. Each of the 168 wind turbines put up by NextEra, Capital Power and Samsung requires 40 truckloads of cement to anchor the base. Then there are the dump trucks filled with soil and gravel and the cranes and heavy equipment required to move parts of the giant structures around.
The renewable energy approval puts the burden of proof on the appellants to prove serious harm to health from the project, and the tribunal found they did not prove it to a level of scientific certainty. That's despite testimony from several property owners who say they experience health problems.
Construction of the Bluewater Wind Farm is threatening to tear a community, and even a family, apart. Scott Miller explains.
But Manitoba Hydro officials say wind power isn’t a viable option for energy production in the province. A hydro spokesperson told CBC it has evaluated additional wind development opportunities in the province, but further investment in wind power is just not economical.
In a surprising twist of the plot, the Ontario Court of Appeal granted a stay last week, barring a developer from proceeding with construction of an industrial wind turbine project at Ostrander Point in North Marysburgh. The court went further—seemingly pushing open a wide doorway through which the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists will pursue an appeal to a Divisional Court decision in February that restored the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) permit to a unit of Gilead Power Corporation.
Mayor Brian Milne says the Samsung, Pattern Energy project needed willing host status from the Township to move ahead. At last night's meeting, Milne says Council voted unanimously to stop the wind project by declaring itself an unwilling host.
After raising funds and attaining legal advice, the coalition is confident it has come up with a strategy to regulate noise produced by turbines. Currently, the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) is allowing 40 to 51 dBA and in a rural area it's 20 to 25 dBA for ambient noise at night time.
"As councillors, you are fairly familiar with noise coming off of green energy projects," Howard said. "The municipal act allows us the opportunities to regulate noise sources." Quoting the Municipal Act, Howard said as long as a municipality enforces a public nuisance bylaw in good faith, it is not supposed to be challenged.
A Plympton-Wyoming anti-wind group is taking aim at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment over what it claims was a lack of quick access to documentation on a proposed Suncor wind project. Investigators with the Ontario ombudsman's office recently spoke with two members of We're Against Industrial Turbines – Plympton-Wyoming (WAIT-PW). The group is now preparing documentation to send over to validate their claims.