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Wind turbine opponents say they're feeling encouraged by Lambton County council's decision to join the chorus of Ontario municipalities declaring themselves unwilling hosts for wind farms. County councillors passed a motion Feb. 12 joining approximately 80 communities making the declaration.
It is rare in Ontario, and in other democratic jurisdictions, when the wishes of the electorate, through their public representatives, are ignored so profoundly. Indeed, approximately 80 municipalities in this province have declared themselves to be “unwilling hosts” for wind turbine developments – a collective protest against legislation that smacks more of the Soviet than the Canadian style in getting things done.
“This is not a pro or con wind turbine issue,” said Meinen. “The issue is that somebody built something contrary to regulations and encroaching on my property lines ...For this turbine to be constructed where it was, is completely unacceptable and I await word from (the ministry) on what they plan to do about it.”
A court date has been set for Suncor Energy's lawsuit against the Town of Plympton-Wyoming and its wind turbine bylaws. It's the first court date scheduled for the lawsuit Suncor launched a year ago to challenge town bylaws aimed at wind energy projects.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is investigating how a massive wind turbine fell from a truck Tuesday. Part of a wind turbine's base fell from the transport truck on County Road 42.
Tim Verbeek has grown increasingly frustrated watching two wind turbines be constructed, despite the fact his family business has an appeal concerning the structures before the Environmental Review Tribunal. A decision is expected Monday over the turbines, and Verbeek, whose family owns Platinum Produce greenhouse said it appears a concerted effort was made to get the two turbines erected before the decision is handed down.
Thirty-six percent of respondents feel the Green Energy Act or environmental sustainability is a major worry for those living in the province's country lands.
The Buddhist Association of Canada’s Cham Shan Temple maintains wind turbines will have a negative impact on the four Temples they are planning to build.
On January 7, McNaughton received a letter from Wescast CEO Ed Frackowiak, which says the company is “deeply worried” about the future price of electricity in Ontario. ”If electricity rates do not become more affordable, Ontario risks losing important investments from companies like Wescast,” says Frackowiak in the letter.
Jane Wilson of Wind Concerns Ontario discusses the Ontario government's push to remove environmental protections to erect wind turbines. Click the image below to view the video.
After hearing arguments from the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists club, the tribunal revoked the renewable energy permit that wind developer Gilead Power had previously been granted. Tuesday the wind power company, Gilead Power, and Ontario’s ministry of the environment were in divisional court to appeal the ruling.
The NDP estimate that exported excess electricity cost ratepayers just over $1 billion or about $220 for each customer. "Last year Ontario subsidized power to people in the United States and Quebec and Manitoba to the tune of over $1 billion. That’s the equivalent of cancelling two gas plants.”
In 2012, the Council for Clean and Reliable Electricity published a paper stating that Ontario consumers subsidized out-of-province electricity buyers to the tune of $1.2 billion over the previous three years. While it costs 8.55 cents a kilowatt hour to produce electricity in Ontario, excess power was sold to five neighbouring jurisdictions — Michigan. New York, Minnesota, Manitoba and Quebec — for 2.65 cents/kwh, Tabuns said.
Several Prince Edward Island rinks that were convinced to make the expensive conversion to wind power, but never saw the promised savings, are now trying to get rid of the trouble-plagued turbines and win compensation for their troubles. “We went into debt to purchase this windmill on the promise that it would make us money and it would help us with our power costs. The bottom line is buy us out and give us our money back.”
The review of existing research literature was published in the winter edition of the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine and concludes turbines placed too close to homes "can negatively affect the physical, mental and social well-being of people."
Medical officer of health Dr. Rosana Pellizzari got a frosty reception from Cavan Monaghan Township council Tuesday after presenting a health unit report on the human impact of renewable energy projects such as wind turbines.
The group Manvers Wind Concerns (MWC) and the Cham Shan Buddhist Temple filed the appeal on Dec. 23. Coun. Stauble said when five wind turbines for wpd Canada’s Sumac Ridge project were approved in December, the Province virtually ignored the 2,874 comments from the public opposing the turbines.
The couple's most immediate concerns relate to the installation of distribution lines near a known gas well. “This is where the danger lies,” said Fairfield. “This case has reached a point where the health and safety of a very densely populated rural area of West Lincoln and Hamilton is threatened if no immediate action is taken.”
Much of the first day of hearings by the Environmental Review Tribunal into an appeal against the Armow Wind Project in the Kincardine region centred on qualifications of a presenter and whether or not anecdotal medical testimony would be allowed without formal medical diagnosis.
Councillor Jacqueline Faubert said any agreement related to turbines and noise lacks “teeth” since the MOE noise protocol is not scientifically valid. “Any dispute resolution protocol should not be taken as any change to the status quo with regards to turbines and noise,” Faubert said.