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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.
Trillium claims in its court filing that its project got caught up in the same electoral worry before the 2011 election that led the McGuinty government to cancel the two gas plants. Those two gas plants, in Oakville and in Mississauga, were locally unpopular and might have put Liberal-held seats at risk. Ultimately McGuinty won a third term with a minority.
Benke related a story of her nephew who had purchased his first home in Shelburne and within a year or two wind turbines went up around his land. “He couldn’t live in his house anymore,” she said. “He abandoned his house. He likened (the noise) to living inside a drum.”
Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson put forward a private member’s resolution asking the Liberal government to cancel WPD Canada’s Fairview Wind project that would site eight 500-foot wind turbines, including two within 2.1 nautical miles of the Collingwood Regional Airport. . ...Transport Canada rules only determine how an obstruction will be marked so it’s visible to pilots, while NAV Canada only assessed the safety risk as it pertained to instrument approaches, not visual approaches.
Eighty-four per cent of Dutton-Dunwich reidents who voted in a referendum last year opposed wind farm development. ...the Liberal government is trying to divert attention from the fact it said municipalities would have a say on wind farms. “They ignored the wishes of the municipality.”
McWilliam said he doesn’t believe it’s fair that wind farm companies can draw their support from First Nations that are not in the area. Yurek said the case underlines how the Liberals have ignored rural Ontario for more than a decade in decisions about where to locate such projects.
After it failed to get contracts from the Ontario government, Mesa filed the claim for more than $600-million under NAFTA, saying political interference doomed its plans. It said preferential treatment was given to other companies after private meetings with Ontario government officials.
The citizens' group said it also wants to challenge the political decision on Invenergy's application and “flawed policy that led to this decision.”
The two sides fighting it out at the Amherst Island Environmental Review Tribunal sparred over the qualifications of an expert witness Friday morning.
Six separate appeals have been filed to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) against its approval of the wpd Canada project to construct eight 500-ft wind turbines east of Stayner.
Officials at the airport, which is owned by the Town on Collingwood on 158 hectares (392 acres) in Clearview, have fought the project from the start, saying turbine height will affect flight paths and pose a danger to pilots in inclement weather. “If there is a death of someone running into one of these turbines, I’m going to hold Kathleen Wynne accountable,” Wilson said.
“Many of these companies are relatively small or based outside of Canada and that creates what appears to be a real risk as there will be no pocket you can go to 20 years from now when a cleanup is actually required."
The province has given and loaned the business $56.3 million since mid-2010 to launch a new enterprise at the former TrentonWorks site to build turbine towers and make blades for windmills. But the market was soft and despite promises to build a workforce of 500, employment peaked at 220. This week, 31 employees at the plant were building nothing.