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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The anti-wind farm movement has notched up another win in its battle to stop industrial wind turbines from spreading across the province. After surveying its residents, Dutton-Dunwich council became the 80th municipality in Ontario to pass a resolution opposing wind turbine development on their turf.
Wind farm opponents are cautiously heralding the news that the Stoneboat Community Wind Farm was cancelled. The turbines would have overlooked the Devil’s Elbow ski resort and put plans to build a multi-million dollar Buddhist retreat in the immediate area in jeopardy. ...the project fell off the rails when two of the three private landowners pulled out of the project.
The debate over wind turbines in Western Ontario is generating some lively opinions among farmers with a clear majority strongly opposed, a Farmers Forum survey suggests. A random survey of 50 farmers at the London Farm Show on March 5, found that 58 % disapproved of wind turbines.
In an application filed Thursday with the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto, the Association to Protect Amherst Island (APAI) asked for a judicial review of the Jan. 2 decision by the Ministry of the Environment to declare complete the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) submitted by Windlectric Inc., the company seeking to build the Amherst Island wind project.
Two of the turbines are five metres too close to Zoretic’s property. “Take them down,” said Zoretic outside West Lincoln council chambers Monday night, moments after the planning, building and environmental committee unanimously supported a resolution asking the province to do just that – and to immediately halt all wind projects in Ontario. “They shouldn’t be there in the first place.”
Environment Canada concludes that the Bow Lake Wind Project and the Montreal River weather radar will not be able to co-exist without negative impact on weather radar users. The argument is expected to be raised at an Environmental Tribunal Hearing expected to start in early March into the appeal of the Bow Lake Wind Facility.
Dufferin County council will postpone approving a $1.4-million agreement that would grant Dufferin Wind Power (DWP) use of its rail corridor. ...two appeals have been filed following a recent Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) decision that ruled Dufferin Wind’s transmission line does not pose a risk to human health. Amaranth, Mulmur and Melancthon have also passed motions supporting the appeal.
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.
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 wind energy consultant hired to vet the project did not address any future development in its feasibility study, a copy of which was provided to the Star. The consultant, Genivar Ontario, studied the entire GO system and ranked each property in the GTA, recommending Lisgar as the ideal location for a wind power project. Genivar was paid $138,000 to do the feasibility study and oversee the turbine’s construction, Metrolinx said.
SOAR has stated the appearance of wind farms will be an eyesore inflicted on the natural beauty of the Algoma landscape, in an area many tourists enjoy and which is famous for providing inspiration for the Group of Seven's legendary Canadian paintings.