Articles from Ontario
A year after it was approved by the province, residents of a London-area rural township are still fighting against a wind farm that’s going ahead despite an overwhelming local vote against such projects. ...“Everything about it is a slap in the face, especially when you look at what is happening to our hydro bills,” said Dave Congdon of Dutton Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbine
The developers of the Otter Creek Wind Farm Project are taking a proactive step to address concerns raised in the community regarding the potential impact wind turbine construction can have on water wells.
Kevin Jakubec, spokesperson for Water Wells First, told the crowd he and a few other residents have found turbidity tests done by AECOM, the firm hired to do baseline well testing for the wind developer, don’t seem to be accurate. “It seems to be extremely inaccurate,” he added.
Jane Wilson, president of Wind Concerns Ontario, a coalition of groups opposed to wind farm development, said the Western study shows local support of a wind farm should be required before any project is approved. “Municipalities should be able to say no, which is not allowed by the province. The Green Energy Act was written for the wind power industry and not the people of Ontario,” she said.
The board of Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro (NOTL) released a statement Wednesday that asked Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault to kill the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) 5 program — the latest round of renewable energy procurement — arguing it will further drive up already expensive electricity rates.
He said hydro costs are being driven up by long-term contracts that pay high prices to producers of renewable energy. Many of those contracts were signed with wind energy producers in Southwestern Ontario, home to the province’s largest wind farms and largest number of wind turbines. “I think they should cancel some of these contracts and not just extend them,” said Macartney.
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."
Thibeault says the government must move away from setting targets for specific types of energy – such as wind, solar, hydro and nuclear – and should instead focus on implementing a system in which energy producers compete for electricity contracts. "...allocating the precise mix of technology types has largely been arbitrary and led to sub-optimal siting, uncompetitive prices, and heightened community concern.”
Village residents were surprised when one of the property owners who agreed to host a turbine said his neighbours aren’t imagining things. “I’m surprised I can hear them as loud as I do, and I wear an earpiece,” said Wally Faulkner. “They’re louder than I expected.”
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.
Six years after Ontario abruptly imposed a moratorium on offshore wind projects, citing the need for more research, the government is signalling it will likely continue for several more years, even with all of its studies in hand.
The proposed North Kent 1 wind farm, which will be located southeast of Wallaceburg, plans to use 113-metre rotor diameter turbines. Otter Creek plans on using wind turbines that will have 141-metre diameters. North Kent will use 3.2 megawatt turbines, versus the Otter Creek turbines which will produce more power of up to 4.2 megawatts.
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.
According to a notice published Tuesday on the Ontario government's Environmental Registry website, the rezoning is "a necessary step" to keep the wind energy project going. "Put another way, the project cannot proceed without the proposed amendment to the CPU," the notice stated.
Still some fight left in Amherst Island residents
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.
The 46-turbine Cedar Point wind power project in Lambton County killed more birds of prey during seven months of this year than allowed by its provincial approval. The wind project is owned by Suncor and NextEra in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores, and Warwick Township, and began operating in 2015. ... Stephen Hazeil, Nature Canada's director of conservation and general counsel: “I guess the industry feels they've got the wind in their sails and they don't need to worry about what a few bird lovers want."
A wind turbine company will have a chance to prove its eight-turbine project won’t negatively impact the local population of the little brown bat.
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.
It’s one dismaying chapter in a much larger story about the profound ineptitude with which Ontario’s energy file — from gas plants to hydro prices to the sale of Hydro One — has been handled.