Articles from Prince Edward Island
In its notice of appeal, the energy corporation said the council's decision "failed to follow the intent and objectives of its official plan and subdivision and control bylaw," which it said permit windmills within the community for the purposes of electrical power generation.
An expansion at the wind farm in Eastern Kings, which the P.E.I. government said was a go last month, has been denied a permit by the local municipality. In September, Minister of Environment Natalie Jameson approved the expansion subject to 17 conditions drawn from responses from the public.
EAST POINT, P.E.I. — Don Humphrey remains convinced that a proposed expansion of an existing windmill farm in Eastern Kings will be harmful for local wetland habitat and for the migratory bird population.
Humphrey's submission focused on his environmental concerns, the reasoning behind choosing the site for the turbines and how the environmental assessment was done. He said he would like to see more analysis of the data presented in the statement. "They just gave a bunch of data," he said. "What's the good of data without analysis?"
Council members in the rural municipality passed a motion Aug. 14 to deny the energy corporation's request for a bylaw variance. That variance would have allowed turbines to be located 900 metres from homes and buildings. The current bylaw requires a distance of 1,000 metres.
Some residents of Eastern Kings stood up to defend their municipal council at a public meeting Wednesday where there was talk of legal action against the municipality as it weighs the merits of a wind turbine proposal. "I certainly think we've got off on the very wrong foot to have a legal challenge at a public meeting," said local farmer Boyd Rose, speaking at the podium at Eastern Kings Community Centre, in front of about 60 people.
MacRae couldn’t say for certain who would have to pay for the cancellation: electricity ratepayers or taxpayers. “It would be my assumption that would end up somehow on the ratepayers,” he said. “We just need to see what the government has in mind and who will foot the bill.”
If you're afraid of heights, then clinging to the side of an 80-metre wind turbine tower is likely not the job for you.
Senator Bob Runicman wants to see a judicial enquiry into Ontario’s green energy act. The conservative senator was one of four speakers at a public roundtable to discuss the impact of controversial wind turbine projects in Prince Edward County. As Newswatch’s Morganne Campbell reports, the senator says it’s time people stop the green energy madness.
An investigation is underway to figure out why one of the turbines at the Eastern Kings Wind Farm stopped working and who’s going to pay for the repairs.
An investigation into a damaged wind turbine blade at the Eastern Kings Wind Farm is still underway, says head of external communications for the company who makes the turbines.
Dr. Hazel Lynn says an important segment of the population has been left out of a Health Canada study into the impact of industrial wind turbines on peoples' health. The Health Canada study, released Thursday, found no link between wind turbine noise and negative health effects in people. But Lynn, the medical officer of health for Grey-Bruce who has done a review of such studies, said some of the best survey findings are from the people who have moved away because they simply couldn't live near turbines.
No evidence was found to support a link between exposure to wind turbine noise and any of the self-reported or measured health endpoints examined. However, the study did demonstrate a relationship between increasing levels of wind turbine noise and annoyance towards several features (including noise, vibration, shadow flicker, and the aircraft warning lights on top of the turbines) associated with wind turbines.
“It was shut down due to safety concerns because of blades starting to wear, There were a lot of high winds with (tropical storm) Arthur. It was shortly after Arthur that we noticed that there was some damage.”
From the information in the Species at Risk report and on the MNR website, it appears that most, if not all, of the eastern North American population of golden eagles will pass through a killing zone of wind turbines, if these are permitted to be constructed on the south shore of PEC.
Kensington town council is awaiting word on the future of a wind mill that was intended to be a costs savings for the operation at Community Gardens. ...Caseley said the town was generating about $500 a month in electrical power through the wind turbine or between $5,000 and $6,000 annually. “It actually cost us money to have the windmill there.”
While bylaws cannot be created to completely block out provincial initiatives everywhere in a municipality, Howard said a court ruling regarding a wind development in Wainfeet, Ontario, suggests municipalities have the right to enact bylaws which protect the health and safety of residents.
For decades, despite lavish subsidies raining upon the fledgling industry, corporate investment largely stayed away from the wind energy business. It was only when the Green Energy Act was passed, lowering/eliminating environmental protections, did investors see a clear pathway to profit. The game was rigged. All developers had to do was step up, do some paper work and wait for the money to roll in. The decision to revoke Gilead’s Renewable Energy Approval (REA) sent shock waves through the entire wind industry.
"The crane was lifting a tower section and one of the hooks sort of let go and it hit the ground and bent a flange,'' said Wayne MacQuarrie with the P.E.I. Energy Corporation.
DSTN, is on the verge of completing a 10-tower order for Acciona Windpower, with the last tower section for a 30-megawatt wind farm shipped there on Tuesday. As a result, the company has temporarily laid off employees involved in that project; a spokesman declined to give an exact number of affected people.