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Millbrook meeting hears of proposed wind farm

Ingo Stuckmann is a director with Energy Farming Ontario, which is in the early stages of determining if a wind farm with 10 turbines could be built. About 85 people attended the open house at Millbrook's Royal Canadian Legion. Stuckmann said the project is still years away from becoming a reality and there are many studies needed, including one for the Ministry of Environment, as well as finding financial support and farmers to lease their land.

MILLBROOK - Standing right under a wind turbine is the best way to judge how loud it is, says an employee with a company looking to build a wind farm in the Millbrook area.

"Touch it and listen to it," Ingo Stuckmann told an open house last night.

Stuckmann is a director with Energy Farming Ontario, which is in the early stages of determining if a wind farm with 10 turbines could be built.

"It's a clean energy," Stuckmann said.

About 85 people attended the open house at Millbrook's Royal Canadian Legion.

Stuckmann said the project is still years away from becoming a reality and there are many studies needed, including one for the Ministry of Environment, as well as finding financial support and farmers to lease their land.

The turbines, about 80 to 100 metres tall, would probably be located in two areas. Typically there are only one or two turbines per 100 acres, and under provincial regulations must be at least 500 metres from a building, Stuckmann said.

The initial study area was between Highway 7A and Zion Line, and County Rd. 10 and County Rd. 28, but will be reduced by about 80%, Stuckmann said.

The area was chosen because wind maps show it's a viable area, Stuckmann... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

MILLBROOK - Standing right under a wind turbine is the best way to judge how loud it is, says an employee with a company looking to build a wind farm in the Millbrook area.

"Touch it and listen to it," Ingo Stuckmann told an open house last night.

Stuckmann is a director with Energy Farming Ontario, which is in the early stages of determining if a wind farm with 10 turbines could be built.

"It's a clean energy," Stuckmann said.

About 85 people attended the open house at Millbrook's Royal Canadian Legion.

Stuckmann said the project is still years away from becoming a reality and there are many studies needed, including one for the Ministry of Environment, as well as finding financial support and farmers to lease their land.

The turbines, about 80 to 100 metres tall, would probably be located in two areas. Typically there are only one or two turbines per 100 acres, and under provincial regulations must be at least 500 metres from a building, Stuckmann said.

The initial study area was between Highway 7A and Zion Line, and County Rd. 10 and County Rd. 28, but will be reduced by about 80%, Stuckmann said.

The area was chosen because wind maps show it's a viable area, Stuckmann said.

Stuckmann said Hydro One also said it could accommodate 20 megawatts per hour on the grid.

He said he wants it to be a "community project," and in countries such as Germany and Denmark, the community owns 90% of the wind turbines.

` Louise Agnew said "energy conservation appeals to me," but still has many questions.

Kevin Morton, who has a farm in Fraserville, said he, too, has questions but doesn't mind the look of the turbines and also had no problem with noise when he visited a wind farm in Shelburne.

Cavan Monaghan Reeve Neal Cathcart said he doesn't like wind turbines.

"We talk about historical and scenic Millbrook Cavan and that's going to destroy that," he said.

He also said he doesn't think council has any say in whether or not the project goes ahead.

Linda Parsons and Brian Hall were disappointed it was an open house, rather than a meeting where they could voice their concerns.

Parsons said she's concerned about possible health impacts.

Hall also said there should be more than 500 metres separating turbines and buildings.

Farmers looking for extra income "are going to put up with the noise," but it will bother their neighbours, he said.

Hall also said that standing 500 metres away from a turbine, "it's like a jet engine ... It's the constant whooshing that drives you crazy."

Hall and Parsons said they're going to contact Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP Rick Johnson and ask him to hold a town hall meeting with Ministry of Environment officials.

Stuckmann said older wind turbines are faster. Newer ones are slower and the blade angles can be altered so they don't produce too much power, he said.

The maximum amount of noise they are allowed to generate is 40 decibels, he said.

Stuckmann said Energy Farming Ontario also wants to set up wind farms in areas including Grafton, Orono, and Coe Hill.

The company was created in response to the province's Green Energy Act, Stuckmann said.

The act's regulations are still being developed.

NOTES: A questionnaire was handed out.... There are wind farms in Shelburne and Wolfe Island.... There is a wind turbine on Tapley 1/4 Line.


Source: http://www.thepeterboroughe...

AUG 11 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/21682-millbrook-meeting-hears-of-proposed-wind-farm
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