OTTAWA - More than 90 communities have now declared themselves to be unwilling hosts to huge power generation projects using wind turbines. The municipality of Nation, east of Ottawa , yesterday reversed an earlier statement of support, and the Town of Essex declared it wants no more wind turbines.
"The Premier promised not to force power projects on communities," says Wind Concerns Ontario president Jane Wilson . "But we still can't say 'no.' Making the unwilling host declaration is a powerful statement to this government."
Ontario citizens are increasingly aware that large-scale wind power brings potential environmental damage, harms wildlife, is linked to health impacts due to the noise and infrasound, and is causing electricity bills to climb beyond affordability.
Despite a surplus power supply and the high cost of renewables, Ontario is contracting for more wind power this year.
"The people of Ontario are saying 'We've had enough,'" says Wilson. "The current procurement program should be abandoned immediately."