Articles from Canada

Ontario electricity has never been cheaper, but bills have never been higher

The province signed long-term contracts with a handful of lucky firms, guaranteeing them 13.5 cents per kWh for electricity produced from wind, and even more from solar. Obviously, if the wholesale price is around 2.5 cents, and the wind turbines are guaranteed 13.5 cents, someone has to kick in 11 cents to make up the difference. That’s where the GA comes in. The more the wind blows, and the more turbines get built, the bigger the losses and the higher the GA.
12 Aug 2016

Wind turbines killing tens of thousands of bats, including many on the endangered species list

Wind turbines are killing bats, including ones on the endangered species list, at nearly double the rate set as acceptable by the Ontario government, the latest monitoring report indicates. Bats are being killed in Ontario at the rate of 18.5 per turbine, resulting in an estimated 42,656 bat fatalities in Ontario between May 1 and October 31, 2015.
20 Jul 2016

Wind power debates continue

The survey determined that 43 per cent of people do not like turbines, 43 per cent do and the remaining 14 per cent don’t know. Wainfleet Mayor April Jeffs said she hears more negative comments and concerns than positive remarks.
16 Jul 2016

Ottawa silent on wind turbine noise

Ashbee wrote: “Many in Ontario and elsewhere have logged serious health complaints with proponents/operators of wind turbine projects, provincial and federal government ministries as well as wind turbine manufacturers ... As previous ministers and current Minister Philpott have been informed, the adverse effects of wind turbines are not trivial.”
29 Jun 2016

Ottawa silent on wind turbine noise

Ashbee wrote: “Many in Ontario and elsewhere have logged serious health complaints with proponents/operators of wind turbine projects, provincial and federal government ministries as well as wind turbine manufacturers ... As previous ministers and current Minister Philpott have been informed, the adverse effects of wind turbines are not trivial.”
29 Jun 2016

Ontario municipality acted in bad faith in thwarting private wind turbine project, court rules

The Appeal Court rejected the city’s arguments, finding that provincial legislation — such as laws on renewable energy — supersedes municipal bylaws where there’s a conflict. “The only concerns a municipality can advance are reasonable considerations such as costs, indemnification, and liability, and only so long as it does so in good faith,” the Appeal Court said. “Permits may not be refused simply because the municipality disagrees with the overall project.”
23 Jun 2016

Health Study Begins

Outgoing Medical Officer of Health Doctor Hazel Lynn says you can still take part by going online and filling out the survey ...Doctor Lynn adds the study may also shed light on the health impact of living near wind turbines.
13 Jun 2016

Ontario energy policy about 'hugging the tree huggers,' writer says

While working in the solar industry, Truman said, “We all made fun of wind, which blows at the wrong time and doesn't blow when it's needed, is intermittent and needs expensive backup generation idling away.” Truman said one of his pastimes over the years was taking pictures of abandoned, decaying wind turbines he was encountered on travels from Hudson Bay to Hawaii.
13 Jun 2016

Grits' bungling root of wind farm friction

315166526-mainstreet-ontario-wind-power-survey_thumb A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll finds 43 per cent of the survey's 2,537 respondents have a positive view of wind energy, while 43 per cent have a negative view. And those who dislike wind power are more intense in their dislike than those who support it. The full results of the survey can be downloaded from this page. 
9 Jun 2016

The Mainstreet Research survey suggests an even split in public opinion about Ontario's embrace of wind energy

“The people who don’t like wind power right now really, really don’t like wind power, and the people who do like wind power are only somewhat okay with it,” said David Valentin, executive vice president of Mainstreet Research. ...More than 60 per cent of respondents believed wind power has contributed to higher power bills and 59 per cent expect the charges will keep increasing over the next 12 months.
8 Jun 2016

KEPCO pulls out of its bid to acquire wind power plants in U.S.

KEPCO initially projected that its investment in the wind power plants would generate a stable return of 6 percent to 7 percent per annum as the power plants had a 20-year long contract with the local electricity firms. However, the pre-feasibility study done by Korea Development Institute (KDI) on the request from the Korea’s Ministry of Strategy and Finance found that the investment would yield a mere 2 percent annual return.
3 Jun 2016

Open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne

Did the wind industry ever tell you that their turbines are of no practical use for most of the time? Do you now understand the meaning of the capacity factor? Repeat: it is time to put the welfare of Ontarians ahead of your ego­ and stop this waste now. We all make mistakes, and the smart people learn from them. It is now clear to all critical and realistic thinkers that wind and solar will never replace or even moderately supplement nuclear and other reliable sources of the electrical energy in Ontario.
31 May 2016

Work continues at Ferndale turbine

Tethers had originally been attached to bulldozers, but are now attached to strand jacks, which are embedded into the rock. The tethers, which are attached to the turbine at a collar, were to be highly tensioned on Friday so that the engineers can begin to take core samples of the concrete base of the turbine, Boles said.
26 May 2016

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