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After it failed to get contracts from the Ontario government, Mesa filed the claim for more than $600-million under NAFTA, saying political interference doomed its plans. It said preferential treatment was given to other companies after private meetings with Ontario government officials.
There are signs of green economic turmoil everywhere
The citizens' group said it also wants to challenge the political decision on Invenergy's application and “flawed policy that led to this decision.”
When D’Eon, who lives near the Pubnico Point Wind Farm, came outside to investigate what he heard, he saw that one of the blades on a turbine was “in distress.”
The two sides fighting it out at the Amherst Island Environmental Review Tribunal sparred over the qualifications of an expert witness Friday morning.
“It’s not a matter of ‘if’ someone gets killed, it’s ‘when’ someone gets killed,” said Wilson. He said a flight school at the airport may be forced to close. He’s planning to bring a private member’s bill asking the government to restore local autonomy when it comes to the placement of turbines.
The costs may be high and the need questionable, but Ontarians signed up to buy a lot more renewable power last week when Ontario’s Independent Power System Operator (IESO) announced the results of the province’s latest procurement.
A new process to select sites for renewable energy projects was “open, fair and transparent,” says an evaluator hired to ensure selectors followed all the rules. But critics are furious the same rules let wind firms with low bids trump municipal objections and the “transparent” process doesn’t yet let them know why.
“TransAlta is very interested in repowering this site. Unfortunately, right now, it’s not economically feasible,” Wayne Oliver, operations supervisor for TransAlta’s wind operations in Pincher Creek and Fort Macleod, said in an interview. “We’re anxiously waiting to see what incentives might come from our new government
“The high incidence of energy poverty in Canada, particularly when gasoline expenditures are included, should be of central concern when policies regarding energy are devised. Policies that raise prices could exacerbate problems faced by families who are in energy poverty, or those on the cusp of energy poverty.”
The 57 turbines on the site produce about 20 megawatts of electricity. The lifespan of this equipment is about 20 years, and this site is becoming a safety issue and there's a lack of replacement parts.
Wind turbines tear apart communities and relationships, causing animosity that lingers for years, warn farmers.
Wind farms were imposed on rural Ontario, study says. The Ontario government has betrayed rural municipalities by approving new wind farms in places that have explicitly voted against them, mayors say — including just east of Ottawa.
Huron County, Ontario is home to hundreds of wind turbines, and while this form of renewable energy generation may be a plush for the environment, a number of residents have reported negative health impacts from living close to industrial wind turbine farms. An investigation into the reported health effects is being launched.
Six separate appeals have been filed to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) against its approval of the wpd Canada project to construct eight 500-ft wind turbines east of Stayner.
When the stewards of our environment are arguing to kill threatened species to facilitate development, something's clearly out of balance.
Environmental activists have scored another victory against construction of wind turbines they say will do serious and irreversible harm to already endangered species. ...The panel upheld the appeal because of the risk of serious and irreversible harm to the Little Brown Bat and Blanding’s Turtle.
Testing by Swallow generated acoustic sound levels of between 37 and 57 decibels outdoors and 20 to 40 decibels indoors. Infrasound levels measured between 57 and 88 decibels outdoors and 53 to 72 decibels indoors. He said the increase in sound from wind alone is staggering and should be explored further.
“DSTN’s future prospects have not improved over the past year, and the domestic wind tower market is well below expectations,” explains Nova Scotia Business Minister Mark Furey. “Government has few options except to prevent the risk of further loss while ensuring all assets are returned to Nova Scotians.
“NAV CAN told me … a year and a half ago that they didn’t have any rules for this sort of situation because they didn’t think that any government would be stupid enough to build eight 500-foot wind turbines close to a regional airport, so they don’t have any rules,” Wilson told the legislature.