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The little hut not far from the end of Kevin Elwood's airstrip looks more like a hobbit house than anything: almost a play house, a mere 16 by 20 feet. But since it comes complete with electricity, running water and a septic system it qualifies as a dwelling.
Toronto-based Trillium Power filed a $2.25 billion lawsuit against the Ontario government in response to its moratorium on offshore wind power development. Now, another offshore wind developer has filed a separate billion-dollar lawsuit against Ontario relating to similar circumstances.
He also pointed to concerns about negative health impacts around turbines as another matter still unresolved. It's not enough for the province to have only conducted a review of existing literature, he said. "Sooner or later, they're going to have to debunk what's false or deal with the stuff that's true. "If you have a problem, solve it, and then tell people you've solved it.
Andrew said the review board would be creating a "slippery slope" by acknowledging that wind turbines devalue property value, much the same as having an airport or highway nearby. Kenney hopes the ruling doesn't discourage others from taking up the challenge.
"We're are now against - the new president (of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture) wants the moratorium," said Councillor Larry Verbeke, a local federation member. He agreed the position conflicts with the earlier stance of the county farm group.
Aylesbury Vale District Council has written to the developer of the proposed wind farm site last week saying that recent bat surveys done in the area were unsatisfactory according to the council's biodiversity Green Spaces Team.
The wind woes of the minority Liberals seemed far from dying down Tuesday as anti-turbine protesters upped the pressure in Toronto and the government was hit with a new lawsuit.
So far, much of the debate around wind power subsidies has raged outside urban cores, but Wind Concerns Ontario brought their complaints to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Tuesday where green energy industries were participating in a Feed In Tariff (FIT) forum.
The closure of the WindTronics plant in the 600 block of Sprucewood Avenue leaves about 20 employees without a job. But that number pales in comparison to the 200 jobs the Michigan-based company promised when it accepted a green energy grant from the provincial government.
Premier Dalton McGuinty has promised municipalities more of a voice on wind turbine projects within their borders. But on Thursday, the province said municipalities won't be able to reject wind projects.
Monica Elms, a resident of Chatham-Kent, said she has been working on this issue for six years and that she is hearing more and more about quality of life issues from people forced to live with industrial wind turbines. She said there are issues of property rights as well as property values and health issues.
Fabrene vice-president John Spencer says the Global Adjustment fee charged to offset the premiums Ontario pays for wind and solar power increased seven-fold in recent years to $1 million a year. NaiKun received approval for wind energy incentives -- which could eventually be worth at least $1 million a year for electricity from its proposed offshore windmills at the north end of the Queen Charlotte Islands -- after the Harper government announced the incentives in January 2007.
The University of Waterloo is about to embark on what they are calling an extensive study to discover the health effects, if any, of wind turbines on residents living nearby... all in our own backyard. Researchers will be in the Haldimand and Norfolk area beginning next month to start handing out surveys to residents living near and far away from wind turbines.
A group called the Gulf Shore Preservation Association wrote Environment Minister Stirling Belliveau on Wednesday to say a public consultation now underway should be suspended. The association says the developer, Pugwash Wind Farm Inc., should have to provide more information on the $85-million project before the process continues.
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. today announced that it plans not to proceed with the previously announced investment in First Wind Holdings, LLC's ("First Wind") wind portfolio in the North East United States. The initial joint announcement with Emera Inc. in April 2011 had contemplated APUC acquiring a minority interest of approximately 12.5% in the Portfolio, representing an approximate U.S. $83 million investment.
A Port Elgin community group has launched a boycott of products and services from companies employing CAW members, to protest a wind turbine being erected by the union in town. ...That includes auto makers, airlines and retailers organized by the CAW.
Wind-turbine opponents are demanding Adelaide Metcalfe council repeal a new turbine-building fee it imposed unexpectedly and without notifying them. ..."I was flabbergasted," said activist Esther Wrightman, to discover from a councillor's Facebook page that in one night council had proposed, debated, approved and passed into bylaw the new fees. "I didn't believe it at first."
Wainfleet residents want a bylaw calling for a two-kilometre setback for wind turbines and 100% restitution of property values by the wind energy industry. Judith Atkinson, of the Wainfleet Ratepayers Association, asked for the bylaw at Tuesday night's township council meeting, stating council has an ethical and legal obligation to protect residents from the noise and annoyance of wind turbines.
Mark Wales, president of the largest farm organization in the province, said the debate over industrial wind turbines has become an "extremely divisive" issue within Ontario's rural community, pitting farmers against each other. "We need to stop the process, and get it right," saidWales.
President Mark Wales says escalating concerns about industrial wind turbines have prompted the group to make the recommendation. Wales says farm families and rural residents must be assured that their interests are adequately protected in the development of wind farms.