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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.
The wind turbine proposed at the landfill, which would have been closest to the Montgomery neighborhood was killed last night (Mon), because only one company bid on the project, and that bid was 2 million dollars over budget.
The city received only one bid at $6.35 million to build the 120-metre tall turbine, close to $2 million over budget. The turbine would still turn a profit, but "the rate of return is not enough," said Kevin Hudson of Saskatoon Light and Power.
Niagara Region Wind Corp. spokeswoman Randi Rahamim said the company erected a meteorological tower in the region six months ago to gather data on wind velocity and weather data. Two more towers will soon be built in the region.
The new year brings a final push by Sprott Power Corp. to finish construction of its $61-million wind project near Amherst. The first three turbines were erected last month, with work on the remaining 12 resuming this week.
The project was an infringement of aboriginal rights, the correspondence from the band's fisheries manager David Schmidt stated. The band's comments about various aspects of the project "do not express approval of the project or any other project, nor do these comments constitute consultation or accommodation in relation to this or any other project," he said.
Environmental Business Consultants project manager John Nicholson, hired by Skyway, says the company representative was answering questions, but there was a point when he couldn't because people were asking a "barrage" of questions but weren't waiting for the answers.
The Local Municipality Democracy Act, introduced by Progressive Conservative MPP Todd Smith of Prince Edward-Hastings, would have restored authority to municipalities that was stripped from them under the Green Energy Act.
Hinchliffe said the school cost $2 to $3 million more than a regular school to build because of the additional green technology used in the construction. And despite being a green engineering feat, she said it's not a model other boards should copy. "It's not a sustainable system ..." said Hinchliffe.
Bob Runciman, the senator for Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, presented a motion in Senate earlier this week calling for a moratorium on wind energy projects in the area stretching from Wolfe Island to Prince Edward County. ...While Runiciman's motion lacks the power to stop wind projects on its own, the Senate did back it unanimously.
Meanwhile, wind energy has become a political football in Ontario. In February 2009, lawmakers passed the Green Energy Act that called for the province to increase its power generated from renewable sources from 8,300 megawatts to 10,000 megawatts by 2015. That legislation also sowed the seeds of opposition to wind power, said Beth Harrington of Wind Concerns Ontario.
They left the signs outside, but hundreds of people opposed to the Springwood wind farm near here swamped an open house with a sea of green shirts, many of them with stickers voicing specific objections to wind turbines.
From Malta in the Mediterranean to Altamont in California, the landscape is littered with decommissioned wind farms, all bankrupt, all eyesores and all funded with local tax dollars. These things have been failing for nearly 35 years. Shinish Creek will be no different. Britain, Germany and Spain - all touted as "leaders" in wind energy.
Renewable energy experts questioned whether the turbine would ever pay for itself, and suggested the suburban location was unlikely to have enough wind for the machine to operate efficiently.
Well, hear this. The voices of the opponents of wind turbine developments on land in rural Ontario have not been heard. Period. And there is absolutely nothing in Bentley's rhetoric to suggest they will be in the future.
"It really aggravates me that the board doesn't bother to notify people of these things in a public way," said Christine Ingham, who attended the Wednesday open house. "And then, we get here and see there is no balanced information, just how great they think it is."
The Oppose Belwood Wind Farm Association is expecting 1,000 people to attend the final public meeting for the Springwood wind farm planned near Fergus. "Many believe that the Springwood wind farm proposed near Lake Belwood, Fergus, and the beautiful Elora Gorge area by wpd Canada Corporation, a huge German multinational, is merely the tip of the iceberg."
Ontario's new Energy Minister Chris Bentley has much to learn over the coming weeks about the province's complex energy file, and hopefully with that learning will come some genuine listening.
The air may have come out of a new wind turbine program at St. Clair College even before getting off the ground. The college needs $1 million to launch a wind turbine technician program, which administrators hope will provide workers for a burgeoning North American industry.