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Uwe Sandner, president of UDI Renewables Corporation of Nanticoke told Norfolk County council on Tuesday night he blames the Internet where "all kinds" of one-sided information against turbines is available. ...Committee member Larry Hoyt said he attended the meeting with Sandner and watched as opponents "threw" numerous questions about the impact of the project "at him that he couldn't answer."
Wind Concerns Ontario is calling it an about-face, but Canadian Wind Energy Association officials say their position has never changed on the possible health impacts of industrial wind turbines.
Ontario residents could end up paying some of the highest costs for electricity in the developing world because providing wind and solar energy will cost about 40 per cent more than government estimates, according to a new study.
Ontario energy ministry spokesman Andrew Block confirmed that Windstream's contract was not cancelled, but he said there can't be further development while studies on the impact of offshore wind projects are under way.
Despite a presentation detailing the benefits of using wind as a source of energy, it was hard for the LDRA (Lake District Recreation Assc.) to sell Lower Sackville residents on the idea of building a 120-foot wind turbine in their neighbourhood.
Ontario bureaucrats have been given "no firm deadline" for reporting on the possible health effects of offshore wind turbines, says the Ministry of Natural Resources. But it says one of the studies will take up to three years.
Most people live in an area because they love it and here we have the McGuinty government expecting rural people to take one for the team because he knows what's best. The arrogance is appalling. How much longer are we going to hear that there is no impact on people's health and property values?
If wind turbines are as green as wind developers profess them to be, the studies we want will show that. The wind industry's fear of having these very specific studies done seems proof positive that they are fully aware the results will not be in favour of wind energy.
One of Canada's biggest suppliers of wind turbines says content requirements that force companies to make renewable energy equipment in local plants are counterproductive and should be eliminated.
Many factors were at play in these rural ridings during the campaign, but the one that cut across all regions was opposition to the Liberals’ plans to erect wind turbines. The Liberals, who fell just one seat short of winning a third majority, clearly got punished in rural Ontario over their drive to push renewable sources of energy – the centrepiece of their job-creation strategy.
Mr. Falconer argues in his application to the Superior Court that "the concealment by contract of serious public health and safety concerns is fundamentally against the public interest." In his application, he makes reference to the ERT ruling on the 20- megawatt Kent Breeze wind farm near Thamesville, in which the tribunal said generally that there might be adverse health effects.
Ward 4 Councillor Susan Hampson presented a motion to pass the resolution, which would halt the 'construction of industrial wind turbines until science-based and peer reviewed regulations have been implemented to ensure public health and well-being.'
Wind turbines are popping up across Ontario and many Amherst Island residents don't want them in their area. That was the consensus among the public members speaking to provincial political hopefuls at the Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington all-candidates in the community hall Thursday night.
If deBock had any other difficulties during the night, it was from the types of questions he received. At one point, he said he had 14 questions, and all of them dealt with wind turbines. Other queries were presented and candidates did answer questions on a variety of different issues.
Speakers affiliated with the advocacy group Wind Concerns Ontario made their case that the provincial Liberals' push to harness wind energy was inefficient, bad for local wildlife and harmful to human health.
"Ontario assassinated the company and the offshore industry by stealth through a press release," John Kourtoff, the head of Trillium Wind Power Corp., told CBC News. The financial damages the company is seeking are to cover the $5.3 million already spent and the lost potential revenue, Kourtoff said.
Trillium has been planning a wind farm of up to 6oo megawatts in the waters of Lake Ontario near Kingston ...It was halted in its tracks in February when the province put a moratorium on all off-shore wind projects, saying it needs to do further studies about possible health effects.
Ontario Minister of Energy Brad Duguid dismissed the lawsuit as "ridiculous" and "frivolous" and said the amount of the claim is "laughable." He noted that Trillium did not have contracts with the government for any of its projects, and said the province had an obligation to ensure offshore wind is safe before allowing any construction to go ahead.
At a campaign stop in Toronto, Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty, who has championed renewable power with the 2009 Green Energy Act, defended wind turbines, referring to a May 2010 provincial health report that failed to find a link between the noise they emit and medical problems.
The layoffs took effect Monday at the wind-turbine tower manufacturer and came as a result of the "uncertainty" surrounding the political support for wind-generated power, said DMI Industries spokesperson Belinda Forknell.