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A wind project that residents opposed near Point Pelee National Park is now being considered for the north end of Leamington. Advantis Energy is holding a meeting Tuesday to see where residents may support a wind project in a section of farmland southeast of Staples.
A mostly supportive crowd of about 100 East Luther Grand Valley residents heard Monday night that Windrush Energy would hope to have two 10- megawatt wind farms online at Ashton Ridge by 2008. But Windrush president John Pennie would not narrow the opening date down beyond that, except to say that he expects the first of two six-turbine sites to be completed by the summer of 2007, with the second one following a year later. Ashton Ridge is off County 25 a few miles north of Grand Valley, generally on a rise across the road from Summer Place.
Finavera Renewables Limited announces a further step in the development of five Canadian wind projects with the erection of meteorological towers on proposed wind power project sites in the Peace Region of British Columbia (BC). The company is collecting and analyzing wind speed and weather data from the towers in order to determine optimal sites for wind turbines, as well as the potential revenue generated from each project site. The meteorological tower installation program is key in the development of five projects at Little Boulder Creek, Mount Bickford, Mount Stephenson, Bullmoose Creek, and Mount Bennett. Currently, there are no wind farms operating in British Columbia.
Facing recent restrictions on building new renewable energy projects in the area, Suncor Energy, the Alberta-based company that erected a test tower in McKillop over a year ago, will continue to move forward with testing, says Chris Scott, renewable energy engineer with the company. The tests are being done to determine if four county blocks in McKillop, bordered by Hydro Line Road, Roxboro Line, Hensall Road and Summerhill Road, would be a suitable location for a 40-tower wind farm. Under the current restrictions, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) says they will only sign onto contracts with micro-scale generators, that produce no greater than 10 kilowatts. Scott says a wind farm the size they are considering for McKillop, would be “well above that.”
Builders believed construction of one of Ontario’s largest planned wind farms would breeze along, but a gust of opposition has caused serious setbacks for not only the company, but the province as well. Enbridge Ontario Wind Power LP was set to build 110 wind turbines north of Kincardine, along the shore of Lake Huron, with the project expected to produce 189 megawatts of power. “Initially, we ran into concerns about setbacks. We worked though them and got them resolved,” said Scott Dodd of Enbridge. “And we got all the approvals in place from the Kincardine council and we expected to go about building.” But opponents are now appealing the project to the Ontario Municipal Board, an independent tribunal that hears appeals on land use disputes, for further environmental assessments.
The contribution Lake Erie winds make to Ontario’s green electricity generation is about to increase. AIM PowerGen plans on erecting 12 additional turbines in the southwest corner of Norfolk County. To be erected in two clusters of six, the Cultus and Frogmore groups as AIM refers to them, will connect into the provincial electrical grid near the two villages. Total electrical output is expected to be between 18 and 20 megawatts.
Private wind developers looking to erect wind turbines in Lake Ontario and other major lakes have been told by the Ministry of Natural Resources to put their plans on hold. The provincial ministry, in a note sent this week to prospective developers, said new applications for offshore wind projects are no longer being accepted and all existing proposals are being deferred until offshore energy resources and potential environmental impacts are more thoroughly studied.
The Prince Wind Energy Project is comprised of 126 wind turbines extending over nearly 20,000 acres. With a total installed capacity of 189MW, Prince is now the largest wind farm in Canada.
A greener energy source could be blowing in the wind, regional council agreed Tuesday night. Almost every councillor wanted to speak about wind turbine farms and all were congratulating staff on bringing the topic forward. The city needs to amend its planning strategy to prepare policies to allow the turbines to be located in the municipality. However, investigating the possibility of the renewable energy source will take about 15 months, council learned.
Wind turbine farms are on the horizon for Halifax, but finding a place for a cluster of 20-storey windmills will be the hard part, says a regional councillor. “It’s an important form of energy to get us off coal and fossil fuels, but you just have to have them in the right places,” Coun. Bob Harvey (Lower Sackville) said Monday. Regional councillors are set to talk about the new energy source at tonight’s meeting at city hall. The city needs amendments to its planning strategy to prepare policies to allow the turbines to be located in Halifax Regional Municipality. So far, no policies exist.
A group of Huron-Kinloss Twp. residents are questioning what are safe setback requirements for wind turbines? Andy Robinson attended the Nov. 6 council meeting, along with several other township residents, in regard to the setback requirements and health concerns caused by the wind turbines. He said reports he has seen stated that setbacks less than 1,000 metres cause adverse health affects. In Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Twp., Robinson said many residents have expressed their concerns with regard to noise and health issues caused by wind turbines.
Ventus Energy is hoping the public will buy into its plans to build a wind farm in western P.E.I. It is offering shares in a new limited partnership to raise $55 million to build the 99-megawatt farm.... The company said it plans to build a total of 44 wind turbines in the West Cape area.
Countries must expand the range and availability of alternative sources of energy to reduce global dependence on oil and to help meet growing energy demand, U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman says. Bodman said oil and other hydrocarbons alone cannot meet rising demand, much of it coming from fast growing economies in Asia......The energy secretary said the U.S. government has been supporting development of renewable sources such as solar, wind, nuclear and ethanol as well as new technologies such as zero-emission coal plants and hydrogen fuel cells. The U.S. goal is to identify technologies with the greatest marketplace potential in the near future and push them more quickly to market, he said.
A Nova Scotia man who abandoned his home, claiming noise from a nearby wind farm made his family sick, says a study by an audio expert proves his case, even though a report to the federal government concludes the exact opposite. Daniel d’Entremont and his family left their home in the southwestern Nova Scotia community of Lower West Pubnico last February. D’Entremont says the 17 wind turbines that tower over the community — the closest just 400 metres away — were sending low-frequency vibrations into the house. This inaudible noise, he claims, deprived his family of sleep, gave his children and wife headaches and made it impossible for them to concentrate.
The caribou are major, albeit silent, figures in a growing debate over whether to reroute a proposed massive transmission corridor that would carry electricity from Manitoba to the Toronto area, so that it could also tie in to hydro and wind sources in Northern Ontario.
The director of operations for Enbridge Ontario Wind Power LP is excited about a new wind farm that is clearing regulatory hurdles in Kincardine, four hours northwest of Toronto. The project near the Lake Huron shoreline will include 110 wind turbines and produce 189 megawatts (MW) of power. “We went to Ontario because it’s got wind,” says Dodd. “You get a fair amount of constant wind around large bodies of water and Ontario’s proximity to the Great Lakes makes for great potential. “Then there are the links to existing infrastructure,” he adds. “Northern Ontario also has a good wind resource, but you have to get as close as you can to existing infrastructure and that’s easier in southern Ontario.”
Kerry Adler, described in his corporate biography as a “true visionary,” is having a spot of trouble with the vision thing in rural Quebec. The president and chief executive officer of SkyPower Corp. has run into regulatory delays and local resistance to a proposed $360-million wind energy project in the Rivière-du-Loup area, gateway to Quebec’s picturesque Gaspé Peninsula on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. It’s a classic case of not-in-my-backyard syndrome as critics opposed to Toronto-based SkyPower’s wind turbine colony — in the form currently proposed — contend the costs far outweigh the benefits. The drawbacks, they say, include noise and visual pollution, ecological damage and minimal economic development for the surrounding rural communities.
Developments in the Twin Butte area had concerned ranchers and farmers in the community hall last Thursday ready to form a new land issues group. Some 40 local landowners turned up to the meeting, which was held in response to the potential cumulative effects of the growing oil and gas, uranium and wind energy industries in the area. “If a community sits back then they will get whatever projects that come into the community,” meeting organizer Larry Frith told the group.
Two requests for wind turbines came to the regular council meeting Nov. 2, one for a temporary unit and one for a permanent one.
A natural gas plant here. New nuclear reactors there. Massive wind farms in northern Ontario. Surplus hydroelectric power from projects in Manitoba and Labrador. Who says Ontario is facing an electricity shortage? On top of conservation efforts aimed at reducing how much electricity we all consume, the reality is there are plenty of opportunities — some cleaner than others — to generate the power this province needs over the next two decades. Even, it should be noted, with the shutdown of all coal-fired plants. But generation is only part of Ontario’s electricity equation. Under-appreciated in the power supply debate is the crucial role transmission plays in moving electricity around the province. Power generation, like a car, is useless if there are no roads on which to drive, or if the only route into a big city is limited to one lane during rush hour. “Transmission is undervalued; without transmission you can’t do anything,” says engineering consultant Frank Macedo, a 25-year veteran of the electricity sector who once oversaw Hydro One’s provincial transmission assets.