Articles filed under General from Canada

Turbines on trial as judges hear UWO witness

The province's Green Energy Act was put to the test Monday before a panel of three Superior Court justices over a clash that has played out in many Ontario communities - are wind turbines a savior of the environment or a risk to human health to those who live in their shadow?
25 Jan 2011

Ontario's new dilemma: Too much power

New wind farms, operating under current contracts that pay the operator 13.5 cents a kilowatt hour, would see all of their power flow onto the grid at the contract price. Customers shouldn't start anticipating lower bills. Although the market price might show up as zero, customers are still on the hook for the contractual prices awarded to wind producers.
25 Jan 2011

Ontario lawyer challenges credibility of leading witnesses in challenge to wind farm law

An Ontario government lawyer attacked the credibility of three star witnesses in a key legal challenge to the province's new green energy legislation. Sara Blake said Dr. Robert McMurtry and two other physicians, who cast doubt on the safety of wind turbines, are not reliable witnesses. The three are named as experts in the case brought against the government.
24 Jan 2011

Wind power case may cloud industry's future

The case, brought by Ian Hanna, a resident of Prince Edward County, 200 kilometres east of Toronto, argues that regulations in Ontario's Green Energy Act, governing how far turbines must be from houses, are illegal. If the court agrees, new wind development could come to a standstill. The case will also be an opportunity to air the views of those who feel wind turbines are unhealthy.
23 Jan 2011

Collector gathers to stop windfarm on its doorstep

Collector residents will today begin the fight to stop a planned $400million windfarm they say will destroy the village's growth opportunities. Friends of Collector community group will form at the Collector Memorial Hall at 3pm and begin opposition to the 80-turbine development.
22 Jan 2011

Wind turbine fight looking more like war

A second public information meeting on the proposed Whittington wind project is set for the Amaranth Township hall at Laurel next Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., apparently at the behest of township council, as the first meeting, on Oct. 12, 2010, was held outside the township.
20 Jan 2011

Council's hands tied over wind farm

Norfolk's elected officials put the developers of a proposed wind farm east of Port Dover on the hot seat last night, raising questions about the impact the turbines will have on the environment and the people who live nearby. Capital Power, the Canadian company, wants to build a 58-turbine site that would straddle Norfolk and Haldimand counties.
19 Jan 2011

P.E.I. sees value in wind turbine coverage

The P.E.I. government signed a five-year warranty and maintenance package costing $1 million a year for 10 Vestas turbines purchased by the province for $48 million for its East Point wind farm in 2007. ...Without the warranty and maintenance package, the province would have been looking at forking out more than $5 million in repair costs, added Brown.
16 Jan 2011

$1.2M in wind turbine compensation paid

The P.E.I. government has received $1.2 million in compensation from wind turbine company Vestas to cover the cost of energy lost while the turbines in East Point weren't operating in 2008. The province spent close to $50 million to buy 10 Vestas turbines for its East Point wind farm in 2007.
14 Jan 2011

Provincial tribunal to hear appeal on windmills

Palmer was granted presenter status at the tribunal Tuesday during a pre-hearing held at Chatham-Kent council Chambers. Palmer, an engineer from the Saugeen Shores area, said he plans to touch on a number of issues including turbine noise and the threat of "ice throw" from the blades. "Morally, I have an obligation to be here," he said.
12 Jan 2011

Turbulence over turbines

Pitt is concerned about the location of the turbines due to skydivers jumping from planes west of the field and turbines. The distance between the Station Rd. turbines and the skydive business is about 3.5 km in a straight line. "There are times we'll jump out five kilometres to the west of the field and we'd be coming back right over those turbines."
6 Jan 2011

NSP customers asked to pay for untendered wind contract

Board vice-chairwoman Margaret Shears raised concerns about the $82.7-million wind farm deal and the lack of evidence presented by the utility to prove that the $25-million construction contract was the best deal for ratepayers. She said the board has little evidence, other than the utility's opinion "that it's the best price Nova Scotia Power could have gotten."
6 Jan 2011

Decision pending

City officials will find out next Thursday whether or not a judge will allow an arbitrator to decide the fate of four turbines Horizon Wind Inc. has planned for the Nor'Wester Mountain range. A positive decision in favour of the city would put Horizon's $126-million lawsuit against the city, filed last fall after council approved 14 of 18 of the company's planned turbine locations, on hold.
5 Jan 2011

Skydivers write to politicians about turbine worries

Supporters of Skydive Burnaby have started to send letters to local and provincial politicians over two proposed wind turbines in close proximity to the business's Burnaby Rd. field. ...The Pitt's said there are times when skydivers jump up to 5 km west of the field due to wind conditions. Their flight path back to the club would take them near or over the two proposed wind turbines.
31 Dec 2010

Turbulence over turbines

Pitt is concerned about the location of the turbines due to skydivers jumping from planes west of the field and turbines. The distance between the Station Rd. turbines and the skydive business is about 3.5 km in a straight line. "There are times we'll jump out five kilometres to the west of the field and we'd be coming back right over those turbines."
29 Dec 2010

New regs do little to quell renewable energy debate

John Laforet says the amendment, one of several posted on the province's environmental registry, will allow wind energy developers placing turbines to use typical local building patterns and existing zoning by-laws to calculate setbacks from vacant lots. The regulations previously required developers to calculate distances from the middle of the lot.
24 Dec 2010

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