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Despite the flaccid demand, wind generators were getting an average of 12 cents a kilowatt hour for their power, while conventional power producers subject to the wholesale market were getting 7.4 cents. Not only does wind sometimes produce when it's least needed - in hot summer weather it often fails to produce when it is needed.
The Green Energy Act empowered wind companies to think they could do anything but Metzger said they better think twice. "We're not going to lay down and play dead," he said. The wind companies have split what had been tight-knit communities.
The $75-million wind farm, which Horizon Wind would like to build on the Nor'Wester Mountain range, has drawn the wrath of Neebing Ward residents.
The less you know about "green" energy, the more it was meant for you. By that I mean that wind turbines and solar farms don't have to make any financial sense -- and they don't. They just have to make you feel good about the government. The turbines and solar farms may look good from afar ...But they look far from good the closer you get
A recent survey showed about two-thirds of the ward's residents oppose Horizon Wind Inc.'s $75-million plan to erect 18 turbines on the Nor'Wester Mountain Range. And not one of the five candidates in the running for the coveted Neebing seat believes the project should go ahead as planned.
Wind farms shouldn't be allowed offshore in Lake Huron until there is peer-reviewed research to assess risks to the lake and its shoreline, an advocacy group says. The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation was formed in 1998 by former conservation officials after environmental cuts by the Mike Harris-led Tory government.
Marilyn says she's been doing her own research and has seen a disturbing trend in that large multinational companies take advantage of government programs to build and operate wind farms without adequate public consultation or regard for public safety and concerns. McGuffin agreed, saying that Prince Township is one of 48 communities currently living under the shadow of wind turbines in Ontario and soon there will be many more.
Some landowners in southeastern Saskatchewan have turned to the courts to press for significant changes to a $60-million wind farm project. Brad Jamieson, is a Saskatoon lawyer representing area residents who recently filed a class-action lawsuit. ...An interim court order was made last week bringing "all construction-related activity" to a halt pending the outcome of an injunction application.
Council had a report from lawyer Peter Pickfield at its Aug. 12 council meeting. Warden Joanne Ross-Zuj said after the closed meeting the legal opinion will also be sent to all municipal staff in the county. County council is taking the lead on ways to oppose wind turbine projects where it can in the county, and is working with its lower tier municipalities to do that.
While a majority of Canadians favour wind turbines and other forms of renewable energy generation, East Garafraxa Council is taking a hard line on local developmental control - and has gone on record as seeking setbacks that would effectively preclude any turbine construction.
It is unequivocally clear that residents feel that this project is inconsistent with the responsible development of the area, and that any such development on the Gulf Shore would be a serious setback to the community," Gulf Shore Preservation Association chair Lisa Betts said Monday.
The dispute centered on the mechanisms that allowed the power generators to connect safely to the province's electrical grid. One monitors the turbine's electrical output for any anomalies and shuts it down in the event of an emergency, while another prevents energy produced by the turbine from flowing onto the public system.
Ontario's Natural Resources ministry is considering constraints on offshore wind farms but its not clear if the limits will appease a tidal wave of protest from those who live along Lake Huron. The ministry this week published a draft policy that could place constraints on where turbines could be placed.
We can't afford what our government has planned for us with wind-generated electricity. We will all be hurt by this; some will lose good health, some will lose places they use for leisure, others will lose their homes, and everyone will lose financially.
The public has less than a week to comment on the first phase of a government document that could lay the framework to introduce off-shore wind power development off of Point Clark, Kincardine, Port Elgin and up the west coast of the Bruce Peninsula and east coast of Georgian Bay.
Derek Dudek, Renewable Energy Application (REA) co-ordinator, was on the hook to answer most of the questions and was surrounded by angry residents, opposing the entire project. "This isn't a public meeting," said Kathryn Vine-Smith of Guelph who has a home on Huron Road in Point Clark.
A 115-megawatt wind farm project in Arran-Elderslie "is going ahead," the developer says, despite council objections, including its widely-circulated bylaw challenging a section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in an attempt to block turbine development within the municipality.
Originally set for the Millbrook Legion hall, the meeting is now to take place at the Millbrook arena on Sept. 30. "We're anticipating a larger than originally anticipated turnout," said Kelly Campbell, director of Energy Farming Ontario, the company planning the development.
While the wind-power debate on Manitoulin has so far centred, understandably, on land-based projects, there's another type of turbine development in the offing.
Green or not, wind power continues to hotly divide the community. With more than 70 people overflowing into the hallway outside, town council approved a rezoning request Monday for a $100-million project by AIM PowerGen for 24 giant turbines spread over about 1,400 acres of farmland roughly southwest of Harrow.