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Some municipalities in Bruce County had been hoping a private member's bill would have some life. Todd Smith -- the PC member who introduced the bill earlier this week -- says the party isn't giving up on the issue, since so many solar and wind projects are being built over the objections of people who will live near them.
The motion, announced today by Senator Bob Runciman, calls for "a moratorium on the approval of wind energy projects on islands and onshore areas within three kilometres of the shoreline in the Upper St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario region, from the western tip of Prince Edward County to the eastern edge of Wolfe Island, until the significant threat to congregating, migrating or breeding birds and migrating bats is investigated thoroughly and restrictions imposed to protect internationally recognized important bird areas from such developments."
"When we were encouraged to open a production facility in Ontario, it was with the promise that small wind turbines would be included in the feedin tariff rates," Reg Adams said Friday. "We have been waiting for 10 months and there is still nothing in the rates for small wind," he said.
"I have no doubt, honestly I have no doubt" the Green Energy Act cost the Liberals their majority, Gillis said. ...Green Energy Act opponents were hoping for a Progressive Conservative majority. Party leader Tim Hudak had promised a moratorium on wind farms until new studies on the impact of industrial turbines were completed.
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has promised a moratorium on wind turbines and has said he'd allow local municipalities to have a say over such projects. "I think Dalton McGuinty's policies of forcing industrial wind turbines like pins in a pin cushion across the province is wrongheaded," said Hudak. "I think it's causing damage to communities and it's awfully expensive, driving up our hydro bills."
At the time of the moratorium motion, Craitor said that representatives of the company had asked him to speak out. He said the company had invested $30 million "in anticipation of growth opportunities," Craitor's assessment was backed Monday by Belinda Forknell, a spokesperson for DMI's head office in West Fargo, N.D.
"This is an agency that has received millions of dollars of grants from the McGuinty government," said Hudak. "Their books say they're running a deficit, but somehow they find the money to do expensive TV ads." The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association launched two 30-second television ads Friday.
Horwath told me her task as leader is to listen to all sides - not just environmentalists, but opponents of wind turbines and commuters who complain of high gas prices. "I'm an environmentalist, always have been and always will be. But I don't think making life more expensive for folks . . . is the right way to go."
In his memo, Hall explains provincial regulations assume WTGs don't emit a tonal or cyclic variation quality, but noted MOE field officers at the Melancthon EcoPower Centre concluded some of them did. ...According to a 2008 MOE guideline, those sounds, which Hall said field officers confirmed existed at the Melancthon EcoPower Centre, could trigger a five dB penalty.
The memo concludes that the current limit of 40 decibels should be reduced to 30 to 32 decibels. In the opinion of ministry officers, that level of sound "would not cause or be likely to cause adverse effects" for residents living near turbines, it says. Reducing noise standards to that level would require the province to significantly increase its current 550-metre minimum setback for turbines from surrounding buildings.
ATI, along with the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University estimated the cost to the economy of forcing renewable energy mandates. They estimate in addition to the extra cost of energy to consumers, the cost to business would be passed along in reduced income or layoffs.
With an election campaign just a month away Premier Dalton McGuinty was in town Monday to hail the new plant as a cutting edge of a green energy revolution. Provincial Tories have called it part of a boondoggle deal with Samsung that they intend to scrap before it hoses taxpayers for generations to come.
The Ministry of the Environment has bowed to public pressure and extended the deadline for filing comments about a proposed wind farm east of Port Dover. MOE initially set a July 30 deadline ...However, due to ongoing complaints in the local area, the MOE will continue to accept input until Aug. 29.
The Conservative threat to scrap the program and the biggest investment commitment made under it-a $7 billion pledge by South Korea's Samsung C&T-has rattled the industry even though the party has said it will honor existing contracts.
McGuinty tried to take a great leap forward, essentially imposing wind power on Ontarians, instead of nurturing it, with the Green Energy Act. It limits municipalities' powers to block wind projects. And an untendered $7-billion contract with South Korean firm Samsung to develop 2,500 megawatts of wind and solar power in Ontario seems like an unseemly sweetheart deal.
"It just isn't economic yet," he said. "It has to get to the point to where it can compete. But if someone wants to come into Alberta and put up the capital for solar, wind, whatever, they're welcome to do that."
It's "critical" for opponents of industrial wind turbines to continue doing everything possible to "hold the wind industry back" over the next four months until the provincial election.
"They've said in black and white they have no way to ensure compliance with the certificate of approvals, yet they willingly and knowingly continue to issue them," said Mr. Laforet. "If there is unenforceable compliance, you're just letting industry do what it wants and the government is rubber-stamping it."
Under Assembly Bill 146 and Wisconsin's renewable portfolio standard, 10 per cent of electricity must come from renewable sources by 2015. The Bill was not without opposition. Critics said it was another blow to the state's struggling wind power industry.
An economist at the University of Guelph says if Ontario's experiment with green energy is similar to what's happened in the European Union (EU), the province can look forward to higher taxes, a net loss of jobs, and little difference in terms of green house gas emissions.