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Despite its high-tech wizardry, turbine design has two major drawbacks. First, they are ugly — at least when compared to a pristine rural landscape. A spinning turbine is an affront to the esthetic sensibilities of anyone who looks at one with other than an engineer’s eye. Worse, from an environmental standpoint, these things are killers. While there is little chance of danger to people, flying creatures have plenty to fear. Bats and birds are killed by the thousands across the world by wind turbines. Our efforts to make them silent make turbines efficient killers.
The petition was brought forward in a report to council on the wind power development approval process at their May 25 meeting. “Obviously we’ve all been thinking about this a lot because it’s a big concern to our residents, and we want to get it right,” said Councillor Bev Everts. “I guess the constituents are out there wondering if we’re listening, and I think they’ve made a lot of noise and want to make sure that we’re listening. It’s pretty loud and clear where they stand with this,” said deputy reeve Rick Lemire.
Alberta power regulators have told the developer of a wind farm near Seven Persons that after 15 years, its plans will have to be resubmitted for new approval. The Peace Butte Wind Farm was one of the first utility-scale wind farms proposed in southeast Alberta in 2006.
In its notice of appeal, the energy corporation said the council's decision "failed to follow the intent and objectives of its official plan and subdivision and control bylaw," which it said permit windmills within the community for the purposes of electrical power generation.
The decision ...outlines that the IESO agreed to provide an extension to the project’s commercial operation date of June 17, 2021 ...The announcement stems from a letter having been sent by a group of North Stormont residents opposed to the wind farm project alleging that EDP Renewables was in breach of contract with the IESO, having passed its initial commercial operation date deadline.
An expansion at the wind farm in Eastern Kings, which the P.E.I. government said was a go last month, has been denied a permit by the local municipality. In September, Minister of Environment Natalie Jameson approved the expansion subject to 17 conditions drawn from responses from the public.
For the first time, Naveco's CEO Amit Virmani tells CBC News he is looking at moving the project out of Anse-Bleue, and out of northern New Brunswick altogether. ...That would require NB Power to agree to amend its existing contract with Naveco to buy 20 megawatts of electricity from the Anse-Bleue site.
JOHNSTOWN – With about five weeks to go in the estimated time it’ll take to transfer remaining turbine components from storage at Port of Johnstown to installation site in North Stormont, manufacturer Enercon has apologized in advance for any inconvenience to local motorists.
In order to oppose the continuation of the project, Mekker, along with other residents, sent a Notice of Non-Consent to the Government of Ontario’s attorney general, premier, and Yurek, outlining they did not consent to the project. A similar notice had been sent in 2019. Mekker said her opposition to the project was based on a multitude of factors, including long-term health issues she said windmills create for residents living near them. In addition, she said the cluster of wind turbines being erected exposes North Stormont residents to infrasound, low-frequency noise, vibration, and shadow flicker.
The majority of council — 4-1, voted against a motion presented by Coun. Roxane Villeneuve during a May 27 council meeting that would have labeled the township as an unwilling host of the project. Council has, twice before, approved a resolution indicating it was not willing to host a wind farm project.
Most North Stormont council members have apparently had their fill of tilting at wind turbines, rejecting a motion from Councillor Roxane Villeneuve last week calling for the township to remain opposed to the recently resurrected Nation Rise Wind Farm, as well as any other similar projects in the future.
Suncor’s Forty Mile Wind Power Project has suspended construction for the remainder of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The proponents of a large wind energy project near Assiniboia, Sask., have moved to calm fears about an influx of temporary and out-of-province workers amid COVID-19. Construction is resuming on the Golden South Wind project just outside the town. It broke ground last summer and when complete it is expected to provide 200 megawatts of wind power through 59 turbines. It is located on about 34,000 acres of leased agricultural land in the rural municipalities of Stonehenge and Lake of the Rivers.
A major wind power project near Bow Island could be delayed up to two years, Suncor announced as it issued revised guidance to investors on Monday.
A proposed 24,000-acre wind farm near Lomond, Alta., has some area residents worried about the future of their farmland. It’s a small community, located about 75 kilometres north of Lethbridge near Vulcan.
Wind farm proponent says he's baffled by seemingly contradictory positions on environmental issues, projects
Project managers Keaton Lever and Marika Gibson provided council with a project overview and status update of the Buffalo Plains Wind Farm, reads the minutes of the Dec. 18 County council meeting. An open house and stakeholder consultation have been completed, as well as an environmental assessment of the land, they told council.
Ontario’s auditor general says she will examine the costs associated with the cancellation of an eastern Ontario wind farm, as the opposition New Democrats call for a special investigation of a move they say could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
Under the terms of the contract with the Alberta Electrical System Operator, the company is not penalized for not meeting the stated in-service date. However, the contract period remains in place, effectively meaning a shorter term. ...The three winning bids in the 2017 auction stated prices that averaged slightly less than 4 cents per kilowatt hour. The average 2019 year-to-date power price in Alberta was 5.5-cents per kilowatt hour as of Dec. 18.
A planned wind farm in the Bathurst, N.B., area was struck a major blow on Monday. City council withdrew an application for funding for the Chaleur Ventus Energy Project planned for Anse-Bleue.