Articles from Ontario
Dutton Dunwich Council passed a resolution at its regular meeting January 13, requesting that the Ontario government not sign any new contracts for wind power, and that it “not proceed with any related projects within our Municipality.”
Is Ontario generating less electricity from solar panels and wind turbines than it did years ago, despite billions in subsidies to the renewable energy sector? Statistics Canada data suggest so. ...the numbers coming out of Ottawa are simply wrong.
The report says that WPD Canada's plans for eight wind turbines west of Stayner would have a significant negative impact on airport operations. The study also says the project has the potential to jeopardize any proposed or future investment in the airport and the economy of the region.
Ald. Betty Konc has requested a letter to be drafted from the Township of Wainfleet and sent to the Ontario Minister of Energy and the Deputy Minister of Energy.
Investigators believe the windmill was shot sometime over the past few days, but they haven’t been able to identify a suspect yet.
Ward 16 Councillor Heather Stauble and everyone fighting to keep industrial wind turbines out of Manvers Township suffered a devastating blow when their appeal of the Snowy Ridge wind park approval was dismissed. The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) which heard the appeal, issued the decision on Tuesday (Dec. 22), upholding the provincial approval issued to Capstone Infrastruture.
Two exhaustive years, two tribunals and one appeal. The digging, the paperwork, the questions and revelations that just maybe the ministries involved aren’t as neutral as they should be, and it’s finally over. Well, for now.
“Over the last decade, this power system planning process has essentially broken down, and Ontario’s energy system has not had a technical plan in place for the last 10 years. Operating outside the checks and balances of the legislated planning process, the Ministry of Energy has made a number of decisions about power generation that have resulted in significant costs to electricity consumers.”
The auditor found the Green Energy Act is also driving up rates. Hydro customers will pay a total of $9.2 billion more for wind and solar projects under the Liberals’ 20-year guaranteed-price program for renewable energy than they would have paid under the old program. Ontario’s guaranteed prices for wind power generators are double the U.S. average, while the province’s solar power rates are three-and-a-half times higher.
Yet the madness initiated under Dalton McGuinty is being continued under Kathleen Wynne. If anything, she’s doubling down, continuing to award new long-term contracts at outrageous prices to produce power that we don’t need. And it will only get worse when her cap-and-trade scheme finally takes shape.
Now, an Ohio group is moving ahead with plans to harness Lake Erie’s strong gusts, in sharp contrast to neighbouring Ontario that slapped a moratorium on wind farms in all its Great Lakes amid a public backlash to the spectre of the highrise-sized turbines along its shorelines.
Ontario’s early round of wind-energy contracts became a lightning rod for political opposition, and angered many rural areas, with companies paid far more to generate power than consumers pay and control taken away from municipalities over where the highrise-sized wind turbines could be built. But under new rules, [firms] that get civic councils, land owners and First Nations on board get extra points.
Tuesday, the ERT heard testimony from Dr. Cornelia Baines, witness for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. ...Under cross-examination by APPEC counsel Eric Gillespie, Dr. Baines conceded that she knows nothing about wind turbine technology though she has read regularly about the health issues. She also admitted she has not seen patients since the 1980s and is not licensed to practice medicine.
Dr. Schomer, a former Standards Director of the Acoustical Society of America with 48 years’ experience in noise measurement, was qualified by the ERT as an expert in acoustics. He told the Tribunal that all residents in the White Pines project area will be affected by audible and inaudible sound and a number of residents will be seriously affected.
Dennis Mueller, a representative for the community liaison committee started the two-hour session by directing questions and complaints from members of 14 households that live near these wind turbines. ...“Personally I was appalled when these reports began to come in as I knew there were health problems but had no idea to this severity,” said Mueller.
The Tribunal found “that the planned Settlers Landing wind project in Pontypool will cause serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment.”...Coun. Stauble said the windcompany "...must adhere to a 550 metre setback, and to do so means they would have to put those turbines in the woodlands. Which they are now not allowed to do.”
Concerns from Fort William First Nations about the moose and moose habitat, and Horizon Wind Inc.’s failure to address them, is what led to the official denial of the project.
At a committee of the whole meeting in Picton Thursday afternoon, council opted to wait for a ruling from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to determine if donations to help offset the legal costs of a pair of appeals qualify for official income tax receipts. The decision came after hearing from a pair of local residents the municipality could be liable for the taxes from the donations and also risk its ability to receive donations.
Dave Hemingway is concerned property owners may be left on the hook for millions of dollars of wind turbine construction work that hasn't been paid for. ...The total value of the liens is over $32 million.
"The Association to Protect Amherst Island remains adamantly opposed to the construction of turbines on Amherst Island and has appealed the MOECC decision to grant Renewable Energy Approval to Windlectric Inc. and plans to make application for judicial review of the application," APAI president Peter Large wrote in a letter to Loyalist Township. "The association also continues to explore all legal and political opportunities to stop the industrialization of Amherst Island."