Articles from Ontario
Construction of what would be one of Ontario's largest wind farms can continue, despite an ongoing legal attempt by a farm family to scuttle the $850-million project, a Divisional Court justice has ruled.
He says the turbines are going up in many rural areas despite countless objections and when the windmills go up, so does the price of electricity. At the same time, he says neighbouring residents are seeing their quality of life and property values decline.
Documents filed in support of their request show Shawn and Tricia Drennan are concerned about the potential harm the 140-turbine K2 Wind project near Goderich, Ont., could cause them.
But the Environment Ministry said there are no plans to go ahead with such wind farms until there is scientific evidence that projects can be developed in a way that protects both human health and the environment.
The Ontario government is launching two studies into putting wind farms in waterways, but maintains there are no plans to drop its moratorium on offshore wind-energy development.
Willemsen said her group is also planning on legal action. She conceded that even if a lawsuit was successful, it probably wouldn't be able to halt the project before it begins. If they are successful however, anti-wind officials hope they can bring the building to a standstill later on.
The developer of the Gunn’s Hill wind farm near Woodstock, Canada’s civil air navigation service provider states all 10 of the planned turbines are visible to the London radar and four are visible to the Hamilton radar. The impact, NAV Canada says in the letter, includes “a decrease in flight safety for aircraft operating in the area, especially in adverse weather conditions.”
“If you had been caught speeding on Twenty Road, you wouldn’t get a redo,” said Hudak, speaking on the province’s approval of the amended application. “It only makes sense for the government to follow its own laws.”
EDP Renewables Ken Little says the study will continue "until all components are complete per the REA requirements. ...Still, the ministry has since conducted its own recordings of the Brinston-area turbines after an official complaint submitted by nearby residents Leslie Disheau and Glen Baldwin last month.
Local anti-wind activists are questioning the use of Lambton County grasslands for Suncor's Cedar Point wind farm. Grassland habitats are home to bobolinks, pictured here, and eastern meadowlarks, a pair of bird species considered 'threatened' by the Ministry of Natural Resources.
“That is the stance that we’re taking at this time because I think they have better options, Our roads aren’t built to handle that heavy traffic – there’s a highway and a county road that is designed to handle it.” said West Perth Mayor Walter McKenzie
Seaforth Energy Inc. installed 14 wind turbines in Nova Scotia, all of which carry a five-year warranty. “The company has been notified of warranty issues for several of the units,” states a document filed with Industry Canada as part of Seaforth’s request for creditor protection.
In its latest 18-month outlook, the IESO forecasts that 99.5 per cent of Ontario’s 12,947 MW of installed nuclear capacity will be available during summer consumption peaks. But it predicts only 13.7 per cent of the 1,824 MW of installed wind capacity will be available. Solar is even less reliable. So, when wind and solar actually do produce power, it’s usually dumped.
Southwestern Ontario’s eye on the sky for life-threatening weather could be obscured by giant wind turbines converging on its field of vision.
“The Big Thunder Wind Park project was significantly delayed due to force majeure events,” added Bernard. “Under a FIT contract, either party to the contract has the right to terminate the contract if force majeure events delay a project past 24 months. The OPA terminated the Big Thunder Park project for this reason”.
A spokeswoman for the Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee says she’s ecstatic that Horizon Wind Inc.’s planned turbine farm in Thunder Bay might be dead in the water. ...It's not necessarily the end of the project, she cautioned. "It wouldn't come as a surprise if there is an appeal," she said, adding she thinks treaty rights must come first and be protected and will ultimately prevail.
Transport Canada recently issued an order forcing the removal of eight turbines near Chatham-Kent’s airport. And Collingwood airport is fighting a plan to place massive turbines close to its runway.
Preliminary work for the wind farm will likely start later this year, but major construction won’t begin until the appeals are settled. “Our company policy is not to do much during an appeal process,”
Transport Canada has issued an order for the removal of eight wind turbines near the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport by December 31, 2014.
A steady stream of vehicles drove Thursday under a giant utility structure and into the parking lot of the North Middlesex Community Centre. Residents have dubbed the arch formed by a power line running overhead between two towers "the Gates of Hell." The line feeds an electrical substation.