Wind Concerns Ontario is a province-wide advocacy organization whose mission is to provide information on the potential impact of industrial-scale wind power generation on the economy, human health, and the natural environment.
NextEra has announced it is “refining” its Jericho wind power project and plans to hold a series of public meetings to document the changes. The meetings are: October 21 5-8 PM Centennial Hall atford October 22 5-8 PM Legacy Recreation Centre Thedford October 23 5-8 PM Ailsa Craig Community Centre
The London Free Press has a story on the changes and the company spokesperson comments here
The 30MW wind power project at Brinston Ontario has been under construction for just two weeks now, and the wind power developer EDP has been providing residents with an almost daily update on the construction. At this point, it’s mostly trucks full of stone, going down formerly quiet country roads, to construct the access roads to the turbine sites. A local pilot photographed the activity from the air, and we bring you a photo of what a turbine construction site looks like from above. This is just ONE turbine and actual construction on it has not really begun.
What’s interesting about Brinston is that the wind power project, which was opposed by local residents, represented by WCO member South Branch Wind Opposition Group, will be up and running next spring, just months before Ontario’s municipal election in October, 2014. By then, residents will be experiencing the brunt of what it’s like to live near 500-foot, 3-megawatt turbines. We’re sure that experience will help them make decisions as to whom to vote for on the South Dundas Council. Despite numerous well-researched presentations by local resident, many councillors just threw up their hands and said, there is nothing we can do. Or worse, they actively supported the power project, citing the wind industry claims of job creation and benefits to the community. Time will tell.
Billings Township (on Manitoulin Island) passed a resolution on September 16 to the effect it will not accept the installation of any industrial wind turbines.The council said it required assurance that the power generators were “benign.” This is the most recent municipality to declare its non-acceptance of huge wind power projects since the Premier first stated earlier this year that her government would only put wind power projects in communities that were willing. It is important to note that these 69 communities are members of the 90 or so Ontario communities that could be involved in wind power.
Liberal candidate Stewart Skinner, running in the riding of Perth-Wellington, currently held by Randy Pettapiece (a staunch opponent of inappropriately placed industrial wind turbines), has said publicly that maybe the huge structures aren’t such a great idea on prime agricultural land in Ontario, and further, that he has to listen to the community. His doesn’t want them. Wind power generation projects will be an election issue in the next provincial and municipal elections. The CTV interview is here.
Stewart Skinner plans to run for the Liberal Party of Ontario in the next provincial election in the riding of Perth-Wellington, an area of prime farmland. Turbines might not be such a great idea, he says; a better use of the land might be for crops and livestock.
He says he has to “listen to the community” and his obviously doesn’t want wind power generation projects.
The riding is currently held by PC Randy Pettapiece, who defeated former Environment Minister John Wilkinson for the seat. Perth-Wellington has the reputation of being one of the best dairy areas in Canada.
If you haven’t already, please take a moment and sign the online petition concerning Ostrander Point. As you know, this power project was halted after Prince Edward County and Ontario citizens donated their after-tax dollars to fight the Ministry of the Environment and the wind power developer to save this unique environment. Now, our own government is appealing the decision, with the developer, and Ostrander Point—a rare alvar environment and the locale for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds–is in danger again. Sign the petition. Send a message to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Save_Ostrander_Point_In_Prince_Edward_County/?erlqsfb
More from Andrew Bolt of the Herald Sun, this time exclusively on David Suzuki (previously branded as an eco-extremist by Bolt) who appeared on an Australian news magazine show. “He is a complete phoney,” says Bolt.
Suzuki revealed as a complete know-nothing
Oh. My. God.
David Suzuki on the very first question is revealed as a complete know-nothing. His questioner tells him that the main climate data sets show no real warming for some 15 years. Suzuki asks for the references, which he should have known if he knew anything of the science. His questioner then lists them: UAH, RSS, HadCrut and GISS – four of the most basic measurement systems of global temperature. Suzuki asks what they are. Anyone interested in global warming should know right there that Suzuki has absolutely no understanding of what he is talking about. In my opinion he is a phoney.
The horror for us in Ontario is that Mr Suzuki has actually influenced policy in Ontario, and played on his image as an environmentalist (he is a media personality) to sway the general public into believing that invasive, unreliable, high-impact wind power is a good thing to do, no matter what the consequences.
The variable radial speed of wind turbines, up to 170 miles per hour can be lethal to birds and bats, especially our iconic bald eagle, seen here. Photo credit: John & Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. So Wind Farms kill eagles. It’s not like we don’t kill beautiful endangered animals all the time. True, these are federally-protected and they’re an iconic symbol of our democracy. But hey, who minds using taxpayer dollars to kill a few icons? I guess it’s the hypocrisy that galls. Under both the Bald and Gold Eagle Protection Acts and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the death of a single eagle is a felony, and the Administration has prosecuted oil companies when birds drown in their oily facilities, and fined utilities when birds are electrocuted by their power lines.
But, come on, everyone hates oil companies. And who even knows what a utility is. So the Interior Department can be forgiven for never fining or prosecuting a wind-energy company that repeatedly kills eagles. And we taxpayers can be forgiven for subsidizing them to the tune of a billion dollars a year. According to an estimate published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin in March almost 600,000 birds are killed by wind farms in America each year, including over 80,000 raptors such as hawks and falcons and eagles (Wildlife Society). Even more bats die as their lungs are inverted by the negative pressures generated behind the 170 mile-per-hour spinning blades.
By now you have probably received both my September 9thand my September 13thletters but haven’t had the chance to reply because of your busy schedule.I saw a picture of you smiling while at the InternationalPlowing Match in Mitchell last week, and a delightful picture of you with the Mothers Against Wind Turbines, so I know you have been running around the province doing lots of things.
In the meantime my family has been doing a lot of research and they have almost convinced me that instead of not producing electricity from industrial wind turbines I should look at notproducing it from solar panels.They pointed out to me that rooftop solar pays 39.6 cents for not producing as long as you have 5 megawatts or more installed.Now that would take a pretty big roof as I understand that solar needs about 44,000 square feet per megawatt, so you would need a darn big barn.
My barn is pretty small so wouldn’t work but I was thinking that the old Picton Air Base might be just the place.I could look into renting the roofs if you could promise me one of those nice Ontario Power Authority contracts for the solar power that I will not produce.I have attached an aerial photo of the Air Base (look at all those empty roof tops) so you can get some idea of what we are talking about.I wouldn’t actually put any panels up because it doesn’t make sense to spend all that money on panels to produce power that you plan on paying me to not produce.
If you think I need to put up some solar panels I will, but, if that happens, I hope that I can get one of those nice grants from Deborah Doncaster at the Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP) that your Ministry gave money to.I sure hope they still have some of that $10 million left.A $500,000 grant would sure buy a lot of panels that I could use to not produce power and be paid $396.00 per megawatt hour for what they won’t produce.I am hoping that I won’t need to install any, however, so that we can save some money for other people that are going to produce power that we might export to New York or Michigan.
I would greatly appreciate it if you could you put in a kind word to Ms. Doncaster for me just in case I need some panels for show.In the meantime I will look into renting those roof tops. Looking forward to your positive response,
The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily Wind Concerns Ontario.