Turbines affect neighbours, cross township boundaries

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Wednesday, December, 18, 2013 – 10:10:49 AM
Nearby turbine project concerns council
BY ANDREW SMITH
BANNER STAFF
LISTOWEL – North Perth council is not only against wind turbines in their backyard, but their neighbour’s backyard as well.
A proposal for a single wind turbine in Mapleton Township was brought up for discussion at the Dec. 9 meeting of North Perth council, which Coun. Warren Howard said falls right on the border between North Perth and Mapleton Township. According to Howard, several North Perth residents had contacted him regarding the turbine proposal.
“I think the residents in North Perth are concerned about it,” he said. “It’s the standard concerns about turbines.”
The proposal for a single 0.5 MW wind turbine to be located on Concession 12 of Mapleton Township has been deemed complete by the Ministry of the Environment, and is open for public comment until being granted final approval.
The 0.5 MW turbine is smaller than the model in the Elma-Mornington project proposed by Invenergy Canada, but Howard said there are still a number of concerns despite the size.
According to Howard, a similar turbine has been erected by the Canadian Auto Workers in Port Elgin at the Family Education Centre.
“It’s small but they’re having all sorts of problems in Port Elgin with one turbine operating at the same frequency,” he said.
The website for the Roubos Wind Farm says the turbine will operate below 102 decibels and is 700 metres from the nearest noise receptor, but Howard points out a noise study hasn’t been completed.
“They haven’t done a noise study because it’s not required for this size of turbine,” Howard said. “But obviously there are noise problems from this size of turbine.”
Another concern of Howard’s is the shadow flicker cast off the moving blades of the turbine, which will cross Perth Road 140 and distract drivers, according to a shadow flicker map completed for the project.
“It actually shows that shadow flicker will fall on North Perth across Road 140,” he said. “There is a lot of traffic on that road.”
According to the website, the plan for the Roubos Wind Farm is to “generate clean, renewable energy for the local grid and feed excess electricity into the Hydro One Grid.” Howard said this could lead to stray voltage or dirty electricity coming back from the power grid.
“A whole bunch of farms are hooked into that line, and they’re just feeding power directly into it,” Howard said. “There’s a whole series of questions around that and what problems it might cause.”
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Doctor: Ontario public health officials will go down in history

Doctor: Ontario public health officials will go down in history

This email from a family physician to an Ontario resident is reprinted with permission by the author.
How can any reasonable intelligent person no pay attention to these Doctors statements. Someone is going to pay a big price for this madness of pushing ahead and ignoring a growing body of evidence on the harm these machines do.
Dr. A King MOH of Ontario will someday go down in history as an accomplice to big government and big corporate interests. Her legacy will be the serious health consequences of  the individuals impacted by these turbines.
These machines are a foolish and expensive investment at a time when the evidence of negative health impact is becoming irrefutable.
Perhaps the mass of voters in the cities do not care about the few rural people who will pay the price with their health. One would hope they would care at leased based upon the foolish rush to waste the taxpayer money at a time when other wind options are now or potential green energy options are available without these harmful effects.
Harry Cieslar , MD, MPH
Department of Public Health, University of Michigan

Ontario Farmer asks, are wind power projects a blessing or a curse?

Articles from Ontario Farmer are not available online, so we’re a little late with this feature by Anne Howden Thompson, which is excerpted below.

Depending on who you ask, projects are a benefit or a curse

Ontario Farmer, December 10
Toronto–Wind energy was a hot button issue during the last provincial election, with many crediting this single issue as the pivotal reason for the governing Liberals’ lack of support across rural Ontario.

But not everyone sees wind energy as having a negative impact on rural communities.

Brandy Gianetta, Ontario’s Regional Director for CanWEA, the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, says wind energy project host communities are realizing significant economic and social benefits through new municipal tax revenues*, as well as additional and stable income for farmers and landowners from land lease and community vibrancy agreements.

“Wind energy is creating new high-value jobs, providing employment opportunities for local trades-people and contractors, as well as full-time permanent jobs once the wind farm is operational. Wind energy projects bring direct investment in the form of contracts for raw materials and invest significantly in local services and retail businesses,” says Gianetta.

…But Progressive Conservative MPPs from rural Ontario don’t share the same enthusiasm for the Liberal government’s latest energy plan roll-out.

“The greatest injustice of the (Dalton) McGuinty-(Kathleen) Wynne government is having bureaucrats sitting in Toronto and dictating the placement of wind turbines out here in rural Ontario. It just doesn’t make any sense and now we’re starting to see that all these turbines are driving up the cost of our hydro bills and ultimately killing jobs throughout Ontario, says Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton.

He says the government’s LTEP plans to triple reliance on “expensive and unreliable wind turbines” by 2032.
…”The skyrocketing price of hydro is a major reason why we are seeing continued plant closings and local job losses. In neighbouring jurisdictions we are seeing energy prices fall, but here in Ontario the continue to rise,” McNaughton says….

[Huron Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson]: “No matter how they try to spin it, this latest Liberal LTEP shows that they continue to dismiss all concerns, objections and research that would give any other person reason to hit the pause button with regards to industrial wind turbine development. The manner in which they are acting is shameful,” she says.

McNaughton says that when turbine infrastructure requirements such as access roads are considered, each turbine “gobbles” up to acres of farmland. “In Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, …we will see a loss of of 3,000 productive acres of land. It’s a real shame,” says McNaughton.

..Jane Wilson, Wind Concerns Ontario president, says …while the government says it wants municipalities to have more say, she says the government has not returned land use planning to the local level. “In other words, they can’t ‘say’ no,” says Wilson.

“This remains a question of democracy in Ontario. People have the right to determine what goes on in their communities, particularly when it comes to large infrastructure projects like wind power generation facilities, which have a very high impact–for very low benefit–on the community. If it were any other type of infrastructure, there would be no question that communities have the deciding role,” she says.

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Letters to the Editor may be sent to: ontariofarmer.editorial@sunmedia.ca

*Editor’s note: wind turbines, though netting the developers (not the landowners) about $500,000 per year per turbine in provincial subsidies are capped in the assessment process at $40,000 per turbine, so municipal tax revenues are severely limited. It is also critical to compare this against the property value loss, shown to be 20-50% by Ontario real estate research, for properties neighbouring wind power generation projects.

Armow wind appeal begins

The appeal of the giant Armow wind project by Samsung-Pattern begins officially today.

Tribunal Hearing for Turbines

Thursday, December 19, 2013 6:28 AM by Kevin Bernard
Kincardine couple argues against Armow wind project, due to proximity and health.

(Kincardine) – An Environmental Review Tribunal is continuing in Kincardine on Thursday.
Local residents, Ken and Sharon Kroeplin have launched an appeal over the proposed Armow Wind Project by Samsung-Pattern in the Kincardine area.

They claim the industrial wind turbines cause health problems.

The Kroeplins says one of the more than 90 turbines to be constructed, will be within 600 metres of their home.

The Environmental review tribunal began hearing arguments last month, and the hearing adjourned until today.

It will begin at 10 AM at the Best Western Governors Inn, in Kincardine.

The Tribunal hearing is scheduled to continue on Friday, beginning at 9 AM.

It will then adjourn until next month, when the tribunal will hear more testimony between January 6th and 24th in Kincardine.

The Armow Wind project received provincial approval in October.

Another month, another $162 million gone in Ontario


I don’t need a calculator, I can do it all in my head.

Another month, another $162 million hit to Ontario’s ratepayers
The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) posted its November Market Summary on December 18 but so far, Energy Minister Chiarelli hasn’t claimed a profit.  He did just that on TVOntario’s The Agendawith Steve Paikin earlier this month, when he claimed Ontario generated a $6 billion profit on exporting electricity. 
A look through the IESO market summary shows that Ontario exported an average of 2,243 megawatts (MW) each and every hour of November—that means a total of 1,614,960 MWh left Ontario destined for New York, Michigan and Quebec.  The average hourly energy price during the month was a paltry $14.93 per MW (or 1.5 cents per kWh), meaning revenue generated from those exports contributed just over $24 million to production and ancillary costs. 
The average cost to Ontario ratepayers is also revealed in the market summary; that was considerably more, at $115.26 per MWh (or 11.5 cents per kWh). In other words, Ontario’s loss on the exported power was $162 million for the month. 
It is obvious that much of the wind power generated throughout
November wound up either exported or
caused other generation to be exported or wasted
What that means to every one of the 4.9 million ratepayers in Ontario is a payment of an average of $33.00 each to subsidize those exports for November.  The exact role wind and solar played in those exports is not disclosed in the market summary, but wind production during November was high and totaled 721,000 MWh or 1,000 MW per hour.  The cost of that power production to the ratepayers is estimated to be almost $100 million, without including the costs of the gas plants backing wind up, spilled hydro, or steamed off nuclear at Bruce Power.  It is obvious that much of the wind power generated throughout November wound up either exported or caused other generation to be exported or wasted.
The total amount picked up by the average ratepayer in Ontario to support those exports so far in 2013 is approximately $280.00 each.   In announcing the new Long term Energy Plan, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli’s forecast a rate increase of 42% increase over the next five years—it looks like that may come true much sooner than he forecast. 
It is time to pull the plug on the 3,700 MW of uninstalled but contracted wind and the 1,400 MW of solar before the cost to subsidize electricity exports is more than the average ratepayer’s electricity bill!
The $6-billion dollar man, as energy analyst Tom Adams calls Minister Chiarelli, should seriously consider taking a math lesson or two before embarking on any more forecasts.
©Parker Gallant,
December 18, 2013
The opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent Wind Concerns Ontario policy.

Smart meter problems abound, E. Ontario family disconnects from Hydro One

Problems with Hydro One and its “smart meters” are rampant in Eastern Ontario, with customers not receiving bills for months and then receiving estimated bills at many times their normal power usage. According to this story from Newstalk Radio CFRA and CTV news, one Eastern Ontario family has given up, and disconnected from the grid.

Area family tells Hydro One to shut off the power over bills

An Eastern Ontario family has asked Hydro One to shut off their power after their bill skyrocketed.
David and Marian Baker near Prescott say they’re charged $400 before a light switch is even turned on and they couldn’t keep up with the debt.
A disconnection notice says they’re past due in the amount of more than $10,000.
The situation is baffling to David, who tells CTV Ottawa he heats his 3,400-square-foot house with wood and has “energy efficient everything.”
The Bakers insist something is wrong with their smart meter and say they’ve asked Hydro One to inspect it.
The utility disputes that an equipment check has been requested, saying that hasn’t been the case.
However, a media relations supervisor says they’d be happy to get out there.

(With files from CTV Ottawa)

Ontario’s “green fiasco” a lesson to all, says columnist

Hicks on Biz: Ontario’s green fiasco is a lesson to us all

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By ,Edmonton Sun
First posted: | Updated:
turbines
(QMI AGENCY/File)

Ontario is reeling.
The “Ontario Green Energy Program,” introduced four years ago by then-Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government, has proved to be an utter disaster.
A public inquiry has brought to light the sheer size of this white elephant.
The consequence of going all-out green will cost the average Ontario family an extra $636 a year by 2018 , a 42% jump in electricity bills over the next five years.
Independent analysts are pegging the additional costs at $16 billion today, $23 billion by 2016. This in a province that is already $273 billion in debt!
“Trying to save the future has created an economic disaster in the here and now, for our children and our grandchildren,” summed up one commentator.
Ontario industry is paying more for power than almost any other jurisdiction in North America. Any wonder manufacturing and food processing companies are leaving Ontario? Any wonder it’s so tough to find a job in Ontario?
I don’t pretend to know the ins-and-outs of the electricity business. It’s a complicated beast.
But I do know that Ontario’s uproar is happening just as Alberta’s deregulated, industry-run electricity system would appear to be settling down and providing electricity at reasonable cost, without hidden government subsidy and without the fool’s game of crown-owned utilities controlled by politicians seeking re-election.
What happened in Ontario was quite simple.
In 2010, its provincial Liberal government bought the “green” argument hook, line and sinker.
It promised huge subsidies to wind and solar electrical producers, promised to buy their power output at three times the rate paid to “conventional” (hydro, coal, nuclear, natural gas) power producers.
Blinded by green-tinted glasses, all excited by pie-in-the-sky projections of 50,000 new green-power industry jobs which didn’t happen, the Liberals made a $7 billion deal with industry to create enormous wind farms.

Read the full story here.

Revised Enbridge noise dispute process has “no teeth” says Kincardine Councillor

Enbridge Wind project dispute resolution to be updated

Steven Goetz, Kincardine News
By Steven Goetz, Kincardine News

Turbines spin as part of the Enbridge Ontario Wind Power Project in Bruce Township, part of the Municipality of Kincardine, near the shores of Lake Huron. (TROY PATTERSON/KINCARDINE NEWS/QMI AGENCY)
Turbines spin as part of the Enbridge Ontario Wind Power Project in Bruce Township, part of the Municipality of Kincardine, near the shores of Lake Huron. (TROY PATTERSON/KINCARDINE NEWS/QMI AGENCY)

Council discussed updates to the Enbridge Wind Power Project’s dispute resolution process.
The process was created in 2007 to provide a protocol for neighbours of the wind farm to resolve noise complaints with the wind company.
Municipal staff met with Enbridge representatives to revise the document and now recommend it be updated to address all types of complaints.
It will also include a statement that Enbridge would cooperate with Hydro One to determine the source of any electrical concerns, and allow residents the option of registering complaints with the Ministry of the Environment.
Councillor Jacqueline Faubert said any agreement related to turbines and noise lacks “teeth” since the MOE noise protocol is not scientifically valid.
“Any dispute resolution protocol should not be taken as any change to the status quo with regards to turbines and noise,” Faubert said.
Deputy mayor Ann Eadie said “there are other things we wanted in [the document] but it is the best we could do at this time.”
Eadie said at least it recognizes other types of complaints.
Councillors discussed accountability after Faubert pointed out that complaints received by the MOE had not been forwarded to Enbridge in the past.

Read the full story here.

U.S. Senators call for end to “wind welfare”

From the American Energy Alliance

TIME TO END WIND WELFARE
Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for an End to the Wind PTC
 

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), have joined today in opposition to another extension of the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC). In a letter sent to Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Senators call for the permanent expiration of the wind PTC. AEA President Thomas Pyle released the following statement:

“The American Energy Alliance welcomes the efforts of this bipartisan group of Senators to put an end to the wind PTC. For decades, American taxpayers have bankrolled the wind industry, and the time has long past to allow the PTC to run its course. This tax credit was always intended to be temporary, but Big Wind has grown addicted to taxpayer subsidies, spending millions year after year to extend and even expand this unnecessary and expensive taxpayer giveaway and fleecing the American people out of billions of dollars along the way.

“Last year’s extension and expansion of the wind PTC alone cost the American people $12.1 billion dollars and another one year extension would cost another $6.5 billion. As Big Wind cries for another extension even calling for its retroactivity in the event a measure isn’t passed before it expires as planned at the end of the year—this letter sends a strong message to the rest of Congress that it is time to put an end to wind welfare and ensure that the wind PTC blows away once and for all.”

To read the full letter, click here.

To read a comment from Thomas Pyle published today on the National Journal Energy Insiders Blog, click here.

To read IER’s study, “Estimating the State-Level Impact of Federal Wind Subsidies”, click here.
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For media inquiries, please contact Benjamin Cole
bcole@energydc.org
202.621.2957

Turbine announcement “sad and scary” for Ontario

NEWS RELEASE
December 17, 2013

NEW TURBINES “SAD AND SCARY” NEWS FOR RURAL ONTARIO

Proposed turbines larger, louder, says community group Mothers Against Wind Turbines

On December 3, 2013, a wind development proposal by the Niagara Region Wind Corporation or NRWC for 77 industrial wind turbines of 3 MW size was posted to the Environmental Registry (EBR# 012-0613).

This is a new milestone for Ontario in terms of turbine size and clearly demonstrates how unimportant the people of rural Ontario are to the current government. Never before have wind turbines of this size been installed at 550 meters from homes and that has been acknowledged in writing by the Ministry of Environment.
The MOE has also acknowledged in writing that larger wind turbines are louder and require greater setbacks yet they have nonetheless accepted the proponent’s claim that these wind turbines operate at the same noise levels as their smaller counterparts. Documentation related to Enercon manufacturing specifications (ISO 96130-2 – Sound Power Level) was provided to the Ministry of the Environment from wind developments in other parts of the world showing that this same wind turbine operates at higher noise levels than reported by the proponent but it was dismissed. The MOE stated, again in writing, that only the documentation provided by the proponent is relevant. What is wrong with this picture? Documented evidence is handed to the MOE and it is arbitrarily dismissed with no investigation of the data provided.
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), Dr. Arlene King, produced a report in 2010 stating that:
“Provincial setbacks were established to protect Ontarians from potential health and safety hazards of wind turbines including noise and structural hazards.”1
This quote from the CMOH clearly demonstrates that anything less than550M is not protective of health and safety hazards of wind turbines. At the same time, the letter sent by Ms. Agatha Garcia-Wright (MOE) to a local resident regarding children living at “participating receptor homes” states that:
“While noise receptors on such land do not trigger the minimum setback distances in O.Reg.359/09, the MOE recommends that both participating land owners and wind energy developers consider potential noise impacts when entering into agreements to site turbines.”2
Host farmers are not obligated to ensure the minimum setbacks are in place for their own families. This can put vulnerable children and seniors or those with special needs in harms way, all for profit.
The Liberal government has set a new low in terms of their regard for rural Ontario. They choose to regulate tanning salons for minors and to stick their noses into the cafeteria menus at schools but our children are nothing more than collateral damage when it comes to their love affair with the wind industry. Are 3 MW monsters at 124m and 135m to become the norm?
Bigger wind turbines mean more noise and our government covers it up!
IT IS INDEED A VERY SAD DAY FOR RURAL ONTARIO!
Mothers Against Wind Turbines
Industrial Wind Turbines ARE affecting children NOW!
CONTACT:  mothersagainstwindturbines@gmail.com
or 905-386-0765

www.mothersagainstturbines.com

References
1) King, Arlene Dr. Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Report. (2010) Retrieved from:
http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/ministry/publications/reports/wind_turbine/wind_turbine.pdf ,page 8
2) Garcia-Wright, Agatha. Response Letter – November 27, 2013, ENV1283MC-2013-3324