Dutton-Dunwich says NO to wind farm
April 20, 2015, Dutton/Dunwich, ON – A crowd of over 50 peaceful demonstrators took to the streets of Dutton/Dunwich Friday evening, April 17, to show their concern that Industrial Wind Turbines (IWT) are being considered for the Municipality. Carrying signs, and wearing t-shirts and buttons, the protesters spoke up as part of the 84% of citizens that voted “No Wind Turbines!” when asked in a Dutton/Dunwich (D/D) municipal survey last year. Following the survey, the D/D Council passed a motion that D/D be allowed by the Government of Ontario to remain IWT-Free.
Despite this strong public and Council opposition, the Chicago-based company Invenergy has continued to promote an IWT project in D/D. The company has optioned approximately 17,000 acres of D/D farmland, with a goal to place a 30 turbine 90-MW project in the municipality. This summer they will submit a proposal to the IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) to be considered for this industrial development. The Liberal-approved Green Energy Act has essentially stripped local governments of their right to decide whether Industrial Wind Turbine projects are placed in their municipality.
Last Friday Invenergy was celebrating their annual meeting at the Dutton/Dunwich Community Centre, with some of the local landowners who have optioned their land. Protesters lined the streets leading up to the Community Centre, to show their opposition. Concerns expressed by the protesters include the high costs of electricity, which IWT contribute to in a large way; the health issues that result from placing huge IWT too close to homes; the loss in property value that results when these projects are built in a community; and the community discord that results when a small minority of landowners profit, while the majority of citizens suffer.
Submitted by – Dutton/Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to support this opposition group.