Nova Scotia welcomes wind farms; Ontario? Not so much

A study done by a PhD student at Western University shows that Nova Scotia, which allows communities more say in wind power project siting, is more welcoming of the power projects, but in Ontario where the Green Energy Act totally stripped communities of local land-use planning, the situation is split communities and lengthy legal battles.

Wind farms more accepted in Nova Scotia

Ontario Farmer, February 28, 2017

By John Miner

[Excerpt]

Known for splitting rural Ontario communities and fuelling lengthy legal battles, wind farms are being far more welcomed in Nova Scotia, a Western University study has found.

The study by researchers in Western’s geography department concluded that support for wind farms was three times higher in Nova Scotia, with the difference in community acceptance having a lot to do with different approaches taken in the two provinces.

In Nova Scotia, communities were given more say over whether projects were allowed to go ahead and nearby residents had more opportunity to share in the financial rewards.

“People like to be in control of developments in the community,” said Chad Walker, lead researcher in the project and a PhD candidate at Western.

The research paper, Toolkits for Turbines, suggests communities considered for wind farms be allowed a vote on the projects.

That would be a sharply different approach than taken by Ontario at the outset of its push into green energy when in 2009 it stripped municipalities of local planning power over wind and solar farms.

For their research, Walker and his colleagues studied three communities in Ontario — Adelaide-Metcalfe west of London, Norwich Township in Oxford County, and Wainfleet in the Regional Municipality of Niagara.

In Nova Scotia, seven communities with wind farms were studied.

The research included in-depth interviews with people living within two kilometres of a wind farm, as well as developers and provincial politicians. Surveys were also mailed to more than 1,300 homes within two kilometres of wind turbines.

While wind farms in Ontario have mainly been developed by large corporations, many foreign-based, Nova Scotia has required wind farms to be at least 51 per cent owned by people of the province.

While more community participation, more transparency and a wider spread of the financial benefit could improve acceptance of wind farms, Walker said it was clear there was no magic bullet that would satisfy everyone.

Mandatory municipal support

Jane Wilson, president of Wind Concerns Ontario, a coalition of groups opposed to wind farm development, said it was heartened to see the research paper’s recommendation calling for mandatory support from a community before a wind power contract was awarded.

“Our position is that communities have valid reasons for not wanting power projects, especially if there will be negative effects for people, the environment and the economy and, as is the case in Ontario now, the power is not even needed,” Wilson said.


NOTE: Wind Concerns Ontario provided a detailed comment on a draft version of the research paper, which is available here: UWOToolkit-commentFINAL

To read the “Toolkit” document, go to: http://coarep.uwo.ca/documents.php

 

Comments

Pat Cusack
Reply

Take a look at this one. “Geologist Blows Global Warming Away before British Parliment“. Bernie

Sommer
Reply

Bernie, that video was published in 2013. It is a very good video for all to see. Thanks for brining it to our attention. Many, many more excellent speakers and writers have thoroughly reinforced this message and yet this madness goes on. And now the wind companies are going to go after people in rural Nova Scotia.
Will they dupe another province?
How long will it take for people to snap out of the brainwashing that we’ve received?

Barbara
Reply

IEA Wind

Task 28, Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Projects

Use Results Section: State of the Art Reports by Country

Includes Canada

http://www.socialacceptance.ch

Barbara
Reply

International Energy Agency, Paris, France, Est.1974

29 member states including Canada and the U.S.

Autonomous intergovernmental organization established in the framework of OECD.

The International Renewable Energy Agency was formed Jan.26, 2009

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Energy_Agency

Barbara
Reply

International Renewable Energy Agency, Est.2009

Intergovernmental organization to promote adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy.

“One of the drivers was Hermann Scheer, a German politician and lobbyist which was acting as president of EUROSOLAR and chair. of WCRE.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Renewable_Energy_Agency

Barbara
Reply

IEA Wind Task 28

‘Social Acceptance Of Wind Energy Projects’

“Winning Hearts and Minds”

State-of-the-Art Report, 34 pages

Country Report: United States

P.19: Lights, Sound, Shadow/Health

“In 2009, the American Wind Energy Association and the Canadian Wind energy association gathered an advisory panel of audiology, acoustic and medial professionals to investigate causes that wind turbine sound could be harmful to human health.”

Read the rest at:
http://www.socialacceptance.ch/images/State-of-the-Art_Acceptance_Wind_Energy_USA.pdf

Barbara
Reply

Environment and Climate Change Canada

‘Technical Update to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Social Cost of Greenhouse Gas Estimates’, March 2016

Re: Social Cost of Carbon (SCC), Canada.

Values (Canada) based on research and analysis conducted by the U.S. Interagency Working Group on Social Cost of Carbon.

Report at:
http://www.ec.gc.ca/cc/default.asp?lang=En&n=BE705779-1

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