Wind project near Buddhist retreat cancelled

Windfarm opponents claim victory as Stoneboat project is called off 4

Sarah Deeth, Peterborough Examiner, March 7, 2014

Wind farm opponents are cautiously heralding the news that the Stoneboat Community Wind Farm was cancelled.
The company announced late Thursday that it was scrapping its plans to place five wind turbines on privately owned property between Stewart Line and Sharpe’s Line on the east and west sides of Dranoel Rd., north of Hwy. 7A.
The turbines would have overlooked the Devil’s Elbow ski resort and put plans to build a multi-million dollar Buddhist retreat in the immediate area in jeopardy.
Scott McFadden, deputy mayor of Cavan Monaghan, said the project fell off the rails when two of the three private landowners pulled out of the project.
But there’s one big question that’s stopping McFadden from celebrating.
He didn’t know if the company’s FIT contract with the Ontario Power Authority was cancelled.
“That’s the billion-dollar question,” he said.
If it’s not, he said, it could mean that the project could just be moved somewhere else in the Township.
City of Kawartha Lakes councillor Heather Stauble said she had been in contact with the company behind the Stoneboat Wind Farm, and was told that the Stoneboat project was cancelled and, to the best of their knowledge, the FIT contract hasn’t been transferred somewhere else.
“Which doesn’t mean no,” she said.
If the FIT contract is cancelled, she said, then it’s wonderful news.
But there are three more wind turbine projects slated for the area, and Stauble said they’ll continue their fight against those projects. …

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Robby Breadner
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the problem with the presentation of these projects is the wrong question is being asked of the local population. the question should be:
YOU REQUIRE ELECTRIC POWER FOR YOUR COMMUNITY. PLEASE CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOW TO SATISFY YOUR POWER NEEDS (you must choose ONE):

A – wind turbine installation
B – solar power installation
C – nuclear power plant
D – gas fired power plant
E – coal fired power plant

freewco
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There is no “one” answer for power generation. A cost-benefit/impact analysis must be done for all forms of power generation—anytime that has been done, wind comes out at the bottom.
Ontario completely ignored the small-scale potential. For example, there are hydro-electric generating facilities all over this province in need of upgrading and improving efficiency. An extreme example is Bancroft where the town spent millions on its hydro plant, that would have powered all its residents—the town thought it would get a contract with the OPA and after all the money was spent the answer was “no.” The plant was sold for its pieces at great loss to Bancroft.
Small-scale power generation such as on-demand water heaters, residential solar, and more would have created real jobs in Ontario…but that wasn’t in the cards for the global wind industry.

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