Wind turbines not helping environment or climate: municipal councillor

First Nation has not endorsed proposed wind power project in Dutton Dunwich

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Simcoe Reformer, January 26, 2016

The Municipality of Dutton-Dunwich is campaigning against the Wynne government’s plan this year to invite applications for an additional 300 megawatts of wind-powered electricity generation. It would take about 150 industrial wind turbines to produce this much power.

Dutton-Dunwich is located along the Lake Erie shoreline west of St. Thomas. It fears a large number of these turbines could be imposed on its residents. A green energy firm is lobbying for a wind farm in Dutton-Dunwich.

Naturalists are concerned because Dutton-Dunwich is an important, unobstructed flyway for migrating birds and bats. As well, the Chippewas of the Thames First Nations have not endorsed the project.

Dutton-Dunwich is also concerned because the Wynne government is intent on building green energy capacity at a time of declining demand in Ontario. The municipality says Ontario increased its generating capacity by 19 per cent over the past eight years while provincial demand in the same period fell 7.5 per cent.

And the capacity Ontario has added is expensive. Citing a scathing Auditor-General’s report issued in December, Dutton-Dunwich says Ontarians are paying twice as much for wind-generated electricity as other jurisdictions. The high cost of electricity in Ontario is hurting the province’s ability to compete and create jobs.

“The Ontario Chamber of Commerce reports that the escalating price of electricity is undermining their members’ capacity to grow, hire new workers and attract new investment,” the Dutton-Dunwich resolution says. “Ontario’s electricity costs are among the highest in North America, making the province uncompetitive for business growth.”

Norfolk council…

Read the full story here including comments by a Norfolk councillor that municipal councils should “stay out of provincial affairs” — even when the province inflicts its policy on local residents.

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Grant
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As it is now, water is spilled at the hydro dams to make way for wind power, which is exported at a loss. The more wind turbines deployed, the more water spilled at the hydro dams. In 2014, OPG spilled enough water to make power for 320,000 homes. Thanks a lot Ontario Liberal Government.

Theresa
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Norfolk County Peter Black, where exactly are you getting the idea that the people of Ontario want wind turbines? Turbines are plastered over the landscape of rural Ontario. The majority of people in rural Ontario do NOT want wind turbines.
Wake up Jim Oliver, electricity prices are not going down in the near future. That $40 billion debt Ontario has from the subsidies paid to renewable energy developers..who is paying for that???
Norfolk Municipal Council-you are well aware of the hardships and the serious life threatening illnesses of the residents of rural Norfolk with wind turbines in their back yards. It would be in your best interests to educate yourselves regarding the negative health impacts caused to people who are exposed to infrasound as emitted from the turbines. To continue to ignore this most serious problem is very very foolish.

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