K2 wind ‘farm’ emblem of wind power disaster in Ontario, says Wind Concerns Ontario

"Lake K2": flooding began shortly after construction. Developer, MoE ignored residents' concerns about damage to the water table.
“Lake K2”: flooding began shortly after construction. Developer, MoE ignored residents’ concerns about damage to the water table.

London Free Press, June 11, 2015
by John Miner
It cost nearly $1 billion, employed up to 500 workers at its peak and provoked repeated legal challenges.
But 18 months after work began on it, the massive K2 Wind Power Project — one of Canada’s largest wind farms — is producing power.
Located north of Goderich, inland from Lake Huron, the project formerly known as Kingsbridge II has 140 giant turbines and covers 190 sq. km. Just to access the site alone, 90 km of new roads had to be built.
The builders and energy giants that operate the farm — Samsung Renewable Energy Inc., Pattern Energy Group Inc. and Capital Power Corp. — say it’ll generate clean power for up to 100,000 homes a year.
“Along with Samsung and Capital Power, we are proud to develop one of the largest wind facilities in Canada, which was built using local workers and materials,” said Pattern Energy CEO Mike Garland.
The partnership has a 20-year deal to supply power to Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator.
K2 estimates it will employ 20 full-time operations and maintenance workers and 10 seasonal employees.
Similar to other wind farm projects in Ontario, K2 faced vocal local opposition. Some of its facilities were damaged in unsolved vandalism attacks last fall.
Several farm families challenged the project in court, arguing K2 and another wind farm violated their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights of Freedoms by exposing them to potential harm.
That challenge hit a legal dead end last month when Ontario’s highest court denied them leave to appeal.
Their lawyer, Julian Falconer said the families remain committed to exploring other legal options to hold the government and wind turbine companies accountable for failing to protect their health.
In a move unique to wind farm projects in the province, K2 earlier responded to opposition with an unconditional offer to pay every household within one km of its new wind turbines $1,500 a year.
There’s been lots of interest in the benefit that could go to as many as 230 people, a spokesperson said.
“We are currently assessing the timing of the first payment,” K2’s Matt Dallas said in an e-mail.
The wind farm also points to an agreement with the local township, Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, to provide $15 million over 20 years to fund community initiatives.
But such moves — in an area of Ontario where many wind farms have sprouted since the Liberal government began pushing green energy, often with deeply polarizing fallout — have failed to satisfy critics.
The massive wind farm stands as an emblem of Ontario’s costly wind power policy, said Jane Wilson, head of Wind Concerns Ontario, a coalition of anti-wind organizations.
“It is a huge power generation project forced on a community, fought by local residents in every way possible at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and about which there are serious environmental concerns,” Wilson said.
K2 will cost Ontario ratepayers millions for intermittent and unreliable power, she said.
K2 says it has no plans for additional wind farm projects in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh.

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  • Barbara
    Posted June 12, 2015 3:14 pm 0Likes

    Read the comments for this news article and learn what an uphill battle this is.
    The U.S. is going to close a significant number of their coal-fired plants probably starting with the oldest plants with no planned replacement for these units.
    U.S. states are making deals to obtain Canadian generated power to replace the lost U.S. generation.
    Quebec is already one source for the U.S. and will add more.
    Quebec can probably make more money selling its hydro power to the U.S than it can selling power to Ontario.

  • Tracy
    Posted June 13, 2015 1:32 am 0Likes

    I have developed a severe sensitivity to infrasound from living too close to wind turbines. Once one has developed this, it is with you forever. I cannot be closer than at least ten km. Infrasound penetrates the body; it damages tissue and bone. When in the vicinity of iwts I vomit, experience diarrhea, uterine hemorrhaging, blood pressure spikes, I become lethargic and have vertigo. I’ve had transient ischemic attacks, tako pseudo attacks and have permanent damage to my body.
    I am becoming very worried about where I will have to go to live. I am very limited.
    I continue to pay a mortgage for my home that has sat empty for five years.
    What do I do? Where do I go? The wind company and government continues to ignore my pleas for help.
    This could be you.
    People are being run off the land of rural southern Ontario; some of the best agricultural land with the largest fresh water Great Lakes system in the world. This is happening globally… Perhaps a part of Agenda 21?

    • Barbara
      Posted June 13, 2015 11:54 am 0Likes

      For sure this is part of the plan to furnish electricity to the U.S.
      View the map at the above link and see that Ontario is just north of where most of the U.S. power plants are closing.
      The Ontario area north of these closings is where the IWTs are being
      installed.
      Quebec is furnishing power for an “extension cord” to New York City.
      UN headquarters won’t be without electricity !

    • Sommer
      Posted June 13, 2015 8:48 pm 0Likes

      Tracy, I feel badly that your direct experience of adverse health impacts from living too close to industrial wind turbines has been invalidated by the people who are directly responsible for this.
      Please know that there are many people who have worked very, very hard to prevent the hardship you have endured. We knew long before K2 Wind constructed and started the turbines that there would be more victims because they sited these turbines in complex configurations around homes and barns. They did exactly what many people who attended the preliminary meetings in the community expressed concerns about. They sited both turbines and substations too close to people’s homes.
      Even in situations where people are not experiencing ill effects as you are, the sense of incursion of these massive monsters and the eerie droning and utterly annoying sounds they emit is such a disappointment to people who have no intention of leaving and who feel that their homes will never feel safe until these turbines are turned off and dismantled.
      We will find ways to expose the truth behind the wind industry and the rationale used to justify the reality that people’s lives have been so seriously affected. We will seek justice.
      I would encourage people to take time to listen to and watch the very recent Heartland Institute Conference on Climate Change where these issues have been discussed fully with lots of references to industrial renewables.

      • Sommer
        Posted June 13, 2015 8:51 pm 0Likes
      • Barbara
        Posted June 13, 2015 11:15 pm 0Likes

        There is a corporate board seat situation with one of these developers which means access to insider information. Government contracts are involved here.
        In private business dealings this is OK but government contracts are a different matter.

        • Sommer
          Posted June 14, 2015 8:50 am 0Likes

          Are you implying that this should be looked into as an offence, Barbara?
          People in the K2 Wind project zone need all of the help we can possibly get.
          We did not consent to being surrounded by industrial wind turbines and thus subjects of this experiment.
          Our Councillors should have ‘pushed back’ at Queen’s Park on our behalf.

          • Barbara
            Posted June 14, 2015 1:35 pm 0Likes

            Yes !

      • Barbara
        Posted June 14, 2015 6:50 pm 0Likes

        Sommer, This appears to be the source that is being used for the 84% consensus on climate change.
        Canada 2020 . CA
        Progressive policy for a modern Canada
        2013 Canada – US Comparative Climate Opinion Survey, March 3, 2014
        http://www.canada2020.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Canada-2020-Background-Paper-Climate-Poll-Key-Findings-March-3-2014.pdf
        Or Google.

      • Barbara
        Posted June 14, 2015 7:55 pm 0Likes

        Ministry Of The environment And Climate Change
        Ontario’s Climate Change Discussion Paper 2015
        P.13, has the 84% figure with Reference No.11
        End Notes, p.40, No.11, Canada 2020 Key findings report.
        P.14., Mentions some names of those supporting Ontario’s carbon pricing.
        http://www.downloads.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/env_reg/er/documents/2015/012-3452.pdf

        • Sommer
          Posted June 14, 2015 9:34 pm 0Likes

          Check out what Tom Harris had to say about industrial wind turbines in Ontario. He was presenting at the Heartland Institute Conference last week.
          http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/63596672/highlight/634041

        • Sommer
          Posted June 15, 2015 1:17 pm 0Likes

          I wonder what Minister Glenn Murray would say if he was asked to provide a cost/benefit analysis of the industrial wind turbine strategy to ‘climate change mitigation’.
          Check out the presentation by Craig Idso had to say about this at the Heartland Institute Conference last week.
          http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/63592897
          This is what Parker Gallant and others has been so dedicated to exposing here in Ontario…the lack of foresight.

  • Barbara
    Posted June 13, 2015 6:56 pm 0Likes

    Another comment in the LFP about the K 2 wind project was about powerwalls.
    The powerwall mentioned costs about $7,000 USD and will run lights and a refrigerator but not ACs or dryers.
    A complete off-grid system would require at least two power walls and a large solar rooftop along with storage costing about $96,000 USD.
    Who has time to look up needed information to refute these kinds of claims and then go back and post the correct information ? And to begin with the subject of this article was the K 2 wind farm.

  • Barbara
    Posted June 17, 2015 3:06 pm 0Likes

    This project is now operational so Yieldcos based on this project can now be sold?

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