Community discontent with wind power projects Fulbright lecture today

[Photo Clarkson University]
Understanding the Varying Impacts of Cross-Border Wind Development
Wind power is among the fastest growing energy sources in the world today, and is widely viewed as a substantial part of a clean energy future. However, implementation of wind energy is often controversial in areas where it is proposed, and concerns are often raised regarding potential negative impacts on local communities, including impacts on health and on property values. Some of these negative impacts may be offset by compensatory payments made by wind developers to both individual landowners who let out their land for the development and to communities. Additionally, host communities often have a say in approving the development or setting parameters. However, if the development is near borders between municipalities, states, or even countries, it is often the case that one or more jurisdictions will not have an opportunity to set such rules or demand compensation, but will, nonetheless, face some costs or impacts from the development. In such a situation, we would expect the property value impacts of a wind facility development to vary across these borders. We explore exactly this situation at the border between Canada and the United States in the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River.

  • Dr. Stewart Fast, Positive Energy project and Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa
  • Tom Levy, Director of Utility and Technical Affairs, Canadian Wind Energy Association

Martin D. Heintzelman is the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Environment and Economy at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment. He is on partial leave until April from his post as Associate Professor and Fredric C. Menz Scholar of Environmental Economics at Clarkson University, as well as Director of the Clarkson University Center for Canadian Studies. At Clarkson, he is jointly appointed in the School of Business and the Institute for a Sustainable Environment. Martin has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics and an M.S. in Natural Resource Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan as well as a B.S. in Economics from Duke University.

Desmarais Building (55 Laurier E), room 12102
Thursday, January 28, 2016 – 04:00 to 06:00

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  • Barbara
    Posted January 28, 2016 1:33 pm 0Likes

    Check out WUWT for a “peer-review” of a recent Fast, et al publication/paper
    Also known as doing a “post-mortem” on a paper/publication.

    • Barbara
      Posted January 28, 2016 4:27 pm 0Likes

      Mike from Ontario?, someone else tried to use his name to post at WUWT and got caught?

  • ScepticalGord
    Posted January 28, 2016 2:50 pm 0Likes

    How cozy … and how appropriate?
    Here we have wind proponents and a windy “social scientist” gathered together for a group orgasm in a building named after a family involved in wind power development.
    The excitement will be more than they can bear:
    fresh knickers and gauchies please!

  • Theresa
    Posted January 28, 2016 4:23 pm 0Likes

    “…There is a concern for potential impacts on health and property value.”
    “Some of these negative impacts may be offset by compensatory payments made by tge wind companies given to land owners who let out their land for turbine development and to communities.”
    Give money to landowners with wind turbines and communities. By giving money, it is okay to harm people; people living by wind turbines who become very sick and have to abandon their homes?!? This is nuts. Human beings as myself are NOT SACRIFICIAL LAMBS. There is a handful of us here in Ontario who have been voicing our concerns about illness caused by industrial wind turbines for a bloody decade! Infrasound is killing us. We have been laughed at and humiliated, by others who now find themselves in the same dilemma and are crying for help! There have been no apologies, no compensation. I recently asked for support to hold a long term protest at Queen’s Park..again..NOTHING.
    “Additionally host communities often have a say in approving the development or parameters.” Really?????! This is BULLSHIT.
    This green energy scam is one big festering pustule. It will blow and when it does Ontario will see a hell of a mess. Those involved, will be in it up to their eyeballs; pretty stinky business!

  • Theresa
    Posted January 28, 2016 4:28 pm 0Likes

    Can someone tell me who is the guy in the picture and how it relates to this posting?

  • wgulden
    Posted January 28, 2016 6:55 pm 0Likes

    I think it must be Heintzelman, WCO would know for sure. It’s not Fast. Heintzelman published a paper on property values about 5 years ago and it found significant losses.

    • Wind Concerns Ontario
      Posted January 29, 2016 12:06 pm 0Likes

      Yes, that is Martin Heintzelman’s photo from Clarkson University. In his talk yesterday, according to a report from several attending, he concluded that yes, property values decline in certain circumstances…but there is not a universal property value decline. He believes wind power projects should continue to be built, and that the answer is to compensate the owners of neighbouring properties for any loss. There will be a link to the talk available on the University of Ottawa website for the Sustainability centre next week. His new paper compares the effect of wind turbines on property values for Wolfe Island and then Cape Vincent, a short hop across the water.

  • Parker Gallant
    Posted January 30, 2016 9:22 am 0Likes

    I sure hope he’s not one of those lazy professors! One hopes he did proper research and not the biased tainted study that MPAC did on their 2012 Assessment base year study. In that study they simply looked at their information and ignored what they would have shown the bad news. if they had used information from the Real Estate Boards for that study things would have been much different.
    In case anyone has forgotten MPAC’s study is here:

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