Ontario communities mount ‘intense backlash’ but Wynne government set to issue more wind power contracts

Nowhere near Toronto and Queen's Park: Ontario set to issue more contracts for unneeded wind power despite community opposition
Nowhere near Toronto and Queen’s Park: Ontario set to issue more contracts for unneeded wind power despite community opposition

Wind power not needed, produced out of phase with demand, says Wind Concerns Ontario president
London Free Press, March 2, 2016

Contracts for 300 megawatts to be announced soon

By John Miner
Ontario will press ahead with more wind farms despite calls from critics for a halt to the multi-billion dollar projects in the face of energy surpluses.
A spokesperson for the Independent Electricity System Operator said Wednesday that Ontario will award contracts within weeks for another 300 megawatts of wind power after receiving proposals for more than 100 projects.
“Originally, we said we would award contracts by the end of the year, but that wasn’t possible given the number that we received so that was pushed back to March. We are on track to announce it this month,” said IESO spokesperson Mary Bernard.
No specific date for announcing the contracts has been released.
After facing an intense backlash from many communities opposed to wind farm development, especially in Southwestern Ontario that’s home to the province’s largest wind farms and its largest number of turbines, Ontario overhauled the process, requiring companies submitting bids to consult with municipalities.
Many communities bristled when the province, in its plunge into green energy, took away their zoning control over where the giant highrise-sized turbines can be built.
This time, companies also stand to be given preference if they can win backing of municipalities, local landowners or First Nations communities.
The 300 megawatts of power — equivalent to about what four large-scale industrial wind farms would produce — to be awarded this month is a relatively modest amount compared to earlier procurements that pushed installed wind energy capacity in Ontario to more than 3,200 megawatts in 2015.
It’s estimated one megawatt of wind power can supply enough electricity to power about 270 Ontario homes. Besides contracting for additional wind power, Ontario is set to award contracts for 140 megawatts of solar energy, 75 megawatts of waterpower and 50 megawatts of bioenergy.
Jane Wilson, president of Wind Concerns Ontario, a coalition of groups opposed to wind energy, said the 300 megawatts Ontario plans to contract through IESO will be intermittent and unreliable power that isn’t needed.
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  • Carolyn pugliese
    Posted March 3, 2016 1:07 pm 0Likes

    Why on earth would he need more wind contracts when we have a surplus now?
    When we are losing money sending electricity cheaply to the United States .
    This is legitimately insane.
    How are we going to repair this when Wynne is finally gone

  • Pat Cusack
    Posted March 3, 2016 1:27 pm 0Likes

    Heaven only knows where all this is taking us.

  • Sommer
    Posted March 3, 2016 1:39 pm 0Likes

    Let’s hope that communities work together to firmly say “No” to this technology.

  • Sommer
    Posted March 4, 2016 9:40 am 0Likes

    Check out this very recent article regarding a German expert who is saying that infrasound travels 25 km; that it is clearly a health hazard and that the minimum setback should be 5,000 meters. That’s right….5,000 meters!

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