Wind Concerns Ontario is a coalition of individuals and grassroots citizen’s groups from across Ontario. Wind Concerns Ontario is incorporated with Industry Canada, and receives no funding other than membership fees and donations.We are a strictly volunteer organization and, save for legal advisors, rely on the dedicated work of members of citizen groups throughout Ontario.
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Wind Concerns Ontario is a province-wide advocacy organization whose mission is to protect the health, safety and quality of life of the people of Ontario from industrial wind turbines.
Wind Concerns Ontario supports responsible, environmentally sound solutions to our energy demands and environmental challenges. However, the plan supported by the Green Energy Act to locate industrial wind power plants at an accelerated schedule, with little oversight and no cost-benefit analysis, is tearing apart the very fabric of rural Ontario. Along with transformers, transmission lines, overhead distribution wires and substations these industrial wind turbines threaten people and the environment in serene, historic, rural communities, on prime agricultural land, migratory bird paths and close to sensitive wetlands, designated wildlife areas and pristine shorelines.
Wind Concerns Ontario is committed to informing the people of Ontario as to the many concerns surrounding industrial wind power.
Revise Ontario’s wind turbine noise regulations to include the full range of wind turbine noise emissions, and enforce the regulations
Update the 2010 Chief Medical Officer of Health statement on wind turbine noise to reflect current research
Establish new regulations for noise levels and setbacks, based on current science.
Basic facts about utility-scale wind power
Industrial wind turbines and industrial wind development is not about “saving” the environment.
- Industrial wind turbines are an inharmonious use of the land when sited near people’s homes; large-scale wind turbines used for power generation are NOT an agricultural use of the land.
- The Green Energy Act has removed the democratic right of Ontario’s municipalities to plan for such developments, and protect the property rights and health of their residents.
- If wind power generation projects were forced to conduct a cost-benefit analysis to determine their contribution, including property value loss and other factors, they would not be economically viable. The Auditor-General for Ontario in his 2011 report said that NO cost-benefit analysis or business case study has ever been done for Ontario’s green energy program.
- There ARE health effects from utility-scale wind turbine noise emissions due to the environmental noise and vibration they produce. Sleep disturbance produces sleep deprivation which in turn can cause headaches, high blood pressure and other symptoms.
- Utility-scale wind power generation is expensive and unreliable; other means such as conservation and using technology to improve existing power generating facilities and transmission and to reduce demand on the power grid, would help meet Ontario’s power needs better.
- The European experience with wind power generation is “not as advertised.” Other countries have more stringent setbacks, and have also learned that the job creation was not as forecast, and higher electricity prices for business and consumers actually harms the economy. Several are reversing their subsidies for wind power.