City of Ottawa missing opportunity on real clean renewable energy: community group

Turbines and transformer substation near Crysler. Industrial use of the land. (Submitted photo)

City of Ottawa doomed to repeat Ontario’s failed experiment with intermittent wind and solar power

In the current edition of Ontario Farmer, is a story “Wind opponents claim Ottawa turbine plan disastrous” by Tom Van Dusen. An excerpt:

City council is ignoring the “disaster” wind power has been for Ontario in encouraging installation of industrial wind turbines in its rural areas as part of a Climate Change Master Plan.

So says the leader of an anti-turbine group Ottawa Wind Concerns (OWC) which for the past several years has been leading the charge in Eastern Ontario.

“While most of us were worrying about the pandemic, council accepted a document titled ‘Energy Evolution: Ottawa’s Community Energy Strategy’,” chair Jane Wilson stated. “What concerned us in the 101-page document is the strategy to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050 by using industrial-scale wind power.”

The energy document calls for 20 megawatts of wind power by 2025 and 3,218 MW by 2050, the equivalent of 710 turbines…all part of a $57 billion energy transition plan.

Wilson accused the city of ignoring the role wind power played in creating energy poverty in the province “boosting electricity bills by 270 percent.” Turbines, she added, also have a high impact on the environment killing birds and bat, and produce disturbing noise emissions.

Rather, the city should adopt the current provincial position of pursuing “affordable and reliable” energy sources of which wind power isn’t one. Why not, Wilson said, take a serious look at incinerating waste into power and at modular nuclear reactors which the federal government already supports at the demonstration stage.

“Funding is supposed to come from the federal government–so every Canadian taxpayer–as Ottawa repeats the failed experiment with wind power.”

More wind power equals more natural gas.

“Higher electricity bills, more burden on taxpayers, less reliable power, industrialization of quiet communities and takeover of important food land: That’s what will happen if this goes ahead.”

 

The story is not online at ontariofarmer.com

Contact Ottawa Wind Concerns, a community group member of the Wind Concerns Ontario coalition, at ottawawindconcerns@gmail.com

 

Comments

Andre Lauzon
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After getting the details on the city’s dangerous and stupid plan i did complain to the Mayor and my city councilor, but i doubt they will have read anything i sent. Knowing they had just given a few millions in subsidies to a luxury car dealership I know they do not have the brains, moral integrity nor the courage to really study the plan. What do you expect from a former Liberal minister???????

Stan Thayer
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Sheesh again,,,,again!
Wow, I can’t understand how anyone expects more wind turbines to produce more power. Since 0000 hours today, July 18th 2021, only 12 of the 45 windfarms in Ontario have had somewhat continuous output over 1 megawatt for an inconsistent total available of 186 megawatts into a grid demand of just under 14,000 megawatts.
Calm, hot summer weather with light breezes means no wind, no power.
But the backup gas plants owned by the same investors are doing fine.
The city of Ottawa is a marvelous example of many, (whatnottodoos).
Public transit is a maybe, sometimes at best. Sewage is readily available at the discharge into the river. Every spring a listing of the worst roads by CAA shows entries from Ottawa. Noone seems to know where all the money goes anyway so maybe some huge industrial wind turbines would be a good addition to the circus.
This ain’t no joke folks!

Stan

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