NextEra Energy CEO Jim Robo made $12.2M in 2014

wind-money330South Florida Business Journal, Duane Shimogawa
Jim Robo, chairman, president and CEO of NextEra Energy Inc., which is buying Hawaiian Electric Co. for $4.3 billion, received about $12.2 million in total compensation in 2014, up from about $10.4 million the previous year, according to a public filing Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Florida-based company’s other top executives, including Chief Financial Officer Moray Dewhurst, Chief Nuclear Officer Manoochehr Nazar and NextEra Energy subsidiary NextEra Energy ResourcesPresident and CEO Armando Pimentel Jr., also saw their total compensation also increase during the same time period, according to the company’s proxy statement filed with the SEC.

Charles Sieving, who became a named officer at NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) as its general counsel in 2014, received about $2.9 million in total compensation in 2014. Read article

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Suncor wants much of Plympton-Wyoming’s noise bylaw axed

turbine-noiseThe Independant
A Suncor Energy representative calls Plympton-Wyoming’s noise bylaw “a novel approach” but wants much of the bylaw changed. Suncor Energy is planning a 43-industrial turbine project around Camlachie. It’s the subject of an Environmental Review Tribunal Hearing. But the town has written and passed a noise bylaw to make sure residents aren’t bothered but low-level sound – called infrasound. While the bylaw was passed, under the Municipal Act, people can ask for changes for up to a year.

Chris Scott was at Plympton-Wyoming Council recently to outline the company’s concerns with the bylaw which Suncor says “are concepts that are not well defined and not accepted by the general consensus of (acoustical) industry standards.” While the noise bylaw wouldn’t stop Suncor from building the project, Scott says operating it would be another thing. The bylaw, he says, amounts to an “outright ban on infrasound” and “the testing methods are vague and inadequately defined.”

Scott says everything, including people, emit infrasound, making it impossible to turn on the turbines. And he suggested it would be difficult to measure low-level noise. Scott says there are instruments to measure the lower limits of infrasound as Plympton-Wyoming’s bylaw suggests, but “they are not typically available…and should be struck from the bylaw.” Read article

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Canadian research boosts Cooper’s case on turbines

MannVanderkooyGraham Lloyd, The Australian
[excerpt] Mr Cooper has received further support for his work at Cape Bridgewater from computer scientists in Canada who have been working to record sub-audible noise or infrasound from wind turbines since 2013.

Richard Mann, at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, said scientists there had arrived at a similar position to Mr Cooper despite working in a different way.

“Our results show that wind turbines emit a characteristic pulsation (change in barometric pressure) that repeats with every blade passage,” Professor Mann said.“This is consistent with the infra sound ‘signature’ you have reported.”

The Waterloo University research did not consider health effects from wind turbine infrasound. But Professor Mann said: “I join the many scientists and experts worldwide requesting a thorough investigation of wind turbine noise.” Read article

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Kettle & Stony Point FN looking to hear from residents effected by wind turbines

kettle stony pointWind Turbine Info. Gathering Session

CKSPFN needs to hear from our members if you and/or any of your family members are experience negative effects from the wind turbines. The First nation will take this into consideration to determine if they will pursue legal action on behalf of their members. Please join us on this date, to share your story and concerns with us or arrange for a private home visit if that is more acceptable to you. For further information, please contact Suzanne Bressette at the Administration Office (519-786-2125).
When
Sat Feb 28, 2015 3:30pm – 5pm
Where
KSP Health Centre (Vernon Room) (map)
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Chief promises protests, blockades on Mattawa wind project

1297667730349_ORIGINALBy PJ Wilson, The Nugget
MATTAWA – The Antoine First Nation “will use every means available” to stop a proposed wind turbine development near this community, including protests and blockades. That was the message Chief Davie Joanisse delivered Monday night at an open house concerning the proposed industrial wind turbine farm on Crown land west of Mattawa and north of the Mattawa River.

“We firmly oppose this project, the company involved and the Algonquin group,” Joanisse said, pointing at the Pikwaknagan First Nation, which has allied with Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. on the project. “We will use every means available to stop this project. That includes protests and blockades.”

The proposal – still in its early stages – would see up to 60 wind turbines producing 150 megawatts of electrical power near Talon Lake. An overflow crowd crammed into the Mattawa Golden Age Club to get information on the project – one of at least three in the region – and to let representatives of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. know where they stand on the idea. Read article

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Proposed Mattawa wind project opposed by locals

mattawaBayToday
Can you feel the wind of change? When it comes to the proposed industrial wind turbine farm for the Mattawa area, many concerned residents cannot.

Innergex Renewable Energy, the Quebec-based company proposing the industrial turbine system, held a public consultation meeting at the Mattawa Senior Citizens Club on Monday night, where a capacity crowd seemed to vehemently oppose what is being put forward. With Innergex project developers on hand and multiple displays outlining the company’s plans, local representatives took to the microphone and rallied the hundreds in attendance.

The Nodinosi Project, which translates into “spirit of the wind” in the Algonquin language, calls for the installation of 50-60 wind turbines on Crown Land in the Olrig and Mattawan Townships just North of the Mattawa River. Those turbines, expected to range anywhere between 80-120 metres in height, are anticipated to have the capacity of 150 megawatts. But the development has catalyzed a strong reaction from local opposition, including the First Nations, the Lake Talon Conservation Association (LTCA), and many area residents. Read article

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Timeline: 3 Decades of Wind Industry Deception

From Stop These Things

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A little while back, a Scottish pen-smith posed a little rhetorical on the subtle art of skulduggery:

Oh, what a tangled web we weave

When first we practise to deceive!

There have been few industries that have had more practice, and as much success, in that subtle art, as the wind industry.

STT has popped up 880 posts in the, just over, two years since we cranked into gear – on our mission to destroy the wind industry.

A fair slice of them have concerned the topic of the adverse health effects caused by turbine generated incessant low-frequency noise and infrasound; the woefully inadequate, indeed, utterly irrelevant noise standards written by the wind industry; and the institutional corruption that:

a) allowed those standards to become the “benchmarks” in the first place; and

b) witnesses public authorities, with a responsibility to protect public health, not only sitting on their hands, but barracking in favour of the wind industry, at the expense of the very people these planning and public health agencies and authorities are paid handsomely to protect. Read article

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Bill 52 does NOT protect those faced with SLAPP suits‏, such as NextEra’s

IMG_0467Our fight for freedom of speech is ongoing it seems. The anti SLAPP Bill was touted as a wonderful thing in the media in December, but they only read the government press release, not the (altered) fine print of the Bill.  ~ Esther

Dear Members of Legislature,
The anti-SLAPP Bill 52 is not the same creature that was previously proposed as Bill 83 a year ago. In short, every person or organization that you all passionately spoke for, who were facing SLAPP suits, willnotbe protected by the new Bill 52. There was a change in the wording about who would now be eligible for protection by this Bill.  Before, that date was to be left open to the discretion of the Lieutenant Governor.  In the current version as Bill 52, the effective date is the day it receives Royal Assent. So basically because we (those facing SLAPP suits) weren’t sued on a current enough date, we do not ‘qualify’ for this Bill’s protection.

Nexterror Bullies Canada IncI don’t believe I was being naïve in thinking that this legislation should have helped ALL affected by SLAPP suits.  On June 26th, 2013, shortly after I was sued by Florida based wind turbine developer NextEra Energy, the Attorney General John Gerretson wrote my MPP Monte McNaughton this: “I can tell you that if Bill 83 is passed, the rule will apply to suits brought before the bill comes into force, thus allowing for dismissal of strategic litigation after a fast-track motion procedure.” But this is precisely what was changed in Bill 52 – I suppose it seemed only fair to Mr. Gerretson to extend the protection to all victims of SLAPPs, but then… something changed with the last election, and we were all swiftly abandoned. Continue reading

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Ontario MPP e-mail addresses

ontarioBelow are the Ontario MPP e-mail addresses as of February 22, 2015.
(feel free to copy and paste and write them a note)

lalbanese.mpp@liberal.ola.org
ganderson.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
tarmstrong-qp@ndp.on.ca
ted.arnott@pc.ola.org
bob.baileyco@pc.ola.org
ybaker.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
bbalkissoon.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
cballard.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
toby.barrettco@pc.ola.org Continue reading

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ERT dismisses Manvers wind turbine project appeal

buddhist-1My Kawartha
MANVERS TWP – Opponents of a controversial wind energy project have lost their bid to keep five mega-turbines out of the Pontypool area.  The Environmental Review Tribunal released its decision in a 200-plus page report on Thursday (Feb. 19), ruling in favour of wpd Canada’s Sumac Ridge project.

The Sumac Ridge Renewable Energy Approval was submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in June of 2012.  In December, 2013, the Province approved the project and the decision was immediately appealed to the Tribunal. The appellants were the Buddhist Cham Shan Temple, Manvers Wind Concerns and Cransley Home Farm Limited. In presenting their case, they called 17 witnesses (pre-qualified by the tribunal).

The Cham Shan Temple planned to build four temples in the Bethany area on land they’ve owned for 20 years; mirroring the four Temples in China for a spiritual pilgrimage. They maintained the wind turbines would interfere with their freedom of religion, preventing the peace and quiet necessary for such a pilgrimage, which would draw Buddhists from around the world to the City of Kawartha Lakes. They planned to invest about $100 million and maintained that if Sumac Ridge went ahead they would abandon the Temple project. Read article

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DOWN WIND – Full Documentary now available to watch (free!)

Down Wind is the explosive documentary that examines Ontario’s controversial rush into wind farm development. Produced by Surge Media, Down Wind exposes how this Canadian provinces’ green energy dream turned into a nightmare for rural residents forced to live among the towering 50 storey turbines. We hear searing, personal stories of people experiencing mysterious health problems, insomnia, depression, even thoughts of suicide; their lives turned upside down by the constant noise and vibrations given off by the massive wind turbines. The documentary also reveals the staggering economic costs of these wind farms to taxpayers with huge subsidies going to big wind corporations. And how inside connections have made some government cronies wealthy, while rural communities suffer. The film aired on Canada’s Sun News Network. Media write up here: http://www.torontosun.com/2014/05/31/….
For more information contact: jeff.wigle@surgemedia.ca

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Noise pollution is making us oblivious to the sound of nature, says researcher

Why natural sounds might be calming to people is unclear, but Fristrup speculates that over millions of years of evolution, we may have come to associate the more tranquil sounds of the natural world with safety. “I suspect there’s something about these intact soundscapes that reminds our ancestral brains of a place that’s safe, where there’s no sense of a predator nearby, and that these more cluttered soundscapes are problematic for us because we know we’ve lost that surveillance capability,” he said.

trees1The Guardian
The tranquil chorus of the natural world is in danger of being lost to today’s generation as people screen out the noises that surround them, a senior US researcher warns. Rising levels of background noise in some areas threaten to make people oblivious to the uplifting sounds of birdsong, trickling water, and trees rustling in the wind, which can often be heard even in urban centres, said Kurt Fristrup, a senior scientist at the US National Park Service.

The problem was exacerbated by people listening to iPods through their earphones instead of tuning in to the birds and other sounds of nature that can easily be drowned out by traffic, music and others noises, he said. “This learned deafness is a real issue,” Fristrup told the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in San Jose. “We are conditioning ourselves to ignore the information coming into our ears.”

“This gift that we are born with – to reach out and hear things hundreds of metres away, all these incredible sounds – is in danger of being lost through a generational amnesia,” he said. “There is a real danger, both of loss of auditory acuity, where we are exposed to noise for so long that we stop listening, but also a loss of listening habits, where we lose the ability to engage with the environment the way we were built to,” he added. Read article

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A stampede to the exits

08bryce_1-popupby Harvey Wrightman
In the 6 years and 6 Environmental Review Tribunal appeals we have been appellants to, there has been a bagful of issues connected with wind projects and how they are “imposed” upon ordinary working communities without the express consent of the communities –  in newspeak, that would be “social license.”  Yet the one issue that drew us to actively oppose wind projects (health effect), remains at the top of the list and all other issues really come as a result of the harm to health that occurs, picking its victims at random, that one cannot say, “It won’t affect me.”

So the recent study done by acoustician Steven Cooper for Pacific Hydro has set a bomb off  amongst the….umm, the wind wankers – an all inclusive category for the acousticians, $800/hour lawyers, PR people, the smirking engineers and administrators of the MOECC and the ERT, the clueless politicians, the sleepy investment bankers.

But success leads to outrageous behaviour. Pac Hydro was assured by its “experts”  that nothing would be found; so, acting the bit of the good, green corporate citizen it agreed to have Cooper do the study, and agreed to provide the operational co-operation that is essential to producing accurate data. Curiously they refused to have the study submitted to a professional journal for peer review – perhaps an afterthought – what if he does find something??? No matter, peer review can be done by, well, peers in the field. And so two of the most respected names in the American acoustical community, Paul Schomer and George Hessler, have published their review of Cooper’s study. Hessler has done numerous noise assessments for wind companies. Schomer is Standards Director Acoustical Society of America.

None of what is published will come as a surprise to the many individuals I encountered who experienced the same sensations resulting in the same symptomatic responses and the entirely rational response of fleeing the scene. Now your observations have been validated by two of the most prominent acousticians in the US.  With an ethical obligation to protect the public, one awaits the stampede of engineers to the exits. Some have already done so.

The Results of an Acoustic Testing Program, Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm
Prepared for Energy Pacific by Steve Cooper, The Acoustic Group
A Review of this Study and Where It Is Leading

Paul D. Schomer, Ph.D., P.E.; Schomer and Associates, Inc.; Standards Director, Acoustical Society of America
George Hessler, Hessler Associates, Inc.
10 February 2015

Recently Cooper has completed a first of its kind test regarding the acoustical emissions of wind turbines. His is the first study of effects on people that includes a cooperating windfarm operator in conjunction with a researcher that does not work exclusively for windfarms. This study makes three very simple points:

  1. There is at least one non-visual, non-audible pathway for wind turbine emissions to reach, enter, and affect some people
  2. This is a longitudinal study wherein the subjects record in a diary regularly as a function of time the level of the effects they are experiencing at that time
  3. This periodic recording allows for responses as the wind-turbine power changes up and down, changes not known by the subject

Continue reading

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Nova Scotia: South Canoe wind developer Acciona faces second lawsuit

06-21%20LawsuitThe Chronicle Herald 
A New Brunswick-based rebar installer has filed another lawsuit against the 34-turbine South Canoe wind farm over alleged unpaid bills. Acadia Rebar of Saint-Leolin, N.B., launched the action in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Tuesday, saying it is owed $323,000.

The suit names contractors and subcontractors working on the $200-million wind farm, which is under construction near New Ross, Lunenburg County. The project’s majority partners, Minas Basin Pulp & Power and Oxford Frozen Foods, and minority partner Nova Scotia Power are also included in the action. In addition, turbine supplier Acciona Windpower North America is named, as are site landowners.

Last week, Acadia Rebar launched a similar action, claiming it’s also owed $550,000 due to extra costs caused by changes to its contract. The changes stemmed from delays installing turbine bases, the company says. Read article

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Mega wind project proposed for Mattawa region

Vic FideliNorth Bay Nipissing News
Wind farming could be coming to the Mattawa region. Quebec-based company Innergex Renewable Energy is proposing to build a 150 megawatt wind farm on Crown land in Mattawan Township. The project is called Nodinosi Energy Partnership because the wind farm will be a cooperative effort between Innergex and the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation, who are located near Pembroke. Nodinosi means “Spirit of the Wind” in Algonquin. Innergex currently operates six wind farms in Canada and the United States.

According to the Innergex website, the Mattawan wind farm could consist of 50 to 60 towers. François Morin, senior advisor of public affairs for Innergex, says “The number of turbines is, for now, preliminary.”  If the Mattawan wind farm project of this magnitude is approved, it would likely mean “about 300 jobs during the years of construction. There are also a few permanent jobs during the lifespan of the project for operation and maintenance purposes,” Morin says. Read article

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Infrasound And Motion Sickness

Infrasound And Motion Sickness from Kevin Dooley on Vimeo.

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Wind Turbine Infrasound Recordings Shown On An Oscilloscope

Wind Turbine Infrasound Recordings Shown On An Oscilloscope from Kevin Dooley on Vimeo.

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Plympton-Wyoming stands behind new bylaw aimed at wind turbines

suncorSarnia Observer, Paul Morden
Suncor Energy and the Town of Plympton-Wyoming are at odds again over a wind turbine bylaw. Jody Hood, a manager of development and engineering with Suncor Energy, raised concerns at a recent town council meeting over a bylaw passed in 2014 to regulate wind turbine noise. Some 27 of the 46 wind turbines Suncor plans to build as part of its Cedar Point wind project would be located in Plympton-Wyoming.

“The noise limits related to our wind operations are regulated by the province,” said Suncor spokesperson Jason Vaillant. “We certainly intend to operate within those limits.” Vaillant said “from a technical perspective” the bylaw would prevent wind turbines from operating in the municipality. “Although, it’s not the bylaws that govern our project,” he added. “That approval comes from the province.”

Ontario granted environment approval in August for Suncor’s wind energy project in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township. Appeals of that approval are currently being heard by Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal. Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper said the noise bylaw was written in consultation with a lawyer, and added that it follows the province’s regulations. “But, we added the low level sounds,” Napper added. Read article

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OEB approves two distribution lines for Clearview wind power project, township and airport opposed

The Enterprise Bulletin, Paul Brian
Mississauga-based WPD Canada has been granted the go-ahead by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to locate distribution lines for two wind turbines proposed as part of the Fairview Wind project along a two-kilometre distance underneath Fairgrounds Road in Clearview Township.

Karen Evans, the Director of Corporate Communications for the OEB said that despite Clearview’s preference that OEB hold their review of the distribution plan application until the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) process was complete, OEB felt it was better to move things forward in one process.

“It is more efficient and prudent for applications to be reviewed concurrently and so the distribution plant proceeding moved forward,” Evans wrote, adding that other government departments in addition to MECC could also potentially be involved in the project approval process but that the OEB will not be involved in the turbine approval process. MECC approval of the REA process is required before the project can move ahead, something Clearview officials had posited as one of their reasons that German-owned WPD’s application should not be given the nod at this point. Read article

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Huron East Council’s Reconsideration of Vibrancy Fund Draws Ire of HEAT

bribesMy Huron Info
Huron East Against Turbines (HEAT) is encouraging Huron East Council to go with its gut and not change its mind on a vibrancy fund offered by St. Columban Wind Energy that council rejected last year. Jeanne Melady of HEAT spoke to council at its Jan. 20 meeting, saying that the stance of the wind turbine opposition group has not changed since the issue was first up for consideration over one year ago. The group still has many concerns with the proposed agreement, none of which have been addressed in the last year.
MacLellan suggested raising the issue once again late last year at the first meeting of the new council after the October election. He said he felt the time was right to revisit the issue.

Melady told council that she felt “common sense” was required when considering the issue, specifically the rights council would be “giving up” by agreeing to enter into such a contract. First, she said, members of the group resented becoming the “sacrificial lamb” that was being seen as standing in between the municipality and some revenue.

Some Huron East residents, she said, have made negative comments towards the group, saying it’s keeping the municipality from the money. Melady suggests that one thing is not related to the other and the group shouldn’t be demonized for its stance against wind turbines, just because there is money on the other side of the scale. Read article

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Wind Turbine Working Group Opposes Plan For More Wind Power Proposals

We will NOT be sientBlackburn News
The Multi Municipal Wind Turbine Working group has written a letter of protest over the province’s request for new wind power proposals. Chair and Arran-Elderslie Deputy Mayor Mark Davis is asking the minister of energy why the province wants to add another 300 mega watts of wind power.

He questions how the province can add more to an already mismanaged system. “The financial ramifications of what the green energy act has done to the cost of electricity is decimating this province,” he says. “Whether it be from manufacturing sector, to just regular good taxpaying people, we’re accomplishing nothing other than taking ourselves out of a competitive market place.” Davis says electricity ratepayers continue to watch in alarmed disbelief as their hydro bills skyrocket. Read article

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Ending Ontario’s wind power “ripoff”

monteWindsor Star, Monte McNaughton
How do we ensure that when one government abuses its power, we don’t have to live with the consequences for a generation? Through the supremacy of our democratically elected legislative assembly in Ontario.

In 2009, the Ontario Liberals misused their majority when they stripped municipalities of their long-standing land planning rights in order to impose the wind turbine experiment.
They then used executive orders to hand out sole-sourced deals to line the pockets of their wind developer friends.

These 20-year deals provide guaranteed pricing to developers for wind power that is above market rates — because wind power cannot be produced in Ontario at reasonable market rates. The deals also guarantee revenue even when turbines are asked not to produce wind power. Read article

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5 wind turbines approved for Grey Highlands

ist2_137405-rubber-stamp-approvedEnvironmental Registry
A Renewable Energy Approval (REA) has been issued to Grey Highlands Nominee (No. 1) Ltd. to engage in a renewable energy project in respect of a Class 4 wind facility consisting of the construction, installation, operation, use and retiring of five wind turbines rated at 2.0 MW each generating output capacity, with a total name plate capacity of 10 MW. The facility will be connected to Hydro One’s distribution system.

This Class 4 wind facility, known as the Grey Highlands Zero Emission People Wind Farm, is located near the community of McIntyre within the Municipality of Grey Highlands, Grey County, Ontario. The noise sources to be approved at the project location consist of five (5) wind turbine generators and one (1) 44 kV 10 MVA transformer substation. Emissions discharged to the atmosphere include noise. Read more

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9 Wind Turbines approved for Clarington

Approved-Rubber-Stamp-724817Environmental Registry
A Renewable Energy Approval (REA) has been issued to Ganaraska Nominee Ltd. (Capstone Power Development) to engage in a renewable energy project in respect of a Class 4 wind facility consisting of the construction, installation, operation, use and retiring of 9 wind turbines, with a total name plate capacity of 17.6 MW. The wind facility will be connected to Hydro One Networks Inc.’s distribution system.

This Class 4 wind facility, known as ZEP Wind Farm Ganaraska, consists generally of 9 wind turbine generators, access roads, an internal underground collector system, and a transformer substation. The wind facility is located in the Municipality of Clarington, Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario.

Note that since the REA application was deemed complete on January 7, 2014, Ganaraska Nominee Ltd. made minor changes to the project, which include the following:

  • Removal of Turbine 2 and Turbine 7 from the project layout, resulting in a reduction in the number of wind turbine generators to be constructed, from 10 to 9; and
  • Decrease in the total name plate capacity of the project, from 20 MW to 17.6 MW. Read more
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First wind turbines, then power lines, and now they need guard rails…

NextEra and Suncor Adelaide projects add guard rails for ‘safety’ because they planted monstrous metal hydro poles along the shoulder of these country roads (Kerwood Road: 90km/h speed limit). WPD’s local Napier project moved their poles to the road edge a year ago and it tragically claimed a life already. This is what they call ‘mitigation’ I believe?

These are monster-huge transmission poles – the largest being 100′ tall and close to 4′ at the base. If you wonder why they are placed on a roadway, well ask Middlesex Cty.  The photos above mockingly show what Nextera, the OEB and the MOE think of road safety.  How could such an emminent assemblage of lawyers, doctors, engineers, and  all the other “professionals” who provided all the learned expertise at the ERT and OEB hearings approve such an awkward, cobbled up,  stupid mess as this – and, get paid for their “testimony.” One wishes that they should have to travel this gauntlet of steely bludgeons for the rest of their lives. So much education, so little intelligence.

Why didn’t Middlesex County call Nextera’s bluff and go to court about such obvious road safety hazards. In not doing so,  a very bad precedent has been set. Basically a private corporation posing as a public utility claims their “infrastructure” is for the public good. Really, that was the argument – said with a smirk.   Nextera’s initial submissions to the OEB  lacked specific details as to where the line would go or how large the poles would be. The size was the last thing revealed.  They also sought a directive to allow them to site the line on adjacent private property on an “as needed” basis and Nextera would dictate what compensation they would pay.  Continue reading

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Steven Cooper’s Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm Study the Beginning of the End for the Wind Industry

wind-turbine-signatureStop These Things
Earlier this week, a small, but very effective, nuclear device was detonated at Cape Bridewater, which – before Union Super Funds backed Pacific Hydro destroyed it – was a pristine, coastal idyll in South-Western Victoria.

The bomb that went off was a study carried out by one of Australia’s crack acoustic specialists, Steven Cooper – and some typically solid journalism from The Australian’s Graham Lloyd – that put the Pac Hydro initiated pyrotechnics in the International spotlight.

Over the next few posts, STT will analyse just what the detonation, its aftermath and fallout means for an industry which, in Australia, is already on the ropes. And we’ll look at what it means to the thousands of wind farm victims here – and around the world.

We’ll kick off with the front page story that has sent the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers into a state of terror filled panic.

Turbines may well blow an ill wind over locals, ‘first’ study shows
The Australian, Graham Lloyd, 21 January 2015

PEOPLE living near wind farms face a greater risk of suffering health complaints caused by the low-frequency noise generated by turbines, a groundbreaking study has found.

The study by acoustics expert Steven Cooper is the first in the world in which a wind turbine operator had fully co-operated and turned wind turbines off completely during the testing. Read article

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Anti-wind turbine group seeks leave to appeal in Charter fight

li-charter-of-rights-cbcBy Denis Langlois, Sun Times
A group of southwestern Ontario residents is hoping to take to the next level a constitutional challenge of the province’s approval process for large-scale wind farms. The residents, represented by Toronto-based law firm Falconers LLP, are seeking leave to appeal a Dec. 29 decision by the Ontario Divisional Court, which ruled against four families who live close to proposed wind farms and have raised serious concerns about the health impacts of industrial turbines. A decision on whether or not the Ontario Court of Appeal will hear the matter is expected within 30 to 90 days.

“Basically what we’re fighting is setbacks. It’s not necessarily an anti-wind movement. It’s that the setbacks aren’t appropriate to protect the health and safety of people,” said Kevin McKee, president of Huron-Kinloss Against Lakeside Turbines (HALT), which is helping to fund the legal fight. The so-called “Charter Challenge” claims the province’s process for granting wind farm approvals violates the residents’ right to security of the person as guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

McKee said an Ontario court has not yet heard or ruled on that claim. “What we’re hoping for is the appeals court of Ontario, which is the next step, will listen to our case, will respect the law and will invoke the Charter,” he said. Read article

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‘Sizzling’ noise from Samsung wind turbine transmission line a concern for council

mum march4The Sachem
Some Haldimand council members are concerned about a “sizzling” noise coming from Samsung Renewable Energy’s transmission line. Ward 1 Coun. Leroy Barlett said he witnessed an usual noise along Haldimand Road 20 where the transmission line runs. “It’s a sizzling of those lines up ahead,” he told council at the Jan. 13 committee meeting.

Bartlett said he feels this is one of a number of “significant issues” related to Samsung’s transmission project. “We have towers that I think are put in the wrong spot,” Bartlett said. “Now, we have these concerns from residents about the sizzling or crackling of the lines.” He suggested council send letters to the province and Samsung about these issues, and added that he feels residents “shouldn’t have to live through” this.

Bartlett’s concerns were backed up by other councillors at the meeting when Ward 2 Coun. Fred Morison said he also heard the noises as well. Morison described the transmission line noise as “bacon frying.”

“If you got these things making noise then there’s obviously a lot of power getting out that shouldn’t be at all,” Coun. Craig Grice added. “Maybe I’m right. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think we should find that out.” Read article

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NextEra’s stray voltage affecting gas and telephone lines …. what about people?

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Over the last year, our communities have been overwhelmed by the installation of Industrial Wind Development.  In the municipalities of North Middlesex, Lambton Shores and Adelaide-Metcalf NextEra’s Bornish project (45 turbines), Kerwood project (37 turbines) and Jericho project (92 turbines) all use the same transmission line to feed electricity into the grid.  Bornish and Kerwood became operational this past summer while Jericho went live last month.  The Suncor Adelaide project of mammoth 2.3 MW turbines has yet to come on line.

All three of NextEra’s projects were appealed to the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT).  All of the appeals were dismissed, by the esteemed panel; noting that the community had no grounds for concern, as the expert panel provided by the proponents testified under oath that there was no possible impact to the community or the environment.  The ERT found that the Appellants failed to provide evidence to show that engaging in these projects WILL cause serious and irreversible harm.

Here is an example of that testimony from the Jericho ERT:

NextEra’s expert witness, Mr. James Arkerson, Manager – Wind Project Engineering at NextEra Energy Resources LLC, the Approval Holder’s parent company, testified that “he was not an expert in stray voltage“.  He also testified “that the transmission and collection lines for the Project were designed by licensed professional engineers and that the system complies with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code and other applicable standards.”  So they must be safe, and that was evidence enough to prove that the projects would not impact the health and well being of the residents of our communities.

Mr. Arkerson also raised the possibility that other conductive objects, such as metal fences or pipelines, might induce voltage but noted that the Approval Holder is obligated to perform induction studies and demonstrate compliance to the ESA and the affected utilities, but he expected in this case that any voltage induced would be insignificant. When questioned about whether this conclusion was premature given that the induction studies were not complete, Mr. Arkerson stated that he was drawing on his past experience with numerous similar projects.  He also noted that the Project cannot be energized until compliance with the applicable standards has been demonstrated to the satisfaction of the ESA.  Unfortunately, for the residents affected by this project, Mr. Arkerson was merely a puppet, speaking the words of NexTerror, and his ‘expertise’ failed to prove that there was definitely NO reason for concern, with regards to stray voltage.

This is what’s really happening in our communities ……………..

Gas Lines
Both the Jericho and Kerwood projects have transmission lines running along side the gas lines.  In both projects Union Gas found the risk of stray voltage to be a significant concern.  So much so, that they marked each regulator in front of homes along the transmission routes and temporarily placed hard plastic suitcase-like containers over each regulator.  Once all the regulators were ‘secured’ they dug up each pipeline and regulator on residences’ front lawns to insulate the equipment. Continue reading

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January 13, 2015- Drennan, Dixon-Ryan & Kroeplin Wind Farm Appeals
The Drennan, Dixon-Ryan, and Kroeplin Appellants’ are seeking leave to appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal on the constitutionality of the government’s approval process for wind turbine projects, and their effect on human health for those living in close proximity to the turbines. The Appellants, all of whom are represented by Falconers LLP, are Families who live in close proximity to pending windfarm projects.

Related Documents
Appellants’ Notice of Motion for Leave to Appeal. January 13, 2015
Judgment. December 29, 2014

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