Middlesex turbines spinning

Adelaide WG MacDonald SchoolLondon Free Press, John Miner
Starting construction of the final two wind farms it has on the books for Ontario, Florida-based NextEra Energy says it has an eye out for more opportunities in the province. Ben Greenhouse of NextEra said the company is closely watching Ontario’s new procurement process for green energy projects and would consider building and operating more wind farms. “This is our business,” Greenhouse said Tuesday.

NextEra Energy announced this week that it has started supplying electricity to the grid from its two recently completed wind farms in Middlesex County — the Bornish and Adelaide wind farms. Earlier this year, NextEra announced it had commercial production from its Bluewater wind farm in Huron County. Read article

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Toronto court to decide fate of Lake Ontario wind farm

Ostrander-PointCBC.ca
A group fighting a controversial wind farm development south of Picton, Ont., says its final appeal will be heard in December. The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists says it has been told that the Court of Appeal for Ontario will hear the case in Toronto on Dec. 8 and 9.

The group will explain why it is opposed to Gilead Power’s plans for a nine-turbine facility at Ostrander along the north shore of Lake Ontario. The activists believe it is the wrong place for a wind farm for a number of reasons, including the area’s importance to migrating birds, bats and butterflies. The group was granted permission earlier this summer to appeal an Ontario Divisional Court ruling. Read article

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Mayor and anti-wind groups considering their next steps

suncor_jpg_1327041cl-8By Brent Boles, Sarnia Observer 
A Suncor plan to build 46 wind turbines in and around the Town of Plympton-Wyoming has been given the green light by provincial officials. A decision posted on the Ontario environmental registry Friday shows that the Cedar Point Wind project has been given renewable energy approval.

“We were expecting it. It’s highly disappointing,” said Ingrid Willemsen of the group We’re Against Industrial Turbines Plympton-Wyoming (WAIT-PW). “All the wind turbine projects seem to get a rubber stamp no matter how many arguments are in place against them.” Other turbines are slated to go up in Lambton Shores and Warwick Township.

While it wasn’t immediately clear when work on the turbines will break ground, Willemsen said she believes the decision means crews could begin building as early as this fall. One of the conditions of approval says that the project must be finished being built within the next three years. When the province reached out for public consultation at the end of 2013, they received more than 1600 comments in return. Read article

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CanWea’s member list (count the law firms, no wonder the fight is tough)

court injusticeCanWEA Members 2014*

  • 3M Canada Company
  • ABB Inc.
  • Acciona Wind Energy Canada
  • Activa Environnement Inc
  • Aeolis Wind Power Corp.
  • Aercoustics Engineering Ltd.
  • Aird & Berlis LLP
  • Airway Services Canada
  • Alberta Wind Energy Corporation
  • Algonquin Power
  • ALL Canada Crane Rental Corp.

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Bow Lake makes wind farm fight tough

wolfe-islandTom Mills, Sault Star
Every time I travel to southern Ontario I stumble across more great potential wind farm sites that have yet to be exploited. With a government that continues to stack the procedural and legal deck against those who oppose the intrusion of wind farms on their neighbourhoods, you might expect to see turbines almost everywhere.

But it would take a sharp eye to spot one anywhere near the GTA. Wind-energy-watching is much easier in Algoma, Bruce and Chatham-Kent, which house about a third of Ontario’s turbines. In a past column I mentioned the Toronto waterfront, where offshore wind turbines were seriously proposed. Then a Liberal government moratorium in 2011 put an end to the foolish notion of locating green energy generation where it might be consumed.

I’ve also suggested turbines be put in shopping malls, industrial parks and other places of large-scale ugliness within the bounds of the Greater Toronto Area. One reader came up with the very feasible idea of lining Highway 400 with turbines from Barrie to Canada’s Wonderland. Read article

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Suncor Cedar Point wind project approved in Lambton County

Suncor BullyEnvironmental Registry
A Renewable Energy Approval (REA) has been issued to Suncor Energy Products Inc. 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 46 turbines with a total nameplate capacity of approximately 100 megawatts (MW). The wind facility will be connected to Hydro One’s distribution system.

This Class 4 wind facility, known as the Suncor Energy Cedar Point Wind Power Project, will be located in the Town of Plympton-Wyoming, Municipality of Lambton Shores, and Warwick Township, all within Lambton County, Ontario.

Note that since the REA application was deemed complete on December 5, 2013, Suncor Energy Products Inc. made changes to the project. The changes included the following:

  • Addition of an underground collector line along Douglas Line and Uttoxeter Road entirely within the road right-of-way, from Turbine 71 to Townsend Line,
  • Addition of an underground collector line along Aberarder Line between Old Heritage Road and Hillsboro Road, entirely within the road right-of-way,
  • Minor change in the location of the overhead transmission line (located at the northwest corner of Proof Line and Rawlings Road) by 2 metres – off the road right-of-way and onto the adjacent private property,
  • Addition of a new temporary staging area,
  • Reduction of the number of transformers at the substation from 2 to 1,
  • Minor change in the location of three turbine access roads and underground collector lines, and
  • Minor changes to the proposed routing of the transmission line. Read more
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Port Ryerse wind project approved

Port Ryerse unwilling hostEnvironmental Registry
Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer
Apparently the Wynne government didn’t hear Norfolk council last year when it declared itself “an unwilling host” for future wind farm development. Wednesday, the Ministry of the Environment gave the green light for a 10-megawatt turbine development in Port Ryerse. The project was initiated several years ago by UDI Renewables of Nanticoke and later sold to green energy giant Boralex.

The approval comes as a surprise to residents of Port Ryerse who oppose the project and members of Norfolk council who declared the county an unwilling host. Soon after she took over from disgraced premier Dalton McGuinty, Kathleen Wynne promised modifications to the Green Energy Act that would give municipalities a greater say in the placement of renewable power projects. Responding to the concerns of their taxpayers, dozens of Ontario municipalities declared themselves unwilling hosts for green energy development.

Some municipal politicians at the time – Norfolk Mayor Dennis Travale among them – expressed skepticism about the weight of this new-found input. It would seem this skepticism has been borne out. Read article

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Oxford wind turbines could interfere with airport radar systems in London and Hamilton

airportLondon Free Press, John Miner
After warning a wind farm developer that its turbines would interfere with airport radar systems in London and Hamilton and reduce flight safety, NAV Canada says it’s no big deal. In a letter dated Aug. 14 to the developer of the Gunn’s Hill wind farm near Woodstock, Canada’s civil air navigation service provider states all 10 of the planned turbines are visible to the London radar and four are visible to the Hamilton radar.

The impact, NAV Canada says in the letter, includes “a decrease in flight safety for aircraft operating in the area, especially in adverse weather conditions.” The letter also states the Gunn’s Hill wind turbines will increase the workload of air traffic controllers and reduce NAV Canada’s ability to identify and track surveillance targets in the area.

“The final assessment is that the risk increase presented by this proposal may require mitigating actions. Therefore NAV Canada will require an agreement for cost recovery should mitigation measures be needed,” the letter to Juan Anderson of Gunn’s Hill Windfarm Inc. states. Read article

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When green energy kills

Sun News

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Bluewater to use turbine tax $ for appeals against wind projects

IMG_0899Pat Bolen, Times-Advocate
A motion put forward by Hay West Coun. John Gillespie that the Bluewater administration look at the idea of creating a reserve fund in the amount of taxes received from wind turbines was passed following a discussion.

Gillespie said the tax received is $600 per turbine per year and acting Bluewater chief administrative officer Bruce Grant said the Municipal Act says reserve funds can be set up at any time. Gillespie said the fund could be used to pay for appeals against wind turbine projects and the motion was passed to have the report looked at by staff and bring it back to council. Read article

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South Huron opts not to support turbine appeals

2014_06010033By Scott Nixon, Times-Advocate
SOUTH HURON — Citing a desire not to waste taxpayers’ money, South Huron council has decided not to support the Municipality of Bluewater’s appeal of Northland Power’s Grand Bend Wind Farm project. South Huron held a committee of the whole meeting in the afternoon of Aug. 11 to deal with six requests it had recently received from James Corcoran of the local Trees Not Turbines group.

As previously reported, Bluewater has decided to appeal both the Northland Grand Bend turbine project and the NextEra Goshen project. Corcoran’s first request to South Huron was that it support the appeal of the Grand Bend project.

Coun. Dennis Hockey said after South Huron has consulted with its lawyer, it has determined such appeals “are not winnable” because the province has taken away municipalities’ power. Read article

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NextEra faces another appeal

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Opponents have appealed NextEra Energy Canada’s 102MW Goshen wind project in Ontario to the Environmental Review Tribunal. Provincial regulators granted a renewable energy approval in July.

The municipality of Bluewater, one of the host communities, and resident John Gillespie allege the project will cause serious harm to human health. Gillespie also claims the approval process violates his rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Goshen, part of NextEra’s eight-project portfolio in the province, has a 20-year feed-in tariff contract with the Ontario Power Authority. Read article

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Letter to Auditor General for Ontario from NAPAW

Master Resource, Sherri Lange
To: Ms. Bonnie Lysyk (
Auditor General for Ontario)       (Letter of August 11, 2014)

protest-london-not-clean-not-green.jpgDear Ms Lysyk,
Please consider this letter as an urgent formal request for a complete and impartial audit for all matters pertaining to the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009, and its false assertions and negative results for Ontario: these misrepresentations include vigorous job creation, suggested cleaner air space, the ability to create energy facilities, wind and solar, in particular, in a cost savings manner, or competitive manner.

The Green Energy and Green Economy Act has suggested with not a little hyperbole, that it will “spark” growth in “renewables sources in Ontario, while creating savings, and producing 50,000 jobs, direct and indirect,” and “make a positive contribution towards climate change objectives,” whereas in fact the GEA threatens to eviscerate the economy of Ontario and Canada as a whole. The factual results of the GEA are of economic chaos, massive job losses, environmental degradation of the highest order, a decay of our treasured environmental protections in law, and yet uncounted human health and productivity costs. Read article

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Watt’s hiding in your electricity bill and why – Aug 26th

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Possible “model failure” could cause ON to retract on wind/solar contracts

throw money ladder windBy James J. Shanks, Gowlings
When investments are made in the private sector sophisticated financial models are developed, complete with multiple inputs, all designed to predict a range of best and worst case scenarios. If a significant model input strays beyond its originally anticipated value range for example, if customer demand for a business’s products collapses then the financial model for the business may fail. If so, stakeholders in the business will likely face a restructuring of their investments.

The chances of a restructuring are far less likely when government is the main customer of the business, not only because governments are presumed to have deep pockets, but also because, in those businesses where government acts as an intermediary between the business and the ultimate consumers of the business’s products, the government’s intermediation tends to insulate the business from model failure and its usual consequences. Nevertheless, if model failure is severe and persistent enough, history in Canada suggests that governments may be tempted to impose a restructuring even on these sorts of businesses.

In the years leading up to Ontario’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program, it was generally accepted that Ontario was approaching a near-term shortage of electricity as surging demand threatened massive brownouts. Government financial models, no doubt, assumed that the cost of developing renewable energy infrastructure involving long-term power purchases at prices significantly above market could be recouped by steadily increasing electricity rates over time, all without unduly reducing customer demand.1 However, subsequent experience seems to suggest that Ontario’s electricity demand may have been more elastic than anticipated, especially as many urban and rural electricity consumers have reacted to increasing prices by switching some of their electricity needs to lower-priced natural gas and propane. Moreover, as price increases in the Province have outpaced those in neighbouring jurisdictions (leaving Ontario’s electricity prices 30-60% higher than in those jurisdictions), some large commercial users have reacted by moving their operations out of Ontario, further depressing overall demand.2 In fact, far from remaining steady, electricity demand in the Province is now projected to decline until at least 2021. Read article

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MOE asks Dufferin Wind to guard against ‘potential’ water threat

july aug 2014 128Orangeville Banner, Chris Halliday
The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) is asking Dufferin Wind Power to seal the foundations of more than 300 utility poles to guard against possible groundwater contamination in Melancthon and Amaranth. The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) approved Dufferin Wind’s plan to construct a 230 kV transmission line from its 49-turbine wind farm in Melancthon to Amaranth last year.

Earlier this summer, however, the MOE asked Dufferin Wind to revise its construction blueprint. Ministry officials made that request after a local resident argued some utility pole foundations Dufferin Wind was constructing could act as conduits for surface water pollutants to enter the groundwater supply.

A memo written to municipal officials by Gary Tomlinson, senior environmental officer in the MOE’s Guelph office, identifies “it is possible that it can happen,” although he noted utility pole foundations aren’t particularly efficient pathways for large quantities of water. Read article

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Achtung, Ontario! Renewables are a money pit

2014_06010035Financial Post, Brady Yauch
Germany, the model for Ontario’s wind and solar developments, now regrets its spending spree
Germany – the country on which Ontario modelled its approach to renewable energy development – has a $412-billion lesson for Ontario. That’s the amount the country has spent on subsidies in support of solar and wind energy, among other renewables, over the past 20 years, all in the push to wean the country off fossil fuel and nuclear generation.

On the surface – and according to many news sites – the program has been a success, and not just because of the 378,000 people renewables now employ.

By the end of 2012 (the most recent year for data), wind and solar provided about 13% of all German electricity consumption. Adding in hydro and biomass, renewables provided more than 23%. And in May, headline writers around the world proudly trumpeted that renewable energy provided 75% of the country’s total electricity consumption.

But scratch a bit below the surface and an entirely different picture emerges – one with households being pushed into “energy poverty” as renewable subsidies lead to soaring power bills, handouts to the country’s big businesses and exporters so they can avoid paying for those subsidies and a systematic bankrupting of traditional utilities. As for that one day in May when headlines celebrated that 75% of power generation came from renewables, well, it was a Sunday when demand for power is at its lowest level. Read article

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Environment Canada testing radar software to combat wind farms

exeter radarNews Talk 1010
Environment Canada is preparing to roll out new radar 
technology in order to combat wind farm clutter, which clouds weather forecasts, misleads meteorologists and can even block radar signals. Jim Young, who works at the agency’s national radar program, said new software will be incorporated into Canada’s radar system this fall in an effort to address the “contamination” caused by wind turbines.

“I certainly have very high hopes,” he said, adding that Environment Canada has been concerned about wind farm clutter for years. The agency uses Doppler radar to predict storms, but the movement of wind turbine propellers can mimic weather. Young said accurate radar data relies on movement _ still objects including buildings, trees and towers are filtered out to allow for an analysis of the weather.

On its website, Environment Canada warns that the degradation of data can be “significantly misleading for forecasters under stormconditions.” Young said the disruption caused by wind farms is based on their proximity to radar sites. “The closer you get, that clutter becomes larger and larger,” he said.

In extreme circumstances, wind turbines can block radar scans, which Young compares to beams of light emanating from a flashlight. “If you put a large obstruction in front of your flashlight, you are going to create a shadow behind it, where you can’t see anything,” he said, adding that the same thing can happen when scanning wind farms. Read article

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Wynne’s rural outreach efforts could unravel in face of budget challenges

WYNNE NEGLECTAdam Radwanski, The Globe and Mail
In a year-and-a-half as premier, Kathleen Wynne has probably spent as much time visiting Ontario’s rural regions and its smaller cities as Dalton McGuinty did in nearly a decade. She has backtracked on policies, such as an end to financial support for horse racing, that rankled those communities. Somewhat dubiously, she served as her own agriculture minister.

In short, Ms. Wynne has made an effort to demonstrate that her Ontario includes more than just Toronto, Ottawa and a few other urban centres, and to ensure the rest of the province doesn’t feel as neglected under her watch as it did under her predecessor’s. And yet as her government seeks to eliminate its $12.5-billion deficit in three years, there is reason to believe Ms. Wynne is on a collision course with the regions to which she has tried to reach out.

The biggest hint came last month in an interview with Treasury Board President Deb Matthews, the most powerful minister in Ms. Wynne’s cabinet and the one charged with leading the fight to get back to balance. “I think across government, we’re more and more moving to a population-based system,” Ms. Matthews said on the subject of “rationalizing” program spending. What she meant, it was fairly clear, was that to meet the needs of fast-growing communities without significantly increasing the overall envelope, it would be necessary to reduce or at least freeze spending in areas where stagnant or shrinking populations are currently overserved by comparison. Read article

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Before it’s gone

Ostrander-OverviewWellington Times, Rick Conroy
Bioblitz event this weekend seeks to understand the nature of Ostrander Point
Paul Catling spent the long weekend tromping through fields and woodlands in Prince Edward County, searching for undiscovered species of plants, animals and insects. The highly regarded taxonomist and researcher works for the federal government in the department of agriculture and agrifood. But his passion is the hunt for the rare and unique, and in the County he found a treasure trove.

Dr. Catling provided compelling and captivating testimony about the rare alvar habitat at Ostrander Point before an environmental review tribunal (ERT) last year that examined the potential impact of a proposed industrial wind project nearby. The ERT revoked the developer’s permit—effectively stopping the project—persuaded by the serious and irreversible impact the project would likely have on the Blanding’s turtle. An appeal is set to be heard later this year.

One of the troubling items emerging from Catling’s testimony, echoed by others including the developer’s consultant, was just how little is known about the flora and fauna that dwell and nest, or migrate through, Ostrander Point. Read article

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More than 150 hectares of Lambton County grasslands will be impacted by Suncor wind farm, group says

bobolink-bSarnia Observer, Barbara Simpson
A pair of ‘threatened’ bird species who help ensure crop survival could be in harm’s way with a proposed Suncor wind farm set for Lambton County, says a local anti-wind group. Members of We’re Against Industrial Turbines (WAIT) – Plympton-Wyoming have taken their concerns to the Ministry of the Environment after reviewing a species at risk report for the site of the 46-turbine wind farm planned for Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township.

More than 150 hectares of grasslands that are home to bobolinks and eastern meadowlarks will be affected by the Cedar Point project, said Kristen Rodrigues, who reviewed the report on behalf of WAIT-PW. “The bobolink and the eastern meadowlark are on the largest decline of any species at risk,” Rodrigues said. “They’re showing the sharpest down trend.” Bobolinks are actually among the top 10 species killed by wind turbines in Ontario, according to a Ministry of Natural Resources report. Part of the problem is these birds have been known to collide with tall lighted structures at night. Bobolinks also perform aerial mating displays, making them once again susceptible to collisions with turbines.

The Ministry of Natural Resources has prepared a recovery strategy to help restore the province’s population of these ‘threatened’ birds who are likely to become endangered unless action is taken. Suncor spokesperson Nicole Fisher said the company doesn’t believe that area bobolinks are being put at risk with the project, and instead pointed to protection measures being put in place. Read article

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MAWT Inc Presents “Down Wind” Aug 15 in West Lincoln

MAWT Inc Presents Dinner and A Show
August 15th at Silverdale Hall, 4610 Sixteenth Road,  West Lincoln
Dinner: 5:30-7pm
Update on the Fight Against Wind Turbines: 7pm
Showing of “Down Wind”:  7:30pm

Hope you can join us. Dinner will precede the show and we will be serving sausages and corn-  Price is $8 each, or 2 for $15 (Please bring your lawn chairs if you are coming for dinner). Or come a little bit later and catch up on the news and see the show. (Admission to the show is FREE!)

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NextEra – it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission

[From Jericho Wind Project in Lambton Shores]

road-closedRESIDENT’S QUESTION:
What happens when NextEra fails to comply with a provision in the agreement?

For example, earlier this week Borea shut down access to Ridge Road (at Army Camp) from late afternoon until the next morning. Several hours went by before they even posted someone at the other end to warm motorists that the road was closed. We called the OPP non-emergency line to advise them of the road closure in case of an emergency through the night. And we contacted the municipality about the closure, both by telephone and e-mail.

The actions of Borea were clearly in contravention of the agreement, specifically Sections 8.2 and 8.3.

Are there any provisions in the agreement for the municipality to impose a penalty?

MUNICIPALITY’S RESPONSE:
I wanted to say thank you for reporting this in. We also called into central dispatch in Wallaceburg to make sure they are notified. We meet with NextEra on a weekly basis and brought this to their attention on Tuesday. They assured us that this would not happen again.

This is a contravention of the terms of the agreement, and there is a financial penalty to NextEra. NextEra is liable for any municipal costs to administer the agreement. In this case, they have to pay for my time and my staff’s time to deal with this issue and complete our investigation.

CONCLUSION:
This financial ‘penalty’ amounts to nothing for a large corporation like NextEra. But they did say sorry ……. a common strategy corporations use to get around negotiated agreements such as these – it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

It is essential that our municipalities incorporate appropriate penalties into these agreements to ensure compliance so the municipality and its residents will be adequately protected from such shenanigans.

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Pictures of NextEra & Suncor destruction in Middlesex & Lambton Counties

Sometimes I have to force myself to write a single line, because I’m so spitting mad – this is one of those times. Just look through these pictures taken on a “nice country drive” along the border of Lambton and Middlesex counties, where 92, no… plus 44, oh and 45, 38, 20  turbines are going up. You do the math. And all the transmission lines need to connect them to the grid.  So you have to sacrifice a pile of beautiful oak trees, no biggie – it’s all to help the big green dream. Trust Toronto, they know what “green” looks like – not an oak tree (you silly country bumpkins!) – wind turbines and steel trans poles are the image of “natural”!

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Then there is the proximity of these poles to our roadways- what the hell – they are FEET from the road! Is anyone monitoring this? Where are the road supervisors? The OPP? The Ministry of Transportation (I know, tack a LOL on that). Except there is nothing funny about this at all.

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Join the BioBlitz! Save Ostrander Point, August 9 &10

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SaveOstranderPoint
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public invited to help inventory the biologically significant Ostrander Point.
Prince Edward County (July 30, 2014) – The Prince Edward County Field Naturalists are hosting the county’s first ever BioBlitz at Ostrander Point. The event runs over a 24 hour period from noon on Saturday August 9 to noon on Sunday August 10, 2014 and includes guided tours for the public focussing on how to identify a variety of species from plants to birds, insects and amphibians and reptiles.

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Dr. Arline Bronzaft: wind turbine noise

Arline Bronzaft, PhD, speaking to Vermont Public Service Board’s third sound standard investigation workshop, Montpelier, Vermont, July 29, 2014.

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Wind turbines could be blocking field of vision for weather radar in Southwestern Ontario

exeter radarJohn Miner, London Free Press
Southwestern Ontario’s eye on the sky for life-threatening weather could be obscured by giant wind turbines converging on its field of vision. Recognizing and alerting people to severe conditions is a job where every minute counts.

That’s especially true in Southwestern Ontario, one of Canada’s thunderstorm capitals and part of Ontario’s tornado belt. Hundreds of thousands of people in the region rely on Environment Canada to make the right call. But that task is about to get tougher. The agency’s severe weather forecasters rely heavily on data from their Exeter Radar Station, about 50 km north of London, which detects storms and their velocity within a 250-km ring around the station.

The difficulty on the horizon are the scores of giant wind turbines being built or starting up within 50 km of the Exeter station. Some are planned as close as 16 km away. The problem, documented by the U.S. National Weather Service and in Europe, is that when a weather radar signal is reflected back by spinning turbine blades, it can appear to be a rotating cloud or tornado. Known as ‘wind turbine clutter,’ that can also disrupt precipitation estimates. Read article

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Possible water contamination from Dufferin Wind

2014_06010061Reddit, by slednaut
“This is a warning to local residents that live in Dufferin county near the 230 kV power line that the local wind company is installing. 301 poles have been installed incorrectly. They have been drilled into the water table without properly sealing them. This company has been drilling since spring and has been given until mid to end of September to mitigate the problem by MOECC Garry Tomlinson . Meanwhile there is possible water contamination to all local wells in this area. If you live anywhere near this power line you should contact your township or Scott Burns of Dufferin County for more information.”

“If you want to see this disaster start heading north on rail line starting at Holmes agrico on 3 rd line . Go through amaranth township , town of Shelburne Melanchthon township where it ends at county rd 21 and 3 rd . This area is where they have drilled through a pile of cattle manure in to the water table if you want prof of this contact Garry Tomlinson of the moecc. None of these poles are sealed from the top or bottom this allows all contaminants like herbicides pesticides oils all run from farm fields to enter into the water table.”

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Goshen Wind Project a Go in Bluewater and South Huron

NO NexteraBlackburn News, Janice MacKay
NextEra Energy will begin construction on the 60 turbine Goshen Wind farm in South Huron and Bluewater thanks to approval from the Ministry of Environment. Spokesperson Josee Hernandez says site preparation for the 300-million dollar project will begin within a few weeks . Hernandez says the fact that both communities have declared themselves unwilling hosts will not stop the project from moving ahead.

She says, “I mean, getting the approval from the Ministry of Environment basically states that this project has you know met all the requirements and that it is going to be a project that will fit in with all of the environmental sectors, all of the social, and all of the you know the studies that we’ve done to make sure that this project is a good fit”. Hernandez says they have addressed concerns expressed about the impact of the giant turbines on migrating birds like tundra swans. Read article

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Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman calling on energy minister to make wind proposal transparent

ErnieH-1_2By Tara Bowie, Woodstock Sentinel-Review
Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman is calling on the minister of energy to make wind farm proposal processes more transparent to the public and specifically provide information requested about the local Gunn’s Hill wind farm proposal. “Firstly, I would like to reiterate my position that it is unacceptable that approvals such as this one do not require municipal approval and public consent. In addition, applications can be changed without public involvement, as has happened with the Prowind application,” Hardeman wrote in the letter addressed to Bob Chiarelli, minister of energy.

“East Oxford Community Alliance, a community group opposing the Gunn’s Hill development, has found 26 pages of discrepancies, incomplete documents and inaccuracies yet the ministry has deemed the application complete.” Hardeman also requested the minister explain why his office has not provided information on the grid connection change proposal, and provided concerns that his constituents are now engaged in costly and lengthy Freedom of Information requests.

Discrepancies and incomplete documents include what Prowind Canada Inc. spokesperson Juan Anderson calls a “small administrative error” of inverting the digits of a location for one turbine proposed for the now 18-megawatt project. The error located on the paper plans puts one of the turbines about 26 metres from what would be its physical location if the proposal receives approval. Read article

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