Julian Falconer to speak at wind turbine town hall

drennan2Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Noted Canadian lawyer Julian Falconer is set to speak at a May 5 town hall meeting a Plympton-Wyoming citizens group is organizing to rally support for its fight against Suncor Energy’s proposed 46-turbine Cedar Point Wind Power Project. Falconer, known for his human rights advocacy and involvement in high profile cases like the Ipperwash Inquiry, along with lawyer Asha James from Falconer’s firm, are set to speak at the meeting about Charter of Rights and Freedom challenges of wind energy projects.

“He knows how to make things happen and has quite a reputation,” said Ingrid Willemsen, with the group We’re Against Industrial Turbines – Plympton-Wyoming. “We’re quite excited he’ll be there.” The meeting is set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Camlachie Community Centre. Willemsen said group members hope to fill the hall and attract more residents to their cause. “I think it’s about the only thing the community has left to hope for,” she said.

Suncor has a contract to sell power from its Cedar Point project to Ontario’s electricity grid, and has submitted an application for provincial environmental approval for turbines it plans to build in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township. Also scheduled to address the town hall meeting are Ben Lansink, a real estate appraiser and consultant, who will speak about the impact of turbines on property values, and Carmen Krogh, one of the authors of an article published in the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine on the health impacts of wind farms. Read article

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Wind action group weighs taking fight to environment tribunal

london ertLondon Free Press, Paul Morden
Opponents of Nextera Energy’s 92-turbine Jericho wind energy project have a lot to think about, but not a lot of time, as they consider whether or not to appeal the wind farm’s recent provincial environmental approval. Marcelle Brooks, with the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group, said they have until April 29 to file an appeal with Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal. “We’re still going through all the paperwork,” Brooks said.

Ontario allows 15 days for an appeal once the Ministry of the Environment has approved a renewable energy project, and the Jericho approval came down April 14. “We’re really trying to scramble to see if we can get this deadline met,” Brooks said. If the wind action group files an appeal, it will go to the tribunal on its own, without a lawyer, she said. “We don’t have any money at all . . . this truly is grassroots.”

The tribunal hears appeals on grounds that approval of a project will cause serious harm to human health, or serious and irreversible harm to plants, animals or the natural environment. Construction can begin on renewable energy projects while an appeal is underway, unless the tribunal issues a stay order. Nextera spokesperson Josie Bird said clearing and grading work has begun at a construction lay-down yard on Thomson Line in Lambton Shores. Read article

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MPAC study released on impact of IWT’s on Residential Property Assessed Value

Notwithstanding an initial review of the MPAC report Abstract and policy support statements, when you look a little deeper and see the sale and assessed values displayed on D2, it appears the raw sale prices for the whole study are about 25% lower values within 1km vs. > 5km. In fact, the graph confirms that impacts are significant out to at least 5km (3 miles).

Based on D2, it would also appear they (MPAC) are in a good position to defend that they have generally not overvalued homes near turbines, since the Current Value Assessments (CVA) are consistent with time adjusted actual sale prices. But their opinion of no (statistically significant) impact near vs. far is at war with the factual sale price proximity trends found in the study.

Further, for environmental impairment analysis, the IAAO Standards discourage regression and instead recommend use of paired sales methodology, with direct, detailed comparisons of individual sale data, near and far from the environmental disamenity in question. They heavily cite the IAAO, as is appropriate, but seemed to have missed that most relevant standard regarding use of regression and limitations for exactly this kind of analysis.

As copied below the D2 bar chart, and found buried way back in Exhibit E, is an important conclusion. MPAC internally, directly contradict the Abstract opinion they have expressed on wind turbine impacts.

Many of the regression studies keep showing roughly 25% lower values near turbines when the raw data is sorted by distance, yet the statistical significance ends up indicating to the authors no impact on value. Perhaps they should consider use of recognized appraisal methodology for measuring proximity impacts from turbines.

Michael S. McCann
McCann Appraisal, LLC


See also: Wind Turbines Devalue Falmouth Home 22 Percent Official 

Refusal of Old Leighlin wind farm lists property devaluation among reasons for turning down development

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Grey Highlands looking at loophole in Green Energy Act

grey highlandsDon Crosby, The Sun Times
Grey Highlands is hoping to take advantage of a loophole in the Green Energy Act to enact a bylaw that would freeze the issuing of permits controlled by council, slowing down the placing of industrial wind turbines in the municipality.

Chief administrative officer Dan Best stressed the proposed bylaw doesn’t purport to stop industrial wind turbines, but delay them until it can be determined whether they cause health problems.

The bylaw has the support of Grey Highlands Renewable Energy Working Group, a grassroots organization that has been challenging wind energy projects in the municipality. Read article

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WAIT-PW Wind Turbine Town Hall Meeting – May 5

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Libs lose support due to wind turbines in 10-riding SW Ontario region

e_voteDeborah Van Brenk, London Free Press
If the minority Liberal government can’t pass its budget next month, Ontario will be plunged into a widely expected spring election. Deb Van Brenk tested the early voter mood in the 10-riding London region, driving its Hwy. 401 backbone. Once almost solidly Liberal, the region now has only one Grit left standing. High power bills, the gas plants scandal, wind turbines — voters are chafing at many issues.

Where: Hwy 401 at Kent Bridge Rd. (Chatham-Kent-Essex riding)
Who: Farmer Glen Ure

From just this overpass, between the West Lorne and Chatham exits, 76 wind turbines are visible in the near and far horizon. Some sprout just beyond the borders of Glen Ure’s farm, where he’s lived all his life and where his parents farmed before him.

Elsewhere in the region, others battle turbines out of health concerns but Ure rejected offers to be a wind landlord because he wasn’t satisfied with the wind companies’ answers to his many questions. Governments and energy companies control enough of his life and he’s not about to let them control his land, too. Read article

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Give us another lie

DSC_0828Dear Mrs. Bird,
I was hoping that you could advise me on an issue that arose this morning. I was visited by an elderly gentleman who lives in the Bornish project. He looks out of his window at approximately 6 of your turbines—and they’re not the innocuous things that he saw on your nice little boards at the Public Information Meetings.

He’s quite upset, and I’m not sure what to tell him, or how to make him feel better. He had no idea, and as this gentleman in his 80’s who has lived on his farm ALL his life, with tears in his eyes asked me for some signs, I realized that I had nothing of consolation to say.

He now gets to spend his later years enjoying the turbines out of his front window, where once he saw forests, and farm land. He’s too old to move on. Although he didn’t mention it, I’m sure he’s worried about his health and the health of his wife. Continue reading

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Destructive behavior concerns OPP

[Editors note: Before everyone jumps to the conclusion that it MUST have been an anti- wind protestor who did this, take a moment to remember other 'incidents' that may or may not have happened: fire in Haldimand, gun in Grey, threatening letters about stakes and farm machinery - all of these looked terrible in the media, pointed the finger squarely at us, and yet nobody was charged...? Really? It could very well be the PRO-wind who did this to make our resistance look bad in the media. Pardon my skepticism, but I'm tired of SLAPP suits and crap like this that are facades that the media falls for every time, to distract from the real destruction happening in our communities by the wind companies.]
Grand Bend vandalismLakeshore Advance
Energy company Nextera has been given the green light to start building a 92-turbine industrial wind farm in Lambton and Middlesex counties. And that okay may have prompted the graffiti splashed on Grand Bend Highway 21 businesses and the municipal sign Friday morning. From the entry sign north to the Caldwell Banking sign “Stop wind power” was clearly written in red paint. At the Ausable Inn one car was splashed in red paint and the tires slashed.

Bill Weber, mayor of the Municipality of Lambton Shores, told the Lakeshore Advance that, “Reaction is disappointment. It’s disappointing that it would come to this in Lambton Shores.” Even more frustrating for Weber is that the municipality – which includes Grand Bend – is one of nearly 100 unwilling host communities in Ontario.

The municipality has been fighting to keep turbines out of the community and stands largely on the same side as those in the anti-wind movement. “Everyone understands the frustration that the anti-wind people have, that’s the frustration that the municipality has with the Green Energy Act,” Weber says adding he does not believe this destruction helps to further the protester’s cause.

Provincial approval to build 92 new wind turbines near Grand Bend was just handed down last week and although Grand Bend is not directly involved in the wind debate, yet, the businesses may have been targeted because they are close to homes and apartments being rented by wind company employees. Read article

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Managing energy rage

electricity costPeter Epp, Chatham Daily News
There hasn’t been this much angst about energy costs in Ontario for quite some time. Natural gas prices are rising, hydro-electricity prices are rising, and gasoline and diesel fuel prices are rising. It’s a perfect storm – and you can run but you can’t hide. If you own a home, or a business, or an automobile, these price increases are going to impact your life and your wallet in some way.

The latest jolt comes from the Ontario Energy Board, which has approved an increase in time-of-use prices, effective May 1. The energy board estimates that increase will mean an extra $2.83 a month for the average hydro customer in Ontario, or $33.96 annually. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s still an increase, and part of a pattern that we’re going to see unfold in this province in the coming years. Last December, the Ontario government announced that electricity rates in this province will probably be rising by 42% over the next five years. That’s an enormous increase, but its impact likely won’t be fully comprehended by most customers until they open their bill.

Part of the reason for the increases can be laid at the feet of Ontario’s Liberal government, which five years ago introduced the Green Energy Act. The cost to carry this program was never completely understood by dreamy-eyed bureaucrats at Queen’s Park. The legislation has required a major subsidization of wind and solar power projects. And while both of those forms of energy generation might someday be sustainable, they aren’t anywhere near that point yet. Indeed, it’s been estimated that Ontario’s green energy projects cost $1.2 billion more than the value of electricity they generated, according to a study done in 2012. Read article

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Thousands protest Pylons & Wind Turbines in Ireland

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Standing with rancher Cliven Bundy

bundy1Wind Turbine Syndrome, Calvin L. Martin
The other day, something significant happened in American history.  This man stood up to the American government  — and the government backed down.  (The “American government” consisting of a small army of heavily armed cops.)

This is a story about a number of things:  (a) The renewable energy scam.  (b) A foreign energy company taking adverse possession of rangeland used by this rancher’s ancestors going back 150 years, give or take.  (c) An unseemly collusion between a powerful U.S. Senator, the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, and a Chinese energy company.

The bullying and sleaze of wind energy companies inevitably come to mind.

In this case, it’s not wind energy, but another non-starter:  solar energy.  Involving U.S. Senator Harry Reid (Nevada) negotiating with a Chinese energy mogul to build a huge solar energy plant on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administered rangeland — right smack where this rancher and his forebears have traditionally grazed their livestock.  The Chinese company being legally represented, incidentally, by Senator Reid’s son, a prominent Nevada attorney. Read article

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STOP continues turbine fight, wants communication with Unifor

shame cawBy Sarah Sloan, Shoreline Beacon News
It has been just over one year since the Unifor (formerly Canadian Auto Workers’) wind turbine began fully operating in Saugeen Shores. There is just as much fight today from Saugeen Turbine Operation Policy (STOP), an advocacy group who has been at the forefront of public backlash since news of the turbine made its way into the lake front community, as there was on March 26, 2013 when the blades started spinning.

“We are planning another open public town hall meeting to give our members and the public a summary and an up-to-date review of the events of the past year and where we see our plans going forward,” said Greg Schmalz, spokesperson for STOP in an interview Thursday morning.

Thursday also marked the day Port Elgin residents Charlie and Ann Kelly moved out of their Stickle Street home to a house on the other side of Port Elgin – away from the industrial wind turbine located at the Family Education Centre. Read article

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Do not approve

South Kent Wind Samsung Pattern Chatham Kent Harwich Road 1Wellington Times
The municipality of Prince Edward will ask the Ontario Ministry of Environment not to approve wpd Canada’s White Pines Project—29 industrial wind turbines from Milford to the edge of the Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area.

In a report presented to a committee of council last week, the municipality says it considers the Heritage Assessment Report prepared for the project to be “incomplete and deficient.” Further, it states that the proposed plans “lack appropriate mitigation measure” necessary to preserve the heritage resources (homes, barns and such) that will be impacted by the presence of 40- storey industrial wind turbines swooshing overhead.

The municipality wants the MOE to demand that wpd Canada move three turbines it knows will impact the heritage value of nearby properties. Read article

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How to drop a turbine

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MLWAG considering appealing MOE decision to approve 92-turbine project in Lambton & Middlesex

DSC_0812London Free Press, Tyler Kula
Energy company Nextera has been given the green light to start building a 92-turbine industrial wind farm in Lambton and Middlesex counties. Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment issued a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) earlier this week for the company’s proposal to build a 150-megawatt wind farm spanning Lambton Shores, Warwick Township and North Middlesex.

Some final details still need to be worked out, but construction of the Jericho Wind Energy Centre is expected to begin as soon as possible, said Ben Greenhouse, director of development with Nextera Energy Canada. The project has been in the works since 2008, he said, and was submitted for ministry approval 14 months ago. “We’re excited,” he said, noting a laydown yard — headquarters for construction — will soon be built on Thomson Line, north of Jericho Road and south of Northville Road.

But not everyone is enthused about the approval. Lambton Shores resident Marcelle Brooks, with the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group, has been a vocal opponent of the project. It was a sad day when she saw the approval, she said. “It was just devastating that our voices simply aren’t being heard.” Read article

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Bluewater Wind Project creates divide in community


CTV News
Construction is underway on 37 wind turbines just south of Bayfield. Once complete, they’ll make up the Bluewater Wind Farm. It’s a project that has divided the community, even families.

“I have cousins that have put up turbines and unfortunately we’re not talking right now,” says resident Mervin Steckle.

One of those cousins is Paul Steckle, the former Liberal MP is a turbine leaseholder. He says he’s never seen an issue divide his community like wind turbines. “To see the divisiveness within our own family name is not something that frankly I’m very proud of.” Read article

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Naturalists to pay Gilead $40,000, reduced from $125,000 demand

New environmentalismCounty Live
Prince Edward County’s Field Naturalists will pay $40,000 in legal costs instead of $120,000 demanded by Gilead Power. The Divisional Court has found turbine project developer Gilead Power’s demand for $120,000 in legal costs from the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists “was too high and lowered it to $40,000,” said Myrna Wood, PECFN president. “More importantly, the reason given is that “clearly the case is of important public interest. It is significant that two judges have based decisions on the importance of the case to the public interest. We see this as a positive indicator that permission to appeal will be given. We will also be able to use this argument for an appeal against paying any legal costs to Gilead or the Ministry.”

The naturalists group has filed its submission to the Court of Appeal asking for leave to appeal the Divisional Court reversal of the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal. Last July, the Tribunal revoked the approval of a Gilead Power wind turbine project at Ostrander Point Crown Land Block in the centre of the Prince Edward County’s South Shore Important Bird Area. There have been more than 20 appeals of Renewable Energy Approvals since the Green Energy Act came into effect in 2009. All but the PECFN appeal resulted in dismissals. Read article

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PECFN Files for Leave to Appeal Divisional Court Ruling

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For immediate Release
Picton: PECFN has filed their submission to the Court of Appeal asking for leave to appeal the Divisional Court reversal of the decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal. Last July the Tribunal revoked the approval of a Gilead Power wind turbine project at Ostrander Point Crown Land Block in the centre of the Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area. There have been more than 20 appeals of Renewable Energy Approvals since the Green Energy Act came into effect in 2009. All but the PECFN appeal resulted in dismissals. In allowing PECFN’s appeal, the Tribunal rendered a landmark and precedent-setting decision.

Soon after the Divisional Court decision Gilead Power announced its intention to start construction in April. PECFN brought an urgent motion for a Stay of construction and leave to appeal the Divisional Court decision to the Court of Appeal. In his decision submitted on March 25, Judge Blair of the Appeal Court held that he had “no hesitation in granting the Stay” because the issues raised on the proposed appeal are of “broad public implication in the field of environmental law”. Further he found that the irreparable harm criterion had been satisfied on the basis that “once a habitat is destroyed, it is destroyed – for at least short-term purposes, in any event – and the species sought to be protected here is a vulnerable and endangered species.” Read article

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East Oxford group files FOI for wind farm details

Joan KeithBy Jennifer Vandermeer, Norwich Gazette/IngersollTimes
NORWICH TOWNSHIP - The East Oxford Community Alliance wants to know how the Ministry of the Environment has been handling the Prowind Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm file. The alliance (EOCA) has filed Freedom of Information requests and asked the Ontario Ombudsman to look into it because of the number of changes that have been made to the project without due process for the public to participate.

Joan Morris, spokesperson for EOCA, said one issue is the “substantive changes” to the project since it was first filed with the MOE and considered complete and accurate. “A change to the project area was announced to the public only four days before the application was deemed complete by the Ministry on February 7, 2014,” Morris also said in a press release. “Apart from a cover page from the Ministry of Environment, none of the documents for public review and comment were modified to account for the changes.” Read article

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New Battle Against Wind Turbines

grey highlandsBayshore Broadcasting
(Grey Highlands) – Grey Highlands Council will consider a bylaw on Monday to freeze any new permits for construction of industrial wind turbines in the municipality. It is part of the regular council meeting which begins at 5 PM.  CAO Dan Best says called the “Grey Highlands Renewable Energy Working Group” wants any proposed projects to take into account the concerns of nearby residents about any impact on their health.

Medical Officer of Health Doctor Hazel Lynn presented a report just over a year ago, that looked at various studies around the world, on the health complaints from people living near Giant wind turbines. Read article

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92 more wind turbines for Lambton Shores; NextEra Jericho Project approved

2013 MLWAG mapEnvironmental Registry
Decision on Instrument: A Renewable Energy Approval (REA) has been issued to Jericho Wind, Inc. (NextEra Energy Canada) 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 92 turbines with a total nameplate capacity of approximately 150 megawatts (MW). The wind facility will be connected to Hydro One’s distribution system.

This Class 4 wind facility, known as the Jericho Wind Energy Centre, will be located in the Municipality of Lambton Shores and Township of Warwick, within Lambton County, and the Municipality of North Middlesex, within Middlesex County.

Note that since the REA application was deemed complete on July 17, 2013, Jericho Wind, Inc. made changes to the project. The changes included the following:

  • construction disturbance areas were modified to reduce or eliminate impacts to archaeological resources,
  • infrastructure or construction disturbance areas added or changed to optimize project design/ constructability, including the addition of 2 turbine locations and relocation of several other turbines, and
  • turbines and associated infrastructure removed. Read article
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Talk: Carmen Krogh, Harm from Wind Turbines

CarmenCarmen Krogh is presenting on the harm to health from turbine projects at the University of Waterloo – May 7th, 2014.  It is open to the public should you wish to attend.

Presentation: “Harm from Wind Turbines: What Has Been Known for Decades”
Speaker: Carmen Krogh
Date: Wed 7 May 2014. 3:30pm.
Place: DC1302 (Davis Center), University of Waterloo
Abstract: The topic of adverse health effects associated with wind facilities is globally debated. It is acknowledged that if placed too close to residents, industrial wind turbines can negatively affect the physical, mental and social well-being of some. In addition to the general population, at risk are the vulnerable such as fetuses, babies, children, elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions. There is published research on the effects of Low Frequency/Infrasound (LFI) on people and animals dating back several decades. This presentation will provide some of the available evidence drawn from peer reviewed literature, authoritative references, and other sources. It is proposed that known risk of harm can be avoided by siting wind facilities a protective distance from residents. Continue reading

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Voices from the Thedford Bog: Wind turbines are “a social experiment, a mess, a failure.”

Protesters joined the remaining migrating tundra swans at the Thedford Bog near Grand Bend, Lake Huron, on Sunday, April 6, 2014, to condemn plans to build a bristling barrier of industrial wind turbines in what is a designated Important Bird Area. Every March some 10-15,000 tundra swans stop at the Thedford Bog and environs to rest and feed before continuing on their migration to the western Arctic.

Waterfowl scientist Dr. Scott Petrie told CBC News in 2012:
By putting the turbines in inappropriate places, it actually is tantamount to habitat loss. You wouldn’t put an office tower next to a coastal wetland, why would you put a wind turbine there?

Monte McNaughton, Progressive Conservative Member of the Provincial Parliament of Ontario (MPP) for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, reminded the protesters that his party’s leader, Tim Hudak, has promised, if elected, to repeal the Green Energy Act, the draconian legislation that has given unprecedented rights to industrial wind turbines over people, communities and wildlife. The Green Energy Act was enacted in 2009 in part as a response to the fake planetary emergency of man-made global warming/climate change. Read article

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Industrial wind turbines and human health: Whitewash for the white coats

“Don’t tell me about the science” – Wind Turbines and Human Health: An Emotional Topic.
You already knew from the cavalier seminar title where this presentation was going to be heading. However, in his introduction, the presenter promised a balanced discussion on the issue of wind turbines and human health so that health care practitioners and academics could have informed dialogue. Mmmm. Really?

The seminar/webinar was hosted in Toronto by Public Health Ontario on March 20, 2014, and was given by Loren Knopper Ph.D., an environmental health scientist and co-lead of Intrinsik Environmental Science’s Renewable Energy Health Team, with stated expertise in industrial wind turbines and human health.

Knopper failed to offer a disclaimer that “a number” of his clients are wind developers (unless he stated it when the webinar’s sound failed for two brief periods). This information came to light in the question period following his presentation. It’s a very important point because the wind industry denies, despite some good evidence, that industrial wind turbines can cause adverse health effects. Obviously, one would not want any inconvenient truths alienating clients with deep, government-guaranteed, subsidy-enhanced pockets. Read article

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NextEra: “We have to win the hearts and minds of the community by being nice”

Nexterror Bullies Canada IncGord Whithead, Regional County News
PARKHILL — Like it or lump it, a new crop is rapidly sprouting on the rich agricultural soil of southwestern Ontario. Owners of the land eventually will share in a harvest of the wind but the major immediate benefactors are construction companies, their suppliers, and local business operators.

Florida-based NextEra Energy estimates the construction value of its three projects now underway at a total $540 million, plus three more working their way through the approval process at $715 million.

Host farm owners are expected to pocket an overall $102.5 million over the first 20 years of the six wind centres’ operations, NextEra communications specialist Josie Bird told Regional Country News. Many are already receiving payments for the construction access roads and tower foundations being built on their properties. Once wind towers are “energized,” landowners’ payment amounts are guaranteed, no matter how variable the electricity output of the turbines on their properties, Bird noted.

Heading toward July, 2014 completion are the Bornish Wind Centre (45 wind tower generators) in North Middlesex Township, the Adelaide Centre (37 WTGs) in Adelaide-Metcalfe Township, and the Bluewater Centre (37 WTGs) in Bluewater Township. NextEra aims for construction starts this summer on the Jericho Centre (92 WTGs) in Lambton County, Goshen Centre (63 WTGs) in South Huron and Bluewater Townships, and East Durham Centre farther north in Grey County. Read article

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Ontario lays ground for 600MW more wind energy with RFP

Chatham Kent wind turbines from Lake Erie and Rondeau Bay26Renews
Ontario expects to issue a request for qualification (RFQ) by early June in advance of a 540MW call for renewable energy.The large renewable energy procurement (LRP) program replaces the feed-in tariff regime that was cancelled in 2013. Onshore wind, solar, biogas and hydroelectric projects may participate.

The Ontario Power Authority has posted the draft RFQ for stakeholder review and comment. It intends to launch the RFQ by 9 June and submissions will be due by 21 August. Qualified applicants will be notified by 4 November.The province plans to run two procurements. The OPA anticipates issuing the first 540MW call in January 2015 with winners selected in August of that year.

A second call is planned to kick off in April 2016 with winners announced that September. A third procurement will be held if any capacity remains.In each round the province seeks 300MW of wind, 140MW of solar and 50MW of bioenergy plus 50MW of hydroelectric in round one and 45MW in round two.

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Hydro costs are crippling Ontario

throw money ladder windWindsor Star
Tales of skyrocketing household hydro bills are commonplace across Ontario. And understandably everyone — even with modest bills — should worry for the simple reason that it’s only going to get worse.

Thanks to the Liberal government’s “long-term energy plan,” Ontarians can count on their electricity rates going up 33 per cent over the next three years. And within five years, the average monthly bill of $125 will rise to $178 — a 42 per cent increase

For individuals and families, it’s going to be a huge burden. But what’s sometimes forgotten is that soaring energy costs are having a serious impact on the economy. According to the Association of Major Power Consumers of Ontario, the province already has the highest industrial rates in North America. Based on 2012 power prices, AMPCO — representing almost 40 of the largest power consumers in the province — says Ontario industries pay 7.6 cents to 9.4 cents for a kilowatt hour for electricity. Read article

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Six Nations finalizes wind energy projects

arms laength money shakeBy Michael-Allan Marion, Brantford Expositor
OHSWEKEN – Six Nations and two wind power companies are working on the last projects to be brought on stream under the Ontario government’s original green energy program. In the first project, Six Nations council has authorized Elected Chief Coun. Ava Hill to sign a capacity funding agreement with Dufferin Wind Power Inc. to build 91.4-megawatt project called the Dufferin Wind Farm in Melancthon Township in Dufferin County.

Council has authorized the signing of a capacity funding agreement with Grand Valley 2 Limited Partnership for the Grand Valley Wind Farm – Phase 3. That will allow for the building of a 40-megawatt addition to the wind farm. Grand Valley is along the Grand River in the upper reaches of the Haldimand Tract. The parties have been working for years on the necessary approvals for the two separate projects from the Ontario Power Authority under the Feed In Tariff program.

Lonny Bomberry, director of Six Nations land and resources, said that with the in-principle agreements signed, the parties will work on the specifics of the funding arrangements, including the percentage share of ownership and revenue each will take, and the method of financing. Read article

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Protesters speak in support of Tundra Swans

swansBy Terry Heffernan, Times-Advocate
LAMBTON — The provincial government has committed to a green energy plan for the foreseeable future, but at what cost? That’s the question from a group of protesters who gathered at the edge of the Thedford Bog on Greenway Road on Sunday. The group gathered to try and protect the resting and feeding stopover used by Tundra Swans every year on their way north to their nesting grounds on Canada’s northern tundra. Protesters claim that one of the effects of placing wind turbines near the bog will drive the swans away from the area, forcing them to seek other stopovers on their migratory path.

In addition to trying to protect the swans, protesters also point out that the Green Energy Plan is unsustainable from a financial and health aspect. Financially the protesters claim that the cost to implement and install wind turbines has cost the taxpayer over $2 billion and the cost will continue to rise. They add that there is too much power being produced, forcing Ontario to dump power overage into the U.S. at a reduced rate, again driving up the cost to the taxpayers. Read article

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Farmers not sold on wind turbines, survey says

prime-farm-landFarmers Forum, Brandy Harrison
OTTAWA — While farmers are among the few who can directly benefit financially from hosting wind turbines, Eastern Ontario farmers are more likely to oppose than support them, a Farmers Forum survey shows.

In a random survey of 100 farmers at the Ottawa Valley Farm Show from March 11 to 13, nearly half — 48 per cent — disapproved of wind turbines. Another 29 per cent approved and the remaining 23 per cent said they were neutral. But positions on the issue weren’t always clear cut. Even when farmers threw their lot in with one side of the debate or the other, their reasoning was peppered with pros and cons.

It’s in stark contrast to a Farmers Forum survey of 50 Western Ontario farmers at the London Farm Show in early March, where 58 per cent were strongly opposed to wind turbines. Farmers opposed outnumbered those who approved by nearly three-to-one.

The number of turbines reveal the difference: Of the 67 wind projects representing more than 1,200 turbines province-wide, almost all the turbines dot the landscape of Western Ontario. Only two projects are in Eastern Ontario, an 86-turbine project on Wolfe Island, south of Kingston, and another 10 turbines near Brinston, south of Winchester, which were completed in January. Read article

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