Wellington County Groups to Join Demonstration

Sivo Siboththaman will receive $300,000 a year for five years.

“It’s the right time to investigate the health and safety element – offering a complete solution for society,”  said Siboththaman in a news release.

But Krul found little comfort in that announcement.

“When I’m sick, I go to a doctor. I don’t go to an electrician,” he said, adding the study will take five years, but the projects will keep on coming in the meantime.

by David Meyer  Wellington Advertiser

Two county groups who are opposed to the way the province has handled wind farms will be taking part in a provincial demonstration at Queen’s Park in Toronto on April 28.

The Oppose Belwood Wind Farm action Group (OBWF) is joining other community groups from over 50 other municipalities in a campaign to restore the rights of local municipalities and their citizens to have any say in what they perceive as the industrialization of rural On­ta­rio through massive wind tur­bine projects.

Under the new provincial Green Energy Act, the Ontario Liberal government is fast tracking renewable energy pro­jects in a bid to meet its pro­mise to eliminate coal-fired generating plants.

The groups believe that in so doing, it has bypassed planning pow­ers of munici­pali­ties and infringed on the demo­cratic rights of their citizens.

Mapleton Township resident John Krul opposes the plans for wind turbines in northeast Mapleton, near Arthur. He said in an interview on Monday, “We’re still really concerned about the uncertainty of them.”

He and his group have been citing concerns with turbines causing health problems. He said, “Maybe it’ll be nothing. Maybe I will say I overreacted – but right now, I’m concerned.”

There have been many complaints about health problems cited, and farms and homes have been abandoned where wind turbines are operating – but proponents say there are no concerns about health.

Mapleton Township has sent a petition, supported by over 100 municipalities, asking the province to stop granting licences until the health concerns have been studied by a neutral party.

The province recently announced a $1.5-million grant to a University of Waterloo professor, an electrical and computer engineer (as one of three Ontario Research Chairs named by the Council of Ontario Universities), to study the safety of the renewable energy technologies and the effects on the health of people and the environment.

Sivo Siboththaman will receive $300,000 a year for five years.

“It’s the right time to investigate the health and safety element – offering a complete solution for society,”  said Siboththaman in a news release.

But Krul found little comfort in that announcement.

“When I’m sick, I go to a doctor. I don’t go to an electrician,” he said, adding the study will take five years, but the projects will keep on coming in the meantime.

James Virgin, one of the leaders of the Belwood group, said what really bugs him about the wind turbines is ‘they just don’t work.” He said they are being fast tracked because McGuinty promised to do something about carbon dioxide emissions and so he is allowing turbines as replacements.

But, Virgin said, the problem is the turbines themselves work at minimal capacity and need gas powered motors**(misquote) to help drive them, thus creating more carbon dioxide emissions.

He added he is also “dissatisfied with losing the right to control our destiny in our back yards.”

Perth-Wellington MPP John Wilkinson said on Monday he was not previously aware of the planned demonstration. He said anyone opposed to wind turbines should look at the renewable energy process in its entirety.

He noted any project, including wind farms, must meet the strict standards set by the Ministry of the Environment, including guidelines for turbine location and setbacks that are among the largest in North America.

Wilkinson said the province is taking all the precautions necessary, though he encourages anyone with concerns to voice them through the approval process for the projects.

Virgin noted that the Shelburne area started small and now has dozens of huge turbines. He said he expects there are plans for similar projects in his area, and he has heard of a third proposal coming soon.

The group also states the impact of wind turbines on human and animal health and their potential effect on wild­life, including birds and bats, are still not well understood. There are no adequate, independent studies to deter­mine why some people living near industrial wind turbines are getting ill and are often forced to move.

They predict “Ontario con­sum­ers will pay for this mis­guided strategy for years to come through higher taxes and higher electricity bills. To en­tice energy companies to de­velop industrial wind and solar energy, the province is guar­anteeing substantial 20-year premiums for the electricity they feed into the grid.”

Round trip bus tickets for Queen’s Park on April 28, can be purchased for $25 at the following locations, including:

– Belwood Country Market    , 6 George Street;

– Natural Choice, 105 Queen Street West, Unit 1, Fergus;

– Roxanne’s Reflections Book & Card Shop, St. Andrew Street West, Fergus;

– Shaw Music, St. Andrew Street West, Fergus;

– Ennotville Garage; on Highway 6;

– Walsh’s Pharmacy, Arthur;

– The Harvest Table,  in Parker, at the corner of County Roads 7 and 12;

– George’s Family Restau­rant in Grand Valley; at the corner of County Roads 109 and 25; and from

– Cathie Keeler, 9021 Erin/East Garafraxa Townline.

Space is limited. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 25. 

Buses will depart at 8am  from the Centre Wellington community sportsplex at 550 Belsyde Avenue East in Fergus. Return buses are scheduled to depart Toronto at 4pm. Anyone wanting more information can email opposebelwoodwindfarm@gmail.com.

with files from Chris Daponte

What James Virgin actually said:

Wind is not a constant. Wind turbines operate at only 17% to 30% nameplate capacity because wind is an unpredictable variant. Therefore a backup power generation system is required to be on standby at all times for when the wind does not blow. In Ontario, Natural Gas driven steam turbine power plants are being built for this purpose. Steam turbines work by boiling water, to make steam. It takes time to heat water and make steam. These Natural Gas Power plants, burn CO2 producing fossil fuels continuously so they can make electricity without delay when the wind dies down. And since the Wind Turbines are only 17% efficient, that would follow that the Natural Gas, CO2 producing power plants are then making electricity for the other 83% of the time. So where is the CO2 emission savings if you are constantly burning fossil fuels to offset the unpredictable wind.
 

 

 

13 thoughts on “Wellington County Groups to Join Demonstration

  1. This carbon emissions argument is getting “so played”………..0.3% of the CO2 in the atmosphere is attributed to human beings!

    Let’s stop using the rhetoric that has been spoon fed to us by the Eco Religious Wingnuts like Elizabeth May, Sierra Club, WWF, Suzuki and Gore among many others who are only into this for power and money.

    Wind Turbines have nothing to do with saving anything let alone spewing C02 which is actually what we breathe out and keeps trees and plants ALIVE!

    All Wind Turbines are being hustled for is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Now stop the Climate Change BS!

  2. The setbacks might be the largest in North America but I wouldn’t be bragging about that when most of Europe has increased setbacks to 1-5 to 2km because of larger Industrial Wind Turbines that are 40 stories tall !

    And don’t forget Europe is now rethinking the whole issue of wind and solar due to the falling economies because of the expense of intermittent, fossil fuel reliant so called green energy monsters!

  3. http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/199446.pdf
    6.1 Setback requirements

    Setback provisions should give consideration to public safety and/or potential encroachment

    onto adjacent lands (e.g. setbacks should ensure that if a turbine were to collapse, no part of the

    turbine, including the blades, would encroach onto adjacent lands).

    For crown lands the above are the setbacks from property lines. Yet IWT companies convinced [threatened OMB hearings] municipalities that 51 M from lot lines was all that was necessary. So where are the precautions to protect my neighbours?

  4. “..and need gas powered motors to help drive them..”

    Huh? Is this true? Someone please tell me it’s not.

  5. No, it’s not true. Although wind turbines do need electricity to operate.

    He was misquoted by a journalist who is not familiar with the grid. This is why it’s hard to get our message across. It’s hard to put in into six words.

  6. Thats tragically funny. That is a misquote.

    I believe I said approximately ,,,

    Wind is not a constant. Wind turbines operate at only 17% to 30% nameplate capacity because wind is an unpredictable variant. Therefore a backup power generation system is required to be on standby at all times for when the wind does not blow. In Ontario, Natural Gas driven steam turbine power plants are being built for this purpose. Steam turbines work by boiling water, to make steam. It takes time to heat water and make steam. These Natural Gas Power plants, burn CO2 producing fossil fuels continuously so they can make electricity without delay when the wind dies down. And since the Wind Turbines are only 17% efficient, that would follow that the Natural Gas, CO2 producing power plants are then making electricity for the other 83% of the time. So where is the CO2 emission savings if you are constantly burning fossil fuels to offset the unpredictable wind.

    Sadly the condensed version in the article did not translate correctly.

  7. “but proponents say there are no concerns about health”

    And so did the tobacco companies!!!!
    Hmmm.

  8. It appears there is flexibility in the type of energy that can be used to directly support the variable producing industrial wind turbines. The link below is to a natural gas wind turbine auxiliary power supply patent that shows natural gas can be used to help compensate for changes in the available kinetic energy from wind by engaging the wind turbine generator. Most likely not in Ontario as wind turbines can use electricity off of the grid, for free. This patent at the link below identifies the situation of using an energy source, other than wind, to create power in wind turbines. Free energy to the companies and it is not wind and not green. A 250 horsepower motor can produce .34 MW of power or about the same as 23% of the total capacity of a 1.5 MW wind turbine. A 5 ton truck outperforms an industrial wind turbine in power. Think of the number of large vehicles used in the construction of roads, transmission lines, transporting the large oversize components and maybe a better use of the fuel would be to generate energy directly, for a longer time and more reliable. The wind turbines do not last forever and we would start over again with the construction consuming fuel if we go in this direction. This is madness. Check out the patent.
    http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/20090179434

  9. In five years the “new biggest industry” will be de-commissioning Wind Turbines and Industrial Wind Farms….A blight on the Environment….

    A growth industry whose time has come….when we have a REAL Green Energy Policy….

  10. “Sivo Siboththaman will receive $300,000 a year for five years”

    Sivo will say black is white for that kind of money. Sivo will say whatever McGuinty wants him to say for that kind of income. $1.5 million….not bad, eh? And the moon is made of “green” cheese too!

    Sivo will need that kind of money to defend himself in court.

  11. $1.5 Million would have gone a long way to completing epidemiological studies into the harmful impacts of IWT’s on people and the environment.

  12. Even with James Virgin’s correction of the misquote, his “math” is all wrong. Because wind turbines only have a capacity factor of 17 to 30%, does not then mean that gas fired power stations then run 70 to 87% of the time. Niether of these electricity generating types are intended to operate as baseload, i.e., all the time. Gas and wind would only be turned to when energy demand exceeded the available base load generating capacity being met with nuclear and hydroelectric generating capacity. So, this intermediate demand would be met with wind (if the wind was blowing sufficiently) and where/when it wasn’t, gas fired generation would be called upon to make up the required difference.

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