Offshore turbine rules in the works

Ontario is seeking input on proposed rules for off-shore wind turbines including keeping them at least five kilometres from the shoreline.

A shoreline exclusion zone would be comparable with proposals by many U.S. states that border the Great Lakes.

In addition the Ministry of Natural Resources is undertaking a review of Ontario’s current process for making Crown land available for off-shore wind projects.  This review will include consideration of where, when and how the government makes Crown land available.

Another proposed rule would require turbine developers to complete a comprehensive application process. This would include addressing potential impacts to endangered and threatened species and their habitat, significant wildlife habitats, users of Crown land, flooding and erosion. 

The public and industry can comment on the proposal on the province’s environmental registry (Registry number 011-0089) for the next 60 days. Public and industry consultation sessions will also be held starting in the fall. Dates and locations will be available soon at

And of course CanWEA is already whining.

6 thoughts on “Offshore turbine rules in the works

  1. Agreeing to 5 miles off shore or any miles off shore is conceding that wind power is of any significant value. Once we agree then the negotiations begin. Big Wind and Government hopes we will concede to offshore because we are so opposed to onshore.

    After the research tells us that wind is a fake green energy period why do we want to encourage it anywhere???

    Save your taxes for taking down the nightmare we already have. Victims need to be compensated too.

  2. The guy from
    wrote to me in an email that the turbines they are planning are 25 km’s off the shoreline… hmmmmmmmm

    A meeting is to be held to tell us all about how we need not worry.. ha… now we see 5 miles…

    “….. first offshore wind development, Trillium Power Wind 1 (TPW1) will be located 17 to 28 km off the shores of northeastern Lake Ontario and will deliver approximately 420 MW – enough green electricity to power at least 177,000 typical Ontario homes.”

    The distance from the shore keeps changing… funny old world…

    ….also the man wrote that they are using radar to monitor the bird bat populations..
    What good will that do?

  3. I came across this comprehensive energy document on the website for the Canadian International Council, which is roughly the equivalent to the Council on Foreign Relations in the United States. It discusses energy and foreign policy and points out Canada’s future in supplying the US with electricity, with an emphasis on clean energy. That’s right , folks. Our rural communities are being invaded and ruined for “resource exploitation”. It is important to read this article, ” Power Connections: Canadian Electricity Trade and Foreign Policy” by Roger J. Goodman to understand what governments are planning for our energy future.

  4. If the turbines were to be this far out in the lake, no one would monitor the numbers of deaths of flying sentients – not officially, anyhow. The industry would not have to be accountable for their deaths.

  5. Please note that 5 kms = 3 miles. That’s TOO CLOSE to shore. From my home in Stoney Point on Lake St. Clair I can clearly see the five turbines in Grande Pointe…they are 23 kilometres across the lake (and several kms inland), yet still visible on most days. There flashing red beacons are the only thing you see at night on what was once a black horizon.

    Nobody should be happy with a 5 km setback.

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