London Free Press, www.lfpress.com
Regarding the online article Huge wind deal coming (June 29). Who will pay the $1.1-billion to build the gigantic wind farms in Lambton and Huron counties? Ontario taxpayers will pay huge subsidies to the Florida-based energy company, Next Era Energy.
Electricity consumers will find electricity bills will double or triple and more in our children’s future. The residents of these areas will pay a huge price as they witness the industrialization of rural and vacation areas, the subsequent degrading of the environment, and possible rural de-population.
We will pay these huge prices so we can build an expensive, inefficient, and unreliable source of power. We will fill the fields with huge amounts of concrete and steel to build a power system that can produce only when the wind blows. We will have to build additional, more reliable sources of power to back up the wind farms and provide a constant supply of power, day and night, year-round.
All this is happening when there is still considerable doubt about the health effects of turbines, and at a time when we know there are more efficient, constant, power-dense, carbon-free, and long-lasting sources of energy.
Paul Mennill, Dashwood