Cottagers’ Association finds majority don’t support wind power

By Troy Patterson 

The Bruce Beach Cottagers’ Association is hoping a recent survey will help dispute statistics used by wind developers and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), which argue wind energy is widely accepted and welcome.

89% of 251 residents surveyed oppose wind power near Hwy. 21.

“We wanted to find out, do we represent the majority?” said BBCA president David Tiernan, a third-generation cottager from Northville, Mi. “I now know which way to represent them.”

Tiernan said the survey was sparked by public meetings held by International Power for the proposed Huron-Kinloss Bluewater Wind Project, along with the news of potential offshore wind development and a series of CanWEA advertisements that use conflicting statistics to promote wind energy, he said.