Where is the green energy in the Silcote wind turbine plan?

Owen Sound Sun Times

Over whose property are the transmission lines for the industrial wind turbines going to go? Will they come from the direction of Owen Sound, Meaford, Walter’s Falls?  Please help me to understand because I just don’t seem to see the ‘green’ in this project.

How did a British company find little Annan, Ontario? Well, I do know the answer to that. It’s only because of the massive subsidies our Ontario government pays this company to locate industrial sized wind turbines.

But how “green” is it when you are removing land from agriculture, using enormous metal structures that aren’t even manufactured in this country, and employing imaginable amounts of concrete to support these structures? Especially when some experts say they are working at a limited effectiveness of about 25%. Help me see the “green” in that?

As far as the 26 wind turbines go, is that the number because that’s all the company is allowing? That is, for now. When transmission lines of undetermined size need to be constructed for the Annan and Balaclava area, over whose property are they going? From which direction will they come: Owen Sound, Bognor, Meaford or Chatsworth. It’s probably not because the company doesn’t know, it’s more likely not sharing the routes being considered. Would you build an entire new extension of transmission lines to pick up electricity from only 26 wind turbines? I think not. And these are major metal structures, not hydro poles. This environmental issue is not limited to the Annan Balaclava area. We might get the wind turbines, but you may have to live with the transmission towers.

The only “green” I see here is the mindboggling amount of Ontario taxpayers’ dollars given to this offshore company. Now I see the green. There’s money in that. And for those having wind turbines on their property, it’s also pretty green. Many wind turbine companies pay about $12,000 per wind turbine, per year, for often a 10 year contract, that is extendable. Yet it looks less ‘green’ for the community more likely to see both a decrease in enjoyment and value of their property.

The Annan Balaclava area isn’t likely the only place in our municipality that a company is planning wind turbines. This is happening all over our province. How is it in Ontario this veil of secrecy permits entire neighbourhoods directly impacted to be ignored and rejected from even taking part in the process? What has our premier done with our democracy? How is it that the rights of Ontarians are not as important as the rights of an offshore wind turbine company? What about the citizens who have lived, worked, and contributed to this community for decades? We don’t count? This is not a consultation process; the sudden inclusion of these wind turbines is an announcement. Note that I do not call them ‘wind farms’ because I think that is an insult, in my view, of what a farm in my community is, or has been.

Deborah Kennish- McCoubrey

7 thoughts on “Where is the green energy in the Silcote wind turbine plan?

  1. Thats the problem with the secrecy. No one knows it’s coming until one day…. WHAMMO! Deceit and then despair.

  2. Under the current “government”, Ontario is no longer a democracy. The time has come for us to take back our province.

  3. Very well said, Deb. This is just the tip of the iceberg !!! The transmission lines won’t be put in for just 26 turbines north of highway 26. Look out Chatsworth, Meaford, Thornbury, Collingwood, Markdale and everywhere further south. It is coming soon to an area near you……it’ll be a surprise !!!!!!

  4. This is refreshing to me after I was told yesterday that locals here think our group is “sensationalizing” the whole idea of the wind turbine development, and that if it were really something bad, our government wouldn’t allow it.
    None so blind as those…

  5. northgrowerwindturbines,

    Would it help if you circulated the situation the peole of the U.K. are in due to their goverment’s energy polices? Close to 1/3 of the people of Scotland and Wales are now in ENERGY POVERTY all because of wind turbine installation costs and global warming costs imposed on the people.

    Governments can and do hurt their citizens for many reasons.

    Ask people if they want to choose between food and keeping warm. This is going to affect all of Ontario not just the rural areas.

  6. northgrowerwindturbines,

    The advocates of global warming/climate change know that if they can get the various religious denominations around the world on board with the global warming scam they can get people to believe this scam.

    So if both the government and the church tell people that global warming/climate change is real people will believe it as these parties would not lie to them or so they believe. It’s a shame isn’t it.

    This leaves a bad taste in our mouths but it’s better to know this than not to know this.

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