Wind turbines slated for Port Ryerse

” That is completely inadequate,” says Petrie, who is hearing anecdotal evidence that giant turbines drive away wildlife wherever they are situated. ” That means they can basically place them anywhere. If I lived in the Port Ryerse area, I’d be very worried about my health, my property values and my electricity bills.”

By Monte SONNENBERG, Tillsonburg News

Wind turbines will be coming to the Port Ryerse area in the near future.

The Ontario Power Authority announced the approval of 40 new green energy projects Thursday representing 872 megawatts of power.

This is enough to serve the electricity needs of 200,000 homes – a community the size of Burlington.

Details on the Port Ryerse project are sketchy. Sponsor of the project is UDI Renewables Corporation. UDI has received permission to feed 10,000 kilowatts of wind power into the provincial grid. Beyond that, the OPA is not releasing further information.

“Anything that is not available on our website is not available under privacy laws,” OPA spokesperson Amanda Flude said Thursday. “Part of the Privacy Act is that I can’t give out contact information either.”

Ten thousand kilowatts of generating power is roughly equivalent to the output of 10 turbines of the kind in the Erie Shores wind power project near Port Rowan.

Port Ryerse is shaping up to be a green energy hub in Norfolk. Last year, SkyPower and SkyEdison turned the sod on a large solar farm operation on Port Ryerse Road north of Highway 6.

Planner Shirley Cater, Norfolk County’s point person on wind farm projects, only learned about the UDI proposal yesterday. Cater gave assurances that there will be open houses related to the development and a discussion around the Norfolk council table before the project proceeds.

” This is really odd because normally all of these companies will have consulted with me by now,” Cater said. ” I’m sure they are aware of the procedure under the ( Renewable Energy Act). We wi l l likely get an application and they will have to hold several public meetings through the process.”

Dr. Scott Petrie, executive director of Long Point Waterfowl in Turkey Point, says it is difficult to assess the project without knowing what kind of turbines will be used and where they will be located.

” This certainly takes me by surprise,” Petrie said yesterday. ” I’d be concerned by how close they are to the lakeshore. I’m not worried about impacts on wetlands because there aren’t that many in the Port Ryerse area. But there is certainly significant bushland habitat down there.”

The Ministry of the Environment setback for wind turbines from residential dwellings is 550 metres while the setback from provincially significant woodlots is 120 metres.

” That is completely inadequate,” says Petrie, who is hearing anecdotal evidence that giant turbines drive away wildlife wherever they are situated. ” That means they can basically place them anywhere. If I lived in the Port Ryerse area, I’d be very worried about my health, my property values and my electricity bills.”

The OPA’s announcement yesterday means wind turbines in Port Ryerse will move forward. Two years ago, in response to mounting local opposition, the McGuinty government stripped municipalities of their approval authority for renewable energy projects.

6 thoughts on “Wind turbines slated for Port Ryerse

  1. “Two years ago, in response to mounting local opposition, the McGuinty government stripped municipalities of their approval authority for renewable energy projects.”
    Finally, we are saying like it is.

  2. Yes, S.T., I think you`re right. It seems to me, their lame
    excuse was, the municipalities didn`t want the burden of making
    the tough decisions. Maybe they tried to defend their constituants and said NO to any turbines..How dare they!! The
    Liberals could never accept that!!! So no more power for them!!

  3. Even Britain is now back-tracking on green energy:

    “The central government said this month it’s considering cutting incentives and reducing the size of projects, concerned that the above-market rates it promised through April 2012 may lead to too many solar farms.

    Britain is moving faster than any other European country to contain a surge in solar power and prevent the boom-and-bust seen in Spain and predicted for the Czech Republic. The risk is scaring off the investors who would create the “green jobs” Prime Minister David Cameron is seeking to revive the economy.”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-28/solar-gold-rush-in-u-k-may-die-with-fastest-roll-back-of-incentives.html

    How long can Dalton keep his head in the sand?

  4. “This is enough to serve the electricity needs of 200,000 homes – a community the size of Burlington.”

    Yes it is – 13% OF THE TIME!!!!

    I heard the same thing on a local radio show this morning as well!

    This HAS TO STOP!

    AARRGGHH!

    R.R.

  5. Pension plan funds have invested their money in renewable energy projects and these fund managers are now afraid these funds will be lost when subsidies are lost and/or projects cancelled.

    Too bad but wise financial choices were not made.

  6. It continues to blow my mind……872 Mw.

    How much land will that require?

    That 950 Mw generator station that was going to go in Oakville (which was a stupid place…why not 10 km down the road in where the refinery was?) was what? 20 acres…maybe?

    So lets waste a few square km. for pinwheels.

    Oh, yeah……lets plow under farmland for solar panels, too. So that means that I might (depending on weather) be able to cook non-produced food.

    You see….this is the problem…….nobody (read: lobby, industrial interests) will make money if the “green” problem had been looked at realistically.

    Get battery packs….put solar panels on roofs (Rooves? Roofi?) Scrounge old automotive alternators from junkyards……charge your batteries and invert the power. Good lord…what’s the % loss in transmission? They can scrub out pollutants in diesel exhaust…..why not coal burners?

    I’d love to go off grid. It’s just not feasible at this point in time.

    Instead of the Billions paid out to Samsung……Give Ontarios billions to install.

    But like I say….nobody will be retiring in the Caymens if that happens

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