Much yet to be learned about impact of wind projects

Straford Beacon Herald   Re Doug Fyfe’s letter, Wind Energy Way of the Future

Doug Fyfe’s attempt to shame others for speaking out and accusing them of misinformation is unwarranted, considering the misinformation he provided himself.

He talks about studies in Ontario. What studies? That is the whole point; there have been no studies. The fact that the government has appointed a research chair to study technology and HEALTH — Dr. Siva Sivoththaman from the University of Waterloo — indicates that if these technologies are so safe, there would be no need for more research. (1) The problem is his results will not become known for five years … most turbines will be erected by then.

He praises the decisions of Perth County council citing that its decision will bring prosperity to the countryside. Anyone who has researched these economic benefits or development is compelled to conclude that there is no economic benefit except for a select few. So, the decision of the council was not in the best interests of the county.

Misinformation? Hardly! These figures are supported with the sources I have provided to The Beacon Herald.

Spain has discovered that for every one “green job” there is a loss of 2.2 jobs. (2) Hardly economic development.

Each “green” job creation costs on average $240,000 per year in Germany and $140,000 per job per year in Denmark. (3) Hardly economic sense.

Depending on the location of turbines in relation to hamlets and villages it will slow or stop any future development for 40 to 50 years. (4) Hardly economic development.

MPAC re-evaluation of property values near turbines has resulted in a decrease in their assessments. (5) As a result, reduced absolute tax despite any income a municipality would receive from wind development. Result — villages and properties not near turbines will have to pay more in order for a municipality to receive the same absolute tax amount. Hardly economic development.

Instead of condemnation, these individuals should be applauded for pointing out the inconsistencies of so-called economic development.

(1) Canadian Committee of Advisors Agrees With Government Decision to Study Impacts, Feb. 24, 2011, press release; Web. April 6, 2011

(2) Toronto Sun editorial, Green’ Jobs and Red Ink, Oct. 2, 2009

(3) Stelling, K. (2010, April 18). What Went Wrong with Ontario’s Energy Policy? Comparing Spin and Reality. Retrieved from -went-wrong-with-ontarios-energy-policy/Stelling,p. 40)

(4) MacEachern, Barbara-Ann. Family Feels Caught in Wind Storm.

(5) Bob Aaron. Toronto Star. Ontario Assessment Review Board Ruling on Wind Power Noise Sets Precedent. Jan. 9, 2010

Brenda Brodhagen, Brunner

5 thoughts on “Much yet to be learned about impact of wind projects

  1. IWTs must be rapidly deployed so there is no time for thought or studies about the effects of these obsolete machines. Get them installed before the public catches on to the wind scam. Deal with the consequences later. This is the policy now.

  2. Thanks for all that in-depth research, Brenda.

    Some of us just can’t stay in our homes long enough to do such research, let alone craft such a lucid article.

  3. Doug Fyfe is the General Manager of Countryside Energy Co-operative Inc.
    The following is from the Energy Alliance:

    From their website in regards to wind:
    “Countryside Energy intends to develop community-owned windfarms. These will be 10MW initiatives, and take 2-3 years to develop. Until the proposed new Bruce-Milton 500kV transmission powerline is operational (expected 2011), and local distribution upgrades are planned or carried out, we have to wait to plan these projects.

    The Co-operative has already collected in excess of 27 months’ high-quality wind data at sites near Milverton (Perth County) and Goderich (Huron County) and is well placed to develop these sites.”

    • Thanks for the follow up on Countryside Energy. Trail leads back to Green Energy Act Alliance.

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