Belwood group promises 1,000 will attend public meeting for turbine company

by David Meyer, Wellington Advertiser
FERGUS-The Oppose Belwood Wind Farm Association is expecting 1,000 people to attend the final public meeting for the Springwood wind farm planned near Fergus. The group stated in a press release, “Many believe that the Springwood wind farm proposed near Lake Belwood, Fergus, and the beautiful Elora Gorge area by wpd Canada Corporation, a huge German multinational, is merely the tip of the iceberg. The four proposed turbines are massive 480 feet high industrial turbines, the height of 50 storey office towers with the rotating span of a 747.”

Organizers concluded “Although many wind farm companies have yet to publicly disclose their plans, the Shelburne experience shows that a small wind farm can quickly grow into a massive wind farm in spite of concerns for the health and opposition of local communities.

The residents will be mounting a response at the final public meeting this Friday from 5:30 to 8pm at the Centre Wellington sportsplex at 550 Belsyde Ave. E., in Fergus.

Another campaign

Meanwhile, it is possible turbine opponents could meet a wind energy supporter.

A farmer and mom from Kincardine is on a southern Ontario tour to transform perceptions on how Ontario thinks about wind energy.

Jutta Splettstoesser is bringing her message of co-operation to the Wellington-Guelph area this Friday. The press release announcing her tour did not say if she would be in Fergus this Friday to support the company at its final public meeting.

“Wind development and community can work together,” said Splettstoesser, president of Friends of Wind Ontario (FoWO). “With smart planning and open communications, wind energy development in rural Ontario can be a win-win. Renewable energy is the way of the future and rather than push back against it, we need to help communities be a part of the new energy conversation.”

Since June, FoWO has organized a series of events across southern Ontario. Over 500 people have attended meetings in Clinton, Chatham, London and Port Albert to hear speakers from the science, business, utility and government sectors. Those events were organized to help communities learn the facts about renewable energy and wind development.

“The bridge-building that Friends of Wind Ontario is doing is making a difference in how communities talk about energy,” said Adrienne Downey, operations and business development manager from Enercon Canada Inc. “We need to hear from everyone in a community about their opinions of wind energy. In many communities that hasn’t been able to happen. The open and respectful approach to engagement that Friends of Wind uses is good for communities and the wind sector.”

The press release stated that Friends of Wind Ontario (FoWO) is an independent and grassroots organization of wind enthusiasts from across Ontario.

Government announcement

The provincial government has announced it is moving forward with its commitment to review its clean energy Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program.

When it launched in 2009, it included a commitment to review FIT every two years. That commitment was included in the province’s long-term energy plan, released last November. The review will consider a range of issues, such as:

– FIT price reduction;

– ensuring the long-term sustainability of clean energy procurement;

– continuing to build on the success of Ontario-based manufacturing and clean energy job creation;

– consideration of new technologies and fuel sources; and

– local consultations and the renewable approval process.

As a result of the review, new prices for FIT contracts will be developed to balance the interests of ratepayers with the need to encourage investment in new energy in Ontario. All future clean energy contracts will be subject to the new price schedule.

Ontarians can provide feedback by answering an online survey or making a written submission at Ontario.ca/FITreview until Dec. 14.

6 thoughts on “Belwood group promises 1,000 will attend public meeting for turbine company

  1. So what does smart planning and open communications really mean? Who’s smart planning and communications are these going to be? Consists of telling it to people’s faces where the IWTs will be installed and when? People have no say anyway under the Green Energy Act. Sorry, but Juta is ignorant when it comes to the real IWT issues and is just being used by the wind developers.

  2. Just for laughs!
    Introducing ‘bridge builder’ – that’s right –
    friendly Jutta –

    A farmer and mom from Kincardine is on a southern Ontario tour to transform perceptions on how Ontario thinks about wind energy.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTvNwAT29Lo

    “The bridge-building that Friends of Wind Ontario is doing is making a difference in how communities talk about energy,” said Adrienne Downey, operations and business development manager from Enercon Canada Inc.

    [group scream]
    okay – [group laugh]

  3. Good luck to the people of Fergus. You have raise a stink or this will never end.

    Arm yourselves with information before you go.

    A well written educational paper:
    Wind Farms Provide Negligible Useful Electricity
    Center for Science and Public Policy – Washington, D.C.
    Robert Ferguson, Executive Direcctor
    http://ff.org/centers/csspp/pdf/20060331_wind.pdf

  4. So what is the best way to treat them? Do what we did at Stratford? e.g. turn our backs on them?

    Will they be set-up in the building?

    Hmmm food for thought

  5. Well, Hi folks… You made us all proud to be a part of the 2nd open house by wpd.in Fergus. The sea of green T shirts was awesome. That was a brilliant strategy! Thank you and where to I send my cheque? I came from Clearview to support you but also because wpd is ruining our lives over here in Clrearview. I got in a bit of a tiff with ‘Jutta the Hun’ as well. She is a joke and we need not give her anymore publicity by even mentioning her name. She tried to film me with out my permission and I told her I would sue her 6 ways from Sunday if she did not erase it and I will!. I had a nice long chat with Ian McCrea and Mr. Hess as well. I told them that I have had enough of their control of my life and was going to take my life back. This is a war , no matter how you slice the pie, there is no way around it. War is ugly and hideous. It is not what any of us would choose. However , there comes a time when all that you hold dear is threatened by tyranny that we have to search our souls and ask what the future of our province is worth to us. I told them that I am an older lady and that I have tried everything in my power to stop them from destroying my home and rural way of life. They made the decision to industrialize families in their beds! They made the decision to slaughter the wildlife that we all love so much. I have made a decision to fight to protect my rights under the Canadian Charter …”The right to peaceable enjoyment of my home”

    I am old and have nothing to lose! I can not let this moment in history pass by remaining passive against a dictatorship. I can not spit on the graves of the brave men and women that sacrificed their lives in 1812, in 1917 or in 1939. so that I could grow up in a world of freedom and peace. I owe allegiance to the Maple Leaf that has proudly protected us from the assault to our land that is taking place now by foreign corporate greed. Sadly, we can no longer betray that best friend , our Maple Leaf. We must make a stand and run these parasites out of Ontario. And since our spineless politicians will not listen to us, we have been backed against the wall…. Well Sir, I say to you…” Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned”

    Thanks for listening

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