Unintended Consequences of the Flawed Green Energy Act (GEA)

An Opinion on Senator Runciman’s Motion for a Moratorium
Placing industrial-scale wind turbines in Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and major migratory flyways is proving to be a very bad idea. On November 30, Senator Runciman in his motion to the Senate, called for a moratorium on wind turbine development on the north eastern shores of Lake Ontario to prevent the destruction of birds and Important Bird Areas (IBAs).  The Senate unanimously supported him.  Senator Runciman and the Senate are to be applauded for shining a light on one of the serious shortcomings of the Green Energy Act.

Many people are not aware that the north eastern area of Lake Ontario is a Galapagos of the north. Amherst Island, Wolfe Island and Prince Edward County are all globally recognized IBAs, which means that they are three of the most important sites on earth for birds. The IBA designation is based on scientific evidence and the application of strict international criteria.

As well as being an IBA, Amherst Island is world renowned for its raptors and owls. It is not uncommon to see twenty-six Short-Eared Owls perched in the trees surrounding a single house or twelve Snowy Owls congregating in a farmer’s field.   

No less than eighteen bird species found on Amherst Island are species-at-risk, which means the provincial and federal governments have a duty to protect them. 

Despite this, all is not well with the birds of Amherst Island. The Provincial Government has approved a very large FIT energy contract for wind turbines on Amherst Island.  If the wind energy company is successful, in two years there will be thirty- five wind turbines, each fifty storeys tall, and running the length of this small 20 km Island.

Birds on Wolfe Island are already being sacrificed. This massive industrial-scale wind plant has one of the highest bird kills in North America.
If the Ontario Government has its way, the birds of Amherst Island and Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County are next. Galapagos of the north will be known as one of most destructive areas for birds in North America.

Time is running out.  The Provincial Government must stop these wind projects in their tracks and ensure that this rich natural heritage is protected.  Senator Runciman’s motion for a moratorium on wind energy projects in north eastern Lake Ontario is a critical and timely step in the right direction.  The Green Energy Act is putting our rich natural heritage at risk. 
But the damage does not stop there.  The GEA allows wind developers to put these giant turbines too close to people’s homes. An increasing number of families are suffering from serious adverse health effects and are unable to live in their homes or to sell them.  At present there is no protection and no compensation for them. 
A moratorium on wind energy development is urgently needed in order to deal with the unintended consequences of the seriously flawed Green Energy Act.

Laurie Kilpatrick
Stella, Amherst Island

9 thoughts on “Unintended Consequences of the Flawed Green Energy Act (GEA)

  1. [excerpt] ‘The GEA allows wind developers to put these giant turbines too close to people’s homes. An increasing number of families are suffering from serious adverse health effects and are unable to live in their homes or to sell them. At present there is no protection and no compensation for them.
    A moratorium on wind energy development is urgently needed in order to deal with the unintended consequences of the seriously flawed Green Energy Act.’

    In the name of sanity – Shred Bill 150 – The Green Energy and Green Economy Act.
    Shred it! [emphasis added]

  2. Mike Crawley is now running for Liberal party of Canada president. In an interview from the Globe and Mail titled “Engage voters or die penniless, presidential hopeful tells Liberals ” Mr. Crawley blurts out several suprising gems like: “For too long, he said, Liberals relied on their big corporate “sugar daddy” for funding, which was then replaced by the taxpayer subsidy. As a result, Liberals were never forced to really engage with voters. That is gone,” Mr. Crawley said. “… Either the party figures out how to constantly engage or it’s going to run out of money and it’s going to be done.”
    This is ironically rich considering that Mr. Crawley is a man who has consistently relied on taxpayers subsidies and corporate welfare to build his wind turbine empire while constantly refusing to engage with victims (voters?)of his industrial wind projects.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/engage-voters-or-die-penniless-presidential-hopeful-tells-liberals/article2264924/?from=sec431

    • Liberal Party looking for perfection might find it in –
      Mike Crawley as President of the Liberal Party – Again!
      What a novel idea! Again.

      The Mike Crawley Story:
      http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com/?s=Mike+Crawley+story

      Excerpt from Hansards:
      ……. He goes to the Liberal policy conference three weeks ago and tells you what your hydro policy should be, and then three weeks later, he gets a $475-million contract. Where I come from, this stinks. This stinks. Will you do the responsible thing and will you terminate this blatant conflict of interest, this blatant payoff to your Liberal friend?

      …we have the president of the Liberal Party of Canada, Ontario wing, and even his own CV says that he was in sales management for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and before that he was a political hack. You are going to give him a $475-million contract at 60% higher than the current price of electricity. Meanwhile, for low- and modest-income families, who have been hit by an over-20% increase in their hydro prices, you are only going to give them a dollar for every extra $20 that you take out of their pockets. Maybe you can tell me, is this the McGuinty government’s definition of “change” — you ….
      ….Mr Hampton: Do you know what? Ninety companies came forward, and somehow the president of the Liberal Party, who has virtually no experience in this field, comes out on top.
      According to the McGuinty government, you could have a bank robbery and you could have the bank robber walking off with the money and as long as you had an independent consultant who said, “It’s all fair,” that would be fine with the McGuinty government.

      Liberal Party only joking – again.

    • Elect a pro-wind president that has a lot of rich wind developers willing to prop up the party.

    • Who’s ready to hold their noses, join the Federal Liberal Party and go to the convention to choose their next Lib party pres?

      How does Sheila Copps appeal to you?

      Her last known contact info: 613 – 447 – 8098 and info@sheilacopps.ca

      • Johana, I think Tequila Sheila’s ship has sailed.

      • wouldn’t a cetain Mikey get a shock to see us all there!

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