By Sue Muller, Goderich Signal Star
The voice of the highly respected Paul Steckle bases his statements on what he “thinks, feels and heard for himself”. Well that’s reassuring. However, his few facts are misguided. As a former politician, I would have assumed he is aware of the Auditor General’s report that declared “no comprehensive business case evaluation was done to objectively evaluate the billion dollar commitment”. They did not study the environmental or economic impacts of wind power.
In respect to his C02 concerns, hydroelectric power produces no C02 and we produce more power in Ontario than we can use, selling it cheaply to the US. Because Ontario’s electricity transmission and distribution system already operates at a maximum, the current renewable energy projects under the fit program cannot be accommodated by the existing power grid- a solution that cannot be fixed easily or quickly. We’ve already experienced black outs and the incompatibility and overloading of the grid with what is described as ‘dirty energy’ is a disaster waiting to happen. Wind and solar are intermittent and unreliable sources that need to be backed up by coal or gas fired generators to maintain a steady output.
Germany has refurbished and built new coal fire plants to cover electricity requirements due to the instability of wind power generation. Denmark, the leader in wind energy, has not closed one coal-fired plant. These countries along with Holland, Portugal and Spain have realized these projects do not work and are stopping the subsidies which sustained them. After 20 years experience, the black-lash in Europe is growing in over 23 countries. Let’s learn from this.
Electricity for all of us will rise markedly- why? Because we have to pay for the subsidies for the FIT programs. Hydro-electric power costs about 7 cents kW/hrs. Wind power is produced at 13.5 cents . Old solar contracts are at 80 cents and new at 58.8 cents. We currently pay 10.8 cents for electricity during peak periods [as per IESO]. This cannot be maintained with this model.
Jobs will be created during the2-3 yr construction phase and then gone. For every job created in renewable energy, 3-4 other jobs will be lost due to increased electricity costs (from the auditor general report).
Mr. Steckle may not have heard anything substantial during his wind turbine visits, but does he exist by one 24-hrs a day? Many have reported feeling fatigued or eye-strained after working for a day on the old-style CRT computer monitors. This is because they emitted a flicker and scanning frequencies that most people did not see or hear. This is not unlike the turbines which produce an infrasound that affects some people more than others. Research in Portugal at the Centre for Human Performance concluded that vibro-acoustic disease is a chronic progressive accumulative systemic disease caused by exposure by high-intensity/low-frequency sound and infra-sound which can all be caused by wind turbines. This scientific data was formally presented at INTERNOISE 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey. Europe was the leader in advancing wind power and now are documenting the hazards. Vibro-acoustic devices are used to treat some Parkinson’s patient’s tremors. As cause and effect go, one should expect an adverse effect in well people. The reality is that there have been no comprehensive medical tests done in Canada before forging ahead with these projects. Health complaints have been ignored.
Environmental assessments are being done by consultants who are hired by the wind companies. When we refused assessments on our land, we were told that they didn’t have to do them, but were only required to ask. They later came and said that we should have taken the money for the assessments, because they did them from neighbouring properties anyway. How can this be if the neighbours did not agree? And if so, how accurate is such an assessment on 100-acres from the fence lines? How bogus!
Many have regretted signing leases for little financial gain and questionable contracts. The supporters are generally those who are getting or hoping for a min. of $13,000 yrly/turbine. The ‘noise’ from those turbines seem to make the negative aspects in audible.
Last week the Drummond report called for an overhaul of Ontario’s finances including a review of the FIT programs. Once the economic leader of Canada , Ontario now faces a $16.7 billion deficit, downgrading of our credit rating and economic collapse.
Mr. Steckle suggests that the turbines are here to stay. I can assure you the backlash is growing as more are educating themselves about the realities of this fraud and the economic burden that will be felt in our pockets. Please go to http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/send-comment/ to support our MPP Lisa Thompson, who is presenting a bill to Parliament March 8 requesting a moratorium on further industrial wind turbine development.