[written by Gary Mooney, a member of the Steering Committee of CCSAGE.]
Here’s an opportunity for you to evaluate for yourself the impacts of large-scale wind energy development on the long-term sustainability of your community, comparing the positives with the negatives. I have developed a one-page scoring system, presented here. Click on the image and then print it. After completing the scoring, please add a comment to this post, indicating your total positive and negative scores and your thoughts.
The scoring system reflects the criteria and controls imposed by Ontario’s Green Energy Act. While it has been developed for use in Prince Edward County, it is equally applicable for use in other Ontario communities.
Sustainability, as applied here, requires consideration of four major areas of impact: economic, social, environmental and cultural. Within each area, I have listed possible factors — both positive and negative – affecting community sustainability over the longer term.
I have attempted to be objective with respect to the factors included. While there are more negative factors than positive, these are the factors that I was able to identify and validate for inclusion. I have not included factors that apply outside the local community – e.g. new jobs elsewhere – because this scoring system is intended to focus on a particular community’s sustainability.
The idea is for you to assign a score to each positive and each negative factor, with possible scores being 0 = invalid / not relevant / not applicable, 1 = low significance, 3 = medium significance and 5 = high significance to you. It is preferable that you be knowledgeable about each factor, but if not, at least your impression is reflected.
Your participation will be most useful if you make an honest effort to score each factor relative to all factors and to give careful consideration to both positive and negative factors, regardless of your prior position on wind turbines.
In general, there should be more scores at lower values than at higher values, because an objective person will likely regard many factors as being less significant, and only a few factors as being highly significant. For this reason, the scoring system specifies maximums for the number of medium and high scores, respectively.
I would be pleased to consider the addition of other factors not previously identified that fit the criteria described above. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have suggestions.
Don’t forget to submit a comment (below) indicating your total positive score and negative score, and any thoughts.
Note: I have shown copyright for this scoring system. Anyone may use it for their own purposes, but must present the content of the document exactly as is.