Neighbour pans wind project

Don Crosby, Owen Sound Times
DURHAM – An information meeting on a proposed wind energy project east of Durham elicited some angry responses to the plan by NextEra Energy to construct as many as 17 turbines northwest of Priceville in the former Glenelg Township.
Leonard van Den Bosch only found out at Wednesday’s meeting that three turbines will be visible from his property.
“I bought this property 20 years ago. This property is everything I have. It’s my retirement money. And now this property is probably going to drop (in value) by more than 50%. But this company, NextEra, say their studies show there are no negative impact on property values . . . who is going to give me the property values that I lost?” said van Den Bosch,  whose property is located one sideroad north of Priceville on the North Durham Side Road.
“They are ruining this rural community by putting up these things that nobody wants. How come they don’t put them out in Lake Ontario? It’s the people of Toronto that want the turbines . . . it’s because there are Liberal ridings in Toronto and McGuinty will cancel anything to keep those Liberal ridings in Toronto,” said an angry van Den Bosch
NextEra spokesperson Josie Hernandez says it has not been the company’s experience that turbines lower property values.
“It’s been our experience for any development there is a phase where people are afraid of what may be coming in, but then once (the turbines) are erected — and we see this time and time again — that fear goes away.”
Realtor Mike McMurray says one of the major Canadian banks with a branch in the Melancthon Township area has studied the impact of a wind turbine contract registered on a property and has decided not to allow lines of credit on houses situated near wind farms.
He said he also knows of at least two insurance companies that are refusing to insure properties with industrial wind turbines. Read article

9 thoughts on “Neighbour pans wind project

  1. I find the entire article very interesting. “what happens if we shut down coal and cut back on nuclear” comment in the article. If they are relying on wind — I feel very sorry for the people and the economy. It is unfortunate that people actually believe that wind turbines can replace viable sources of energy. If we would spend the money we are handing over to wind companies to help coal companies put on scrubbers or other things to “clean it up”. We’d be better off.

  2. Josie – work it – work it – work it
    …………………..till he drops!

    ‘[excerpt] NextEra spokesperson Josie Hernandez says it has not been the company’s experience that turbines lower property values.
    “It’s been our experience for any development there is a phase where people are afraid of what may be coming in, but then once (the turbines) are erected — and we see this time and time again — that fear goes away.”

    Point #1 – Realtor Mike McMurray says one of the major Canadian banks with a branch in the Melancthon Township area has studied the impact of a wind turbine contract registered on a property and has decided not to allow lines of credit on houses situated near wind farms.
    He said he also knows of at least two insurance companies that are refusing to insure properties with industrial wind turbines.

    Point #2 – “It increases the risk to the property owner. The property owner loses some control of who comes on the property,” he said.NextEra representative Thomas Bird said with the thousands of landowners the company has dealings across North America he’s never heard of an insurance company refusing to insure a property owner.

    Point #3 – McMurray said one of the five major Canadian banks is posed to announce it will no longer mortgage properties with wind turbines.

    Point #4 – “The reason being is that it will reduce the marketability of the property, reduce the value of the property. If it goes to power of sale, now they’ve got a cloud on the title and all kinds of other hassles. Once that one bank goes public, the rest of them will all wake up and do the same thing,” he added.

    Ugh!
    Point #5 – West Grey resident Dick O’Brien said he would like to see the mayor and council stand up to NextEra like other communities have done.
    “If the local council didn’t support exact dictates of the Liberal government we’d be in much better shape in West Grey,” O’Brien said.’

    Hey – Mr. Premier – Wake up – and smell the coffee.

    • Let’s have another – eyes wide open!
      ‘[excerpt] “If the local council didn’t support exact dictates of the Liberal government we’d be in much better shape in West Grey,” O’Brien said.’

      So –
      by ‘volunteering’ to support ‘Agenda 21’ – ‘sustainable development’………..
      mantra – save the planet
      which supports renewable/alternative energy……………………
      ……………………………..ah huh
      of course – everyone did their part – ugh!

      Did I miss something? I sound confused.

  3. Without some king of generous goverment subsidy these IWT could not be built. On their own a group of these IWT’s would never be a sustainable industry. Without that subsidy they’d go broke.
    These companies do not care about your property values, your back yard vista, your health, your kids, your animals, your environment or anything else you hold dear to your heart. They could simply care less where they are built, so long as they can get that lucrative government subsidy. They will sweet talk you, dangle a few bucks under your nose, and say they are complying with all the government regulations, but the bottom line is. All they really care about is that “subsidy”. You take that away and they’d be gone in a second. Don’t be fooled by all that sweet talk because that’s all it is. Empty words

  4. “Sheila Stockton agrees with the need for alternative sources of energy but she’s not sure she would want an 18-storey structure looming over her backyard.”

    Only 18 storey’s high? Is she mistaken, or am I – the K2 Industrial Wind Turbines planned for north of Goderich are 49 storeys high.

  5. Is the Jose who speaks for Next Era the same guy who spoke at the “debate” NOT in Dunnville this year?

  6. josies an aregant b*&(^. She doesnt live at a wind farm! the only persons property value that rises is supposed to be the host of the turbines, not the non participants thats for sure. and Thomas bird, piece of work, we have seen insurance copies stating refusal to current long standing clients! Like he doesnt know. LIARS all of them! Josie stated that their leases are able to get out of, but wont share how another lie! shes all of 25 yrs old, prob. doesnt own a house either apartment in toronto likely!

    Liberals want everyone to leave the country! after reading post from thebiggreenlie on the death of rural ont. its scarey and looks as if the wheels are in motion, theyre not ever gonna stop to save us!

  7. As referenced in recent story, this is 39 pages of horror! its like a movie, but the balls already started rolling on this it seems, taking away municipal and communities say CHECK!, start closing racetracks, jails, hospitals CHECK. plaster rural towns with turbines so they all leave CHECK

    wanting to call us stupid folk, wanting more immagrants, wanting to take back rural ont. so they can urbanize lands, certainly not needing prime agr. land for us, we’ll just ship it all in! this is truly a scarey truth! we should all be very concerned indeed. this is much larger then we can imagine!

    last weeks news had families in small towns being “relocated” and loving it good PR? we are truly in big trouble here! its the tip of the ice burg!

    thebiggreenlie says:

    07/20/2012 at 11:13

    “Here’s the Death Sentence for Rural Ontario in all it’s “glory”!”

    http://www.law-lib.utoronto.ca/investing/reports/rp18.pdf

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