Bruce farm group concerned about turbines

by Troy Patterson, Owen Sound Sun Times
The Bruce County Federation of Agriculture has released a new policy statement on wind energy that speaks out against the “adverse affects” wind power is perceived to have on agriculture, from increased energy costs to potential health impacts on people.
The BCFA released the statement Thursday after making the decision at its Sept. 24 meeting.
“The Bruce County Federation of Agriculture (BCFA) recognizes wind energy as a contributor to green energy, and we are in favour of exploiting all kinds of green energy sources,” the policy says. “However, the Feed-in-Tariff program seems to help promote the sale of wind energy technology, rather than develop wind energy technology, which was the intended spirit of the Green Energy Act.”
The organization’s policy said the cost to produce wind energy is not decreasing and due to inefficiencies in wind generation, the cost of energy continues to increase.
BCFA president John Gillespie, a Huron Township farmer, noted the policy is not “universally supported” by the 1,450 farm families they represent in Bruce County. Some have wind turbines on their property.
He also wanted to be clear the BCFA isn’t against wind energy, but the board made the decision based on the frequency of issues that have surfaced around wind power projects.
“But we’ve talked to a lot of people and it was enough of an issue that people wanted to see questions they had solved before going forward,” Gillespie said. “We don’t think it’s a bad thing, but we also don’t need to be in such a rush as what’s been proposed.”
The BCFA has been made aware of the purchase of homes by Suncor-Acciona in the Ripley Wind Power Project due to perceived health effects. Some members who have signed wind power leases have raised issues about the “fine print” contained in them, which has had an impact on their ability to build on their land, or use it during the winter when there is a potential risk of ice thrown from blades.
“There are some implications they didn’t fully understand before the turbines went up,” he said. “Some want to know if they can still build a barn and if it’s safe. Some neighbours who aren’t in the project are worried about restrictions on their properties and a lot of these issues haven’t been settled yet.” Read article

3 thoughts on “Bruce farm group concerned about turbines

  1. The following statements in this article should have been clarified and demonstrate Hornung’s continued deceptive accounting;

    “While electricity prices have certainly increased in Ontario over the last several years, wind and renewable energy have not been a primary cause,” said CanWEA president Robert Hornung via e-mail. “According to an April 2012 Ontario Energy Board report, 45% of the increase in Ontario’s electricity generation costs since 2006 are directly attributable to the nuclear industry, while only 6% of the increase is due to green power.”

    The figures Hornung sites selectively are actually references to increases in “Global Adjustment” (GA) charges. What is not stated here is that nuclear, whilst responsible for 45% of GA, produced 56.9% of electrical power generation. On the other hand, whilst wind produced a measly 2.6% of electrical power generation and was responsible for 6% of GA.

    This report Hornung sites goes on to state “The share associated with renewables has been increasing significantly and is expected to continue to do so. The GA is expected to increase in 2012 and beyond as a large number of wind and solar resources that have been awarded FIT contracts come online.”

  2. Give your knees a break!

    Jack Gibbons – takes the stairs – and spins

    Obviously – Jack Ass’s of all levels weigh in –
    with completely irresponsible and destructive ‘Blah’ ‘Blah’ ‘Blah’
    all the while – ignoring – reality.

    Squat blast – science!

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