Wind subsidies gone, Samsung gone

Toronto Sun, Jennifer Bieman and Megan Stacey
The loss of 340 jobs at a factory that makes blades for wind turbines could be harbinger of troubles ahead in Ontario’s green-energy industry, a leading analyst says.

Siemens Canada announced Tuesday it’s closing its Tillsonburg plant, one of four Ontario green-energy factories set up under a controversial, multi-billion-dollar deal with Korean industrial giant Samsung.

The closing of one of the town’s largest employers came after weeks of nervous speculation.

But energy analyst Tom Adams said Ontario’s green-energy industry could be in for a rough ride if it doesn’t lay its hands on orders from outside Ontario, arguing the provincial market is saturated with wind and solar electricity brought online since the Liberal government plunged headlong into green energy in 2009.

“I think it was always pretty obvious that whatever jobs were going to arise from the Green Energy Act were all temporary or almost all temporary,” Adams said, referencing the provincial law that paved the way for big wind farms in Ontario under contracts paying energy giants more than consumers pay for power.

“Samsung had no history in renewable energy before they came to Ontario. They came only for the subsidies, and when the subsidies dry up, they’ll disappear as quick as they landed,” said Adams, an independent energy and environmental advisor and researcher. Read article

27 thoughts on “Wind subsidies gone, Samsung gone

  1. This is very ‘interesting’, especially for people dealing with the noise, the low frequency noise modulations and infrasound radiation that is harming them from turbines built by a company that is on its way out of Ontario.

  2. This is the way it is all over the place take about the subsidies and the company is gone. Companies tout jobs, but there are no real long term jobs. Smoke & mirrors that’s all this stuff is.

  3. Re: Huron County Health Unit

    An investigation on health impacts of wind turbines was initiated in March 2016. (Ontario’s HPPA, Health Protection and Prevention Act). Since then we have had one delay after another, and still no remedy for those living under turbines.

    As of July 4th, 2017, Erica Clark informed me they have heard back University of Waterloo ethics and are now planning another ethics applications to address concerns raised.

    Meanwhile I have been told that all communication of the ethics board, including the names an positions of the applicants, is confidential.

    How much longer can the government delay? Is there a time limit by which an investigation must report?

    • Pardon me, Professor.

      Ontario’s “HPPA” is the “Health Protection and PROMOTION Act”,
      not the “Health Protection and PREVENTION Act”.

      A thinking person can conceptualize what it means to “promote” good health.

      Covering-up the knowledge of the adverse effects that are caused by exposure to industrial electricity generation infrastructure cannot, by any definition, be considered “promoting” persons’ health.

      Numerous authorities (including the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s own commissioned experts, Howe Gastmeier Chapnik Engineering in 2010,) have found links between exposure to industrial wind energy facilities and ill health.

      So “The Purpose” of Huron County (and others’) so-called “Investigations” “to determine whether a health hazard exists or does not exist” (HPPA, Section 11) is unclear.

      You and others ask, how much time should these fiduciaries be afforded to carry out their duties.

      I think they’ve had more than enough time already and their failure to conclude could– and maybe should– be regarded as “reckless disregard for lives and safety”. (see Criminal Code of Canada, Criminal Negligence).

      University of Waterloo Vice-President George Dixon and his accomplices are implicated.

      There are tons of evidence supporting this.

      If I were you, I would check with your insurance company whether you’re covered for negative health effects caused by witnessing this potential fraud.

      Please, take care, and thank you for volunteering to help with the Emergency Response efforts in this Public Health Disaster.

  4. Don’t be distracted: Industrial Wind Turbines may be a real NUISANCE.

    Unfortunately, enjoining (stopping, or arresting) a nuisance and being compensated for harms, losses and damages sustained can be very costly for Victim Plaintiffs. Everybody knows this, especially those persons who may be perpetrating or perpetuating the nuisances. (think: “Intent”)

    Also unfortunate is that Ontarians who’ve tried to protect themselves from wind turbine nuisances, which, by the admission of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s commissioned experts, are “expected” to happen, have had their available resources and time drained by the shameful Environmental Review Tribunal and other processes.

    The [phony] Environmental Review Tribunal appeal mechanism was a set-up. The appelants (victims) had to prove a project “will” “cause” “serious” “harm”, before it happened. Oodles of lawyers at the ERT can debate these words for all eternity (and be paid handsomely to do it,) but for most other things in the real world, tracing “Causation” to 99 or whatever percent certainty is not required before action MUST be taken to prevent the associated harm. In fact, failure to prevent damage is a punishable offense of its own.

    Did the perpetrators of the Green Energy Act pre-meditate how they could destroy resources that victims might be able to use (albeit after the fact) to protect themselves with initiating a nuisance claim in court? Either way you are witnessing an atrocity that is hard to match.

    At the same time understanding the nuisances to be caused by the wind turbines: sleep disruption causing sleep deprivation, high annoyance and other very disturbing, harmful and potentially lethal physiological disturbances, leads thinking people to the predictable consequences that victims are incapacitated and less able to defend from attack.

    Then, any remaining cash or resources that victims have left must be weighed: spend it fleeing your home and getting respite or re-establishing elsewhere, or gamble it in Ontario’s legal system that (pardon any cynicism) appears to be rigged.

    For some, it is Hell on Earth in one of the greatest, most prosperous nations on Earth.

    And to think that all this is for NO ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS but TONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE.

    • And then there is Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act, the “HPPA”.

      Section 11 of The HPPA requires a “Medical Officer of Health” to “investigate” “a complaint” “to determine whether a health hazard exists or does not exist”.

      The HPPA defines what a “HEALTH HAZARD” is:

      HEALTH HAZARD, as defined in s.1(1) of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, means
      “(a) a condition of a premises,
      (b) a substance, thing, plant or animal other than man, or
      (c) a solid, liquid, gas or combination of any of them,
      that is likely to have an adverse effect on the health of any person.”

      • “Adverse Effect”

        What is an “adverse effect”?

        The “Environmental Protection Act” exists in the Province of Ontario.

        The Environmental Protection Act defines “adverse effect”:

        “Interpretation
        1 (1) In this Act,
        “administrative penalty” means a penalty imposed under section 182.3; (pénalité administrative”)

        “adverse effect” means one or more of,
        (a) impairment of the quality of the natural environment for any use that can be made of it,
        (b) injury or damage to property or to plant or animal life,
        (c) harm or material discomfort to any person,
        (d) an adverse effect on the health of any person,
        (e) impairment of the safety of any person,
        (f) rendering any property or plant or animal life unfit for human use,
        (g) loss of enjoyment of normal use of property, and
        (h) interference with the normal conduct of business; (“conséquence préjudiciable”)”

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