NextEra wind turbine power lines creating problematic ‘induced voltage’ for Union Gas

by Harvey Wrightman
Try as we might to get proper recognition and proper assessment of the dangers of  “stray voltage”, both the MOECC and the wind companies vigorously opposed any degree of scrutiny whether at the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) hearings or the project appeals at the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT).  The stock response from wind company flunkies was that “stray voltage” was a problem for Hydro One and was not caused by wind turbines or associated equipment.

It all began in early March 2015, from local reports in the NextEra Adelaide wind project:

March 5 – resident calls in power outage. Hydro One rep is not aware of any scheduled outage, but several Hydro trucks are seen in the wind project area and the turbines are off. Hydro rep says, “to ask the guys driving around…” ???

March 18 – resident reports, “So, we had another hydro outage today…Bell phone and internet is out. A Bell recorded message says, it is out in the area til 10:30 PM on Friday !!!!!” –  3 days away. By coincidence (surely), turbines are not operating.

April 21 – Union Gas Rep talks:

Resident:  What about stray voltage?

Union Gas Rep: How’d you know about that?

Resident: I guess that Gas and Bell trucks don’t normally work weekends, do they?

Union Gas Rep: (head hanging down) No, they sure don’t…. It’s been a nightmare with Hydro having stray voltage like crazy.

Apparently Union Gas is confident enough to offer some detail in this application for a work permit submitted  to Adelaide-Metcalfe Township on August 10, 2015.

“To install on existing pipe, Cathodic protection to mitigate induced voltage from Nextera Power Lines. (Kerwood Rd, Cuddy Drive, Langan Dr). Mitigation wires to be installed using directional drilling at 1.5m or as close to fence line (P/L) as possible and 1m below any drains that are to be crossed.”
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One would think that Union Gas would have run this past their legal staff before pointing the finger at NextEra. Continue reading

Flight paths and stray current concerns raised at Gunn’s Hill wind project ERT

1297718857081_ORIGINALBy Bruce Chessell, Woodstock Sentinel-Review
Five witnesses for the East Oxford Community Alliance (EOCA) took the stand during the second day of the Environmental Review Tribunal regarding the proposed Gunn’s Hill wind farm, bringing forward further concerns regarding health and the airways above the proposed turbine site.

The first three witnesses to take the stand on Tuesday all brought forward the same concern regarding Prowind’s proposed wind farm: How the turbines will affect the Curries Aerodrome and the planes that fly out of there.

Keith McKay, a pilot for 32 years and member of the EOCA, said he was concerned with flight safety around wind turbines. “We are very concerned about the safety of ourselves… but also for commercial flights going overhead,” McKay said. “We don’t know if all the mitigating options that (Prowind) are proposing will work, we don’t know the time span. So any commercial flights flying over, we are concerned about their safety as well as ours.”

McKay added that Prowind is in negotiations with NAV Canada to put in mitigation standard to solve the problem, but he isn’t convinced this will work in an appropriate time. “Prowind has decided that if this goes ahead, they will put up the turbines,” he said. “We are opposed to that for safety reasons.” Read article

County urged to study EMF levels along Dufferin Wind transmission line

wind transmission linesOrangeville Banner, Chris Halliday
While Dufferin Wind Power Inc. (DWPI) “unequivocally” states its transmission line meets all regulations, Melancthon Mayor Darren White wants the county to conduct its own electromagnetic field (EMF) tests. At county council’s meeting this Thursday (Jan. 8), White plans to urge politicians hire an electrical engineering consultant to determine whether the amount of stray energy being emitted from Dufferin Wind’s 230 kV transmission line is safe or not.

“It’s in the best interest of us to at least know what the levels are that we’re dealing with,” White said. “To have somebody, who is professional in the field, explain to us that this is safe, this is not safe, or under which conditions it is safe.” Since Health Canada doesn’t consider EMF a hazard, there are no precautionary measures required when it relates to daily exposure. As such, Dufferin Wind spokesperson Connie Roberts noted the company has no testing guidelines to follow. “We state unequivocally that all protocol has been followed in the construction of this line,” Roberts explained in an email, claiming opponents to her company’s project are requesting EMF measurements that aren’t mandated in Canada.

“DWPI has installed a safe power line,” Roberts added. “It has been built to the latest industry standards; and it is consistently operating at well under capacity.”
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) approved Dufferin Wind’s plan to construct the transmission line from its 49-turbine wind farm in Melancthon to Amaranth last year.
The most recent criticism of the project came after a group of residents reportedly witnessed stray energy emitted from the line light a fluorescent light bulb.

While Roberts noted the phenomenon witnessed was a “well-documented side effect of the conduction of alternating current,” White thinks it would be best if the county investigated the matter further. “It’s the responsible thing to do. You can only make a good decision if you have all the information,” he said. “I just want to make sure it was done in a manner that is safe for the residents and safe for anybody that is in the area of the project.” Read article

Ministry of the Environment says Amaranth wind turbine transformer is safe, won’t put it in writing

stray-voltageOrangeville Banner, By Chris Halliday
All Amaranth resident Ted Whitworth wants for Christmas is written confirmation that the transformer station located near his home isn’t hazardous to his health. Unfortunately for Whitworth, he won’t find that memo he covets from the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) underneath his tree this year.

“The best thing would be to fix the whole thing,” Whitworth exclaimed, noting in absence of that he needs the letter from the MOE so he can move on and perhaps consider selling his rural property. “Let them assume the liability, if there is any. If they’re right, then why won’t they provide it?” he asked. “Why do we have to assume the liability of selling it … when the ministry says there is no problem?”

Whitworth has submitted complaints to the MOE ever since the transformer station associated with what is now TransAlta’s Melancthon wind facility was brought online in 2006. While he lives about two kilometres away from the nearest turbine, the transformer is located about 490 metres from his home and 150 metres away from his beef and dairy farm’s pasture field.

As MOE spokesperson Kate Jordan explained, the province has taken action. She said the MOE did require TransAlta replace the original transformer with two quieter ones several years ago, as well as construct noise walls and berms surrounding them. Read article

Dairy farmer hopes there’s still time to pull the plug

Darryl DegrootPaul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Darryl De Groot says it’s gotten to the point that farmers have stopped waving to each other on Northville Road. And that’s just one impact the dairy farmer sees that Ontario’s Green Energy Act, and Nextera’s proposed Jericho wind energy project, is having on rural Lambton Shores. “Country life out here, it’s not like it once was,” De Groot said.

Florida-based Nextera is planning to build a 92-turbine wind farm in Lambton Shores and neighbouring Warwick Township, and the community has divided between farmers who signed leases, allowing the wind companies to build turbines on their land, and those who didn’t, De Groot said. When the land agents came around in 2008, he and his father took a look at what they were offering, and turned them down. “Dad said, ‘You know what, anything to do with the government that is 50 pages long, don’t sign it.'”

But other farmers did, including some of De Groot’s neighbours. Nextera received a contract to sell power to Ontario, and is in the final stages of securing provincial environmental approval to move ahead with its project.  “Farmers aren’t waving at each other on the roads any more,” De Groot said. “It’s sad . . . it should have been done a different way. It shouldn’t have been pushed on us.”

De Groot grew up on the farm near the small community of Arkona, went to agricultural college, married and has a one-year-old child he still hopes will be the fourth generation of the family to farm on Northville Road. Read article

Speaker connects ‘dirty electricity’ to wind power

By Nelson Zandbergen – AgriNewsstray-voltage
SOUTH MOUNTAIN – Dairy farmers are familiar with the negative health effects of wayward electrical energy: Stray voltage can be the bane of keeping milk cows as productive and healthy as possible.

Armed with this understanding, a retired dairy farmer now working as a stray-voltage dairy consultant – who once leased some of his own land to a wind-power developer several years ago – is drawing attention to another kind of unwanted electrical interference he attributes to the “cheap” DC-to-AC power inverters employed by wind- and solar-farm installations.

David Colling maintains that developers’ reliance on such equipment to process their final output of alternating current (AC) feeds a problematic high frequency into the power grid and the internal wiring of nearby homes and buildings.

This “dirty electricity” can sicken people and disturb animals, he suggested in a late-November address to local wind-power opponents gathered at South Mountain’s agricultural hall.

Instead of the smooth-sided “sine wave” expected of a clean AC source, the contaminated current shows a jaggedness when measured on an oscilloscope, according to Colling, who says he turned against the wind industry after a developer in his Ripley, Ontario, area, briefly hired him to measure the phenomenon, then refused to acknowledge a problem when he became an advocate for five affected families.  Read Article

Hydro One says “No” to shared 115kV transmission lines with Nextera

Hydro One letter to Middlesex County Council

NexTerror Wind and Rural Fear

DSCN6594by Harvey Wrightman
The Liberal party, engaged in a collective effort of navel-gazing, is puzzled as to why rural residents have such irrational fear of the great green future planned for them – all the prospective leadership candidates affirm that the wind energy program will proceed as planned.

One of the newest wrinkles to the wind program is now coming to light. The 300 or so wind turbines planned for north east Lambton, north west Middlesex and southern Huron Counties require transmission lines to get to Hydro’s 500kv main line some 40 km away. The wind companies, in their typical corporate arrogance, planned their projects first, leaving transmission details for later, never anticipating that things here would be any different than they are in Kansas or Missouri where you send out your “landmen” (that’s what this particular breed of slime is called) to offer a few dollars for the easements required – and the poles are up before anyone even knows about it. Almost everything on private land so there are no hassles with municipal or State bureaucrats. So, we can do the same thing here, right? – Well, not exactly.

Over the past 50 years farm land in southern Ontario was improved by installing subsurface tile drainage which eliminates wet spots in fields and generally improves the growing ability of soils. Tiles are laid out in a systematic fashion with current practice seeing the patterns set as close as 25’ apart. They don’t do that in Kansas or Missouri. They don’t have to because the weather factors are different. Continue reading

Nextera: “historically stray voltage comes from hanging lines.”

stray-voltageBy Laura MacDuff, The Post, Hanover
DURHAM – The Municipality of West Grey met with NextEra energy at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. As part of the approval process for the wind turbines planned for just outside of Durham, NextEra needs to make consultation with West Grey. This began on Monday. Questions by council were answered by Derek Dudek, community relations consultant for NextEra, and Adam Rickel, project manager of the Durham project. NextEra also hired a West Grey police officer to be present at the council meetings, to ensure the safety of all people at the meeting.

Mayor Kevin Eccles said to NextEra that council is elected to represent the people. He said that the vast majority of people within West Grey don’t want the turbines in their municipality. He said that was why West Grey passed a resolution saying that West Grey will not be a willing host to the turbines.
“We hope that we’re providing them with accountable information that will ease their concerns with respect to the centre,” Dudek answered.

Councillor Bev Cutting made it clear to the NextEra representatives that West Grey would be getting their own independent peer review done by West Grey, at a cost to NextEra. She said that all of those proposing a project have to have it reviewed by an independent peer reviewer and that the company proposing a project always pays.

The mayor questioned the company to do tests about stray voltage around the turbines.  “Would that not be a proactive thing for the company to do?” Mayor Eccles said he had heard stories of stray voltage in and around the Ripley wind turbines and the Kincardine ones. Adam Rickel said that there is a lesser risk for stray voltage because the cables are buried underground.   He said that “historically stray voltage comes from hanging lines.” Read article

Video: Nextera asks Middlesex County for transmission on right of way

Nextera Energy approaches Middlesex County Council asking to use their right of way for 115kv wind turbine transmission lines. Hydro One did not want to share poles with them. Rural Landowners did not want to sign their lucrative easements. The county should be just as leery.

Brindley Family: no resolution 6 years later

Read full submission Brindley_Health Canada Submission Nov 21 2012 and ask for a full inquiry, now.

“In March of 2006, the Kingsbridge 1 Wind Farm became operational, however; as every company of this size must do they have to build their equipment. So the turbines were built, during this time period while they were NOT connected to the power line they still turned, the closest of the 7 turbines was approximately 656m away with the main transmission line only 43 meters away from both the house and
the barn. This turning created a lot of “white noise” which was disturbing to sleep and concentration levels started to decrease. However, once they became “operational” the turning speed increased and the issues got worse. Some of the issues included headaches – constantly, lack of concentration – unable
to do basic math, lack of sleep.

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Our family dog also exhibited behavioural changes including being lethargic. Our livestock started displaying behaviour issues; they were very nervous and began showing untrustworthy attributes. These cattle were previously quiet cattle.

Meaning that after they calved you could handle them, pet them and trust our children around them. However this was just the start of what was to come. Testing was started by Hydro One to see what the issue was: as the cattle where very jumpy and also, the basic shock levels were increasing. (You know like when you drag your feet across the carpet then touch someone or reach for a door. Only thing was this was happening around the barn yard and outside the house as well.) Due to the increasing “shocks” we had to wear shoes in our house at all times. You had to be very careful when you went to shower, bathe or do dishes, as the shocks were much stronger when the turbines were working. However, the tests were
never completely accurate as the wind company kept turning off the turbines in our area when they knew testing was going on. That didn’t stop the issue however, as they still had many others pumping electricity down the lines past our farm.” Read full submission

Ont. couple seeks injunction to stop wind-farm expansion

Trisha Drennan, left, lawyer Julian Falconer, centre, and Shawn Drennan at a wind farm near Goderich, Ont. (CBC

‘I’m not interested in being a guinea pig,’ says resident, citing health concerns of turbines
By Dave Seglins, CBC News

A rural Ontario couple is heading to court to halt development of a large wind farm near the shores of Lake Huron – at least until Health Canada completes a new two-year study on the potential risks of living next to industrial wind turbines.

Lawyers for Shawn and Trish Drennan sent notice Monday to the Ontario government announcing they are seeking an injunction against expanding the Kingsbridge 2 wind farm near Goderich, Ont., by Alberta-based Capital Power.

They argue that in light of Health Canada’s announcement in July to study the health of 2,000 residents across Canada who live near wind farms, all construction should be stopped on the 140 turbines set to go up near the Drennans’ farm — several of which would be located within 700 metres of their home.

“There is no real set understanding how these things are going to affect people and I’m not interested in being a guinea pig!” Shawn Drennan told CBC News in an interview at his farm in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Township.

Some of Ontario’s first industrial wind turbines were erected within 300 to 400 metres from people’s homes. After complaints, the government changed its regulations to require a setback distances of at least 550 metres.

But Shawn Drennan says he’s worried about the health of his family, as well as the effect turbine noise and vibrations could have on his livestock and soil, fearing it will kill off moles and earth worms that he says are vital to his “no-till” soil and acreage.

“Until they have the final results, they should have a moratorium,” he said.  read more

Appeal by wind foes quashed

Alexandria Pike, lawyer for Samsung and Pattern, said the approval holder has been given a “laundry list” of health factors, and are seeking medical records.

By TREVOR TERFLOTH, QMI Agency www.lfpress.com
A preliminary hearing on a 124-turbine wind farm in south Chatham-Kent began Friday, but the Environmental Review Tribunal already had one fewer appeal to deal with. The appeal of the Eighth and Ninth Line/Bloomfield Road Community Group that had concerns over the safety of farm workers and turbine setbacks was recently dismissed.

“It’s very frustrating for ordinary people,” group spokeswoman Dianne Flook said, noting they were notified on Tuesday of the decision. The South Kent Wind Farm — a joint venture between Samsung and Pattern Energy — has received conditional approval from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. The companies plan to put 124 turbines between Tilbury and Ridgetown south of Hwy. 401.

Flook said farming is labour intensive and requires further consideration, given anecdotes of turbine failure elsewhere. “(There have) been instances of turbine collapse and blade fall, but no one has actually been killed or hurt with that happening,” she said. “Because we had no actual factual evidence, our appeal was dismissed.” read article

NextEra’s ‘double secret’ transmission lines

Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group
So when a Final Public Meeting for a wind project is published, with a map of the turbine locations and transmission lines, you most likely think, “Well, it’s set in stone”. Or at the very least you’ll think that the wind company is giving the full story, you know… ACCURATE information, after all what’s the point in the public commenting on INACCURATE info? But what if the company doesn’t quite have all it’s info together and they are scrambling to meet deadlines? They wouldn’t LIE to you now, would they– you know, kinda ‘fudge’ the details? They wouldn’t, say, have their transmission lines go down a completely different line then what is shown on their ‘public notice’ map….would they?

Oh of course they would. Especially if the company name is NextEra. Continue reading

McNabb Line resident requests bylaw to protect property value

By Susan Hundertmark, Seaforth Huron Expositor |  May 2012

If Huron East has decided it cannot protect the health and safety of its citizens under the Green Energy Act, perhaps it can protect the property value of its ratepayers, suggested Dennis Mueller at council’s May 15 meeting.

Mueller, a resident of McNabb Line where the transmission lines for the St. Columban wind project are proposed to be located by St. Columban Energy LP, told councillors he has spent close to $1,000 on appraisals of his property, stray voltage and medical condition in anticipation of the project and expects his property value to decrease by 20 per cent of $54,000 if the St. Columban wind project proceeds. He added that he is concerned the vibration of the drilling for the underground line will damage his well. read article

Electrical issues, wind turbines and insurance

by Harvey Wrightman, Orangeville Citizen

What Gives?

Q: What two things do Ripley, Ipperwash and Ridgetown all have in common?
A: All have wind turbine developments and local residents have experienced weird electrical problems. Continue reading

Sandy McLeod – What wind turbines did to Ripley – 2009/ Part 1

Glen Wylds- Wind turbines forced family from farm in Ripley – 2009/ Part 2

‘Like living in a microwave oven’

By WES KELLER Freelance Reporter, Orangeville Citizen

If the independent findings and conclusions of an electrical engineer are correct, Theresa Kidd and her family were living “inside a microwave oven environment” near the TransAlta transformer substation in Amaranth until forced out by ill health.

Because they had lived on their horse farm across from the Hydro One grid near 15 Sideroad and the 10th Line of Amaranth for more than a half dozen years with no adverse health effects prior to the installation of transformers but have experienced severe ill health since then, the Kidds blame the substation – and the electrical study would appear to confirm that as the cause.

However, the Ministry of Environment (MoE) hasn’t indicated an interest in anything other than noise-level compliance at the site, and Theresa says TransAlta has never sent its own electrical engineers to investigate the source of her family’s complaints. Continue reading

Wind developers snap up Huron Township homes

By Barb McKay, The Independent

Four homes affected by the Ripley Wind Project have been purchased by wind energy developers, and are slated to be put back on the market.

One property on Concession 2, another on Concession 4 and two on Concession 6 inHuronTownshipwere purchased by Suncor/Acciona, which developed the 76 megawatt wind power project, March 16. Land transfer documents were obtained by HALT (Huron-Kinloss Against Lakeside Turbines) president Mac Serra. The documents state that Alejandro Salvador Armendariz, manager of Acciona Wind Energy and Christina Ellerbeck, manager of marketing and business development for Suncor, acted on behalf of the purchaser, a numbered company – 2270573 Ontario Inc. Continue reading

Four of the Ripley-Five homes bought out by wind developers

Christina Ellerbeck, Manager for Suncor, bought the properties under a numbered company

Suncor and Acciona executives quietly bought out residents experiencing health problems.

Documentation:  Ripley Property Transfers

“If there are no health effects from Industrial Wind Turbines as their proponents claim, then why would wind plant operators buy the homes of wind victims?”.

This is the question being asked by HALT (Huron-Kinloss Against Lakeside Turbines) President Mac Serra. The group recently discovered the sale of four of the five properties previously owned by the families that have been fighting Suncor and Acciona over their inability to lead normal lives in their own homes caused by the Ripley Wind Power Project. Continue reading

We can no longer live like this

Amaranth families claim ‘electrical pollution’ illnesses

By Richard Vivian, Orangeville Banner

Two families claim continuous noise and “electrical pollution” from an Amaranth transformer substation has disrupted their lives.

Citing a long list of health problems they contend were caused by the 10th Line substation — nausea, headaches, loss of balance, diarrhea, etc.  — the Whitworth and Kidd families want owner TransAlta to purchase their properties and compensate them for what they say they’ve endured. Continue reading

Chatham-Kent taking a stand on stray voltage

By Karen Robinet, Today’s Farmer

Chatham-Kent council is stepping up in the battle against stray voltage.  At its March 28 meeting, Coun. Doug Sulman introduced a successful motion which will see the Ontario Energy Board, the Minister of Energy and Hydro One appraised of council’s concerns over stray voltage, which is detrimental to both animal and human health. Continue reading

Voltage cited for maladies

By Troy Patterson, Owen Sound Sun Times

Some complaints about health effects from wind farms may be due to stray electrical voltage, Kincardine council heard recently.

Ripley’s David Colling, an electrical pollution tester, has tested more than 300 homes and farms within four Ontario wind projects over the last five years.  He has worked with other experts in Canada and the United States and is now convinced many wind power health problems stem from either electrical pollution caused turbine distribution systems or low-frequency noise created by the blades. Continue reading

Mapleton Councillor: ‘dirty electricity’ a concern with turbines

By Chris Daponte, The Wellington Advertiser

Coun­cillor Jim Curry says now is the time to measure local electrical frequencies to establish  baseline and help determine the possible impact of wind energy projects proposed in the area.

“It is imperative that the quality of electricity before wind turbines be guaranteed after wind turbines go into service [in] Mapleton or neighbouring municipalities,” Curry said in a recent report to council. Continue reading

Radio interference from Electrical connections / Wind Turbines

Ripley Residents Still Not Able to Move Back into their Homes

Credit:  By Sara Bender, Lucknow Sentinel, Lucknow Sentinal

Some Huron-Kinloss Twp. residents want to make it clear that they are still concerned with wind turbine development in the municipality. 

Township resident David Colling attended the Jan. 11 council meeting and said he wanted to clear up any misconception about the wind turbine company burying the transmission lines. He said not all lines have been buried yet and families are not able to move back into their homes. 

“One family is still in a hotel, paid for by the wind turbine company; another has left the township and two other families have moved back to their homes but they are still experiencing health problems,” said Colling.  Continue reading

Residents pack arena hall to hear presentations on health, wind turbines

by Chris Daponte      Wellington Advertiser

DRAYTON – Dave Colling says for those living near wind turbines, the effect of stray voltage – or what he calls “dirty electricity” – is akin to “living inside a microwave.”  ( See videos of Dave Colling)

An employee of Bio-Ag Consultants and Distributors in Wellesley Township, Colling regularly tests homes, offices, and farms throughout Ontario for electrical problems resulting from nearby wind turbines.

On Dec. 17 he told about 200 people at the PMD Arena that prolonged exposure to the dirty electricity produced by turbines can lead to electrical hypersensitivity, which is like an allergic reaction to everything electrical.

“In the long run, you’re going to wish you never had them built on your land,” he predicted.

Colling was one of three guest speakers at the information meeting organized by several Mapleton residents, led by John Krul and Bill Kabbes, who sent out 2,000 invitations to the event. Continue reading

Electrical Pollution & Wind Turbines

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