Kingston Life As everyone in Kingston surely knows by now, there are 86 wind turbines on Wolfe Island. All are on the island’s west side, which is exposed to the prevailing winds blowing off Lake Ontario. According to Canadian Hydro Developers, Inc., the company that erected them, the turbines will crank out enough electricity to power 75,000 homes per year. The rotors began spinning last June after more than decade of dreaming, negotiating, public and private meetings, planning and building. At a total cost of approximately $450 million, the wind farm is the Kingston area’s largest-ever construction project. Continue reading →
Kingston was approved for Ontario’s first offshore wind power project last week, yet no regulations exist governing where turbines can be installed or how far they must be from shorelines.
“The government is now working on establishing those standards. It’s a very new field,” said Ben Chin of the Ontario Power Authority, which granted the 300-megawatt project to Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals Inc. last week. Continue reading →
McGuinty’s Liberals are now looking to even further “streamline” the process for approving wind projects. “Modernizing” might be double-speak for doing away with rules developers must follow. Perhaps it really means doing away with meaningful public input to fast-track wind developments.
John Gerretsen insists on blindly denying there are any problems with wind turbines. Now a “new, simplified process for activities that could be categorized as either lower-risk, less-complex or that have standard requirements” is being enacted. Continue reading →
A retired Queen’s University physics professor says wind farms don’t live up to the hype generated by energy companies and governments.
John Harrison says that for the final six months of 2009, the Wolfe Island wind farm operated at about one-quarter efficiency.
It’s misleading, Harrison said, for Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen and Trans -Alta, the company that recently bought the wind farm, to claim that the 86 turbines power 75,000 homes. Continue reading →
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 →
In a recent article on the wind turbine debate, Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen used the worn-out term “NIMBY” in reference to opposition to wind turbines.
This comment is unbecoming of the minister, and to characterize those concerned about health as NIMBYs is discriminatory. It stereotypes residents concerned about the serious consequences of industrial-scale wind turbines.
Gerretsen has been well advised about the adverse health effects of wind turbines, and one would think he would express deep concern rather than discredit legitimate concerns. Continue reading →
Normally, I don’t write about problems I encounter in getting information from government because I feel it’s too “inside baseball” for readers.
I’m making an exception because I think this incident illustrates the problems besieged opponents of industrial wind turbines living in communities across Ontario are encountering in getting straight answers from their own government. Continue reading →
Wind reduces CO2 emissions at a subsidy cost of about $124 per tonne — one of the most expensive plans in the world
By Michael Trebilcock
Ontarians take note. A detailed new Danish study shatters most of the myths that the Danish-based wind turbine industry has been propagating in Canada and around the world as to the virtues of wind power. The study, Wind Energy: The Case of Denmark by the Centre for Policy Studies in Copenhagen, strongly reinforces reservations that I have noted in previous op-eds in this newspaper. Continue reading →
At the G20 Pittsburgh summit, Canada endorsed a commitment to end subsidies to fossil fuel industries and step up subsidies to renewable energy sources. “We commit to…stimulate investment in clean energy, renewables, and energy efficiency,” said the leaders. If anybody wonders what stimulating clean and green energy programs might mean to economic policy, a working model comes into effect today in Ontario. Continue reading →
“Yes to wind development, but not … at any price” Q & A with Nathalie Normandeau, Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Resources And Wildlife Marian Scott The Montreal Gazette
I can tell you, for our government, there is no question of imposing a project on a community that doesn’t want it. For us, the principle of social acceptability is a sacred principle. There is no question of ramming projects down people’s throats if they do not have wide acceptance in the community. Continue reading →
Seems this time, he’s not taking any chances. A little birdie told us that today at 11 am (Thurs Sept 10), he will be doing a carefully staged photo-op and press conference for the grand opening of the environmental fiasco called the Wolfe Island Wind Project.
Attendance is by invitation only and only if he responds. Attendance is accessible only to the private club of proponent, company and government. Even the press require special clearance. The residents of Wolfe Island who must live under the shadow of these turbines are NOT invited.
Mr. Smitherman, how can you justify your policies when you must so carefully manipulate a simple Grand Opening?
Hush, hush now. We wouldn’t want any of the “public” to show up!
I wonder how many wind farms it will take to shut down one coal fired plant in Ontario?
Are legitimate concerns from the public being dismissed by an Ontario government that wants to be seen by the voter as being green?
After all one of their big campaign promises was to shut down the coal fired plants by 2007 and then they bumped it to 2014 and it doesn’t seem like they are any closer to shutting down even one plant. MPP George Smitherman has said, “Wind farms will help end coal use.” But do they? More and more people are starting to question how much wind generation is actually reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading →