Local windmill pioneer Woschnigg mothballs turbine

Tony Saxon  tsaxon@guelphmercury    Guelph Mercury

GUELPH — Max Woschnigg’s wind turbine was supposed to be a 40-metre sign of the future: a green effort on a local level aimed at saving energy and preserving the environment.

Politicians lauded it. Greenies loved it. Thankful local Grade 7 students once ate barbecue under it – during a field trip visit to pay homage to this green energy pioneer.

But almost four years after the $160,000, 80-kilowatt wind turbine started supplying all the energy needs on Woschnigg’s small farm on Highway 124, just west of Guelph, his view has soured. Continue reading

Controversy blows in about the health effects of wind turbines

By the Editor of the Guelph Mercury

I’m no doctor, and I’m not about to play one in this column. But one has to simultaneously wonder about the health effects of wind turbines and feel for the soon-to-be lab rats living in the proposed shadow of 500-foot monoliths.

Invenergy LLC plans to erect 25-35 turbines in the countryside northeast of Guelph. And make no mistake, the project will almost certainly receive approval. Continue reading