CanWEA’s Outrageous Exaggerations

exaggerationThe Globe and Mail

Data provided by the Canadian Wind Energy Association would lead one to believe that wind energy is currently supplying Ontario with 963 MW of wind energy (Blowing Up A Storm – June 11). During the seven days from June 5 through June 11 the average hourly wind energy delivered to the grid was 161 MW, the maximum in any hour was 466 MW and the minimum in a single hour was only 8 MW. On June 10, obviously a calm day, the average over 24 hours was only 23 MW. Continue reading

Public Being Shut Out

 by Stew Slater in St. Marys Journal Argus

The winds of dissent are blowing across southern Ontario, buffeting the dreams of entrepreneurs hoping to cash in on elevated support for renewable energy.

“There’s a lot of controversy about it coming out now,” said Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture president Dave Riddell in a recent edition of the Alliston Herald newspaper, when asked to comment about prospective wind energy projects. Continue reading

Wind Turbines – Proposed Requirements and Setbacks

Download New Final Regulations Here

(From Ontario MOE website)   Download Detailed Proposed Regulations Here Continue reading

Open Approach Would Only Lead to Chair-Throwing ~Windrush Energy

About a half hour into the meeting, Ron Stevens called for the attention of the room and asked J.C. Pennie, chairman of Windrush Energy — the company behind the proposal, to answer questions posed by the public so that everyone could hear the answers.

Pennie turned down the request, noting such an approach at other meetings resulted in people yelling and throwing chairs.

People leave wind meeting frustrated   Owen Sound Sun Times

Several people who attended a public meeting Tuesday about the Skyway Wind wind turbine project in southern Grey County said they came away frustrated.

“The meeting was ridiculous. A whole lot of people crowded in a small room and no place to sit and no presentation. You have to go up to somebody and ask them a question. I don’t think people are getting the answers they are looking for,” said Barbara Tupling, who lives in the study area at the corner of Grey County roads 9 and 124 and within sight of the proposed project. Continue reading

Minnesota Department of Health: Public Health Impacts of Wind Turbines

Download here:  Public Health Impacts of Wind Turbines

h_logoPrepared by: Minnesota Department of Health, Environmental Health Division

In response to a request from: Minnesota Department of Commerce,
Office of Energy Security

Recommendations 

  • Wind turbine noise estimates should include cumulative impacts (40-50 dB(A) isopleths) of all wind turbines.
  • Isopleths for dB(C) — dB(A) greater than 10 dB should also be determined to evaluate the low frequency noise component.
  • Potential impacts from shadow flicker and turbine visibility should be evaluated.
  • Any noise criteria beyond current state standards used for placement of wind turbines should reflect priorities and attitudes of the community.

Owen Sun Times Cartoon – AIM Powergen

Mr. Jay Wilgar, AIM Vice President became quite irate when citizens wanted answers to the health issues.    He insisted the meeting was strictly for "visual assessment".

Mr. Jay Wilgar, Vice President of AIM Powergen became quite irate when citizens wanted answers to health questions. He insisted the meeting was strictly for "visual assessment" and threatened to shut down the meeting if they persisted in asking those types of questions.

Port Alma Wind Project Victim Launches Online Diary

http://www.mywinddiary.blogspot.com/

Picture1I started this blog because my family and I are experiencing symptoms we believe are related to the Wind Turbines near our home. I hope to create a diary of our story to assist others, ourselves, and begin awareness of the fact that Wind Turbines are not necessarily the answer. I am amazed as I research this issue to see how little is really known about the effects of wind turbines on humanity and wildlife. This is my first blog.

Green Backlash: Just Put the Cold Hard Facts on the Table

Ripley Ontario

Ripley Ontario

As the nation rushes to add renewable energy to its power portfolio, a growing chorus of homeowners and others are expressing concerns about how industrial wind projects are affecting health, safety, lifestyle and property values.

Green marketing campaigns typically show rows of industrial wind turbines in remote windy locales. However, wind projects are increasingly finding their way into rural residential areas. With investment tax credits and government mandates advocating for additional installations, more homeowners and property owners may soon find themselves facing a turbine project proposal. Continue reading

Dr. Colby Not Looking at Evidence in His Own Backyard

Chatham Daily News

Sir:  A recent article on Dr. Colby, who is being quoted as saying that health concerns are not a factor for those who are living near industrial wind turbines is not coinciding with the reality presently happening right here in Ontario. Continue reading

Wolfe Island: From beautiful place to an industrial wasteland

I am a resident of Cape Vincent, New York. Over the past decade, I have made numerous and regular visits to Canada. I have been a season ticket holder to the Thousand Islands Playhouse, have attended Kingston Symphony and other cultural events, have given contributions to Canadian charities, and have shopped, dined, toured and shared in the joy of all things Canadian. Continue reading

Epoch Times: Wind Turbines & Adverse Health Effects

Update:   Barbara Ashbee has since had to move out of her home as it has become uninhabitable.

Some say wind turbines are having a significant negative impact on their lives

By Joan Delaney
Epoch Times Staff May 13, 2009

barbara ashbees homeA wind turbine sits 457 metres from Barbara Ashbee’s abandoned home at the Melancthon/Amaranth wind farm in Ontario.

 There’s a boom in wind energy occurring worldwide. Keen to meet environmental targets and cut back on fossil fuels, governments in Europe, North America, Australia, and Japan are increasingly looking to wind as a source of power. Continue reading

Systematic Epidemiological Field Study Needed

By Paul Mayne , Western News, University of Western Ontario
Industrial wind turbines (IWT) are popping up all across Ontario.   The 100- to 400-foot structures with blades sweeping an area just under an acre are one of the fastest growing sources of electricity.

While selling the ‘green’ side of wind turbines is easy, the number of people living near the massive electricity generators and claiming adverse health effects – from sleep disturbance and acute hypertensive episodes to cardiac arrhythmia and heart palpitation – is growing at an alarming rate, says Robert McMurtry, former dean of medicine at The University of Western Ontario. 

“Adverse health effects are occurring as we speak. There is no question they are genuinely suffering and more people are at risk if the rules are not changed substantially.”

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Myth of the Danish green energy ‘miracle’

trebilcock-standingMichael Trebilcock’s reply to Sigurd Lauge Pedersen, Denmark:

Wind power doesn’t reduce CO2 emissions, costs consumers more and kills jobs.

It is important to understand why the Danish government, which appears to have commissioned Mr. Pedersen’s comments, is sensitive to critiques of the Danish experience with wind power. Denmark is home to Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, with 20,000 employees and a market share of between 20% and 25%. As the market for its turbines in Denmark and other European countries becomes saturated, it seeks to export the Danish experience worldwide. To this end, it recently ran a multi-million dollar global ad campaign with the slogan, “Believe in the wind,” claiming that Denmark has solved the problem of dirty electricity through wind power. Continue reading

More Needed on Wind Turbines

Posted By COLIN MACKAY – Belleville Intelligencer

The use of wind turbines as a cleaner source of renewable energy has generated much discussion lately.

Six possible wind farms with many wind turbines are in the process of coming to Prince Edward County over the next few years.

Complaints about wind farms are not new. Comments from residents living near wind turbines from around the world point out that there are issues that need to be addressed.

This has pitted environmentalists and turbine manufacturers against local residents. To date the provincial government has managed to muffle the concerns of its own residents. However, the voices of concerned Ontario residents are starting to grow louder. Continue reading

Health risk associated with wind turbines needs to be studied

Letter to the Editor  Cornwall Freeholder

The opposition being experienced by ProWind in the Woodstock area is not associated with “misinformation” or a desire to be paid for turbines, but rather a wealth of knowledge regarding adverse effects, based on science and current experiences at many industrial wind developments worldwide. The effects are neither as rare nor as trivial as the wind developers claim. Continue reading

Tell us the real cost, please.

Dalton McGuinty says our electricity bills will rise only “minimally” with new green technologies. George Smitherman says it’s “about 1%” annually.  Put this promise in perspective. Regular hydro billings just increased by another 4% over last November’s hike. The facts belie the obvious political sell job.

Everywhere in the world where wind power is utilized, the costs to users have risen dramatically. In Germany, through a scheme called “feed-in tariff” (sound familiar?) electricity bills went up 38% in one year (2007). Spain pays renewable energy suppliers up to 11 times more than those who produce conventional power. Denmark’s reliance on wind power translates into the highest electricity rates in Europe. The U.S. government subsidizes wind power at $23.34/MWh compared to natural gas generation (25 cents), coal (44 cents), hydro (67 cents) and nuclear ($1.59). Continue reading

Wind power is great politics but lousy policy

By RONALD J. DANIELS
President, Johns Hopkins University 

The Globe and Mail

Years ago, Princeton economist Alan Blinder famously exhorted policy-makers to frame policy that was based on soft hearts and hard heads. The McGuinty government’s proposed foray into investments in wind generation upends this admonition by giving us policy that is soft-hearted – and soft-headed.

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C.D. Howe Institute: Speaking Truth to “Wind” Power

trebilcockBy Michael J. Trebilcock, Professor of Law and Economics, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

I. Introduction

The Green Energy Act (Bill 150), now before the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, is designed to expedite the process of promoting subsidized industrial wind power in the province by taking planning responsibilities away from local municipalities, while remitting most key decisions to subsequent Ministerial regulations.

I have five major objections to the legislation.   Read entire article here.

Submissions to the Green Energy Act Standing Committee

Submission to the GEA Standing Committee by Lou Eyamie, President of S.O.S.

Submission to the GEA Standing Committee Hearings by Keith Stelling

Submission to GEA Standing Committee Hearings by Grant Church

Submission to the GEA Standing Committee Hearing by Michael J. Trebilcock

Submission to the GEA Standing Committee Hearings by William K. Palmer

Testamony from Barbara Ashbee to the GEA Standing Committee

Financial Post: Wind power is a complete disaster

nyorker-wind-cartoon-788558There is no evidence that industrial wind power is likely to have a significant impact on carbon emissions. The European experience is instructive. Denmark, the world’s most wind-intensive nation, with more than 6,000 turbines generating 19% of its electricity, has yet to close a single fossil-fuel plant. It requires 50% more coal-generated electricity to cover wind power’s unpredictability, and pollution and carbon dioxide emissions have risen (by 36% in 2006 alone). Continue reading

Does wind power generation really make sense?

by Claire Hoy  Orangeville Citizen  . . . . All of which brings us to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and his lead attack dog George Smitherman, the deputy premier and minister of energy and infrastructure, who propose to pour countless billions of your tax dollars into wind power, a technology which has already been shown to be essentially inefficient and extremely costly, and, even if you believe the hysteria around the state of our air quality – contrary to the growing body of evidence that the dangers are being deliberately overblown – wind power is not a viable solution to anything other than an expensive make-work project for the few industries who will benefit from building these ugly behemoths.

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Dear Mr. McGuinty: Why do you rely on Industry Lobbyists for all Your Information?

2009-04-01

  • Why have you turned a deaf ear to thousands of Ontarians and labelled them NIMBY’s simply because they are asking for a chance to have their legitimate concerns heard?  You once said in the Legislature that everyone should have “a fair voice in debates that affect them.” Apparently not when it conflicts with your views. Continue reading

“Renfrew- Nipissing-Pembroke needs no lessons from Toronto”

Cheryl Gallant, MP Renfrew- Nipissing-Pembroke, recently announced that Carmen Krogh, a local resident, will be meeting with senior officials of the minister of health Leona Aglukkaq’s office to share health concerns regarding the size, number and location of wind turbines that are being proposed for rural Renfrew County and Nipissing district. Continue reading

Tuning and sensitivity of the human vestibular system to low-frequency vibration

Authors:  Todd, Neil; Rosengren, Sally; and Colebatch, James

55237main_vestibsystemSummary:

  • This study is published in a peer review journal.
  • Reasearchers tested subjects (against a control subject) with a wide range of low frequency noise and infrasound at varying intensities
    The tests showed: ‘that what you can’t hear can harm you”
  • The link to low frequency noise from wind turbines appears to send false signals to the highly sensitive structures within the inner ear (otolith organs & semicircular canals), causing dizziness, vertigo, and nausea, along with cognitive and memory deficits, and anxiety and panic attacks. The latter behavioral symptoms are tied to the inner ear, as Dr. Pierpont’s book explains.
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Open Letter to Dalton McGuinty

Good morning sir.   It is 2:16 AM on this holiday Monday morning and the vibration level in our house is so loud again, that I cannot sleep and my dog, once again can only find slight reprieve by going outside. It started just after midnight and hasn’t let up. We are being very patient.

I want you to try to imagine your home being invaded by loud noise and/or humming vibration, night after night. What would you do for your children, or your pets? How would you feel if your significant other or your elderly parents had to go through something like this, night after night? At some point I think you would have to find a way to stop it. At some point it would drive you to yell out loud that you don’t deserve this. That nobody deserves this. And yet, here we sit, week after week, putting up with it. Continue reading

Danes on Wind

Flemming Nissen head of development at West Danish generation company ELSAM (one of Denmark’s largest energy utilities):   “Increased development of wind turbines does not reduce Danish CO2 emissions.”

 
Neils Gram of the Danish Federation of Industries:  “In green terms windmills are a mistake and economically they make no sense.”

Jytte Kaad Jensen, chief economist for Eltra, Denmark’s biggest electricity distributor:  “In just a few years we’ve gone from some to (sic) the cheapest electricity in Europe to some of the most costly.”

Aase Madsen, an MP who chairs energy policy in the Danish Parliament, is emphatic:  “For our industry it has been a terribly expensive disaster.”

Henning Rasmussen, Danish engineer: “When the wind arrives on (sic) or two hours later than forecast, we get nothing and we have to ask our neighbors to rescue us.”

Is wind power as green as it seems? Denmark is the world’s most wind-intensive state with more than 6,000 turbines generating 19% of its electricity.   But this figure is misleading, says Tony Lodge of the Centre for Policy Studies.   Not one conventional power plant has been closed in the period that Danish wind farms have been developed.

In fact, the Danish grid used 50% more coal-generated electricity in 2006 than in 2005 to cover wind’s failings. The quick ramping up and down of those plants has increased their pollution and carbon dioxide output  carbon emissions rose 36% in 2006.

Meanwhile Danish electricity costs are the highest in Europe.   “The Danish experience suggests wind energy is expensive, inefficient and not even particularly green”, says Lodge.

Ministry of Environment does disservice to rural Ontario

Kate Jordan of the MOE mentions a report from an “independent expert” that said “our policies are sound.” Probably she’s referring to the Ramakrishnan report. Here’s a more complete quote from that report. “The Ministry of the Environment’s procedures to assess wind farm noise levels follow a simple procedure that is sound for most situations.  However, additional concerns still need to be addressed in the next round of revisions to their assessment process.” Hardly as conclusive as Ms. Jordan would have you believe. Continue reading

Commentary on Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit Literature Review

Please note:   This is a work in progress. Please read:  Industrial Wind Turbines – safe or sound? by Dr. R.Y. McMurtry, MD

Commentary on “The Health Impact of Wind Turbines: A Review of the
Current White, Grey, and Published Literature”. Chatham Kent Public
Health Unit. June 2008
R.Y. McMurtry MD, FRCSC FACS

This work is a literature review.  There is no original research that
has been reported in the document. As a literature review it is weak.
For example mention is made of Nina Pierpont or her case reports of 10
families. The writer then declines to attach any significance to do this
work – surprising behavior for a public health official or public health
unit. Futhermore the writer does not reference her in the bibliography.
No mention is made of Amanda Harry, a physician who has done important
work and reported another case series of adverse health events she
indicated were related to wind turbines. No mention is made of the
Portuguese researchers Alves Perreira and Castello Blanco.  Their work
on vibro-acoustic disease (VAD) has been ongoing for nearly 30 years and
they have linked VAD to wind turbines.

What the writer does do is to quote wind industry sources 26 times (out
of 83 citations). This is unusual as the paper has been written for a
municipal government and purports to be neutral about the health impact
of wind turbines.

Another omission of concern is the consigning of the work of Frey and
Haddon to “Additional Resources” rather than referencing it in the
article.  It is a comprehensive and scholarly work on the subject. Thus
while omitting important literature the writer construes the absence of
evidence as a definitive answer when it is not.  When case reports and
case series are reported by responsible physicians it sounds a
cautionary note.

Errors of commission also occur. Quoting H.G. Leventhall and his paper
“Infrasound from Wind Turbines – Fact, Fiction or Deception” (citation
#54) is appropriate. Quoting him selectively is not. Leventhall
discounts low frequency noise as an issue which is controversial and not
supported by the neurological literature. However he goes on to point
out that “Attention should be focused on the audio frequency fluctuating
swish, which some people may well find to be very disturbing and
stressful, depending on its level.”

At minimum uncertainty exists. When that is the case it is an obligation
of public health authorities to address the issue.
For example an epidemiological study of the people surrounding wind
turbine installations would be a step in creating authorotative
guidelines. That is precisely what many have asked for, including the
Academy of Medicine of France, and that is a well-designed
epidemiological study to refute or confirm the presence of adverse
health events. The writer neglects to quote this recommendation as well.
Another simpler option is a survey of people living near existing wind
turbine installations. No such advice is found in the recommendations.

In short this is a paper that would not be accepted in a responsible
peer review journal. The transgressions of confirmation bias and the
failure to quote relevant literature are fundamental errors. This paper
is not an authoritative contribution to the literature regarding wind
turbines. Finally as a public health document it is seriously deficient.

R.Y.McMurtry M.D. FRCSC FACS
According to the Chatham Kent website the presentation of this work was
made by Dr. David Colby
www.chatham-kent.ca/NR/rdonlyres/CA6E8804-D6FF-42A5-B93B-5229FA127875/7104/July212008.pdf