Review sought on offshore wind turbines

By Jonathan Sher The London Free Press

Wind farms shouldn’t be allowed offshore in Lake Huron until there is peer-reviewed research to assess risks to the lake and its shoreline, an advocacy group says.

The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation was formed in 1998 by former conservation officials after environmental cuts by the Mike Harris-led Tory government.

But now the centre has set its sights on the push by Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals to create wind farms across the province — there have been 12 applications to build them offshore in Lake Huron. Continue reading

Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation Position Statement

Website: Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation

Download: Position Statement on Offshore Wind Proposals on Lake Huron

Potential offshore wind projects in Lake Huron concern turbine critics, waterfowl defenders

by Jim Moodie   Manitoulin Expositor

MANITOULIN—While the wind-power debate on Manitoulin has so far centred, understandably, on land-based projects, there’s another type of turbine development in the offing.

That would be in both senses of the word, as offing can mean both a looming event and the watery horizon, or “the part of the sea that can be seen from land.”

Some of these water-based wind farms could take shape in the vicinity of Manitoulin. A document prepared in 2008 for the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), titled Analysis Of Future Offshore Wind Farm Development In Ontario, identifies several locations off the south coast of the Island, as well as a half-dozen in northern Georgian Bay, that could be exploited for power generation. Continue reading