Crown land up for wind destruction

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Crown Land Site Report

On December 14, 2012 the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) began accepting Applications under the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) 2.1 Program for Small Projects >10kW to ≤500kW. In order to align access to provincial Crown land with the OPA’s FIT 2.1 Program, MNR has developed the Crown Land Site Report document. As per the FIT Rules Version 2.1, FIT 2.1 Applicants with projects proposed for provincial Crown land must submit a completed Crown Land Site Report to the Ministry of Natural Resources prior to submitting their FIT 2.1 hard copy Application to the OPA. This Crown Land Site Report submission requirement applies to all FIT 2.1 Applicants that have not been awarded Site Access (e.g. Applicant of Record status) by MNR for their FIT 2.1 Application site(s). The Crown Land Site Report for Small Feed-In Tariff 2.1 Projects (>10kW to ≤500kW) document is available for download here (PDF 325Kb) .

MNR Crown land wind sitesSite Access Maps
The Ministry of Natural Resources has released a series of maps showing Crown land renewable energy application sites that are not available to potential new Crown land applicants for the purposes of applying to FIT 2.1. The application sites shown on these maps are currently held by existing applicants with Crown land Site Access (e.g. Applicant of Record status) and/or an energy procurement contract.

The Water Power Sites (PDF .76Mb) provincial scale map shows the location and site identification numbers of Crown land water power application sites held by existing applicants with Site Access. The Wind Power Sites (PDF 8.9Mb) document includes a provincial scale map showing application sites held by existing applicants with Site Access, as well as a series of 33 individual maps which provide the corresponding grid cell reference number information. A description of grid cells and a listing of all cells occupied by existing applicants with Site Access is also available here (PDF 113Kb).

Min of Energy grants millions of tax dollars for so called ‘community’ projects

Pigs_TroughHey, who would of known that this was yet another way for the Ontario Liberals to spend your money…grants, grants, grants for community (yeah, right) solar and wind!!
Some notable winners!
$200,000 Rankin Construction & IPC, Loeffen Farms
$200,000 Wainfleet Wind Energy Inc. – Rankin & IPC, Loeffen Farms
$200,000 Eirin Wind Farm MK Ince – this includes the Davis-Dagg/Wouters project in Plympton Wyoming – fishy as supposedly this project sold out to Suncor.
$60,000 Roubos Wind Farm – MK Ince involvement
$75,000 River Canard Energy 
$194,300 Willow Creek Wind Project – no info available
$169,900 Majestic Wind Farm – Leader Resources (Chuck Edey)

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The Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP) is a grant program to support community power in Ontario. We assist community power projects through funding support of up to $500,000. Funding opportunities for renewable energy education projects are also available to assist not-for-profit, charitable and co-operative organizations in Ontario.

Background
In the fall of 2009, the Ontario Minister of Energy and Infrastructure directed the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to establish the Community Energy Partnerships Program to facilitate the participation of Ontario communities in the development of renewable energy generation facilities; in particular to assist communities in paying for some of the soft costs associated with the development of renewable energy projects. The most recent direction, issued by the Minister of Energy on November 23, 2012 directs the OPA to provide limited funding support for projects that are not yet subject to a FIT Contract.

Governance
The directing body of the CEPP is the Review Committee, which consists of seven members and a Fairness Monitor. Review Committee members are leaders in their field with expertise in the renewable energy market, finance, project development, and senior management. The Fairness Monitor observes the meetings of the Review Committee, is privy to all the same information, and ensures that a fair process is followed for all decisions, that the evaluation criteria are adhered to, and that applications are reviewed and evaluated in a reasonable time.

Project Grants Awarded
The Community Energy Partnerships Program has awarded 155 project grants representing over 93 MW of new, community-owned renewable energy projects.

Project Name Grant Amount
Fed Sol 50,000
Port Dover Farms 30,000
Poulettes Skye Pullets 27,000
Longhurst 16,200
Lindsay A Solar Farm 5,637
Lindsay B Solar Farm   5,637   
Seagrave 1 Solar Farm   5,637   
Pine Point Solar Farm   5,429   
Burlington Renewable Energy Project 75,000
PEC Biomass 181,530
Domville 101-1 26,450
HAF Wind Energy Project 200,000 Continue reading

Twenty More Clearview Neighbours Join Forces to Support $17 Million Legal Action against Wind Project

Lawyer Eric Gillespie states, “The landowners who signed contracts to host wind turbines on their lands are being held liable, as well as the wind developers.

No longer is the recent Wiggins legal action against WPD’s proposed Fairview wind development and the turbine lease holder Beattie Brothers Ltd. a David vs. Goliath challenge.  As a result of multiple meetings held in Collingwood with Eric Gillespie, lawyer for John and Sylvia Wiggins in their initial turbine lawsuit, twenty (20) more local Clearview landowners have become participants in two separate collective actions opposing the wind proposal. The claims are for alleged property devaluation and loss of use and enjoyment of the plaintiffs’ lands. Continue reading

Do you agree?

(Reprint from 2009)
The dire need to stop global warming with an aggressive renewable energy plan for Ontario outstrips potential damage to sensitive environmental areas, says Marion Fraser, a founding member of the Green Energy Act Alliance.   The Sarnia Observer
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MOE Admits They Will Not Enforce Noise Regulations

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Letter dated Sept 30, 2009 from Bill Bardswick, Director, West Central Region, MOE:

Unlike typical industrial noise sources, measurement of noise from wind turbines raises technical challenges.  Typical noise measurement protocols call for no wind during noise measurements since background wind will result in inaccurate measurements.  However in the case of wind turbines, wind must be present for them to operate.   Continue reading

Follow the Funding! **Must Watch**

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Look who Dalton McGuinty has crawled into bed with

The McGuinty Liberals made a undertendered, ½ billion dollar sweetheart deal behind closed doors, against the wishes of his caucus with our tax money.    Samsung has no experience in the wind industry, not even in Korea.  The Auditor General needs to take a closer look at this.

Samsung rocked by bribery investigation   Muttered accusations of bribery, stock manipulation, tax evasion and dirty tricks have always surrounded South Korea’s mighty chaebolThe inquiry follows allegations by one of Samsung’s own legal team that the company had created a 200 billion won slush fund used for bribing government officials.

Samsung chief indicted on tax evasion charge  An extensive and embarrassing investigation of the most iconic industrialist in South Korea has ended with an indictment on tax evasion charges for Lee Kun-hee, the chairman of Samsung.

Sheguiandah First Nation Supports Wind Moratorium

Sheguiandah First Nation

by Lindsay Kelly Manitoulin Expositor

NORTHEAST TOWN-With less than a month to go before Northland Power holds its final public consultation session for the proposed McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm project, the nearby Sheguiandah First Nation has voiced its opposition to the project.

In a letter addressed to the Northeast Town council, the community makes a brief, but unequivocal, statement that suggests the project should be halted until proper consultation is done with First Nations. Continue reading

Gengrowth project slowed by town of Amherstburg

Amherstburg Echo

Rick Fryer

…The issue also will be appearing at future council meetings thanks to a notice of motion by Councillor Rick Fryer. He said local municipalities should have a voice “in matters that affect local watershed planning” and that proposed offshore wind farms in Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair raise concerns over water quality, human health along with animal and plant life.

Fryer’s notice of motion asks that those concerns be forwarded to Essex MP Jeff Watson and Essex MPP Bruce Crozier and “the relevant ministries,” that all other municipalities in Essex County be asked to endorse the resolution and that the county, Pelee Island, Windsor and ERCA be asked to develop “a joint regional position” regarding offshore wind turbines proposed for the Essex-Windsor region. Continue reading

Ontarians Implement Noise Measurements at Wind Farms

MEDIA RELEASE 

The wait for the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) to implement standards and monitoring systems for the noise from wind turbine systems is finally over for those suffering from “Wind Turbine Syndrome” (WTS).

Unlike the Drive Clean® program that holds car owners responsible to a known standard for their vehicle pollution, environment minister John Gerretsen has acknowledged that NO such program is in place to monitor, to a published standard, the broadband noise pollution from wind turbines.

Citizens have been forced to take over the role of the MOE in starting 24 hour monitoring of wind farms in Ontario to measure broadband noise levels, confirm the presence of extra low frequency noise and make the results available to the public and to doctors implementing health studies.  Continue reading

Nextera told by 400 at meeting to Leave Town!

The quality of the questions from ordinary people, their determination to gain back control over their own destiny and reinstitute democracy was very impressive.

DURHAM – It was an amazing meeting!  There were around 400 people in attendance.   The wind company was raked over the coals by everyone in the room! The speakers were great! The crowd was great!

Reporters and a few others were recording the proceedings from beginning to end.  One of the reporters had done a story beforehand to let people know about the meeting.   At least 7 municipalities, including Tiny township who said several more councils in Simcoe County would support a moratorium, and 3 counties were represented by one or more councilor and/or mayor.

Many of these people spoke in support of a moratorium on turbines and against the tyranny of the current provincial government, against the GEA, against the stripping of individual and municipal rights.    Continue reading

Green is good – but insignificant

 Hamilton Spectator
by Andy Frame, P.Eng., consultant in the electrical power industry and  formerly Senior Adviser, Electric Utilities, Ontario Ministry of Energy, and past Municipal Hydro Chairman and Chair of the Utility Association.

The McGuinty government is spending the Ontario electricity revenue to encourage investments in wind and solar green-power generation, without any chance of a benefit to the system or to the customer.

The big corporate investors in wind farms and maybe solar farms will reap rich rewards for 20 years, while the customers pay higher and higher prices for electrical energy.

This push for more green power while at the same time delaying decisions on extending the Darlington nuclear plant, could result in a power shortage within four to five years, and be a major blow to the Ontario economy and the need for more jobs. Continue reading

Premier Dalton McBraveheart

Apparently, McGuinty’s idea of green energy ‘courage’ is giving our money to South Korea

Lorrie Goldstein Toronto Sun

The next time I run into Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, I will address him as “Braveheart” and paint his face green.

Just like Mel Gibson in his movie of the same name, except Gibson used blue.

Because I don’t want to be accused of terrorism, I give the premier fair warning of my intention.

Further, I assure his bodyguards they will not need to shoot me, because, unlike PETA, I will first ask Premier Braveheart if he wants his face painted green, and, if he says “no” I won’t.

But I will insist on calling him “Braveheart” which, is not a crime in Ontario … yet. Continue reading

It’s YOUR Money, Ontario

Liberals fear green-deal backlash

Toronto Star, www.thestar.com

There is mounting anger within the Liberal caucus over Premier Dalton McGuinty’s decision to award a $7 billion green-energy deal to a South Korean consortium, sources told the Star.

MPPs, who were advised on a conference call that the controversial accord with Samsung C&T and Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) would be proceeding, complain they had no input on an arrangement.

The deal, signed Thursday, will increase ratepayers’ hydro bills and critics say it will undermine domestic renewable energy producers. Continue reading

Subsidies, distortion, fake job creation and back-room political deals

Ontario puts $10B in the wind
By Terence Corcoran, National Post

When government and industry talk about green energy, what they mean by green is the green stuff that will be going into the pockets of special corporate and government interests.

In a dramatic move yesterday, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty struck a green electricity deal — allegedly the biggest of its kind in the world — that will transmit a subsidy worth as much as $10-billion into the hands of a Korean state enterprise and corporate giant Samsung. Continue reading

Untendered, Secret Deal Gives Away $437,500 per Green Job

 www.torontosun.com

Premier Dalton McGuinty says his $7-billion deal with South Korea’s Samsung Group to create 16,000 new jobs over six years and generate 2,500 megawatts of renewable energy will “make Ontario the place for green energy manufacturing in North America.”

He’d better hope so. That’s a huge price tag to provide less than one-third of the 50,000 green jobs McGuinty promised would result from his Green Energy Act.

At 16,000 jobs (only 4,000 permanent) it’s $437,500 to create each one. Continue reading

John “Conflict of Interest” Gerretsen’s Efficiency Numbers are Misleading

Credit:  By Paul Schliesmann, The Whig Standard

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

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

Municipality of West Grey Calls for Moratorium

Posted By LAURA MACDUFF, The POST

The Municipality of West Grey is taking a stand against the proposed wind turbines coming to the area. In a resolution approved on Monday afternoon, the municipality is requesting the Province of Ontario to put a moratorium on the proposed wind turbines.

Before a handful of concerned residents of West Grey in council chambers at the municipality of West Grey, councillors passed their own resolution, with plans to send it to MPs and MPPs, as well as surrounding municipalities of West Grey and the County of Grey.

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Respite Home Established in Port Burwell Area

Thanks to generous donations, a respite home has now been established in the Port Burwell area for people unable to sleep and experiencing health problems who live near the Erie Shores wind project.    The accomodations are certainly not luxurious but it will give these people an escape when it becomes too hard to bear.

SHAME on the Ontario government for allowing this to happen.   SHAME on AIM Powergen (now International Power Canada) for turning their backs on these people while raking in obscene subsidies from our tax dollars.

Forced expropriation would have been much kinder.   Of course that might cut into the profit margin, wouldn’t it?     The McGuinty Liberal government, in their zeal to allow the wind industry free reign, has failed miserably to do it’s due diligence.

Nextera Hired Goons: Holding a Sign? That’s Jail Time!

…The ‘cops for hire wearing West Grey Police Force uniforms’ pounced.   They told me I could not bring signs into that room. I was taken aback by this and said ” You are kidding, right?”

“NO”, they said, “YOU MAY NOT HAVE THOSE HERE. YOU HAVE TO LEAVE.” Startled, I backed up, held the signs up and told a friend that ‘they told me I can’t even have these signs here!’   (Another in attendance noted that the signs were not on sticks being waved about; that I was not threatening anyone with them, just in case you are wondering…..)

In a flash the two cops possibly weighing a combined 580 lbs., each had one of my arms so that I couldn’t move at all, were forcibly ripping the signs from my hands and telling me that if I resisted I would be put in jail. They repeated that I would be put in jail if I resisted. Some advice from the sixties floated into mind….go limp….go limp, so I did!

I don’t have time to be in jail for holding four ‘Health Studies BEFORE Wind Turbines’ signs in a Nextera wind company Open House!  Christmas is coming!  I’m not ready yet!

In an extremely surreal moment, there I was, 5’1″, 52 year-old woman; a Mom who homeschooled one child, ran another to piano and flute lessons weekly, dedicated county nursing home employee for over a decade, advocate for health and safety re industrial wind turbines for rural families, being dragged out of the Durham Community Center by two towering ‘strongarms’ because I had four signs in my hand.    My shoulders still hurt today. Continue reading

Another Backroom Deal?

Toronto Sun
The government needs to explain why it would agree to pay a private company nearly three times what it pays publicly owned Ontario Power Generation for hydro electricity, the official opposition demanded yesterday.

“Why would your government be willing to pay a private power producer up to 8 cents a kilowatt hour, causing ever-increasing power prices to our consumers, when our regulated power provider, Ontario Power Generation, only receives 3.2 cents per kilowatt hour for their regulated hydraulic resources? Why?” Progressive Conservative energy critic John Yakabuski said during question period. Continue reading

Gas, not wind, is replacing coal

Toronto StarSNGPla1

Wind is not replacing coal; gas is.

Natural gas will need to be burned in gas-fired power plants whether the demand on the grid is high or low and whether or not the wind is blowing. Gas is replacing coal, to be burned to provide base and intermediate load. It also provides load-following and back up to the wind generators because the nuclear plants cannot respond quickly enough, and stored water is a valuable commodity not to be wasted. Continue reading

Samsung Sweetheart deal that could end up costing taxpayers Billion$ of dollar$ in subsidies

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The Samsung Group is a multinational conglomerate headquartered in South Korea

Toronto Star – A controversial deal between the province and Samsung Group will not die just because its main champion, George Smitherman, is leaving Queen’s Park, insists Premier Dalton McGuinty.

As first disclosed by the Star, McGuinty’s cabinet is split over the provisional agreement with the South Korean industrial giant to manufacture renewable energy equipment like wind turbines and develop wind and solar farms here. Continue reading

Arran-Elderslie Councillor frustrated in turbine fight

Posted By MARY GOLEM, Owen Sound Sun Times

An Arran-Elderslie councillor’s attempts to control the construction of large industrial wind turbines in the municipality has hit more roadblocks.

Elderslie ward Coun. Mark Davis said yesterday he’s “getting really tired of hearing what we can’t do” to control the construction of wind turbines which he calls “intrusive” and “an eyesore” on the rural landscape. Continue reading

Good Riddance, Smitherman. You can have him, Toronto.

Smitherman Quits Ontario Cabinet
CTV Toronto

Some analysts believe that Smitherman’s announcement was hastened by a recent dust-up at Queen’s Park, in which Smitherman was confronted about his dealings with the Samsung Group.

Smitherman had been courting the South Korean industrial giant for a deal to build a multi-billion dollar wind turbine facility in the province.

However, McGuinty stalled the agreement amid concern that too much provincial cash would be used to subsidize the deal.

During one caucus meeting, Smitherman was reportedly attacked by his colleagues about the deal’s specifics. Continue reading

McGuinty blows smoke on wind

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How can we give you straight answers when we have no idea what we're doing?

The Ontario government needs to start giving us some straight answers on ‘green’ energy

By LORRIE GOLDSTEIN, TORONTO SUN

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

Smitherman dithers while cabinet fumes

ADAM RADWANSKI  Globe and Mail mutiny

“…there’s some suggestion that the risk he’s prepared to take – preferential access to valuable transmission capacity, and maybe an investment return above the going rate, to a foreign company with limited experience in developing wind power – is motivated by his eagerness to show quick returns on alternative energy investment before he leaves office.”

George Smitherman is arguably the most powerful minister in Canada’s largest provincial government. He is also a heavyweight contender to become the next mayor of Canada’s largest city.

It’s not a bad position to be in. But it’s increasingly obvious that Mr. Smitherman – who, in addition to being Ontario’s Deputy Premier, serves as its Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Renewal – can’t remain in it for much longer. Continue reading

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Critical of MNR Policies

pm_240806Joanna Bull & Krystyn Tully, Waterkeeper.ca Weekly

Earlier this year, Ontario introduced new legislation known as the Green Energy Act. The Act is intended to support the development of the renewable energy industry in Ontario. In so doing, it changes the government approvals process for “green energy” projects by changing a variety of statutes, regulations, policies, and procedures. Continue reading