Who pays for the cleanup?

first tower and turbine in place awaiting blades Feb.13/13By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer
NORFOLK – An estimated 14,000 giant turbines stand abandoned at former wind installations in the United States. For a variety of reasons, the companies that put them up are not in a position to dismantle them. Some have gone bankrupt, leaving the problem for someone else to resolve. Norfolk council was asked this week to think about that happening here.

Appearing as a deputation on behalf of her neighbours, Suzanne Andrews of Port Ryerse asked council what safeguards it has in place to ensure Norfolk isn’t left holding the bag when wind turbines within its boundaries reach the end of their useful life. She expressed similar concerns about worn-out infrastructure at solar farms. “Where is the assurance the money will be in place?” Andrews asked. “Can you be certain anyone will take responsibility for them? The abandonment of these structures is a distinct possibility.”

The estimated life of a wind turbine is 25 years. The Green Energy Act requires companies to file decommissioning plans with their wind turbine proposals. The province, however, does not insist on a bond to back them up. Three Ontario municipalities – Tiny Township, the Municipality of Bluewater and West Grey – have responded by imposing steep development charges on wind developers to cover such contingencies as decommissioning. Read article

16 thoughts on “Who pays for the cleanup?

  1. The life span of one of these is NOT 25 years…more like 12 – 15……………we will see this massive and very ugly environmental disaster come full circle within a decade!……………our children will wonder “what the hell were we thinking” when we allowed this crap to happen!
    That’s the reason we will never stop fighting to stop these CRIMINALS from getting away with this disaster in the making!!!!!!!!!!

    • An item from the UK a few months ago reported they had found out that the lifespan of wind turbines is only 12-15 years. We must listen to what they have learned. Of course, the wind pushers want us to believe these contraptions are sturdy enough for 25 years.

  2. It’s a fact … industries rarely ever go back to clean up their mess. Check out any number of mining sites (Deloro near Marmora, for example), military DEW Line sites (Foymount, near Eganville), factories (Bakelite, Belleville), hell, defunct businesses won’t even go back to remove their roadside billboards (Hello Mr. Sub, long gone from Barry’s Bay).

    They always have more excuses than a whore in a whorehouse:
    -they went out of business
    -they are bankrupt
    -they were bought out by another company
    -they changed their name
    -they moved offshore,
    -all the owners are dead
    -the moon is blue, bla, bla bla.

    And the law always appears to be on their side. There’s rarely any follow-up enforcement for remedial action.

    Should we believe that all these IWT sites are going to be cleaned up? Not bloody likely.

  3. St. Barnard is on the Simcoe paper comment section, telling everyone that the 14,000 decommissioned turbines are a myth, and all turbines are recyclable, and most at the end of their life, are retrofitted with the new technology, and used again. Is this guy for real???

  4. Absent the depositing of adequate security to complete the
    work, the cost for dismantling the turbines……will fall to the
    landowner. If the landowner cannot afford to pay, the
    municipality/province will likely be forced to step in as the
    province is doing now with abandoned oil/gas wells.
    (MNR/MOE Abandoned Works Program)

    25 years from now – new line item on your hydro
    bill – Dismantling Fee.

    • Take the property to pay for the dismantling costs. Why should a land owner get the money from hosting IWTs on their land and expect Hydro customers to pay for removing them?

      • If a property owner leases land and a tenant builds a structure or leaves a pile of junk on the leased land then the owner is responsible for removing items left by a tenant.
        Most farmers don’t seem to realize that this not the same thing as leasing land to someone to grow crops on.

      • It’s the landowner who needs an insurance policy, a bond or something financial to ensure the IWTs are removed at the end of the contract. Just a written asurance in the contract likely won’t do this. Most of these deals are set up with small LLCs which in the end do not have the money to pay for removals. If the deal is with a mojor corporation itself then there just might be money at the end for removal.
        Then there are easments on the property for 20 years on top of this!
        If a land onwner asked for this kind of financial removal protection then it’s likely these companies would look elsewhere to sign leases.

      • Wind co’s promote the notion to landowners that they
        will actually make money scrapping turbines which is
        nonsense if you consider that after 20 yrs access roads
        would have to be rehabliltated, equipment costs to
        dismantle, costs to fragment turbine to recyclable parts etc…

    • The land option lease companies come into an area and get the landowners to sign options. Then the option company owns these options which they can sell to a renewable energy developer. The land ownwers who signed these options then have no choice but to sign leases with the developer.
      Take a look at what happend at Wolfe Island with the land options and leases. It’s more than likely that the landowners then have no say or very little say in the leases they sign with the developers.

      • If a landowner signs an option to lease or a lease directly with the developer then there is room to negotiate the contract.
        If a landowner signs an option to lease with an option company then that company owns the option and then the option company can do the dealing with the developer.

    • So freakin true!
      Sad but true, they’ll just stick it up our booties, as usual….meanwhile we SHOULD be getting a break for having the bloody things in our living space and our property values going down!

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