Norwich Township wind project co-op not local

truth_and_lies_tBy Tara Bowie, Woodstock Sentinel-Review
A member of an area group opposed to a wind turbine project in Norwich Township is questioning the marketing ethics of a recently formed cooperative that could own up to 49% of the 10-turbine project. The Oxford Community Energy Co-op was formed in the latter part of 2013 with the majority of its initial directors living outside of Oxford County.

“Just because something is legal doesn’t mean it’s ethical,” Joan Morris, a member of the East Oxford Community Alliance, said. “I think people should know that it’s not really ac o-op made up and being driven by people living in Oxford County or near the project area.”

Helmut Schneider, president and director on the co-op board, said although he was the only local voice on the co-op when it started, others have become directors or are in the process of becoming directors or members. Recently, directors from Woodstock and Innerkip have stepped forward, he said. Read article

12 thoughts on “Norwich Township wind project co-op not local

  1. Y’all remember this?

    November 9, 2010
    Confidential document reveals true cost of McGuinty’s energy experiments

    http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/2010/11/09/confidential-document-reveals-true-cost-of-mcguinty%E2%80%99s-energy-experiments/

    QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak released a confidential document from Sussex Strategy Group, a Canadian lobbying and public affairs company. Both Chris Benedetti and President, Paul Pellegrini were Aids to senior Liberal ministers.

    It shows Dalton McGuinty’s failed energy experiments are expected to increase Ontario families’ home hydro rates by 36 percent in 2012. Worse still, the same document outlines a plan for a special interest group to publicly defend the McGuinty government’s costly energy agenda by confusing the public and the media on the real cost to families.

    For several weeks, Tim Hudak and the Ontario PCs have been calling on Dalton McGuinty and Energy Minister Brad Duguid to release their energy bill impact statements to the public, so families won’t have to wait until they open their bills to know how much the cost of hydro is going up. While the McGuinty government has stonewalled the PCs’ requests, this document shows the special interest groups have been given the confidential information the PC Caucus has demanded be given to the public.

    Hudak called on Dalton McGuinty once again to come clean on how much his energy experiments will cost Ontario families by releasing the bill impact statements, the details of his Samsung subsidy and the government’s long-term energy plan.

    Excerpts from the document:

    “In this it will be critical to ‘confuse’ the issue in the political/public/media away from just price.” (p.2)
    “Lack of considerable economic investment (jobs) to yet come online (lots of announcements to-date but few have actually been realized yet).” (p.3)
    “Residential rates will increase another 36 percent in 2012.” (p.14)
    “ Research needs to support this, and should be coordinated with MEI and OPA.” (p.7)
    “In order to talk past the noisy activists (Hey, that’s us!) and editorial positions, there needs to be a coordinated, paid, earned and social media campaign.” (p.9)
    “Further research is also required post spike in bill fury, including focus groups to colour, wording and emotion to craft effective, targeted messages”. (p.8)
    “Perception that the pro-renewable sector (industry, ENGOs, etc.) have been too quiet and need to be mobilized. This needs to be addressed immediately!” (p.4)
    “Goal is to have $300,000 in hand through contributions from developers and manufacturers to seed the campaign. Each developer asked for a financial contribution of $15,000-$30,000 to support this effort. Anonymous contributions to the campaign are possible.” (p. 11)

    • ‘[excerpt] Sussex Strategy Group’
      ‘[excerpt] wind turbines’
      ‘[excerpt] ..it will be critical to ‘confuse’ the issue…’

  2. http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/david-timm/52/259/b21

    David Timm’s Overview

    Current:
    Vice President at Sussex Strategy Group

    Past:
    Vice President, Strategic Affairs at GDF SUEZ Canada Inc. (formerly International Power Canada / AIM PowerGen Corporation)
    Chair at Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)
    Policy Manager, Ontario at Canadian Wind Energy Association

    Education
    University of Waterloo

    Connections
    500+ connections

    David Timm’s Summary

    A proven leader in the area of public policy and regulatory affairs, David has led a number of business initiatives in multiple markets across Canada, including British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick. Most recently, David was Vice President of Strategic Affairs for a global independent power producer, utility and asset management company.

    David has managed due diligence on large-scale energy transactions, led business development initiatives for multiple projects in Canada and the United States, authored strategic market and policy studies (including on tax assessments for energy projects) and secured regulatory approvals on projects across the country. He has also developed successful public affairs and community outreach campaigns, has worked with provincial and municipal governments advancing energy projects, and has experience in the facilitating the inception, implementation and amendment of multiple energy procurement regimes.

    David is a past Board Chair of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, a former Director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, and former Secretary of the Small-Scale Hydropower Task Force of the International Energy Agency. He was appointed by the Ontario Minister of Energy to the Clean Energy and Supply Task Force, and recently was appointed to the Ontario Power Authority’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

    David resides in Toronto and has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo.

    David Timm’s Experience

    Vice President
    Sussex Strategy Group
    Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Government Relations industry
    January 2014 – Present (3 months) Toronto, Canada Area
    Sussex Strategy Group is one of Canada’s premier public and government relations firms, with offices in Toronto and Ottawa and a network of public affairs and communications specialists across the country. We excel at solving complex business challenges involving government, media and the public. Sussex offers a variety of public affairs services including advocacy at all levels of government, corporate and crisis communications, issues management, legislative and media monitoring, research, policy analysis and development, procurement facilitation, social media management and media and presentation skills straining.

    Sussex’s Energy and Environment practice is a Canadian leader in advisory services to domestic and international clients ranging from electricity generators of all supply types, to transmission and distribution utilities in electricity and oil & natural gas, to innovative technology suppliers. We have supported our clients in environmental stewardship policy and programs in a variety of areas, as well as risk assessments and management programs, permitting and approvals.

    Vice President, Strategic Affairs
    GDF SUEZ Canada Inc. (formerly International Power Canada / AIM PowerGen Corporation)
    March 2008 – December 2013 (5 years 10 months)
    Chair
    Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)

    January 2012 – December 2012 (1 year)
    Policy Manager, Ontario
    Canadian Wind Energy Association

    2006 – 2008 (2 years) Toronto
    Consultant
    Business Development

    2001 – 2007 (6 years) Toronto
    Vice President
    Current Generation Inc.

    January 2003 – September 2006 (3 years 9 months) Toronto
    Project Manager
    Ottawa Engineering Ltd.’

  3. ‘[excerpt] David Timm’
    [excerpt] Current:
    Vice President at Sussex Strategy Group

    Past:
    Vice President, Strategic Affairs at GDF SUEZ Canada Inc. (formerly International Power Canada / AIM PowerGen Corporation)
    Chair at Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)
    Policy Manager, Ontario at Canadian Wind Energy Association’

  4. Noise complaints to be investigated
    DANIEL PEARCE, SIMCOE REFORMER
    July 15, 2010

    ‘[excerpt] The company that owns the wind farm in the west end of Norfolk says it will undertake an infrasound study in the Clear Creek area to determine if its turbines generate low-level frequencies that nearby residents insist are sickening them.

    “We anticipate the study will be done this summer,” David Timm, vice-president strategic affairs for International Power, told Norfolk council on Tuesday night.

    The findings will be made available to the public, he added.

    Scientific evidence so far shows no link between turbines and illnesses in people who live near them, Timm said.

    But his company, which recently bought out the former owners PowerGen, wants to do the study anyway because of complaints from a number of people living near a cluster of turbines in the Clear Creek area, he said.

    “We take noise complaints seriously and we investigate them,” Timm said.

    The Ontario Ministry of Environment has studied the Norfolk farm and gave it the OK, but it also suggested the company do the infrasound testing, he said.

    “We have to investigate the issue and see whether the issue exists or not,” Timm said.

    Over the past year, residents who live near the turbines have insisted the vibrations do exist and are ruining their lives. They say they suffer from headaches and especially sleeplessness.

    Some have moved out of their homes and were present at Tuesday night’s council meeting.’

    • ‘[excerpt] The company that owns the wind farm in the west end of Norfolk says it will undertake an infrasound study in the Clear Creek area to determine if its turbines generate low-level frequencies that nearby residents insist are sickening them.

      “We anticipate the study will be done this summer,” David Timm, vice-president strategic affairs for International Power, told Norfolk council on Tuesday night.’

      • LOW FREQUENCY NOISE AND INFRASOUND ASSOCIATED WITH WIND TURBINE GENERATOR SYSTEMS – A LITERATURE REVIEW
        Ontario Ministry of the Environment
        RFP No.OSS-078696
        Ontario Ministry of the Environment
        2 St. Clair Avenue West, Floor 12
        Toronto, ON
        M4V 1L5

        SUBMITTED BY:
        Howe Gastmeier Chapnik Limited (HGC Engineering)
        2000 Argentia Road, Plaza 1, Suite 203
        Mississauga, ON
        L5N 1P7

        Brian Howe, MEng, MBA, PEng
        Principal
        December 10, 2010

        ‘[excerpt] Howe Gastmeier Chapnik Limited (HGC Engineering) was retained by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) to conduct a review of research and other information pertinent to an understanding of what is known about low frequency noise and infrasound associated with modern wind turbine generator systems.’

        ‘[excerpt] The audible sound from wind turbines, at the levels experienced at typical receptor distances in Ontario, is nonetheless expected to result in a non-trivial percentage of persons being highly annoyed. As with sounds from many sources, research has shown that annoyance associated with sound from wind turbines can be expected to contribute to stress related health impacts in some persons. The relationship between the sound level and the prevalence of annoyance is complicated, and is often influenced by other non-acoustic factors. It should also be noted that this situation does not relate exclusively to the low frequency component of the audible noise impact of wind turbines.’

  5. Norfolk Council Meeting Minutes
    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    ‘[excerpt]
    Mr. David Timm, International Power Canada Inc.
    Re: Update on Norfolk Wind Farms

    Mr. David Timm, International Power Canada Inc., appeared before Committee to update Council on the Norfolk County Frogmore, Cultus and Clear Creek Wind Farms. Mr. Timm noted that International Power was formerly Aim PowerGen.

    He explained that there were issues raised in the summer of 2009 regarding noise levels. The Ministry of Environment did an on-site investigation and determined that the noise levels were within the limits of the Certificate of Approval. The other issue was low frequency noise particularly in the Clear Creek area. He stated that the MOE is currently determining guidelines to assess infrasound and hopefully will have something ready to begin testing over the next couple of months.
    Mr. Timm addressed health issues related to wind farms and stated that the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario has done the analysis and presented a report stating there is no direct link between wind turbines and health effects. He stated that all complaints are taken very seriously.’

    • ‘[excerpt] He explained that there were issues raised in the summer of 2009 regarding noise levels. The Ministry of Environment did an on-site investigation and determined that the noise levels were within the limits of the Certificate of Approval.’

    • Ministry of the Environment
      West Central Region
      119 King Street West
      12th Floow
      Hamilton, Ontario L9P 4Y7
      Tel: 905 521-7640
      Fax: 905 521-7820

      Sept. 30, 2009

      ‘[excerpt] Thank you for your e-mail dated September 17, 2009 to the Minister of the Environment in which you express concerns regarding ministry activities at wind farms [sic] in Norfolk County. I have been asked to respond on behalf of the minister.’

      ‘[excerpt] There is currently no scientifically accepted field methodology to measure wind turbine noise to determine compliance or to determine non compliance with a Certificate of Approval limits.’

      ‘[excerpt] Yours truly,
      Bill Bardswick
      Director
      West Central Region
      Ministry of the Environment

      c. Anne Neary, Director, South West Region’

  6. ‘[excerpt] Lexpert – the business magazine for lawyers

    International Power Completes Acquisition of AIM PowerGen
    Amount: 241.00 M
    Date Closed: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
    Published On: Tuesday, May 04, 2010
    Published in Magazine: January 2010
    On October 21, 2009, International Power plc announced the successful completion of the acquisition of AIM PowerGen Corporation (AIM), one of Canada’s largest independent wind farm developers, from Renewable Energy Generation Limited for an enterprise value of $241 million with a total cash consideration of $119 million.

    The AIM portfolio is concentrated in Ontario, with 40 MW of operating wind energy capacity. AIM’s 40 MW Harrow Wind Farm project is under construction and AIM also has an advanced development pipeline of 1,200 MW in Ontario and across Canada.

    International Power was represented in-house by David Musselman and Aaron Bullwinkel, who were assisted by a team from the Toronto and London offices of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP that was led by Peter Ascherl and included, among others, Kevin Clinton, David Smith, Peter Armstrong and Amira Abouali (corporate); Paul King and Dugan Edmison (real estate); Rosalind Cooper and Charles Kazaz (environmental); Jon Holmstrom (banking); Mitchell Thaw (tax); Huy Do (competition) and Alix Herber (labour and employment).

    Torys LLP acted for Renewable Energy Generation Limited on the sale of AIM to International Power with a team that included Valerie Helbronner, Krista Hill, Allen Yi and Charmaine Craig (M&A); Corrado Cardarelli, Richard Johnson and Gregg Larson (tax); Dennis Mahony and Tyson Dyck (environmental); Jonathan Myers (regulatory); Amanda Balasubramanian, Jonathan Wiener and Vanessa Kee (financing) and David Steele (trusts).

    Hammonds LLP acted as UK counsel for Renewable Energy Generation Limited with a team that included Trevor Ingle and Chris Watkinson. ‘

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