ACW Resident Waits For Word On K2 Moratorium Request

SHAWN DRENNANBy Bob Montgomery, Blackburn News
An Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh resident says he’s hoping to hear within the next couple of weeks whether his legal request to stop Phase 2 of the wind energy project in the Kingsbridge area has been successful. Shawn Drennan had a hearing in London earlier this week but says realistically he doubts this will be the last one.

Drennan wants the K-2 project, which will place an additional 140 turbines in the Kingsbridge area north of Goderich and around his house, stopped until several studies into health impact have been completed. He argues the province is asking for extensive research on the impact on marine life before proceeding with off-shore turbines, so the same concerns should be addressed regarding the impact of turbines on residents of A-C-W. Read article

44 thoughts on “ACW Resident Waits For Word On K2 Moratorium Request

  1. The Drennan family deserves a lot of credit for the courage and wisdom they’ve shown on behalf of all residents of rural Ontario whose homes have been or will be surrounded by turbines and their infrastructure because projects were approved before health studies were completed.

    • Tye:

      I had a quick look. You cannot get an accurate picture of rates without looking at the Global Adjustment Mechanism (GAM). Much of the increases are hidden in that number.

      The other thing that you should do is to look at the net rate paid by consumers.

      Take the total amount paid. divide by KWh used and you should see about $0.19 to $0.20 as the net rate.

      Compare what you see here with you see on the actual invoice.
      http://www.ontarioenergyboard.ca/OEB/Consumers/Your+Utility+-+Bill+Calculator

      Next, compare city rates — “Urban High Density” to the Residential Medium density. Just click through residential and pick say Hydro One Networks to get the residential medium density. You will have to look at large cities like Toronto as a separate excercize since they have their own LDC (Local Distribution Company)

      Rural customers pay a minimum of ~ $20 as a premium on every bill. Most Liberal Voters are in the large cities and have the lowest rates.

      You should find the investigation entertaining, educational and a worthwhile exercise in understanding energy politics.

      Cheers!

    • This is a Charter action case and not a criminal case. No charges have been brought for any criminal or illegal actions under the criminal statutes. This is a rights violation case.

      But the end result can be shutting down the IWTs depending on what the court rulings are.

  2. “the wind company’s main argument was they should be allowed to proceed because they have already spent a lot of money.”

    And that is the wind lobby’s main strategy; get as many projects built or started that no court will ever order them to stop. Samsung-Capital certainly have spent a lot. as feverish construction continues, even as this case slowly winds through the court system. There is every possibility the project will be largely completed before the ultimate court has a say. After expenditure of about 1$B, what court is going to tell S-C not to operate their turbines?

    • For example, what’s the difference b/w
      “harm to human health” and
      “serious harm to human health”?

      Is it OK to cause “harm to human health”,
      but not ” serious harm to human health”?

      This was just another tactic
      used INTENTIONALLY by wind industry lawyers
      to buy time, and cover-up the damage caused by
      recklessly negligent wind energy projects,
      in my opinion.

  3. Would think that Honourable judges are aware
    that while they ponder constitutional questions,
    wind energy projects are non-compliant,
    enforcement agencies ignore their responsibilities,
    government agents are engaged in conspiracies,
    wind energy perpetrators are negligently misrepresenting,
    causing damage, and
    producing the biggest financial fraud ever to happen in Ontario.

    Will be interesting to calculate the public court costs
    used to enable this corrupt industry.

  4. Make this a municipal election issue, especially if your municipality has already approved projects in the works. Municipal leaders need to network, organize themselves and collectively go to Queen’s Park and ‘push back’ on the Green Energy Agenda/ imposition and Agenda 21 as it pertains to this mess we’re in.

    • This is an election issue for sure. But people can’t afford to wait until newly elected municipal leaders get organized and “push back” on QP.

      • Problem is the ACW council includes members who have signed on with the wind partners. In an unbelievable conflict of interest, they go to the bathroom, or leave the table when wind energy business is discussed. These councilors can be replaced, but construction of K2 is well underway, so its a bit late now.

        see Huron council minutes for mar 19 here: Declaration of pecuniary interest page 1

        http://www.huroncounty.ca/cma/downloads/cotw_minutes/2014/COTW-day2-Mar19-2014.pdf

      • How do these people think they can get away with this?

        These contracts involve millions of dollars of which they are direct beneficiaries of some of this money.

        Can an estimate be made of how much money these people will get?

        Just for the record ask them how much money they will get?

  5. This story from the Lucknow sentinel explains more about the sordid situation in ACW.

    http://www.lucknowsentinel.com/2013/05/14/acw-council-not-in-support-of-swear-letter

    The Drennans are forced to spend their life savings fighting the K2 Plant, while 3 of their councilors, whose salaries they are paying, have pecuniary interests in its completion and declare a conflict when such business is discussed.
    Ask yourself how did Ont in 21 century get to such a point?

    • These three should resign from council.

      And they should be asked, for the record, how much financial gain they will receive from these projects.

      Gag orders won’t fly here as these are not private matters when they are elected officials dealing with this situation. There is no way they can be independent in their judgments.

  6. http://www.acwtownship.ca/council/elections/

    Interesting election coming up in ACW, note that Reeve Van Diepenbeek is running again, against… Shawn Drennan, so the K2 project will be at the front of this contest. Someone can tell us which of the candidates, if any other than Van Diepenbeek have signed leases with K2.
    Its too late, but these issues should have been sorted out last election.

    • The ACW candidates that have signed leases with K2 include:
      Reeve Ben Van Diepenbeek
      Murray Curran
      Jennifer Miltenburg

      • Thanks. Voters have a stark choice between pro and anti K2 factions,
        but the damage has been done with construction well advanced. Still it would be refreshing to see a council showing some resistance to K2 desires and maybe reflect the wishes of the overall community.

    • The citizens of ACW were not informed prior to the last election. Informed citizenry is key.

  7. An open question:

    If an elected municipal representative,
    or a municipal government staffer,
    owns shares or mutual funds in a big bank
    that has a stake in a wind energy company
    building a project in the municipality,

    would these officials have “a conflict of interests”?

    • I believe it would be a conflict of interest as the definition from a Google search was:

      “a situation in which a person is in a position to derive personal benefit from actions or decisions made in their official capacity.”

    • If you are getting income or expect to get future income from these investments then you can have a conflict. But if it’s only a small amount of money then probably not a conflict.

      Some funds invest only in the renewables sector so you need to know which funds are involved.

      A “general” mutual fund that has across the board investments likely won’t have more than 5% of the fund invested in any one company. So not a conflict.

    • No I don’t think so. A once removed investment through a mutual fund, or bank is a different matter; it would be almost impossible to invest in any financial company that didn’t have some king of connection to wind energy development. It would be a full time job trying to discover what these connections were.

      Here we have councilors signing lucrative longterm leases the source of which come from their neighbours taxes. At the same time said councilors purport to conduct municipal business in a fair, objective manner. The K2 investment close to $1B is the largest capital project in Ashfield since a 1911 railway fiasco. The project will impact on all sorts of decisions, leaving the table when discussing such business is too cute by half. ACW residents deserve full time councilors, ones disassociated with K2 partners.

  8. As you may know I am working on a research project on the electricity system of Ontario so I want to get some answers form ordinary people like you so here is the post I put onto my blog:

    As I have continued my research I feel that I have not gotten enough information from ordinary residents, business owners and industry in the province. So now I am reaching out to you to answer some questions so I can get a perspective of ordinary people in the province like you. My questions are: #1 How much has your power bill increased over the last 5 years? How about the last 10 years?. #2: How has increasing electricity prices affected your spending power or your spending decisions? #3: What do you think is the reason for rising prices? #4: If you are a business owner are you thinking of investing somewhere else or reducing production in Ontario due to rising electricity prices? These are some questions I have for people like you. If you wish to contribute to this please email me at: tyedryden@yahoo.ca or 1drydentye@hdsb.ca.

    Thanks,

    Tye

    Here is the link to my blog for more information: http://tyeselectricityblog.wordpress.com/

  9. Agree, the leases are far more important.

    But if an individual invests in a renewable energy fund then it’s an indication of what this individual thinks. People invest to make money now or in the future.

  10. As I have continued my research I feel that I have not gotten enough information from ordinary residents, business owners and industry in the province. So now I am reaching out to you to answer some questions so I can get a perspective of ordinary people in the province like you. My questions are: #1 How much has your power bill increased over the last 5 years? How about the last 10 years?. #2: How has increasing electricity prices affected your spending power or your spending decisions? #3: What do you think is the reason for rising prices? #4: If you are a business owner are you thinking of investing somewhere else or reducing production in Ontario due to rising electricity prices? These are some questions I have for people like you. If you wish to contribute to this please email me at: tyedryden@yahoo.ca or 1drydentye@hdsb.ca.

    Here is a link to my blog: http://tyeselectricityblog.wordpress.com/

  11. Also here are a few more questions I have for you:

    #1: Do you support wind power and renewable energy?

    #2: If you live near a wind turbine how does it affect you and your family?

    #3: If you live near a wind turbine are there any health effects from them?

    #4: What are your thoughts on the Green Energy Act?

    Thanks,

    Tye

    • I don’t support IWTs based on scientific information and I don’t yet live near IWTs.

      The Green Energy Act removed the rights of Ontarians to stop the installation of IWTs in their communities. The only things that Ontarians are allowed to object to are health and environmental issues. Since when can the government only allow the people to object to what the government says they can?

      If the engineering and science aspects were allowed to be objected to these IWTs would never be installed here.

      Then their are costs/economic aspects that would also prevent the installation of IWTs in Ontario.

      • Tye, pick a topic that you can complete in the time allotted. Then you can carry on your blog as a “hobby” as well.

        Don’t pick a topic that would take a couple of years to complete.

    • Tye, if you are doing just a science/electricity project then you would not be asking the kinds of questions you are asking. These are more sociology questions than science/engineering questions.

      Thoughts on the Green Energy Act are legal questions.

      So don’t get science and sociology mixed up. One reason is your project will become too large in scope to handle at least in the short time frame that you are working under.

      If you are doing a sociology project about IWTs this is all well and good. Students need to look into these aspects of the situation too.

      • I guess I have to figure that out because right now it is a mix of both. I think so far I have leaned more towards the sociology part of it with my questions so I guess I will stay with the sociology part of it. Thanks for your help Barbara.

        Tye

  12. Hey Tye,

    And thanks for your solicitations.

    Your participation in the electricity experiment is appreciating.

    Will you answer the following questions, please?

    How old are you?
    What do your parents ‘do for a living’?
    What is your household’s approximate annual income?

    • What your parents do for a living and how much they make is not material. Intelligent students come from all levels of society.

      But posters at OWR don’t want anyone just pretending to be a student taking up posters time.

      • I am a student and my dad works as a dental repairmen and installer and my mom is a stay at home mom, our annual average household income is average I would say ($50 000-$60 000). If you go to my blog and go to the about me page I have updated it so there is some info about me. Can you please answer my questions and tell anyone else who is interested to email me at tyedryden@yahoo.ca

        Thanks, Tye

  13. There are some very smart young people interested in all things energy and with the internet they can participate in discussions. These kinds of opportunities have only existed for the past few years.

    It’s their generation that will have to pay for today’s mistakes.

  14. And there are many very smart math students who can not only follow the calculations that Scott does but can do their own calculations if they have the data.

    • You could start a school network of students including other schools who are interested in interested energy issues. Math, science, economic and social issues can be included on your blog site.

      Try contacting some other schools to invite other bloggers to your website.

  15. Exploiting the most vulnerable:
    How Idiot Lunatics are destroying Ontario’s economy,
    harming victims

    “MATERIALITY”: an example

    from wikipedia:

    Materiality (auditing)

    ‘[excerpt] Materiality is a concept or convention within auditing and accounting relating to the importance/significance of an amount, transaction, or discrepancy. […] The assessment of what is material is a matter of professional judgment.’

    (Also see: Sensitivity Analysis)

    Materiality (law)

    ‘[excerpt] Materiality is a legal term which can have different meanings, depending on context. When speaking of facts, the term generally means a fact which is “significant to the issue or matter at hand. […]

    In corporate and securities law

    Within the context of corporate and securities law in the United States, a fact is defined as material if there is a substantial likelihood that a reasonable shareholder would consider it important in deciding how to vote. In this regard, it is similar to the accounting term of the same name.’

    The Example: (simplified)

    Suppose a family has a monthly electricity bill of $130; annual cost = $130×12=$1,560
    and an annual income of $50,000.
    $1,560/$50,000 = 3.12% of income consumed by electricity expense

    Suppose a family has a monthly electricity bill of $130; annual cost = $130×12=$1,560
    and an annual income of $150,000.
    $1,560/$150,000 = 1.04% of income consumed by electricity expense

    Which family is most affected by rising electricity costs?

    Also see:
    Scarcity
    Price Elasticity of … demand/supply (economics)
    Aggravating factors (law)
    Heating vs. Eating

    • Tye, there are math projects that can be done similar to the example above and then you can see the social effects this can have with different family income levels.

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