OPA picks your new wind turbine neighbours…

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November 4, 2014
LRP I RFQ Qualified Applicant List Posted and Next Steps in the LRP Process

The LRP I RFQ submission deadline was September 4, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. Seventy Qualification Submissions were received by the deadline. Following two months of review for completeness and eligibility, the OPA has now completed its evaluation of all Qualification Submissions and has determined the final list of Qualified Applicants. These entities would be eligible to submit proposals under any future LRP I RFP.

LRP I RFQ Qualified Applicant List

Those RFQ Applicants that are not listed on the LRP I RFQ Qualified Applicants List are reminded that they would not be eligible to submit a proposal under any future LRP I RFP, but may qualify to participate in any future round of LRP procurement. All Qualified Applicants and unsuccessful RFQ Applicants will be notified of their status directly via email.

Next Steps in the LRP Process
The OPA is working to finalize the draft versions of the LRP I RFP and LRP I Contract and anticipates they will be posted in November. Once the documents have been posted, municipalities, communities, stakeholders and other interested parties will be invited to review them and provide feedback. A webinar will also be scheduled to discuss the draft documents – details on the timing of the webinar will be posted with the draft documents. Once the LRP I RFP and LRP I Contract have been finalized, the Qualified Applicants specified in the list above will be invited to submit proposals to the OPA for Large Renewable Projects. Interested parties should subscribe to the LRP subscriber list to ensure they are kept aware of any updates relating to the LRP.

52 thoughts on “OPA picks your new wind turbine neighbours…

  1. Kathleen Wynne’s recent $400 million deal with China bringing a trading hub to Ontario, and now this; laying the groundwork for China to further infiltrate Ontario. The two hundred jobs created..expect half of that. Thse employees will be from China. Wynne’s comment “just like China,” when I think of China, communism and smog comes to mind. Wynn’s future comment may be, “we are China.”
    I expect the agenda for the take over of Ontario is unbelievably interesting. Perhaps in time, Canada will become a communist country.
    Solar development will further destroy prime agricultural land. Food will be imported.
    After the war the poppy was one of the very few plants that would grow in the soil of the battlefields; very ironic and very disrespectful to the Canadian troops, past and present.

  2. I see GDF Suez from France is on this list. Could this be the Western Manitoulin proposed 150 MW wind project? Transmission subcable to Sowerby by Blind River for grid access I expect. There is only a 3 phase 7.2 kv rural line at this location on Manitoulin.There is no load other than the quarry some distance away that runs on diesel generation where only a single phase runs to. Just as the existing Northland Power project on Maitoulin has First Nations partners and a price adder of 15 Cents per kwh.$150 per Mwh.This project as others only exists for the subsidies. http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/2014/11/04/wind-turbine-power-project-proposed-for-western-manitoulin/

    • News from around the world!

      Oct 31 2014 16:45
      [excerpt] Madrid – A judge in Spain has charged 26 suspects including governing party politicians and businessmen in a bribery probe that has embarrassed the government, according to written rulings released on Thursday.

      It is the latest in a string of high-level corruption scandals to hit the ruling Popular Party (PP) and has piled pressure on Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy a year ahead of a general election.

      Among those charged is Didier Maurice, chairman in Spain for Cofely, a subsidiary of French energy giant GDF Suez, who is suspected of fraud and bribery, according to a written court ruling on Thursday.

      Police arrested dozens of people on Monday over suspected kickbacks for public work contracts worth roughly €250m, including alleged deals by Cofely.’

      Welcome to Ontario!

  3. Companies like GDF Suez who have outstanding NEGLIGENCE claims against them have been granted the OPA’s blessing to proliferate their reign of terror in other parts of the province.

    • So why are farmers – leasing land to them?

      These are all private deals,
      and, mayors are so happy – farmers have done their – wait –
      ‘due diligence’.

      Can mayors please confirm!

      • Central planning!
        A building permit – for you – and, for you, and you, and you,
        and you, and you, and you
        and, this is happening now!

  4. Go Canada!

    What Should Republicans Do After Winning The Senate And The House?

    ‘[excerpt] REPUBLICANS WILL WIN control of the Senate and increase its majority in the House of Representatives (in fact, the GOP will have its largest number of House members since 1928). Here are pieces of legislation Republicans should immediately pass in January:

    –The Keystone XL Pipeline. President Obama hates anything that helps any part of the fossil fuel industry and has sidelined this project—which, from a policy viewpoint, is a no-brainer—since he took office. Trade unions are adamantly in favor of it. Such a bill would pass overwhelmingly, perhaps with enough support to override an Obama veto.’

    We’ll see how Premier Social Justice –
    leads Ontario!

    Energy – is a big issue!

    • The Production Tax Credit/PTC for wind & solar is another important issue and with Reid no longer Senate majority leader, from Nevada, the PTC could be out in the U.S.

      But they might try to sneak the PTC extension thru before the new Senate takes control in January.

      • If PTC end in the U.S., would that result in more wind companies coming to Ontario for hand outs?

      • This same thought occurred to me as well!

        However, the loss of U.S. government subsidies would be big blow to IWTs in North America.

      • Tomorrow just got real……………
        The White House might have – interesting

        We’ll check the log book lata.
        It will be amazing!

      • Harry Reid’s dream…………stuck!

        Perhaps by executive order – but, until that happens
        it’s stuck!

        [excerpt] U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa – along with 16 more members of Congress – recently introduced new legislation to extend expired clean energy incentives, including the production tax credit (PTC). The bill has received much fanfare and comes as other leaders in Congress keep pushing to jump-start a similar bill, the stalled EXPIRE Act, in the U.S. Senate.

        Blumenauer says H.R.5559, called the “Bridge to a Clean Energy Future Act of 2014,” would extend critical incentives for two years in order to provide market certainty, strengthen investment, and make sure clean energy is on an even playing field with the fossil fuel industry.

        For example, the legislation would extend the PTC, as well as a wind developers’ option to choose an investment tax credit (ITC) in lieu of the PTC, through 2016. The bill would also allow the solar industry to access credits at the start of a project’s construction. The legislation contains many provisions for other clean energy resources, such as energy efficiency and biofuels.

        “I’m eager to push this across the finish line this Congress,” comments Blumenauer. “My state of Oregon is a leader in renewable energy technologies, and Dave’s state of Iowa is the second largest wind energy producer in the nation, so we understand the importance of stability and security in the clean energy sector.”

      • For all of our sakes, I sure hope they stop this madness. If we happen to be lucky enough that the PTC is dead, It should also give Ontario a few bullets to stop it there. I could see Nexterror scrambling to install as many IWT’s in Ontario before the crap hits the fans, if the PTC dies here.

        Harry Reid is such an a$$. I’m so glad he’s out !

  5. Communities groups fighting proposed wind developments may breathe a little easier if the developers name does not appear on the list. But they still remain in limbo, on the chance that one of the listed companies may purchase the entity and reapply for a new development.
    What is lacking is closure, a Wind company canceling a planned development and simply walking away. I have seen a couple of stories here along those lines, but very few. The Lambton Co. Syndenham project appears to be one, but even there a new application in the general region would be possible?

    I don’t think anti-development groups can ever rest, vigilance remains the watchword for the immediate future.

      • ‘[excerpt] However, the study did find a relationship between increasing levels of wind turbine noise and residents’ annoyance related to noise, vibration and shadow flicker from the structures.’

        Try not ignoring things!
        It makes me crazy.

    • Health Canada
      Preliminary study – and, therefore continuing.

      Thank goodness for that.

      • I am not ignoring things. It is the headlines that people will grab onto. like the one now up at CBC news. This will be endlessly repeated by advocates for months to, come turbines not linked to health issues.
        CBC didn’t even cover recent news stories on IWTs, they are certain to highlight this.

    • The Canadian Press – ONLINE EDITION
      Wind turbine noise not linked to perceived health effects: Health Canada study
      By: Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press
      Posted: 11:45 AM | Comments: 1 | Last Modified: 11:59 AM

      “TORONTO – A Health Canada study has found no evidence to support a link between exposure to wind turbine noise and health effects reported by people living near the towering structures.

      However, the study did find a relationship between increasing levels of wind turbine noise and residents’ annoyance related to noise, vibration and shadow flicker from the structures.

      The year-long study explored the relationship between exposure to noise and health effects reported by people living near wind turbines.

      The study included a detailed questionnaire to an adult resident in more than 1,200 households in southwestern Ontario and P.E.I. living at various distances from almost 400 wind turbines.

      A subgroup of residents also had measurements taken of health-related indicators such as hair cortisol as a biomarker of stress, blood pressure, resting heart rate and sleep.

      The study found no causal relationship between wind-turbine noise and any health effects identified through this testing, but Health Canada says the study alone cannot provide definitive answers and more research may be needed.

      Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.

      1 comment:

      1:42 PM on 11/6/2014
      These turbines don’t make low frequency vibrations like the ones that were found useful for crowd control by making people nauseous?”

    • Wind turbine noise not linked to health problems, Health Canada finds
      Study involved 1,238 Ontario and P.E.I. homes near turbines
      CBC News Posted: Nov 06, 2014 1:51 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 06, 2014 1:56 PM ET

      ‘[excerpt] A Health Canada study has found no link between exposure to wind turbine noise and negative health effects in people.

      Wind turbine noise did not have any measurable effect on illness and chronic disease, stress and sleep quality, Health Canada said.

      However, the louder the wind turbine noise was, the more people reported being very or extremely annoyed, the department reported in a summary released today of the Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study.

      The $2.1-million study, conducted with Statistics Canada in southern Ontario and Prince Edward Island, was launched in 2012. At that time, groups such as Wind Concerns Ontario had alleged that growing numbers of wind turbines were making people ill.

      According to the Canadian Wind Energy Association, wind power now produces 8.5 gigawatts of energy, a 62-fold increase since 2000.

      The study involved an adult in each of more 1,238 households at varying distances from wind turbines. The participants answered a questionnaire in person, and health measurements were taken, including blood pressure, heart rate, measures of sleep quality, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol in hair samples.

      The researchers also measured 4,000 hours of wind turbine noise in order to calculate indoor and outdoor noise levels at different homes in the study.
      No effects found on health

      The study found no link between wind turbine noise and ill-effects including:

      Symptoms such as dizziness and migraines.
      Chronic illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
      Measures of stress levels, such as heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol.
      Self-reported or measured quality of sleep.

      “While some people reported some of the health conditions above, their existence was not found to change in relation to exposure to wind turbine noise,” Health Canada said.

      The study did find that as levels of wind turbine noise increased, people reported being more annoyed by various aspects of the turbines, from the noise itself and the aircraft warning lights on top of the turbines to the way they caused shadows to flicker.

      Health Canada said the results of the study are considered preliminary until published in peer-reviewed scientific literature. It added that “detailed analysis and results will be shared with Canadians and the international scientific community over the next several months with updates provided on the Health Canada website.”

      Health Canada said the results will be used with other scientific research to:

      Provide advice on health effects of wind turbine noise.
      Support governments in making decisions, policies and advice related to wind power development.

      The principal investigator of the study was David Michaud of Health Canada’s health effects and assessment division. It also involved an expert committee that included more than two dozen government, academic and industry experts in fields ranging from acoustics to neurology and included four international advisers.’

    • Wind turbine noise not linked to perceived health effects: study
      Read more: http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/wind-turbine-noise-not-linked-to-perceived-health-effects-study

      Sheryl Ubelacker, THE CANADIAN PRESS
      Published Thursday, November 6, 2014 1:54PM AST
      Last Updated Thursday, November 6, 2014 6:12PM AST

      ‘[excerpt] TORONTO — A Health Canada study has found no evidence to support a link between exposure to wind-turbine noise and health effects reported by people living near the towering structures.

      The Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study, conducted over a four-month period in 2013, involved more than 1,200 residents in southwestern Ontario and P.E.I., whose homes were located at various distances from almost 400 of the electricity-generating structures in 18 wind-turbine developments.

      The use of turbines to generate electricity by harnessing the wind — whether clustered on land in so-called farms or anchored offshore in lake or ocean floors — is controversial, and reaction to release of the study findings Thursday reflected long-established divergent opinions.

      The study found no link between wind-turbine noise and respondents’ reports of sleep disturbances, dizziness, tinnitus, migraines or chronic headaches, increased blood pressure or ongoing health conditions such as heart disease, chronic pain or diabetes.

      “None of these were associated with wind turbine noise exposure, nor was perceived stress,” a Health Canada spokesman said during a technical briefing with reporters.

      “Some people did report these conditions. Some people had higher levels of perceived stress, higher blood pressure and so on,” said the spokesman. “But they were not linked to noise.”

      However, the study did find a relationship between increasing levels of wind turbine noise and residents’ annoyance related to that noise, as well as to vibration, shadow flicker from the rotating blades, and aircraft warning lights atop the towers.

      When measured noise levels exceeded 35 decibels, the study found there was a concurrent increase in community annoyance.

      “That’s interesting because that’s much lower than you would see with other sources of noise like road traffic or rail or aircraft noise,” said the spokesman, noting that “the annoyance in Ontario was more than three times higher than it was in P.E.I.,” though the researchers don’t know why.

      The “annoyance” factor should not be viewed as trivial: the World Health Organization considers this type of annoyance to be a health effect; Health Canada sees it as more of a health indicator, the spokesman said, adding that there’s some medical evidence that annoyance is a mild stressor and could be associated with some health effects.

      “We did find that people who were highly annoyed were more likely to report other health effects, such as migraines, tinnitus, sleep disturbance, perceived stress, and they also had higher levels of measured cortisol and blood pressure.”

      “These are statistical associations and they do not mean that annoyance is causing these health effects.”

      Sherri Lange, CEO of the organization North American Platform Against Wind Power, reacted negatively to the findings, saying the design of the study was poor and its findings, as a result, are disappointing.

      Lange said the conclusions are disheartening to people who live near wind turbines and feel their quality of life has been severely diminished, to the point where some have chosen to leave their homes.

      “Also, we are very tired of the word annoyance,” she said. “Annoyance is a word that you use when your tire is flat, or when you are late to work, or when you spill a carton of milk. To use this Pablum word in the context of the suffering of people whose lives are literally shattered by industrial wind is, frankly, offensive.”

      However, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), which represents the wind-power generating industry, welcomed the findings.

      “Based on the summary, the Health Canada study is an important new addition to scientific research on wind turbines and human health,” said CanWEA president Robert Hornung. “The balance of scientific evidence to date continues to show that properly sited wind turbines are not harmful to human health and that wind energy remains one of the safest and environmentally friendly forms of electricity generation.”

      Health Canada says the study is the most comprehensive of any around the world that have looked at the potential effects of wind turbines on human health.

      To conduct the study, researchers from Health Canada and Statistics Canada went door-to-door to households — 1,011 in Ontario, 227 in P.E.I. — to administer a detailed questionnaire to one adult resident in each home.

      A subgroup of residents also had measurements taken of health-related indicators, including hair analysis to determine long-term levels of the stress hormone cortisol, blood pressure, resting heart rate and sleep patterns.

      The study found no cause-and-effect relationship between wind-turbine noise and any negative health indicators identified through this testing, but Health Canada says the study alone cannot provide definitive answers and more research may be needed.’

      • ‘[excerpt] Health Canada says the study is the most comprehensive of any around the world that have looked at the potential effects of wind turbines on human health.

        Here’s a report (c. 2013) from one of the participants of the “study”:

        ‘[excerpt] Two weeks ago a new interviewer came by late on Friday July 5. According to this person several people in my area referred my name to her, insisting she interviewed me for this survey. She was so sincere and open with her information that I conceded despite my concerns that the result could be interpreted with a very biased viewpoint. What convinced me was her admonition that the majority of residents, whom she interviewed in my area, were not happy and are disturbed by the turbines. She also made it clear that those who were receiving payment from turbines, were lying about the effects from the turbines. She seemed quite genuine in her statements so I felt I should attempt the survey/study.
        During her initial visit on Friday I relayed to her all of my concerns related to the biased nature of the survey…’


    • “County’s next move on wind turbine issue? Unknown”
      by Paul Srubas, Greenbay Press Gazette | November 8, 2014

      ‘[excerpt] Duke Energy has yet to hear what if any steps Brown County intends to take following its declaration, company spokeswoman Tammi McGee said this week.

      McGee pointed to new Canadian research that she says shows no evidence supporting a link between health and exposure to wind turbine noise. The study concluded the turbines apparently cause annoyance in some situations but nothing that constitutes a health effect, she said.

      Chris Kunkle, spokesman for the Madison law firm Cullen, Weston, Pines & Bach, that represents wind energy clients throughout the country, said science doesn’t support a link between wind turbines and human health issues.
      “All of the scientific literature out there has found there isn’t a direct causal link — there just isn’t — between the presence of wind turbines and a health impact,” Kunkle said.
      Dr. Jay Tibbetts, vice president of the Brown County Health Board and its medical adviser, disagreed.
      “In Shirley, three people have moved out of their homes,” he said. “I know all three. They’re not nuts. They’re severely suffering.”‘

  6. Calculating the impact zone:

    [Can you detect the grammatical betrayal? OOOPS!]

    Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study: Summary of Results
    ‘[excerpt] Infrasound from wind turbines could sometimes be measured at distances up to 10km from the wind turbines, but was in many cases below background infrasound levels.’

  7. https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2014/11/06/bills-would-limit-wind-turbine-lawsuits/

    ‘[excerpt] Now there is legislation (Senate Bills 1123 and 1124) that would restrict “nuisance” lawsuits filed over wind turbines. Under the measures, those who operate or own wind turbines would be exempt from such lawsuits if the turbines were found to be in compliance with state and local rules. In conjunction with this; the measures would also require that plaintiffs who did not prevail with their lawsuits would have to pay all of the court costs.

    Sen. Howard Walker, R-Traverse City, introduced the bills on Oct. 22. They have been referred to the Senate Energy and Technology Committee.

    Capitol Confidential asked Sen. Walker why he introduced the legislation.

    “There are a number of lawsuits being filed and families being paid damages,” he said. “When that happens, the additional costs are passed on to the ratepayers. To me, this is a property rights issue. If someone is complying with local ordinances and state law, I believe they have the right to harvest wind energy on their property.”

    In Mason County, 17 residents filed suit against Consumers Energy over negative health impacts, including dizziness, sleeplessness, headaches and other physical symptoms they allege are being caused by turbines in the Lake Winds industrial wind plant near Ludington. Negotiations over a final settlement are ongoing.
    The Lake Winds industrial wind plant has been declared out-of-compliance according to the Mason County noise ordinance. Consumers Energy took the county to court over that finding, and lost at the circuit court level. The utility has appealed that ruling to the Michigan Court of Appeals.
    Capitol Confidential asked Sen. Walker about a possible connection between the bills and Marty Lagina, CEO and founder of Heritage Sustainable Energy, which operates industrial wind plants in Northern Michigan.

    “I’ve known Marty Lagina a long time,” Sen. Walker said. “He and I worked together on oil and gas development in the late 1970s. Marty has discussed the lawsuit situation with me. I believe this legislation might be a way to address the issue.”

    Capitol Confidential asked Lagina if he believes those who claim to suffer health problems from proximity to wind turbines are imaging it, faking it or really being physically affected.

    “In my opinion there is no scientific evidence to support the idea that there is some sort of wind turbine syndrome,” Lagina said. “The World Health Organization – which generally seems to recognize all sorts of claims – doesn’t recognize it, the Mayo Clinic doesn’t recognize it, and the AMA (American Medical Association) doesn’t recognize it. What I believe has happened is that when you tell people that something will make them sick, some people will believe they are being made sick.

    “There is evidence of this happening with other things when they were new,” Lagina continued. “It happened with radios and with Wi-Fi.”

    Capitol Confidential posed the following question to Lagina: “Wouldn’t Sen. Walker’s legislation set up a situation under which wind developers would only have to get local zoning boards to adopt ordinances that are friendly to them once, and then – even if the boards decided they’d made a mistake – that one-time decision would stand forever after?”

    “If you build a house on your property and comply with all of the ordinances and standards, should someone be able to come in afterward, change the rules, and then claim you’re no longer complying?” Lagina asked rhetorically. “I don’t think that’s a system that people would want.”

    Capitol Confidential asked: “Isn’t that different because your house wouldn’t potentially be impacting the health and safety of your neighbors?”

    “Sure, someone’s house could impact their neighbors,” Lagina said. “It could cut off the sun. A chimney that complied with a zoning ordinance could send smoke over to a neighbor. In my opinion, the property owner shouldn’t be penalized if they complied with the rules that were in place when they built the house.’

    • Union of Concerned Scientists, Corporate Profiles, 2012

      DTE Energy Company (DTE), a Michigan electric company that also services the Michigan Thumb area where IWTs are located and is involved with IWTs there. NextEra Energy also has IWTs in this same area.


      General Electric/GE


      Union of Concerned Scientists has advocated for 30% renewables in Michigan.

      Ella: Copy for Michigan.

      • ITC ,a Michigan company, built and owns the Michigan Thumb loop transmission line to carry wind power from the Michigan Thumb.

        ITC owns the connectors: to near Sarnia & to Windsor to connect with Hydro One transmission lines there.

        ITC is now involved in the Nanticoke to Pennsylvania, Lake Erie HVDC connector lines.

      • Union of Concerned Scientists –
        and, pray tell what makes them credible?

      • It’s still a Republican win – across the nation.
        All eyes on the Whitehouse.

        Does Premier Social Justice – get texts from Washington?
        It’s always big news………

      • Hypocrisy!

        Remember that trip to communist China?

        Ontario Appoints New Representative in Washington
        Monique Smith will promote Ontario’s interests in the United States
        August 15, 2013 9:20 A.M.

        Office of the Premier

        Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today that Ontario has appointed Monique Smith to represent the province at its office at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

        Smith will advise the Premier on U.S. matters of interest to Ontario. She will work to strengthen the province’s relationship with the United States, its most important trading partner, and enhance Ontario’s profile with senior government decision-makers and influential business leaders.

        Businesses and workers in Ontario depend on free-flowing trade with the United States, and decisions made there on other issues such as air and water quality, climate change and border security affect the quality of life of all the people of this province.

        Created in 2010, Ontario’s office in Washington is part of the Ontario government’s plan to make the province more competitive globally, help grow the economy and create more jobs.

      • yeah, we overwhelmingly voted against the ’30 by ’30 proposal during the last election ( 2012 ?) and they are still trying to shove that down our throats. Strange thing is, Consumers Power of Mi. had ads out during that time, against the ’30 by 30′.
        I happen to be on a border line, using DTE for electrical and Consumers for natural gas. So I get screwed by both companies. Yeah for me !!

        Thanks for the info Barb. Even if I don’t respond, I do read here all the time. Just so you know your info to me is not in vain.

  8. Hey Martin,

    Yes – the headline sucks.
    CBC – don’t watch if it makes you sick.

    But, Health Canada – acknowledges
    Annoyance issues

    Annoyance wins big in court!

  9. This is why it is vital to make the “noise” measurements inside and outside of affected dwellings. Actual measurements don’t lie!

    Vibration measurements don’t lie either!

    Doing psychology studies on this subject/issue is just a means of getting around doing actual medical studies, “noise” and vibration studies.

    • isn’t there one fellow who had already given evidence at the OP ERT and also on this federal health committee?

      • This should be looked into as there could be more members on the federal health committee who already had made statements on IWT health issues and were allowed to be on this panel.

        Even this one member’s testimony at the OP ERT should be made public.

    • Our public servants shouldn’t press snooze.

      Perhaps backroom deals – can buy some – ‘willful blindness…sssss’
      – but, for how long?

  10. Health Canada – acknowledges
    Annoyance issues

    ‘[excerpt] Health Canada said the results of the study are considered preliminary until published in peer-reviewed scientific literature. It added that “detailed analysis and results will be shared with Canadians and the international scientific community over the next several months with updates provided on the Health Canada website.”

    We’re just getting started, globally speaking.

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