Massive 230MW Niagara Region Wind project approved by government

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A Renewable Energy Approval (REA) has been issued to Niagara Region Wind Corporation to engage in a renewable energy project in respect of a Class 4 wind facility consisting of the construction, installation, operation, use and retiring of 77 wind turbines, with a total name plate capacity of 230 MW. The wind facility will be connected to Hydro One Networks Inc.’s distribution system.

This Class 4 wind facility, known as the Niagara Region Wind Farm, consists of 77 wind turbine generators, overhead and/or below ground collector lines and a 44 kilometre 115 kV transmission line. The wind facility is located in the Townships of West Lincoln, Wainfleet and the Town of Lincoln within the Region of Niagara and Haldimand County, Ontario. Project infrastructure such as collector lines and transmission lines will be sited along the boundaries of the Township of Pelham and Town of Grimsby, but will be sited outside of these municipalities on the opposite side of the road. Read more

8 thoughts on “Massive 230MW Niagara Region Wind project approved by government

  1. Concerns were raised with respect to the applicable sound power level for the proposed wind turbine model for the project. The MOECC noise review engineer followed up with the applicant on this matter during the technical review and confirmed the use of 104.8 dBA as the sound power level for the proposed wind turbine model. The applicant submitted a letter to the MOECC from ENERCON with a definitive statement confirming the sound power levels of the E101 and E82 wind turbines.
    According to the IEC 61 400 – 11 ed 2 the sound power level for the E101 with reduced rated power is 100 dBA for the 1 MW turbine, 102.0 for the 1.5 MW turbine, 104.0 dBA for the 2 MW turbine, 105.6 dBA for the for the 2.5 MW turbine
    So we are now being told that the sound power rating for the 3 MW E101 turbine is 104.8 dBA which is lower than the 2.5 MW turbine.

  2. Concerns related to spacing between turbines

    Since some of the spacing for this project is tighter than the conservative guidelines, ENERCON implemented computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models to study the fluid-structure interactions based on the proposed turbine layout. This was completed to determine the impact of turbulence on the integrity of the downwind turbines with spacing at or within the conservative guidelines.

    Based on the results of this study, ENERCON agreed that the turbine spacing is acceptable, whereby the downwind turbines will operate without integrity issues. ENERCON also confirmed that there will be no need for sector wide shutdown of any turbines in the project in order to avoid potential turbulence or integrity issues.
    ENERCON has reviewed the final project layout and is satisfied that the appropriate spacing will not create concerns during operation.

    So much for integrity – larger industrial wind turbines with a lower sound power level and installed with a spacing that is ” tighter than conservative guidelines”

  3. Seems the only way now is to have each dwelling affected by turbine noise, infrasound and vibrations measured for these effects.

    Problem is to find enough qualified people to do this that are not already engaged by the wind industry.

    Actual measurements don’t lie!

    Otherwise it can’t be proven right now if ENERCON’s position on this is correct. Can only be proven right or wrong after the IWTs are installed.

    However, they have provided written information which could be used in the future.
    Keep written copies of all information supplied by developers.

  4. For the other project in West Lincoln, the MOE admitted that “the company screwed up”! and they “trust the proponent to give accurate information” Even the proponent, HAF Wind Energy admitted that they fudged the reports, but, we are a forgiving province – so another project for West Lincoln is approved on the “trust” of the proponents: The ERT for that project is still sitting on the results, probably because they have no idea how to come up with a result that will please the proponent and the MOE when “they lied”.

    • You can’t fudge/lie to obtain any government contract and the government can’t “fix” it so anyone can.

      These would be government employee/employees “fixing” the contract. They will tell the public they can do this but only if the public does nothing about the situation.

      Why should any minister or government employee be allowed to “fix” a contract? This is corruption.

  5. Darn by the title of this report I was hoping it would be in the green belt.

    Maybe then the eyes/ ears would open
    I seriously think that’s why none have been brought closer to the big cities.

    Their pet projects would be doomed.

  6. These poor people who must live close to the turbines. A gas chamber would be so much easier for these people

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