Watch “Big Wind” on TVO: March 25, 29 & 31

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March 25, 9:00pm & 12:00am
March 29, 31 9:00pm

“Big Wind” explores the conflict over the controversial development of industrial wind turbines that threaten to irreversibly transform the landscape of Ontario. It is a divisive issue pitting neighbour against neighbour, residents against corporations, and the people against their government. Ordinary citizens have become part of a growing revolution of people in rural communities across Ontario fighting ‘Big Wind’ to defend their homes, their way of life and the environment.

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39 thoughts on “Watch “Big Wind” on TVO: March 25, 29 & 31

  1. Thursday March 26 at 12 a.m.???
    That is also what the TVO site says, but really, are they broadcasting this at midnight?

  2. Anyone who can sit through this and not feel enormous compassion for the victims needs to get help in adjusting their ‘moral compass’. The documentary doesn’t show the substations around the Drennan farm and all of the turbines that now surround them. It’s outrageous.
    These people deserve all the support we can give them. Their courage in taking on the legal battle for our human rights is so admirable.

  3. Sommer,

    I went to a pre-screening in the K2 project area. To my surprise and disgust, a leaseholder was in attendance. He sat through it with a smirk on his face while people in the room shed tears. I am convinced that some people do not have a moral compass or conscience.

    • If one person tells two, and each of those tells two more, ten doublings gives us a thousand. If ten more doublings are accomplished, we are at a million…..

      This is how it goes viral in a very short period of time.

  4. Barb,
    What has been posted on these 3? They will be on as supporters of the wind industry.

    Brandy Giannetta, Ontario regional director of the Canadian Wind Energy Association;
    Judith Lipp, executive director of the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-op.

    In San Diego, California: Chris Ollsen, senior environmental health scientist at Intrinsik Health Sciences;

    • CanWEA name and food chain speaks for itself as supporters of IWTs.

      TREC is the symbolic wind turbine in Toronto in which people own shares.

      Intrinsik involved in some ERTs.

      Will look at this again for up-dates.

    • Grand Bend ERT 2012

      Chris Ollson, Intrinsik and former Project Leader Health Sciences Group at Stantec.


      TREC, Incorporated 1998

      Canadian Business Journal/CBJ

      “Judith Lipp talks about our renewable future”


      CanWEA, Brandy Giannetta

      CanWEA Ontario Regional Director
      Advisory Board member, Women in Renewable Energy/WiRE

      • As always, thank you Barbara!

        As an aside, when the windies on TVO comment on “how wonderful” IWT are ,all tweeters need to offer up ( tongue-in-cheek,of course) the suggestion that there are LOTS of 550 m ( with 50m) spaces along the Don Valley parkway, High Park, Earl Bales Park, Downsview Park, Rowntree Mills Park, Centennial Park, Sunny Brook Park or the Humber River green space for IWT projects.

        There could be agreements with one of the many golf courses in and around the GTA,too or on the Toronto Island like they have on Manitoulin Island. Just saying……

    • “Wind Power, Wind Problems”
      The Agenda with Steve Paikin

      Panel Discussion:
      Ross McKitrick
      Jane Wilson, Wind Concerns Ontario
      Judith Lipp, Federation of Community Power Cooperatives
      Brandy Gianetta, CanWEA

      from the transcript —
      Judith Lipp — “the real story”

      ‘[excerpt] Judith Lipp: Well I actually think this is a, there is a really exciting trend happening. Ontario is part of that. It’s part of a global trend. Which is that we’re on our way to transitioning to a renewable energy economy. It’s absolutely imperative that we do so. What the chart doesn’t show is really, energy is changing all the time. The intake and you know, the output is really dependent on for instance how much the wind is blowing. So on any given day that percentage of wind could be much higher. I think what the chart doesn’t, the story the chart doesn’t tell is that since 2003, when the province decided to close the coal plants, renewable energy has entered into that gap that was created. And that’s really, that’s the real story because what’s behind that decision of closing the coal plants was a health decision, it’s a climate change decision, it’s about taking our responsibilities seriously and moving forward. So you can’t just ask whether wind is a good idea. You’ve gotta look at the full picture, you’ve gotta look at, what are the benefits that have been provided

      Steve Paikin:
      And in your view, the benefits outweigh the downside?

      Judith Lipp:
      Well absolutely! Wind is one of the most competitive electricity sources for new generation globally. And we are well on our way, in this province, to take part in that benefit, that economic benefit, but also the social and environmental benefits.

      Steve Paikin: Jane Wilson, your view?

      well, I think looking at the whole picture is a great idea..”

    • Yes! it looks like she lied when she said: “The system operator in Ontario has taken wind and used it to help balance those surpluses that we’re seeing”.

      from the transcript:

      ‘[excerpt] Brandy Giannetta: Definitely think wind power has a role to play within the supply mix in Ontario. The chart shows, you know, four percent right now and, just to Judith’s point, and Mr. McKitrick’s point earlier, it’s not insignificant, and it certainly is a very important part. It plays a role. The system operator in Ontario has taken wind and used it to help balance those surpluses that we’re seeing in order to become more flexible and nimble, and certainly the environmental aspect of it being, you know, a clean energy source. It’s increasingly cost-competitive with other new sources. And it’s timely. So, in the timeline that it took to phase out the coal plants we saw the wind fleet grow in Ontario to the level that it’s at today, it will continue to grow over the course of the next several years, and it will continue to play an important role in providing the flexibility and in modernizing the grid.’

    • [6:20]
      ‘[excerpt] Brandy Giannetta: Sure, I mean, we are actually right now realizing the benefits that wind energy projects are bringing to the local communities that they operate in. Wind developers work with the municipal leadership in order to create very innovative ways to ensure that those benefits are realized. Not just through land lease agreements to property owners, or property taxes which are part of any industrial commitment within a community. They’re also realizing community benefits through, you know, partnership agreements with First Nations, municipal equity agreements, so that the community benefits are realized at home, in the areas where those projects are operating.

      Steve Paikin: Jane, we’re going to leave the health effects to the side for now, because we’re going to devote a portion of the discussion to that’

    • [7:45]
      ‘[excerpt] Steve Paikin: Judith, it’s undeniable that this issue has split communities, and divided friends, relatives, families. Has it been too big a price to pay in that regard for whatever environmental or economics benefits you think have accrued to this?

      Judith Lipp: Well, I guess it’s hard to assess that. We have to look at the bigger picture, as I’ve mentioned. So, we are in an environmental crisis, we have a climate catastrophe looming, and we need to make some difficult choices. So everybody understands that when you make infrastructure choices, there are going to be people who are for it, and people who are against it. I guess the way I would come at the question is how can we mitigate the possibility of those tensions within a community. And that’s really where the sector that I work with, the community power sector, is really trying to demonstrate a different path, basically saying that communities need to be given an opportunity to own a piece of the project that is going up in their neighbourhood, in their community.
      They need to have a financial stake in it. And we see this in jurisdictions where that is a dominant model. Scotland is a forerunner in this area. Germany, for sure. Half the wind turbines in Germany are owned by the citizens of the country. And we’re talking, you know, twenty thousand megawatts of wind potentially. So, these are huge numbers, right?’

    • [9:40]
      ‘[excerpt] Brandy Giannetta: I think it’s important to remember like I said earlier, Steve, is that wind offers a flexibility into the system that didn’t exist prior to renewables being integrated. So we do have a reliance on nuclear for baseload, absolutely. Hydroelectricity has a role to play. Wind energy and other renewables on the grid play a very important role. It’s about modernizing the grid, providing emissions-free electricity that is not subject to the commodity, you know, volatility pricing for fuel pricing. And it’s not ever going to be subject to a carbon pricing mechanism such as natural gas as we see, you know, helping to fill those gaps

      Steve Paikin: But we also can’t rely on it, really, for providing baseload power can we?

      Brandy Giannetta: I don’t think it’s ever intended to be a baseload supply. It’s supposed to be part of a balanced supply mix. And it certainly fills that role in Ontario. And as it continues to grow and become more prevalent, the system operator will continue to look to wind energy in particular to help balance the system. And that is probably the most significant role that it can play and it will ever be intended to play.’

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