Farmers asked to unite to deal with wind companies

DSCF4669The Independent
Roger Buurma says it is time for farmers to work together when the wind energy companies come to town. The Watford area farmer was one of about two-dozen people who crammed the Brooke-Alvinston Council Chambers when NextEra came to explain what it is planning for the Hardy Creek Wind Energy Center (see story on page 3).

After the meeting, a group of landowners and neighbours huddled on the front steps of the council chambers with Buurma to figure out they can do in the face of another multi-turbine project. Buurma is concerned wind companies are using a divide and conquer approach to convince landowners to sign wind leases. “All the farmers I’ve talked to, even if they are opposed to wind turbines, say ‘if we have to look at it I might as well sign up.’ It’s all negative; they’re not in favour saying ‘I like it’ but rather they’re signing because of what I’ll call fear and greed.”

And Buurma says the wind companies play into that, telling farmers their neighbours have signed so they might as well get in on the action. “They are signing up hoping they will be one of the lucky ones saying ‘hopefully it will be on my property not his.’” Read article

12 thoughts on “Farmers asked to unite to deal with wind companies

  1. Look at the financial analysis made by Parker Gallant and see the mess that Ontario will be in if farmers continue to say “Yes” to the wind companies. Do you really want to contribute to Ontario’s demise?
    Take a good look at what has happened in other communities, in Ontario where people’s lives have been ruined and communities have been torn apart.
    Learn about the IPCC fraud.

  2. Wind and solar developers can go into an area and install their projects. Then they can turn around and sell these projects to other investors and then use the money to install more wind and solar projects elsewhere

    But to do this these companies need a guaranteed cash flow from their projects which is provided by the take or pay contracts issued and backed by the Ontario government through FIT contracts.

    Also provides a cheaper source of funding capital for developers.

  3. The Ontario farmer

    ‘[excerpt] Should you choose to grow energy crops, you’re diversifying your markets, creating a hedge against fluctuating prices.’

    Green Energy Business Information Bundle for Farmers
    Table of Contents

    What Is Green Energy?
    Green Energy Opportunities on the Farm
    Benefits of Going Green
    State of the Industry in Ontario
    Using This Site

    What Is Green Energy?

    Green energy is a clean, sustainable approach to producing and using the energy that contributes to Ontario’s high standard of living. It encompasses:

    Renewable energy, which comes from naturally replenished sources such as the wind and sun
    Measures to reduce energy use through greater efficiency and conservation

    As global supplies of oil, coal and natural gas shrink and as climate change becomes an increasingly important environmental concern, green energy is clearly the way of the future.
    Green Energy Opportunities on the Farm

    The agricultural sector is a natural focus for green energy initiatives. Already, many farmers are generating renewable electricity through wind, biogas, solar and micro-hydro systems.

    Others are capturing energy from the ground and using it for heating and cooling, or growing energy crops that can be used to heat buildings or fuel vehicles. Still others are saving energy by making good decisions, installing more efficient equipment and creating less energy waste.
    Benefits of Going Green

    Green energy benefits all Ontarians by reducing air pollution and curbing the greenhouse gas emissions that are driving climate change, but there are also good business reasons to conserve energy or install a renewable energy system.

    Using less energy saves you money – a direct benefit to your bottom line. If you generate your own electrical energy as well, you may actually be able to earn revenue by selling it to the power grid, or you can protect yourself from power blackouts by opting for a stand-alone, “off-grid” system.

    Should you choose to grow energy crops, you’re diversifying your markets, creating a hedge against fluctuating prices.

    Finally, if parts of your farm aren’t hooked up to the power grid, renewable energy offers a very viable alternative to diesel generators as a source of electricity.’

    Farmers will save the planet!
    Should we thank them?

    • Re-posted from a Tweet at Tom Adams

      The Windsor Star, March 18, 2015

      “Chris Vander Doelen: Greenhouses battered by harsh winter”

      “Meanwhile, prices of natural gas have plummeted and supplies are languishing in the ground in Western Canada without buyers, while the Ontario government continues to divert billions of dollars of investment into inefficient industrial wind turbines and solar panels that can’t be counted on to power automotive assembly plants or greenhouses.”

      • “Diane ain’t got nuffen ado wiff it!”

    • OFA’s ‘convoluted’ explanation of their survey:

      A ‘consensus’ – by concerned farmers –
      on climate change;
      aka weather changes and
      aka extreme weather.

      If it were not ‘convoluted’ enough – the OFA is now taking
      ‘Climate Change – seriously.


      OFA members weigh in on climate change (2015)

      By Paul Wettlaufer, Board member, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

      [excerpt] As farmers, we know weather impacts every aspect of our farm businesses. Weather changes dictate our daily schedules, cropping seasons and even our bottom lines. That’s one of the reasons the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is taking climate change seriously. Climate change is being discussed at many of our policy meetings, at county federations and in meetings with government. And to make sure we are accurately representing our members, we recently surveyed them about climate – their concerns and ideas on how climate change is or will impact their farm businesses.

      More than 2,500 OFA members completed the short online survey in January 2015. With more than 70% of them expressing concern about climate change as it affects agriculture. The largest worries for those members concerned about climate change impacts on their farms are the frequency and severity of weather events, extreme weather events, shifting weather patterns that impact growing seasons and crop yields, quality and cropping practices.

      Almost half of survey respondents were unsure if the agriculture industry is doing enough to reduce the causes of climate change, while 45% have already implemented changes to their farming practices to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Survey results confirmed Ontario farmers are already making changes to their operations to reduce the effects of climate change on their farms. Improving farm drainage, changing cropping practices and establishing wind rows were some of the most popular efforts reported for reducing impacts of changing weather conditions.

      The OFA will be using the survey results to formulate our messages to government and policy makers, making recommendations for climate change policy and program development. The OFA believes it’s important the impacts of climate change on farms be addressed and considered in policy and program decisions. It’s also important agriculture is recognized for the existing efforts made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

      We know our members are concerned about the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events on their farms. We also know many of them are already taking action to mitigate the impacts and reduce the effects of climate change. The OFA appreciates the time our members take to complete our surveys, weighing in on issues that impact their farm businesses. Regular input from members helps strengthen OFA’s advocacy efforts.’


      I’m not buying this!
      What does convoluted mean?

      p.s. hahahahahahahahahaha

      • Is there a copy of the OFA survey that can be posted?

        Understanding climate issues requires a very high degree of science education to begin with.

      • How much have the OFA membership numbers changed over the past few years? Any information on this?

      • OFA, 2015, still claims to represent about 37,000 farm families or about the same number as claimed, 37,000, in July of 2012.

  4. There is little or no crown land in Southwestern Ontario. Therefore, all the wind turbines in that area are situated on private lands belonging to farmers. If it wasn’t for greedy farmers selling out and signing up, there would be zero IWTs. Spin it whatever way you want, that’s the way it is.

    If I’m going to be thanking any farmers, it’ll be the Drennans, Dixon-Ryans and Kroeplins.

    • The Drennans, Dixon-Ryans, Kroeplins and their battle, is the only thing giving me hope in humanity these days. They could have sold out but, instead continue to fight for the rest of us.

      I was told the wind company approached the Mennonite Community. They talked about it as a group and then told the wind company “Having friends was more important than money”. Not sure if it’s true but, that’s exactly how a real community should approach anything as important as industrializing the countryside.

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