Update, February 11, 2011: The Ontario government has placed a temporary freeze on offshore projects. Duguid states that he expects that freeze to be lifted within two years.

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Sound Propogation from Offshore Wind Turbine Arrays

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  1. The Wolfe Island Shoals Wind Farm will destroy the ecosystem between Main Duck (a National Park) and Wolfe Island. Utilities in NY state will no doubt follow suit and destroy the Eastern part of Lake Ontario for boaters and sailors. We need these open spaces for mental health and here we are converting them to industrial landscapes. The turbines may produce ~25% of their 300MW capacity in the first few years. Capacity factors will fall significantly as these monstrosities age– who will be responsible for their demolition? This is madness! BW P.Eng

  2. I have the bastards 690 m from my home and can hear them in our home if the wind blows form N, NW, or NE, really love to pay my property tax with these dam things keeping us up at nite

  3. Stop the wind scam. This a ghastly hoax played on an innocent public that does not know the full ramifications of wind turbines. They destroy the beauty and cost us dearly with higher taxes and hydro bils.

  4. U.S. Updates

    Lake Ontario
    New York September 27, 2011
    WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted to end the competitive solicitation process for the proposed Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project (GLOW), without awarding a contract for project development.

    The estimated annual cost of GLOW and the current economic conditions were the reasons for the Trustees’ action. Evaluation of the proposed project’s economics determined that it would not be fiscally prudent for the Power Authority to commit to the initiative.

    Lake Michigan
    Oct 2011 … phati.html
    Oceana County planners emphatic: No wind turbines on Lake Michigan

    “It is not clear whether Scandia just did not do their research or they were not being factual with the commission and the public,”

    Nov 2011 – Mar 2011
    Lake Michigan buoy approval puts wind-assessment project in motion

    This buoy is still active. They will put it out front of each community to access the reaction to offshore windfarms.

    Lake Erie
    June 2011

    Lake Erie wind farm timeline pushed back
    “Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation President Lorry Wagner says, “We definitely were a little over-ambitious. It’s 2013. Our original goal was 2012.”
    There’s still lots of work to do and lots of regulatory permits to obtain. Wagner says two or three are in hand with fifteen more needed. (At a public meeting the previous week Wagner stated “he had the backing of all the agencies he needed to.”)

    The project need $100 million for (5) turbines, plus more for a ship or ships to carry them.”
    The people around Cleveland loathe this Wagner character. Someone may have filled them in with some details.

  5. 2012 U.S. Updates:
    Sounds like Great Lakes US side is a dead issue

    GVSU pulls wind research buoy from Lake Michigan
    A Michigan Court of Appeals ruling in September (2011) ended a $1.3 million Michigan Public Service Commission grant (bouy funding -bouy is now out of service)

    Lake Erie windmill outlook is anything but breezy
    The windmills aren’t there yet.
    Neither will they be there later this year, next year, or the year after. In fact, they might not be there for another 10, 20, maybe even 30 or more years.
    Proponents cling to the hope that five to seven of the colossal, 225-ton machines will be up and running sometime around 2017.
    But that’s probably wildly optimistic.

    And all of it is bad.
    • The cost remains staggering. As of today, installing five to seven wind turbines a few miles off the shore of downtown would cost at least $150 million. That gigantic sum would provide power for a measly 6,000 to 8,000 homes.

  6. I lI’ve in a city (‘Ottawa) and am not directly affected by wind power.

    How do I get involved in this issue.
    My provincial government is creating havoc with this steamroller approach.

    I’m pro ‘green’ but not this way.

    • You can go to the the page top and select “Groups”. Contact Groups near you.

      Also read the posts at “Tom Adams Energy” blog and WCO/Wind Concerns Ontario blog.

      Read the sidebar articles posted on the OWR Homepage.

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