Abigale Subdhan | January 16, 2014 National Post
Several Prince Edward Island rinks that were convinced to make the expensive conversion to wind power, but never saw the promised savings, are now trying to get rid of the trouble-plagued turbines and win compensation for their troubles.
“We went into debt to purchase this windmill on the promise that it would make us money and it would help us with our power costs,” said Tom Albrecht, vice-president of the South Shore Actiplex in Crapaud, P.E.I., which spent $70,000 and received another $230,000 from the federal and provincial governments to install a turbine.
“The bottom line is buy us out and give us our money back.”
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Turbines Not As Benign As Promised Susan Smith Niagara This Week January 14, 2014
It was recently found in the German Supreme Court that the Enercon Wind Turbines are performing much louder and with potentially greater harm to people than previously determined. The Enercon turbines, E82, height 124 meters and E101 height 135 meters (with blades 183.5 meters or 602 feet in height) are proposed for the 77 Industrial Wind Turbines in the Niagara Regional Wind Corporation Project in West Lincoln. These turbines are among the tallest in the world.
The World Health Organization guarantees that we should be able to live without the negative effects of noise which can interfere with communication, annoy our psychophysiological systems, effect our productivity and social behaviour and cause noise induced hearing impairment. Are we going to have such guarantees with the planned project in West Lincoln?
Children living and attending schools within the proposed wind turbine project will be exposed to low frequency noise, acoustic noise, mechanical noise and infrasound. Children with asthma, Asberger’s syndrome, epilepsy, bronchitis, autism, ADD, ADHD, CAP are more greatly affected by extraneous noise. These children may have more sleeplessness, headaches and jaw issues. It may be more difficult for them to comprehend in reading and process mathematics if turbine noise interferes with their learning.
Many of the children at non-participating homes will be close to the minimum 550 meters from a turbine. Host farmer children, according to information from the NRWC project, may be living much closer than 550 meters from an IWT. This will mean that host children may live in homes much closer to wind turbines than the current Ontario guidelines allow.
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By Pierre Gosselin No Tricks Zone January 13,2014
Industrial wind projects in Bavaria are on hold pending the new siting rule.
I got an email from the head of an Ontario wind-turbine protest-group seeking information about wind power development in Germany.
Ontario, it appears, is poised to industrialize its landscape – thinking this will somehow lead to nicer weather. The head of the protest group wrote that the Ontario windpark promoters and lobbyists “are continually referring to Germany and their Energiewende and how successful their implementation of renewables is in that country.”
First off, the claim that the Energiewende in Germany has been successful is an outright lie, and it shows that Ontarian leaders haven’t done their homework on wind power and renewables. The German politicians and activists who spread that myth forgot to mention that 1) German power rates have skyrocketed due to the feed-in act, 2) industries are now threatening to leave, citing costly and unreliable energy supply, and 3) protests against windparks in Germany are becoming increasingly fierce as nobody wants them in their backyard anymore. Moreover, the outputs are far from what was promised. More than ever plans for new windparks are being forced offshore. But there too the technical problems, and thus profitability problems, are great.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Germany is drastically scaling back its subsidies for renewable energies and windparks. Last year alone Germany saw a 55% plunge in solar investments, and over the last 2 years Germany’s solar manufacturing industry has been all but obliterated. So much for the green dream.
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Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer has put a halt to any further construction of “monster windmills”, as he calls them, in the German State of Bavaria. A new rule is to be imposed that all turbines must not be within a distance of 10 times the height of the turbine to an inhabited structure. Two hundred metre model turbines will now have to be built at least 2km away. There are currently 600 wind turbines in Bavaria with plans to have 1500 built. He has noted that in their new concept there will be significantly less built. With this 10-H regulation, wind power in Bavaria will be dead, as was noted by Green leader Ludwig Hartmann. And not a moment too soon. Lucky Bavarians. Maybe Prime Minister Seehofers’ counterpart here in Ontario, Premier Wynne, should see these articles and get inspired!
Sorry some of these articles are in German, you will have to use Google translate. Enjoy!
Prime Minister Seehofer slows the development of wind turbines after violent civil protests in Franconia. http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/bayern/Windkraft-Zwangspause-veraergert-Teile-der-CSU-id28074622.html
Wind turbines should not come too close to houses. http://www.br.de/nachrichten/windkraft-windraeder-seehofer-100.html
Adios Energiewende. http://www.merkur-online.de/aktuelles/politik/seehofer-erlass-gegen-windkraft-3217052.html
Windpower blocked in Bavaria: Opponents feel vindicated. http://www.mainpost.de/regional/bayern/mosaik;art16683,7872996
CSU Stops expansion: Wind power in Bavaria on the brink: http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/bayern/CSU-stoppt-Ausbau-Windkraft-in-Bayern-auf-der-Kippe-id28313722.html
Seehofer wants to tighten spacing requirements. http://translate.google.com/translate?depth=1&hl=en&prev=/search%3Fq%3DStromversorgung%2Bin%2BGefahr:%2BCSU%2Bwill%2Bschnellen%2BBau%2Bvon%2BErsatzkraftwerken%26nord%3D1%26biw%3D1680%26bih%3D904&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=de&u=http://www.zeit.de/wirtschaft/2014-01/energiewende-Bayern
Seehofer sabotages the Energiewende. http://www.newscron.com/render/1253798/72690177#.Us2xeCuEi70
By the end of the month Ilse Aigner wants to deliver a presentation as the new distance regulations for wind turbines are to be applied in practice. This time they will probably coordinate closely with Seehoferhttp://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/energiestreit-in-der-csu-seehofers-schwierigste-mission-a-942515.html
Compensation is sought from blocked windturbines in Bavaria. http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.mainpost.de/regional/bayern/Blockierte-Windraeder-Aiwanger-fordert-Entschaedigung%3Bart16683,7880267&prev=/search%3Fq%3DBlockierte%2BWindr%25C3%25A4der:%2BAiwanger%2Bfordert%2BEntsch%25C3%25A4digung%26nord%3D1%26biw%3D1680%26bih%3D904