Myth #2: Fossil Fuels Get More “Subsidies” Than Renewables
Myth #3: Americans Will be Using Less Electricity
Myth #4: Only Renewable Energy Systems are Evolving
Myth #5: Europe is the Example to Follow
Myth 1: Wind and Solar Will Displace Coal
Although growing in importance, wind and solar power are not expected to displace coal in the years ahead because they are only available “when the sun shines” and “when the wind blows.” The EIA’s National Energy Modeling System doesn’t forecast a wind and solar “explosion” as some want to claim because technical and physical limitations make them less reliable and more expensive. EIA-cited low capacity factors for wind (35%) and solar (23%), which often fall below 10%, are a constraining factor in our consumer-based society, where reliable electricity is needed on demand. Wind power, for instance, is best late at night when demand is lowest. Perhaps the best thing we can do for renewables is to move the focus away from deployment at all costs and center on more R&D to store electricity at utility-scale. Without greater storage options, wind and solar will remain much more “supplemental” than “alternative.” Carnegie Mellon’s Electricity Industry Center warns of a public backlash from higher costs if we try to install renewables too quickly: many Renewable Portfolio Standards are now being pulled back. Even our best costs estimates for renewables are often incomplete because they omit the requirement for new transmission and backup generation (“spinning reserve”) that comes from more reliable fossil fuels. It must also be noted here that wind and solar energy are not “new,” as many like to claim, but are among the oldest sources. The windmill goes back at least 3,000 years to ancient Persia (today’s Iran), and the ancient Egyptians utilized solar energy to heat their homes.
An Ontario court has dismissed a set of appeals from four families that sought to have provincial legislation related to the approvals of large-scale wind farms declared unconstitutional.
In a decision released on Monday, a panel of three Divisional Court judges ruled against the claims of the families who were concerned about the potential health effects of living as close as 500 metres to the turbines.
The families had argued that provincial legislation makes it impossible to scuttle a project on the basis of potential health impacts.
The case was considered the first constitutional challenge to the Green Energy Act to reach the appellate court level.
Until Dec. 22, they lived less than a mile from one of the turbines, within a mile of five more. Each of the 16 turbines are taller than 500 feet and within two miles of their home.
Help has come from many of the family’s supporters — from people in Sheffield to the Danby-based Vermonters for a Clean Environment.
VCE executive director Annette Smith dipped into inheritance funds her parents left her to purchase the used trailer for the couple, saying she feared for the Therriens’ lives while trying to survive another winter on the mountain.
Ultimately, with VCE’s help, the Therriens’ former home will be turned into a motel of sorts. Guests will be educated on the effects of living near an industrial wind project site, said Smith.
“We are going to set it up as the First Wind Motel, that is our plan, and people can come up and experience it firsthand,” said Luann. A minimum stay of several nights will be required so the experience is meaningful, said Smith, adding that the same idea is being discussed near a wind project in another state.
Smith said, “Someone will be staying at the house in Sheffield after the Therrien family leaves.”
The most common source of complaint from those unfortunates forced to live next to wind farms is the incessant low-frequency noise and infrasound generated by giant industrial wind turbines: turning a quiet night in into an occasion of acoustic torture (see our post here); and destroying many a good night’s sleep (see our post here).
But the low-frequency noise and massive air pressure fluctuations generated by giant fans have never been part of any noise standard or regulation for wind farms.
The noise standards – written by the wind industry – rely on the dB(A) weighting and, therefore, deliberately ignore the vast bulk of the sound energy produced by turbines – which pervades homes as infrasound and in frequencies that cause sleep deprivation and other adverse health effects (see our post here).
The idea of “testing” for the impacts from turbine noise and vibration without including…
There are 54 receptors that live along the transmission line.
There are 97 homes along the transmission corridor (from Walker Rd to the North substation)
At Walker road it will be underground to the NONI Q5G at Lincoln)
There will be 390 poles, placed on the opposite side of the road to the existing poles
The photo below will be of interest to residents of West Lincoln, Wainfleet and Haldimand that will be living near the 115Kv transmission line that NRWC proposes to install along our rural county road allowances.
Our deepest sympathies to Bill and his family for this tragic loss of a wonderful caring lady.
Obituary for Carol Barker
Barker, Carol Ann
Passed away at Hamilton General Hospital on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 with her loving husband and friends by her side. Carol who was in her 70th year had just recently adopted Gunther into our family of horses, dogs, cats and pet duck. Beautiful Carol was known by everyone to have an open heart for any animal in need of help: cats in the culvert, dogs in rescue programs, and even a duck that just dropped into the farm. Carol was an avid horse lover. As a wedding present she bought her husband, Bill Morris, a horse. That led to thirty-seven years of horse shows across Canada and the US. Carol rode and placed at the Paint Horse Congress in Wichita on HF Skips Supreme. Carol, raised: an APHA World Champion, Dontyoujustloveme; an APHA Reserve World Champion My Oh My and her favourite CC (Don’t Skip Charlene). Carol always tried to help other people. There are quite number of young people who benefited from Carol providing them with a good horse to learn on (7L’s Shanandoah, HF Skips Sly Fox, Andy Rap, and Skips Jube). Continue reading Our deepest sympathies.→
Mothers Against Wind Turbines Inc has launched both a health appeal and an environmental appeal against the Ministry of the Environment (now the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change) in the decision by the MOE to approve the Niagara Regional Wind Corporation industrial wind project.
The process is an interesting statement on the evolution of justice with respect to the renewable energy initiative, a politically motivated initiative that has been touted as the saviour of the planet through reduced CO2 emissions. The preliminary hearing to determine who can speak and on what topic was held Dec 19, 2014 in the Wellandport hall.
The first thing you notice, beyond the hard chairs and the poor acoustical system, is the abundance of legal council. There are three lawyers on the tribunal panel. They have been assigned by the Ministry of the Attorney General office to preside over this case. We are informed that the purpose of the hearing is for the tribunal to review the directors decision and consider ONLY whether engaging in the renewable energy project in accordance with the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) will cause serious harm to human health or serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment. So the scope has been limited and concerns about economic impact, democratic rights, anything beyond serious harm to human health and serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment are beyond the jurisdiction of this tribunal. It seems a little backward that the people that live in the community have to prove beyond a shadow of doubt that the engagement in a politically motivated initiative will seriously harm their health and/or their environment.Continue reading What is the real cost of an Environmental Review Tribunal?→
Below is the submission made by Sue and Leon Atkins, which received applause by the more than 100 local residents who attended the Preliminary Hearing of the ERT appeal for the NRWC project in West Lincoln which was held in Wellandport Dec 19/2014.
Sue Atkins Quoted a notice she look a picture of while attending one of the NRWC community information presentations held in our area a while back.
“NRWC QUOTE: If there are MORE than 5 turbines within 3 km of a noise receptor or if any turbines have a sound power level greater than 102 decibels,greater set back distances must be met and or noise studies must be completed.”
Then she asked. “Has anyone completed these noise studies? Has anyone meet these set back distances?” Her response was “NO!” There could also be heard murmurs of “NO” through out the audience in response to her questions as well.
As she points out below, 7 turbines are within 2 km of their farm. 10 are within 3 km and 24 within 5 km. Sue Atkins is well within her right to question how this is possible in light of the NRWC PUBLIC notice reassuring residents that what is about to happen to them wouldn’t happen to anyone.
Thank you to the Atkins for standing up and fighting !! If you want to help the Atkins then helpMothers Against Wind Turbines Inc.. and donate to their Legal fund so we can keep this fight going for as long as we can!! These are real members of our community, your community, coming forward and fighting! Fighting not only for their livelihoods, their health, their home but fighting for everyone who potentially will be negatively affected by the NRWC project.
DONATE TO THE LEGAL FUND TODAY!!! These are Real members of our Community.
Sue Atkins says she has acoustic neuroma — a benign brain tumor that develops on the main nerve leading from the inner ear.
Although it’s non-cancerous, she says it is continuing to grow and has resulted in hearing loss and the possible need for surgery. It has also made her particularly sensitive to infrasound, like the sound created by the huge spinning blades of industrial wind turbines.
But the rural St. Anns farm she shares with her husband Leon and their 29 ponies and horses will be within five kilometers of 24 huge industrial wind turbines if a provincially approved Green Energy Act development by Niagara Region Wind Corp. is allowed to proceed.
“We are really concerned at the fact that our small parcel of property is going to be surrounded by these wind turbines,” she says.
Please consider donating to the MAWT Inc. legal Fund – we can only fight as far as the money allows us!
It’s a battle they probably won’t win.
But it could be a necessary step towards winning the war.
There were more than 150 people at the Wellandport Community Centre Friday, and that was just for a preliminary hearing to determine who would speak and about what during an Environmental Review Tribunal looking into concerns about a large wind turbine development, scheduled to start a month from now on Jan. 19.