The Energy Series – Weighing the Different Sources of Green Energy

Adam Metaphor:

Horses were once a great source of energy and prosperity, both agriculturally and in our cities. We needed them and they were certainly useful and numerous.

And boats – wind, were also a source of transportation and a source of prosperity and…

what are they today in both cases? TOYS FOR RICH PEOPLE.

He sees a lesson there….

Episode 4 with Tom Adams

Tom Adams is an independent energy and environmental advisor, and a Research Fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. He has worked for several environmental organizations and served on the Board of Directors of Ontario’s Independent Electricity Market Operator and on the Board of Management of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Energy.


CaptureOur intuitions about the benefits of solar and wind power are very strong: limitless, clean, and free. But the reality is very different from the hype, argues Tom Adams in this penetrating interview. An environmentalist at heart who worked in environmental groups for almost twenty years, he says that from a consumer perspective, but also from an environmental perspective, renewable energy has been vastly oversold.

Wind power in particular is highly problematic. It kills bats and birds, it’s noisy, it’s an eyesore, it’s unreliable—and it’s expensive. Without subsidies, it would virtually disappear. Wind turbines are an old technology, just like sailing ships, and both were displaced long ago by better technologies. “Commercial sailing was made obsolete by steam engines that were terribly primitive,” Adams points out. “Today, wind power in the maritime world is a toy for rich people. And that’s really what wind power is for electricity generation: a toy for rich people. Only wealthy societies can afford this.”

As for solar, it has niches where it is competitive. “If you’re in a developing world country where the electricity supply is heavily parasitized by power theft, which is a drastic problem in many parts of the world, really holds back the advancement of civilization, […] that’s the example where solar is today very successful.” This is because solar power can be small scale and modular, so you can put a fence around it and protect your assets.

New wind and solar technologies could change the energy picture, but the fossil fuel industry is not standing still either. It is innovating fast, finding cheaper, safer, cleaner ways to develop formerly inaccessible resources. Nuclear energy has also made great progress, although it has a long way to go, says Adams, before it can be cost competitive for North American consumers.

Sounding Off: Risks of turbine collapse (Allen Fraser)

Those with an interest in windfarms may be interested to hear about the collapse on Friday 2nd January in light winds of an 80 metre tall 2500kW wind turbine. This turbine was one of eight in the Screggagh wind farm on Murley Mountain in County Tyrone. The industrial sized turbine, valued at over £500,000, collapsed and broke up scattering debris over a wide area. (For sake of comparison the proposed Viking Windfarm turbines are 3600kW and 145 metres tall).

People living in the area said the rotor blades were spinning out of control and the sound of the breaking apart was heard more than 11 kilometres (seven miles) away. Debris from the stricken turbine is scattered across the mountainside up to a kilometre away. A large spike is impaled in the earth several hundred metres from the turbine site. (The attached pictures are courtesy of Padraig McDermott).

Turbine collapses such as this are becoming a more common occurrence worldwide with the proliferation of subsidised windfarms. So great is the concern about such incidents that a new rule has been introduced in Bavaria to regulate the minimum distance of turbines from dwellings. This is because turbines planned for this area will be 200 metres tall.

These new rules introduce a formula for minimum distance from dwellings, i.e. setback distance equals 10xH where “H” is the height of the turbine. Thus for a 200 metre tall turbine the setback distance will be (200metres x 10) two kilometres.

Continue reading Sounding Off: Risks of turbine collapse (Allen Fraser)

ERT moved to Smithville Council Chambers, Jan 26 2015

Subject: Notice of Venue Change – 14-096 Mothers Against Wind Turbines v. MOECC
Importance: High

Good Afternoon Parties, Counsel, Presenters and Participants, xxxx;

I am writing to advise you that the hearing of the above noted matter will commence on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers of the Town of West Lincoln.

The Township offices are located at 318 Canborough St., in Smithville, Ontario.


Eva Pietrzyk

Case Coordinator | Planner

Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario

Environmental Review Tribunal | Niagara Escarpment Hearing Office | Office of Consolidated Hearings

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Local groups disappointed by court decision

WEST LINCOLN — Local residents fighting existing and future wind turbines in the community had a disappointing end to 2014.

next it might be youJust days before the end of last year, the divisional court ruled against an appeal filed by Huron farmers Shawn and Trish Drennan and several others in that area.  Two local groups, West Lincoln Glanbrook Wind Action Group and Mothers Against Wind Turbines were anxiously watching the case, which was based on issues similar to their own appeals.  Both groups sought intervener status on the case along with 12 similar groups across Ontario. The case covers three windmill projects near Lake Huron. The Drennans will have a turbine 700 metres from their farmhouse and a transformer closer than that. The Dixons, also appellants on the case, will have two turbines as just over the 550-metre setback imposed by the Act. The Kroeplins will have an Armow Wind turbine 559 metres from their home — which they sold in July — and another 12 within two kilometres.

The case is the first to reach the divisional court level despite two dozen appeals having been filed against projects approved under the province’s Green Energy Act. The first step in fighting approval is an appeal to the Environmental Review Tribunal, which can only decide on whether or not approved projects pose serious risk to human or animal health or the environment.   MAWT will begin its appeal Jan. 26 and the WLGWAG, filed by Caistor Centre residents Ed Engel and Anne Fairfield, wrapped up its hearing in the summer. Continue reading Local groups disappointed by court decision

County urged to study EMF levels along Dufferin Wind transmission line

While Dufferin Wind Power Inc. (DWPI) “unequivocally” states its transmission line meets all regulations, Melancthon Mayor Darren White wants the county to conduct its own electromagnetic field (EMF) tests.

At county council’s meeting this Thursday (Jan. 8), White plans to urge politicians hire an electrical engineering consultant to determine whether the amount of stray energy being emitted from Dufferin Wind’s 230 kV transmission line is safe or not.

“It’s in the best interest of us to at least know what the levels are that we’re dealing with,” White said. “To have somebody, who is professional in the field, explain to us that this is safe, this is not safe, or under which conditions it is safe.”

Since Health Canada doesn’t consider EMF a hazard, there are no precautionary measures required when it relates to daily exposure. As such, Dufferin Wind spokesperson Connie Roberts noted the company has no testing guidelines to follow.

“We state unequivocally that all protocol has been followed in the construction of this line,” Roberts explained in an email, claiming opponents to her company’s project are requesting EMF measurements that aren’t mandated in Canada.

“DWPI has installed a safe power line,” Roberts added. “It has been built to the latest industry standards; and it is consistently operating at well under capacity.”

Continue reading County urged to study EMF levels along Dufferin Wind transmission line

Please show your support to MAWT Inc. with encouragement, finances and prayer.

West Lincoln will never be the same

Grimsby Lincoln News

It’s final. The MOE has approved the NRWC project for Niagara.

imagesConcerned residents have spent countless hours and more hours of our time since the project was announced studying the maps, turbine locations, siting, possible health and environmental impacts and the project documents. We submitted almost 3000 comments to the MOE last January, with our findings and concerns, and have not held back on our research, and correspondence with government and local environment groups, in fact, just yesterday a letter was sent to the Ministry of Natural Resources about the required permits for this project.

Checking into the approval documents which we received since Nov. 15/14, it seems that NRWC has not been following up on our concerns, when the only change we find in the documents is that they have finalized the turbine choice and will be placing only six 135-metre tall turbines, and the rest will be 124 metres tall, which will alleviate most of the concerns about the distance from neighbouring properties (turbine height plus blade length).

The turbines will still be 3MW, so they are still the largest in North America. No changes have been made to the siting from schools, wetlands, migratory bird routes, road allowances, vacant lots, or for species at risk or bats and raptors.

The transmission lines are still above ground along our road allowances, exposing our residents in their homes to the hazards of electrical pollution, although a slight rerouting, bypassing Smithville has been made.

They will still be sending almost 700 truckloads of materials down our roads for construction of each turbine and they are only responsible for “reasonable “construction hours of work. NRWC has not yet removed three of the turbines from the project plan, and yet they plan to begin construction as soon as possible.

West Lincoln, my home township, will never be the same again if this project is allowed to continue as proposed.    

Please show your support to MAWT Inc., PO Box 132 Wellandport, LOR 2J0 with encouragement, finances and prayer

Nellie DeHaan,


Fintona, County Tyrone: 100-metre wind turbine collapses

Debris from the stricken turbine is scattered across the mountainside and a large spike remains impaled in the earth several hundred yards from the turbine site.
Debris from the stricken turbine is scattered across the mountainside and a large spike remains impaled in the earth several hundred yards from the turbine site.

NRWC wind turbines  are 124 to 135 M to hub and the blade is another 46..6 M


A 100-metre wind turbine has collapsed on a mountainside near Fintona in County Tyrone.

Watch Video of News Report at site of fallen turbine

turbines in the skyThe turbine was one of eight on the Screggagh wind farm on Murley mountain.

It is not clear what caused the giant structure to collapse, but people in the industry said it was a highly unusual event especially as winds were light at the time. Continue reading Fintona, County Tyrone: 100-metre wind turbine collapses

Wind farm critics keen to hear expert’s findings on turbine noise

WIND farm critics are hoping an expert’s report to be presented in Portland next month will strengthen their case for official recognition of noise and health issues linked to turbines.

downloadAmong those planning to attend the report’s release will be Cape Bridgewater residents, some of whom claim their property values have been eroded since wind turbines were erected in the past decade. The Standard understands some houses on Blowholes Road, where turbines tower over the popular coastal spot, have been vacated.

Six people took part in acoustic testing for eight weeks in June and July related to the Pacific Hydro wind facility at Cape Bridgewater. Continue reading Wind farm critics keen to hear expert’s findings on turbine noise

MAWT Inc Environmental Review Tribunal ( ERT) January 26

Happy New year.

MAWT Inc wants to be sure that you are aware that the scheduled date for the MAWT Inc Environmental Review Tribunal ( ERT) has been moved ahead one week to January 26, 10 am Wellandport Community Hall.

Please be aware that  dates and times are still subject to change.  These hearings are notorious for schedules that are very fluid.  We have  attached  is the schedule as it now stands.

MAWT v Director Case No 14-096 – Agreed Schedule

For review- is the full decision on the constitutionality of wind turbines

CaptureFor review- is the full decision on the constitutionality of wind turbines court case in Ont. Divisional Court held in mid November 2014 in London before 3 judges.   Haldimand Wind Concerns, Mothers Against Wind Turbines,  joined 12 other wind groups to become a coalition to request to intervene to support the families opposing the projects.

As shown below , the Coalition in the decision, and Lambton County were accepted as intervenors and the lawyer representing us, Richard Macklin and the lawyer representing Lambton County were each given 15 minutes to explain their points in court and the 15 page factum that our lawyer gave the judges, was read and considered. Continue reading For review- is the full decision on the constitutionality of wind turbines