Power Should Have Stayed Local

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Hydro poles for high voltage transmission lines installed for Niagara Wind along rural roads

Dear Editor:
I wish to draw your attention to the statement  in Alexandra Heck’s article that the 77 turbine project, spanning properties in Lowbanks, Wainfleet, West Lincoln and Haldimand will power all the houses in Port Colborne, Wainfleet, Haldimand, Lincoln, West Lincoln and Grimsby.

The power from this project is being transported via that ugly transmission line to Grimsby Beach where it is carried to Hamilton and beyond.  We have been told that it is going to Oakville, where they have a need of the power because, as you will recall they lost their gas powered plants to the last election.

Seeing that all the wind power in Ontario, both up and running projects and those not yet on the grid,  will not  produce even  6% of all the power produced in Ontario,  it seems to me that shipping “all” this power to Oakville and beyond,  will not make much of a difference to the demand for power in the GTA.

Believe me,  the residents living along the transmission line wish that the power would have stayed in our communities since that would mean that there would be no huge  transmission lines,  no guard rails, no Road Use Agreement,  and ​at least 7,000 more trees along our road allowances.

Nellie DeHaan
Smithville ON

(Published in Niagara This Week on June 27th, 2017)

Cut trees anger property owners

Niagara Wind tree cut
Andy Koopal looks over the stump where an old growth oak tree once stood, beside his property in Wainfleet. Well over 7 000 trees many old growth, were cut in rural west Niagara for transmission lines to serve wind turbines.  PHOTO: Allan Benner/Welland Tribune/Postmedia Network

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