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Aviation & Wind Turbines Don’t Mix

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Jim Wilson’s Private Member’s Resolution

To Rescind Approval of 8 Wind Turbines Dangerously Close to Collingwood Airport Runways

2:30pm-4pm, April 21, 2016 QUEEN’S PARK, Toronto

Transportation: Coach Bus

Departs: from Collingwood Regional Airport to Queen’s Park

Date: Thursday April 21, 2016

Time: 11.00 am sharp

Cost: $30 cash-return

Box Lunch Provided-Donations Welcome

aviation and turbinesTo Make Reservations Contact: Lou Cunningham @ 705-606-5552

Jim Wilson MPP: http://www.jimwilsonmpp.com/

 

Sumac Ridge Community Liason Committee.

READ FROM THE BOTTOM UP… About says it all.

Emails from Mr. Awde to  Mr.Surette of WPD, Manager of Communications. Subject: Sumac Ridge Wind project in Southern Ontario.


Hello Kevin,

Further to your notice of the creation of a Community Liason Committee….

Please remain assured that as I watch the  destruction and industrialization of the lands around our farm with the Snowy Ridge project that I have no intention of aiding or abetting WPD in the ‘uglification’ of the Sumac Ridge area…. including the proposed totally unnecessary ravaging of Wild Turkey Road.

I have just seen the pictures of  what you have just done at White Pines and can hardly swallow the bile that rose in my mouth.

I do not wish you and your Community Liason Committee well.

I do not wish you success.

I can only hope that you and WPD fail in this project and in every other project you are foisting onto unwilling communities like ours.

I am still praying that WPD is not successful in forcing our City into having to open Wild Turkey Road…and that given the issues with the location for Turbine 5, that there will still be some chance that your project will be required to be modified.

You have helped rip our community into pieces and will leave nothing behind but more industrial garbage that degrades our rural and natural heritage areas.

I remain,

Ron Awde


Kevin,

I appreciate that you took the time to lay out the position of WPD. It was not necessary. I have no wish to be mildly schooled or patronized by the paid functionary of  a corporation that has nothing but financial self-interest at heart. I understand they need you to ‘communicate’, but your protestations and explanations about this project and White Pines are all just an attempt at ‘smoothing’. And I loathe having PR people try to use this approach on me.

We are all painfully aware that the developers like WPD …who were effectively granted carte blanche by the government to plant turbines wherever they could find desperate and greedy people with ‘marginal’ land and most often, little idea about the grief it would cause…are being supported to the last gasp by the Ministry and government, since malfeasance suits following project cancellations must send a chill down the Minister’s spine.

We all know that the developers will win on all the projects approved in the first disastrous phase of the Green Energy and Economy Act roll-out. The ERT’s have been nothing more than window dressing…they were designed to be a no-fail process in favour of industrial wind developers. You all helped write the legislation to make it so and now, we understand that the wind developers all buy the politicians in order to get their continued support as well.

When I see the ‘preparation’ that has gone into White Pines so far..all I see is the hypocrisy behind the notion that your wind turbines are either green or respectful of the environment. I understand that for the international wind developers, the projects from the first phase roll-out have been very green as far as cash flow and profits from the original deep subsidies go. But beyond that, none of you really care what mess you leave behind or the damage you cause doing it.

And to be blunt, after hearing the arguments from the Ministry of Environment that developers really should be allowed to harm, harass or kill species in order to construct turbines….or that the MOECC is trying to exempt all ‘Green’ energy projects from any environmental review and after seeing the ruination of natural habitat like I have seen with White Pines, there is no way to convince me of the moral superiority of your position.

My original comments still stand.

I cannot wish the neighbours who have destroyed our community, or WPD, or you and other WPD staff, or the construction companies or any of their workers well. I can only hope that at some point  in your lives that you also have all of your civic rights abrogated, that your own homes are overtaken  and degraded by projects that you can do nothing about and that your own joy in living where you do is destroyed beyond despair.

Because you and all the others who have helped make these projects happen do not wish us well. Those hundreds of us who are directly affected by each industrial wind project looming over our homes understand that we are the no-cost sacrifice  in order for the Liberal government to have created the biggest and most expensive off-book economic stimulus project…that for all the people who now just spend all of their lives parked inside in front of their computer looking at pictures of landscapes and nature…but don’t live in it….we are just collateral damage.

I want you to know that the other day, after driving by the Ganaraska project on Highway 115 and coming home to our farm and looking across the hills that were one of the main reasons that we purchased this land and have placed our 200 acres under perpetual conservation care,  that it made me weep out loud for what we are about to lose…knowing that shortly, for the rest of my life…I will never have this beautiful view of my hills again…that we will all be living in the shadow of the equivalent of 45 storey buildings….how could those of us directly affected by not only the sight but also by the reflected noise that we know from experience we will be dealing with because of  our hills…how could any of us not simply despise your company and all of you who really do not care about us as residents of our community.

At the end of the day, I am only glad that with the amount of noise that we have made with many projects across Ontario… we, as citizens,  have hopefully been able to get some of the base rules changed for wind projects, and that with the scrutiny of the auditor general as well, the loss of the  rapacious subsidized rates is helping to destroy the market for the kinds of projects that you are imposing on communities like ours.

So get on with your Community Liason Committees. Having had to participate as a consultant in these window dressing exercises for other controversial projects before….I’m sure that you will attract enough marginalized or borderline personalities, or bored people who think that they are actually going to make some kind of difference. Since there is no real community cohesiveness or spirit left in this area now that neighbours and even families are all at odds over the destruction of our rural environment, it might give some people who still think that you are doing God’s work a chance to get out of the house once a month.

And please. You really don’t have to respond to this email. I also have far better things to do with my time than to engage in meaningless correspondence with you or anyone else from WPD. I remain,

Ron Awde


 

Stay Granted to Stop Destruction.

April 8, 2016

Dear APPEC Supporters,

Late this afternoon the Environmental Review Tribunal granted a temporary stay of WPD’s Renewable Energy Approval (REA).  As a result of the stay all construction work at the project site has been brought to a halt.  The Tribunal will schedule a written hearing at a later date to decide on the merits of a more permanent stay.prince edward county destruction

This long-awaited decision is the outcome of a tremendous effort by Eric Gillespie and Priya Vittal, who have worked tirelessly around the clock since Wednesday when the Tribunal issued its reasons related to our previous stay motion.

In giving its reasons the Tribunal indicated that a further motion could be brought to the Tribunal should new evidence become available.  Thanks to the efforts of many individuals and above all our legal counsel, this new evidence was submitted this morning in the form of photographs showing the level of destruction, an affidavit from a Blanding’s turtle expert that turtles are out of hibernation and moving across the project, and letters from local and national groups including the Canadian Wildlife Federation

We have many to thank for this welcome news including those who attended the Court of Appeal hearing in Toronto on Wednesday.  The concern and public engagement left an impression which may have reached out past the courtroom. prince edward county destruction

The good news is that WPD has been ordered to stop all construction at its project site.  In the meantime however our legal bills are growing.  Donations can be made by cheque or by PayPal on APPEC’s website www.appec.ca.

Please make cheques payable to the South Shore Appeal Fund and mail to the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County, P. O. Box 173, Milford, ON K0K 2P0.

Regards,

Orville Walsh

President, APPEC

 

Environmental Commissioner Hears Concerns About Wind Power

Kudos to WCO, NAPAW, Heather Stauble, Lisa Thompson and all who made this meeting happen.  

Clearly something is broken. Mechanisms such as the Environmental Bill of Rights are failing Ontarians, and proper consultation processes are not being undertaken by this government,”

“When it comes to renewable energy procurement in Ontario, there are key aspects of the process that just don’t seem to be working,” said Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce in a meeting Monday with Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe.

MPP Lisa Thompson

Municipal representatives and citizens groups were also on hand to share their experiences with Industrial Wind Turbines in Ontario communities.

“At a time when our province is selling power at a loss to other jurisdictions, there is no need for further projects that seemingly serve proponents at the expense of taxpayers,” said Thompson.

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Energy announced that it was launching a new Request for Qualifications process for renewable energy projects, with the goal of encouraging the selection of projects with local support.

Contracts awarded in March however, show that this has not always been the case. The municipality of Dutton/Dunwich, a participant in Monday’s meeting, is slated to see a 58MW wind farm developed in the area, despite having declared itself an unwilling host community.

Heather Stauble from the City of Kawartha Lakes was also on hand to share a similar story, and highlighted for the Commissioner the challenges her municipality has been facing with regards to access to information and the redaction of expert testimony during Tribunals.

Additionally, Warren Howard of Wind Concerns Ontario highlighted the fact that there have been 2,700 noise complaints filed with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), and asked the Commissioner to look into Ontario’s noise regulations under Section 61 of the Environmental Protection Act.

“Clearly something is broken. Mechanisms such as the Environmental Bill of Rights are failing Ontarians, and proper consultation processes are not being undertaken by this government,” said Thompson. “But there are opportunities. We have an Environmental Commissioner that can look into these issues, and I hope we can continue our dialogue.”  

In her concluding comments, Sherri Lange of the North American Platform Against Windpower (NAPAW) reminded the Commissioner of her own words, “You cannot manage what you do not measure. Also, take your impact as seriously as if a person you love were the one most affected.”   

Read More:  http://www.saugeentimes.com/

WE have power of veto!

LETTER TO EDITOR  April 7, 2016

People do have a veto; it’s called a votevive-la-resistance

The recent spate of news this week confirms the sorry state of politics in this province.

First, we have a report from the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) that Ontario has sufficient electricity generating capacity for at least the next 10 years. This has now been followed by the announcement that the IESO will award contracts for an additional 600 MW of wind, 250 megawatts of solar, up to 50 megawatts of hydroelectricity and up to 30 megawatts of bioenergy in 2017.

In defending this announcement, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli claimed that adding additional capacity will save money by putting downward pressure on electricity prices. He apparently believes that squandering less money than he has in the past is the same as saving money.

Chiarelli also stated that the next round of contracts will put the emphasis on “community support”; something we’ve heard before. He probably missed Deputy Premier Deb Matthew’s recent comment on wind project approvals when she said “we are not prepared to give people a veto.”

Then we have the series of embarrassing revelations that Premier Kathleen Wynne has had a quota system for fundraising for all the cabinet ministers, and ministers who missed their target were taken behind the political woodshed for a sound thrashing. This in turn has led to ministers hosting private fundraising dinners with corporations operating in sectors they regulate.

Access to Wynne’s cabinet ministers in exchange for “donations” has been going on for years, but it’s amazing how quickly she sprinted into action when such an embarrassing detail was exposed to the light of day. This week, just days after raising $2.5 million at a $1,600-a-plate fundraising dinner, Wynne announced she has banned the private and very lucrative tete-a-tetes with ministers and corporations who paid for the privilege of such meetings.

Wynne and the ministers have been quick to claim that there were no promises made in exchange for money. Perhaps not, but as others have pointed out, all the wind developers who were awarded new energy contracts last month had made substantial donations to the governing Liberal party’s coffers.

Ontario is now on the other side of Alice’s looking glass. A dark realm presided over by the Red Queen and a gaggle of her courtiers and court jesters for the benefit of the wealthy who can afford to spend more on a single dinner plate than most of us spend in a month.

Matthews was wrong when she said the people don’t have a veto. We do; it’s called a vote on election day.

Santo Giorno

Camlachie

Published in The Observer:  http://www.theobserver.ca/2016/04/07/people-do-have-a-veto-its-called-a-vote

2016 Wind Turbine Accident Report

Summary of Wind Turbine Accident data to 31 March 2016
These accident statistics are copyright Caithness Windfarm Information Forum 2016. The data may be used or referred to by groups or individuals, provided that the source (Caithness Windfarm Information Forum) is acknowledged and our URL http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk quoted at the same time. Caithness Windfarm Information Forum is not responsible for the accuracy of Third Party material or references.

The Summary may be downloaded in printable form here

This is GLOBAL data – see Detailed Accident List with sources and locations

The attached detailed table includes all documented cases of wind turbine related accidents and incidents which could be found and confirmed through press reports or official information releases up to 31 March 2016. CWIF believe that this compendium of accident information may be the most comprehensive available anywhere.

Data in the detailed table attached is by no means fully comprehensive – CWIF believe that what is attached may only be the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of numbers of accidents and their frequency. Indeed on 11 December 2011 the Daily Telegraph reported that RenewableUK confirmed that there had been 1500 wind turbine accidents and incidents in the UK alone in the previous 5 years. Data here reports only 142 UK accidents from 2006-2010 and so the figures here may only represent 9% of actual accidents.

The data does however give an excellent cross-section of the types of accidents which can and do occur, and their consequences. With few exceptions, before about 1997 only data on fatal accidents has been found.

The trend is as expected – as more turbines are built, more accidents occur. Numbers of recorded accidents reflect this, with an average of 21 accidents per year from 1996-2000 inclusive; 57 accidents per year from 2001-2005 inclusive; 118 accidents per year from 2006-10 inclusive, and 164 accidents per year from 2011-15 inclusive.

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Read More: http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk/AccidentStatistics.htm

Big Turnout for Wind Protest Rally

Janice_6april2016_wind%20rally%20volunteers%204xcolAbout 170 people attended a rally and fundraiser organized by “Save The Nation” in St-Bernardin. Group member Steve Dick said members of the group are still feeling “shock and even anger” after a RES Canada won a contract for a 32-megawatt wind farm in St-Bernardin. “They weren’t expecting the approval to go through,” said Dick.

“Both the premier and MPP Grant Crack had said communities that had voted themselves not a willing host would not likely see projects go forward.” There isn’t much the group can do to fight the project at this point, said Dick, who says he feels the province’s approval process was unfair. “It’s really difficult,” he says, “There’s no real recourse, other than continued public awareness,” he said. There’s no formal appeal process, but group may lobby the landowners who have agreed to host wind turbines, he said.

Janice_6april2016_wind%20rally%20julie%20leroux%204xcolRes Canada’s Gauthier wind farm is one of five proposed wind projects in the country to win a contract from IESO, and one of three wind projects proposed in “not a willing host” communities.

Read More:  http://www.thereview.ca/big-numbers-for-anti-wind-rally-but-next-steps-unclear?id=794

Niagara Wind More Changes…

fwrn change noticeThe Niagara Region Wind Corporation was issued a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) on November 6, 2015, in respect of the Niagara Region Wind Farm project (the“Project”). An amendment to the existing approval for an administrative change to the Project was issued by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) on November 23,2015; to acknowledge the change in ownership of the Project from ‘Niagara Region Wind Corporation’ to ‘FWRN LP’, as FWRN LP has purchased the Project.

FWRN LP is proposing to make changes to the Project and an application has been made to MOECC to modify the terms and conditions of the Project REA.

Notice of Changes:

“Pursuant to the Act and Regulation, the facility, in respect of which the REA was issued, is considered to be a Class 4 Wind Facility. An application has been made to the MOECC to change the project and alter the terms and conditions of the existing REA. The proposed change consists of project design changes to the REA Application and includes:

1. Meteorological (MET) Towers: the installation of three (3) new MET towers to monitor wind speed, wind direction, and other atmospheric parameters, in order to satisfy Independent Electricity System Operator telemetry and forecasting requirements; and,

2. Transmission Line: the addition of an alternate transmission route to avoid pole placement along the Hwy 3 Ministry of Transportation (MTO) right of way to address recent comments received from the MTO.”

Proposed changes include different turbine models and heights.  Details can be found in the proposed modifications report. http://www.nrwf.ca/projectdocuments/

To learn more, ask questions or give comments, contact:

  • Project Email Address: info@nrwf.ca
  • Project Website: www.nrwf.ca
  • Project Phone Number: 819-363-6491 or 1-844-363-6491 (toll free)

Shiloh Berriman, Project Coordinator FWRN LP                                    4672 Bartlett Road South, Beamsville, ON L0R 1B1

J.A. (Al) Leggett, Project Manager. Stantec Consulting Ltd.                 300 – 675 Cochrane Drive West Tower, Markham, ON L3R 0B8

Trisha Hughes Environmental Scientist Stantec                                       1-70 Southgate Drive Guelph ON  N1G 4P5

Trisha.Hughes@stantec.com

Ontario’s High Electricity Prices Are Bad For Business

“Ontario is probably the worst electricity market in the world,” Pierre-Olivier Pineau, University of Montreal

Ontario’s auditor general just reported that the province paid an extra $37 billion for electricity from 2006-2014, likely the most ludicrous energy story that I’ve ever read (here). Ontario has gone from having some of the most affordable electricity in North America to having some of the most expensive. From 2013-2015 alone, industrial electricity rates increased 16%.

High Cost Electricity Puts Ontario’s Businesses at a Severe Disadvantage (data from AMPCO)

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Read More:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/judeclemente/2016/03/30/ontarios-high-electricity-prices-crush-business/#43b1c0c72fa8