Category Archives: Willing Hosts

Buying the vote

In Vermont wind power developers are offering direct financial incentives to facilitate the latest proposed industrial wind turbine development.  Critics are very clear that they feel the offering is a mechanism to buy the vote.  Wind proponents spin it as sharing the economic benefits of wind power.   The United States is not alone in having money being used as the carrot on the stick to silence opponents.   vermont ridgeline.png

In Ontario many local municipalities fall silent opposing renewable projects  when their acceptance is facilitated by the payout of Community Vibrancy Funds offered by wind developers.

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Lester Green & Bill Monture (their English names) representing the interest of the Men’s Fire Council appeals against renewable energy approvals at the Ontario ERT

The Haudenosaunee people of the Six Nations located within the Haldimand tract territories are also being engaged via installed governance structures (which are bitterly contested due to historic forced installment under the Indian Act). Six Nation Band Council along side other entities such as HDI have become willing part- owners of renewable energy projects with the promise of big monetary buy outs.  The price tag for good will metered against mandatory consultation about development guaranteed in the Canadian Constitution.  Agreements for project ownership are funded with borrowed monies indebting cash strapped communities along the Grand River. The decision to participate fueled with promises of monies and pay outs totaling in the tens of millions of dollars for some of the renewable projects. The price point rising with each agreement according to  perceived level of threat of facing opposition and fear of direct action being taken against the projects.  Many residents of Six Nations Territories are demanding to be shown the money as questions continue to swirl over the legitimacy of signatory authority of consent on the contracts and in particular alarm is raised over claimed clauses extinguishing sovereign rights for the lands.  Community consensus which is the traditional model of Iroquois government has not been reached. This was evidenced by the appeals from the  Men’s Fire Council from the Six Nation Territories at the Environmental Tribunal. Controversy and division over wind power continues today within the close- knit community.

Community disruptions and harms caused by wind power is not and will not healed by any amount of money.

Vermont: Closing Arguments:  Wind Power not Green vs Financial benefits to the Community http://www.chestertelegraph.org/2016/10/31/op-eds-closing-arguments-wind-power-not-green-vs-financial-benefits-to-communities/

 

 

Don’t Shove Wind Turbines Down Our Throats!

prince edward county farmThe Mayor of Prince Edward County is going to this week’s conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario with a focus that won’t be surprising to those who follow the goings on in The County.

Robert Quaiff says a group of communities, including Prince Edward County, will again be telling the
provincial government that regulations must change with regards to big industrial wind turbines.

READ AT: http://www.quintenews.com/2016/08/dont-shove-turbines-throats/123657/

We would like to invite you to join CCSAGE Naturally Green…

…as a Member but first, some background.

CaptureIn March, 2014 CCSAGE incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation.  The objectives of our group remain the same: we advocate for green energy projects when they are safe and appropriate, and challenge them otherwise.  The proposed wind factories in South Marysburgh and Athol are neither green nor appropriate, and our group strenuously opposes them by initiatives of our own and by supporting the activities of PECFN and APPEC.

As an example of a green initiative that we would support,  Ontario is considering the establishment a long-term power purchase agreement with Quebec.  This is an excellent idea, because Quebec generates almost all of its electricity (95%+) from hydro-electric facilities, perhaps the greenest of all sources.

CCSAGE now has a Board of Directors, a Steering Committee and thousands of supporters who have become engaged in some way in challenging proposed wind projects in the County .  The current Board is made up of Anne Dumbrille (Chair), Karen Empringham (Vice-Chair) and Garth Manning (Secretary).  The number of Directors can be increased as necessary.

Now, with incorporation, we are creating a Membership category, and would like to enroll our more engaged supporters as Members.  As you have shown significant interest in CCSAGE and its objectives in the past, we invite you to join as a Member.

What’s involved?  First, there is the formal aspect: approve the actions of the Board, the corporate accounts and any bylaw changes at an annual general meeting.  But more importantly, the Board intends to utilize the Membership as a focus group to preview plans,  as a source of new ideas, and as invited participants in occasional CCSAGE projects.

As a Member, you’ll receive regular, Members-only, email communications from the Board, and have the opportunity to provide your opinions and ideas direct to the Board.

Individual Memberships are offered at $20 for the first fiscal year, which will include a free “Naturally Green” lawn sign and a “Not a Willing Host” sticker.

To join, send a cheque, made out to “CCSAGE Naturally Green”, to Garth Manning, 17203 Loyalist Parkway, Wellington, ON K0K 3L0.  Make sure to include your name, postal address, phone number and e-mail address (all are required).

With your involvement as a Member, CCSAGE Naturally Green will become even more relevant, responsive and effective.

Anne Dumbrille, Chair

613-476-5363

On behalf of CCSAGE Naturally Green:

17203 Loyalist Parkway, Wellington, ON  K0K 3L0

www.ccsage.wordpress.com

 

Time to Turn the Tables on Wind Proponents who Accuse Opponents of ‘Nimbyism’.

Quixotes Last Stand

It’s astounding to read these days how pleased with themselves liberals are that the Wynne Ont gov’t is remaining steadfast in their refusal to amend the Green Energy Act in any meaningful way. It’s as easy as water off a ducks back for these progressives to delight in calling opponents to Industrial Wind Turbines as NIMBY’s and having democracy essentially waived to accomplish the policy goals backed by the GEA.

I only have this to say;

I want all these cheering Liberals to consider this;

Take your worst nightmare of a conservative leader. An amalgam of the very worst of Harper. Harris, throw in a little Ralph Klein and some Tea Party Timmy Hudak. I can sense your blood pressure rising as I write this. Oh the horror.
In the Legislature, a new bill is to be introduced called the “Nuclear Waste Recovery Act”

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`Unwilling host’ getting more turbinesP

Premier Wynne,  Please tell Rural Ontario AGAIN how its Residents have a say in Turbine Projects.

Apparently the Wynne government didn’t hear Norfolk council last year when it declared itself “an unwilling host” for future wind farm development.

Apparently the Wynne government didn’t hear Norfolk council last year when it declared itself “an unwilling host” for future wind farm development.
Apparently the Wynne government didn’t hear Norfolk council last year when it declared itself “an unwilling host” for future wind farm development.

Wednesday, the Ministry of the Environment gave the green light for a 10-megawatt turbine development in Port Ryerse. The project was initiated several years ago by UDI Renewables of Nanticoke and later sold to green energy giant Boralex.

The approval comes as a surprise to residents of Port Ryerse who oppose the project and members of Norfolk council who declared the county an unwilling host.

Soon after she took over from disgraced premier Dalton McGuinty, Kathleen Wynne promised modifications to the Green Energy Act that would give municipalities a greater say in the placement of renewable power projects. Responding to the concerns of their taxpayers, dozens of Ontario municipalities declared themselves unwilling hosts for green energy development.

Some municipal politicians at the time – Norfolk Mayor Dennis Travale among them – expressed skepticism about the weight of this new-found input. It would seem this skepticism has been borne out.

“This is just another example of local politicians thinking they have control where they don’t,” Port Dover Coun. John Wells – Port Ryerse’s representative on council – said Thursday. “Someone somewhere else has made this decision for us. It’s annoying.”

Property owners in Port Ryerse have banded together to fight the intrusion. They argue that industrial-scale wind turbines belong in an industrial setting. They worry the Boralex project will hurt property values while diminishing their quality of life.

As well, some residents worry that long-term exposure to wind turbines has consequences for human health that medical authorities don’t yet understand.

Nearly two years ago, a dozen Port Ryerse residents launched a civil suit against the turbines’ sponsors and the neighbours who made their land available. That suit remains on the books. One of the plaintiffs if Port Ryerse resident Larry Hoyt.

“It looks like a done deal,” Hoyt said Thursday. “I’ve been to two environmental review tribunals where they’ve had some really good evidence presented against turbines and nobody is listening. This is not about saving the environment for our kids. This is about money. It’s like beating your head against a brick wall.”

In granting its approval, the MOE has imposed a number of conditions on the Port Ryerse project.

These include complying with MOE noise limitations at all times, carrying out an acoustic audit, preparing a site rehabilitation plan, preparing a response plan for emergency services, creating a community liaison committee to address residents’ concerns, and notifying the MOE of any complaints received during construction and operation.

“The Ministry of Energy has made changes to its procurement

process for contracts for renewable energy projects,” Kate Jordan, a spokesperson for the MOE, said Thursday. “This new procurement process is intended to give municipalities a stronger voice in the planning and siting of renewable projects.”

Jordan added there are no new or unprocessed applications on the books for additional wind power projects in Norfolk County.

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer Thursday, August 21, 2014

It even is against your own policy. Or it is a great lie.

Below are your statements copied from your company website: BORALEX / Under Sustainable Developement

“To grow while respecting our communities and the environment.Wind Power: The Ultimate in Clean Energy.. almost complete absence of environmental, visual and noise impacts makes wind power a source of green energy that is respectful of the environment and communities. Boralex operates and is building wind farms in France and Canada. For each of its sites, Boralex places great importance on working with the communities involved.” How can you justify these claims regarding your project in Port Ryerse!? ptryerse button dec 08There are over 400 “receptors” in this project, mostly opposed, who since the inception of this project have been fighting it, declaring themselves an unwilling host. This is a beautiful, recognized historic village in one of Ontarios most picturesque heritage landscapes, rich in diversity, ptryerseroadwebrecreational opportunities and with great pride of ownership, reflecting itself in the many beautiful properties, most within the unacceptable 550 m to 850 m range of the project. For most of these residents, the last couple of years have been a wrenching struggle to fight for their beloved homes against the multiple assaults and destruction this project would bring. ptryersechannelwebWe are aware you are proceeding on the “invitation” by this government’s heavy-handed policy, which denies the affected citizens any say in the matter and their democratic rights, and the hosting owners, who obviously do not care for their neighbours. Do you really want to be part of this injustice? This is a small project for you and surely not worth the great hardship and ill will it would bring to this beautiful hamlet. Has anybody of your company even been around here to have a look at it outside the 550 m setback!? Would anybody of your company want to buy a home here now!? ptryersebeach1webWe are not per se against green windpower (I drive a Prius), but please let us not destroy our finest landscapes and places of living with their industrial monstrosity. I urge you to abandon this project. It even is against your own policy. Or it is a great lie. Margrit Kapler Port Ryerse Toronto

No guarantee town safe from turbines

No guarantee town safe from turbines

Niagara This Week – St. Catharines

Re: Grimsby to examine turbine question, Nov. 7.

I chuckled at comments made by Mayor Bentley and Ald. Seaborn assuring residents that Grimsby will not be considered for wind turbines.

Mayor Bentley seems to think that there is a lack of wind that makes Grimsby unsuitable but I suggest that residents check out the wind speed maps on the Ministry of Natural Resources website. They will see that the wind speeds in Grimsby may actually be slighter better than those documented for both Wainfleet and West Lincoln where wind projects have been approved or are in process. In fact, the maps show many parts of Ontario where the wind speed is no different than that experienced in Grimsby yet they now have hundreds of wind turbines.

Mayor Bentley and Ald. Seaborn are dead wrong if they think Grimsby is somehow safe from the onslaught.  The wind speed maps on the MNR website show many areas where the wind speed is considered less than acceptable yet wind turbine projects have been approved.

Once the wind projects start, they continue to get approved. Look at the experience of other areas where over the past few years; many projects were approved and have resulted in hundreds of wind turbines. It starts with one small project and then it continues. Chatham-Kent has 629 wind turbines either already erected or in process, Huron is at 512 and Thunder Bay is at 537.  Check out the wind speed maps for those areas and then ask if Grimsby is safe.

I would suggest that the part of Grimsby above the escarpment is a very likely target, particularly after the infrastructure for transmission is in place. Two projects have now been approved for Niagara and the third is in process. It won’t stop there, and residents in other parts of Niagara should be aware of that. Chatham-Kent is approximately the same size as Niagara and to achieve the numbers that the provincial government is committed to, they will have to look beyond Wainfleet and West Lincoln.

Courts have recently ruled that Trillium Energy could sue the province for pulling their contract to place wind turbines in Lake Ontario. It was the Liberals that chose to declare a moratorium on off-shore wind turbines prior to the last election. The recent court decision may affect the province’s policy on wind turbines in the Great Lakes. Residents of Grimsby could very well find themselves looking at wind turbines in the lake and atop the escarpment, as they can be seen from miles and miles away.

Mayor Bentley and Ald. Seaborn should not be making promises that they may not be able to keep. Although it doesn’t guarantee anything, residents of Grimsby should be demanding that Council declare the town to be a unwilling host.

 Henry Van Ryn,

Grimsby

 

No guarantee town safe from turbines.

Niagara open for green business: Zimmerman

Niagara open for green business: Zimmerman

Regional councillor bringing motion to declare Niagara a willing host

Grimsby Lincoln News – October 4, 2013

Debbie Zimmerman wants to make one thing clear: Niagara Region is a willing host.

The Grimsby regional councilor plans to introduce a motion to declare Niagara Region a willing host to renewable energy just one week after council failed to get a two-thirds majority vote to reconsider its support of West Lincoln and Wainfleet’s declarations as unwilling hosts. Regional council voted to support the two municipalities in July with a 15-8 vote. At the time, Zimmerman expressed concerns about possible legal and financial ramifications, suggesting council seek a legal opinion before voting.

“Wainfleet and West Lincoln have said they are not willing hosts to wind energy, point blank,” said Zimmerman. “That’s not what the rest of the Region has said.”

Zimmerman said the July motion cast some misconceptions — including the notion the region has declared itself an unwilling host.

“There is a misconception that the whole region is not in support of renewable energy,” Zimmerman sad. “And that’s just not true.”

Zimmerman looked down the road to Niagara Falls to prove that point.

“Niagara Falls is one of the largest renewable energy sources in Canada,” said Zimmerman, noting municipalities like Thorold, Welland and Fort Erie have embraced renewable energy as new industry. She said the declaration as a willing host is in line with the Green Energy Capital of Canada proclamation Regional council made in 2012.

“The Region may have supported Wainfleet and West Lincoln, now we are asking them to support the rest of the region,” Zimmerman said.

West Lincoln Mayor Douglas Joyner said little about the Sept. 19 Regional council meeting at last week’s township council meeting other than to thank the residents of West Lincoln for their continued support, after briefly updated council on what unfurled in regional chambers. He declined to comment when contacted by The News until Zimmerman introduces her motion — expected sometime this week for debate at the Oct. 10 council meeting.

While Coun. Sue Ellen Merritt was happy to see the region’s support for West Lincoln and Wainfleet stand, she was less than happy to learn of Zimmerman’s plans.

“Let’s be good neigbhours,” said Merritt, “and give them ours if they’re willing hosts.”

Wainfleet mayor April Jeffs says its time for the Region to drop the “unwillingness to host turbines” debate.

“We spent three hours listening to presentations and debating, and it didn’t change anything,” Jeffs said.

The Wainfleet mayor said Zimmerman’s motion is just a way around the reconsideration rules. Since last Thursday’s attempt failed, Jeffs said regional council would have to wait a year before it could reconsider the motion again.

But Zimmerman argued the new motion is not reconsideration, and is instead a new motion entirely.

“At the end of the day it’s another reconsideration motion,” Jeffs said. “I think it’s a back door way to override what they gave us.”

Jeffs said three other regional councils have already passed similar motions to support lower tier municipalities’ declaration as being an unwilling host of turbines. Those regions include Perth, Wellington and Grey counties.

“As far as I know they didn’t have these issues,” she said, adding all the infighting isn’t helping anyone on any front.

To date, 67 local municipalities have declared themselves unwilling hosts for turbines.

Grimsby’s regional councilor takes no issue with the declarations West Lincoln and Wainfleet have made for themselves.

“That’s fine, you can do that,” said Zimmerman. “But the rest of the Region may have a different view.”

This is why Niagara needs to declare itself, as a whole, a willing host to renewable energy. Especially since down the road in Niagara Falls is one of the largest renewable energy sources in the country — the falls itself.

“How can we declare ourselves as the green energy capital and not support renewable energy?” Zimmerman said.

Actual wind farms aren’t the only renewable projects to have economic impacts in the region. Through Niagara Region Wind Corp., which has an application before the province for a 230-megawatt wind farm in West Lincoln, German turbine manufacturer has set up a manufacturing facility in Beamsville with plans for a second Niagara manufacturing facility. TSP Canada Towers has set up shop in the former Dana auto parts manufacturing facility in Thorold — a city which has made investing in green energy a top priority. A number of solar companies have also popped up since the province legislated the Green Energy Act in 2009.

Niagara open for green business: Zimmerman.

Attention Wind Developers – You may have some WILLING Hosts!!!

Niagara Regional Council – September 19, 2013 – Anita Thornton

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After a  few hours of uncertainty, the council chambers erupted into  jubilant celebration and angry accusation.  With a vote of 16 Yeas and 11 Nays Tom Rankin and the NRWC lost their attempt to rescind Councils decision to support Wainfleet and West Lincolns “Not a  Willing Host” designation.

Shellie Correia opened her presentation with a rebuttal to Mr. Rankin’s previous council speech. Her points included how the Niagara Region was already the Green Capital of Canada due to the fact that Niagara Falls is the “cheapest and greenest” energy of all while expressing how water spill is occurring to displace the un-needed wind energy being produced in Ontario.  She also expressed how in Germany there are over 700 anti-wind groups, while hundreds more are across Europe.

Shellie and Marianne

Marianne Kidd, from Mothers Against Wind Turbines, focused her presentation on “Why Wind is a BAD deal for the Niagara Region”. After talking about how 8 “Skylon Tower” sized turbines would be surrounding her home if the NRWC project is approved, she went into more details regarding the Ontario Auditor General’s report and Property Value reductions.  Of importance was the fact that from 2008 -2012, Ontario Residential electricity consumers are paying almost 20% more than there were 4 years ago.

Francesco Macri, brought the Councilors attention to how Premier Kathleen Wynne’s thrown speech invited municipalities from across Ontario to declare themselves “Not a Willing Host”. He stated, “Clearly this statement also means local municipalities and their citizens have a right to declare themselves unwilling hosts for large projects that conflict with local needs and wishes. The issue raised in the Motion before you is not the viability of alternative energy, but the viability of local democracy”.

Mervin Croghan, CEO of NRWC and Randy Rahamim Spokesperson for the NRWC, presented a lack luster argument as they attempted to persuade council reminding them about all the money they have been throwing out to the Niagara Region. It was also noted that West Lincoln refused their Vibrancy Money offers.  They stated throughout the evening that this designation was perceived as Niagara Region itself not supporting Green Energy and was understating the importance of this industry in the Niagara Region.   As an example, German turbine manufacturer, Enercon, was delaying their investment to build a concrete form manufacturing plant in Port Colborne due to the perception it was not a supportive region.  Like Randi Rahamim correctly stated “perception is reality”.

The uncertainty of the outcome of the evening was a nail biter. Several council members including Zimmerman, Badawey and Mayor Sharpe of Welland were staunch supporters of Tom Rankin and his delegation.  However,as the motion was voted on Mayor Sharpe  voted “No”.He stood by his belief,”If you fail to protect the democratic rights of the citizens of West Lincoln and Wainfleet, then you will fail to protect the democratic rights of the citizens in your communities.”.It was stressed throughout the evening how many jobs would be created and how the influx of cash and investment would filter into the local economy and businesses.

Mayor April Jeffs questioned the number of jobs that would be created and argued that most of those manufacturing jobs were for a temporary interim. Croghan said that they would hire at least 100 employees as permanent positions once the project was complete.  That number seems questionable as the Erie Shore Windfarm with only 66 turbines employs only ten.

Mayor Joyner kept bringing up the elephant in the room: the 2011 auditor general report that clearly and concisely reports how the REA is not good for “Ontario”.

“No thorough and professional cost/benefit analysis had been conducted to identify potentially cleaner, more economically productive, and cost-effective alternatives to renewable energy; such as energy imports and increased conservation.” (AGO, 2011:97)

Later in the evening, after the Motion was rejected, Debbie Zimmerman from Grimsby brought forward another motion to declare the Niagara Region a Willing Host. This motion would encompass the entire Niagara Region; however the only 2 Municipalities where there were Wind Turbines proposed have declared themselves “UNWILLING”.

Are the constituents in the remaining Niagara Regional municipalities also willing have turbines in their backyard? If so, maybe the NRWC and Mr Rankin could work with those communities to move their projects there.

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