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Changing the Public Perception: Industrial Wind Energy Has VERY High Costs with VERY low Benefits

Blindfold Green Energy PicAn article which digs deeper into the question about what the “Grassroots” issues are and potentially “What we NEED” to be addressing in the debate about Siting of a Turbine vs Fundamental Benefits for all

Excerpts  from the Article ring true for the Mothers Against Wind Turbines…Although the distance of people from  the turbines is a significant issue for those currently suffering…the FACTS remain that:

Industrial  Wind Turbines:

—   They will not solve our energy issues (e.g. they most certainly do not reduce our dependence on imported oil).

— They are not, and never can be, a viable substitute for conventional energy sources (e.g. because they are not reliable, have no Capacity Value, are much more expensive, etc.).

— They will not solve our environmental problems (e.g. contrary to popular perception, they do not reduce greenhouse gas emissions in any meaningful way, due to their inherent limitations as an energy source).

Should we pursue the path to change the public perception of wind energy and call into question the fundamental viability of it? I say yes.

Read original article here: http://www.masterresource.org/2010/06/eric-bibler-to-the-grassroots/


Stop the Appeal – Save Ostrander Point PECFN – Sign Petition!

You may not be aware that the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists won their appeal to cancel the wind project at Ostrander Point.  The ETR ruled that the Blanding Turtle would be harmed irreversibly and therefore overturned the Ministry’s decision.

Unfortunately our Ministry of Environment  and the wind company, Gilead, are appealing the ETR’s ruling.  It is back to court.
Cheryl Anderson of the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists created this petition in response to the outrageous appeal by the Ministry of the Environment (and the developer) of the ERT decision to protect the Blandings turtle at Ostrander Point from industrial wind development.  We must protect the South Shore of PEC.

The ERT decision must stand. We all know how important this issue is, and together we can do something about it!  Please sign right now and pass it along to friends and relatives.


Ontario starts paying wind turbines not to produce electricity when not needed

The Canadian Press – September 11, 2013

TORONTO – Ontario will start paying wind power generators today not to produce electricity, but the government says the move will actually save ratepayers big bucks.

Ontario has had a surplus of power since 2006, but until now, the province paid for all the electricity generated from industrial wind mills, even when it wasn’t needed.

Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says the system operator can now order wind producers not to generate power, and will pay them _ just as it pays Bruce nuclear _ not to produce electricity when it’s not needed.

He says they are paid at a reduced rate that will save the province $200 million a year just on the wind turbines.

Ontario has signed generous contracts with wind producers for about 5,800 megawatts of electricity, only about 1,500 of which is currently connected to the grid.

The Progressive Conservatives say paying wind power producers with 20-year contracts not to generate electricity shows the Liberals’ green energy act “is a failed social experiment.”

Critics point out wind power is unreliable and can’t be counted on in peak demand periods like gas-fired generation or nuclear plants.

Meanwhile, Chiarelli says Ontario is making a net profit of up to $6 billion a year on importing and exporting electricity, a big turnaround from 2003 when the province paid $500 million to import power because it didn’t have enough to meet demand.

It’s not unusual for neighbouring jurisdictions to sell each other electricity, but the province used to frequently have to pay Quebec or New York state to take the excess power off its hands.

Read original article here: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/ontario-start-paying-wind-mills-not-produce-electricity-080011472–finance.html