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Results of the IDRA Wind Turbine Survey
Mar 13 2011 IDRA

More time for public input on Lake Huron's offshore wind turbines
Sept 1,2010
Cottager builds fake wind turbine in protest
Sept 7, 2010 Kincardine News
American offshore turbines differ to Canada Sept 1, 2010 Kincardine News

Coastal Conservation takes stance
on off-shore wind turbines

Sept 14,2010
89% of Bruce Beach opposes wind powe
Oct 27, 2010 Kincardine News
Editorial Kincardine News Bruce Beach survey reveals the obvious
Oct 27, 2010 Kincardine News

OPINIONS Kincardine News - Don't stop the fight against wind turbines
Oct 27, 2010 Kincardine News
OPINIONS Kincardine News - H-K council requests health unit study on wind turbines
Oct 27, 2010 Kincardine News
Wind Concerns Ontario
Bringing Sanity to Wind Development in Ontario Web Site

Oct 28, 2010

Wind energy contributes new all-time high to Ontario power supply
Oct 28,2010
Counc. Roppel wants council involved in wind bylaw
Nov 16, 2010 Kincardine News
Anti-wind group to donate for wind study
Jan 19, 2011 Kincardine News

OPINIONS Residents write in support of wind energy
Jan 19, 2011 Kincardine News
Supporters back wind proposals in North Bruce, Saugeen Twp
Jan 19, 2011 Kincardine News
Inverhuron wind turbine to built later this year
Feb 2, 2011 Kincardine News

EDITORIAL Green Energy Act turns people against wind
Feb 2, 2011 Kincardine News
Ian Hanna's judicial review of Green Energy Act
Feb 5, 2011

Both sides of the wind farm issue present their views to council
Jan 26, 2011 Kincardine Times
the guide Provincial Approvals for Renewable Energy Projects
Feb 9, 2011
Ontario Rules Out Offshore Wind Projects
Feb 11, 2011 Ontario Newsroom

Ontario suspends offshore wind power
Feb 16, 2011 Kincardine News
Editorial Offshore wind is blown up
Feb 16 2011 Kincardine News

Citizens protest Armow Wind Power Project
Feb 16, 2011 Kincardine Times
Two Separate Processes that a proponent must go through for Renewable Energy Approval
Feb 16 2011
Letter from Carol Mitchell M.P.P. Huron – Bruce
Feb 16 2011

Wind permits hiked
Feb 23, 2011 Kincardine Times

Local wind projects not granted contracts by OPA
Mar 2, 2011 MY FM RADIO
Wind power foes lose court challenge
Mar 3 2011 Globe and Mail
Two councillors to join inter-municipal wind turbine committee
Mar 03 2011 Kincardine Times

The Ontario Power Authority website
Mar 8 2011
Second Round Of Large-Scale Renewable
Energy Projects

Mar 8 2011
EnerQuest Services
Mar 9 2011

Mar 23, 2011
Municipality to hold meeting to deal with wind turbine issues
Mar 30 2011
The effects of windmills on migrating birds
Mar 31 2011

Kincardine council struggles through wind protocol meeting
Apr 13, 2011
Leader Resources Services
Apr 13,2011
Inverhuron wind project one of many approved by province
Jul 12 2011

Inverhuron wind turbine public meetings planned for spring, summer
Mar 14 2012
Mar 28 2012
Thompson Tables Four Motions to Support Wind Turbine Moratorium
Sept 22 2012
Sept 27, 2012
Thompson pushes for study of property values of homes near wind turbines
Oct 12 2012
Thompson reports that Ontario's FIT program breaks international trade rules
Oct 25 2012
Thompson had four motions aimed at stopping new industrial wind turbine developments wiped out last week
Oct 29 2012
Errors in wind turbine report, say opponents
N0v 28 2012
An open letter from Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson about the adverse health effects of wind farms:
Jan 9 2013
Kincardine not ' willing' for wind
May 8 2013

More time for public input on Lake Huron's offshore wind turbines

Due to increased public interest, the Ministry of Environment will be extending the public review period for it's O f f s h o r e Wi n d p o w e r Environmental Registry Posting from Aug. 24 to Sept. 7.
On June 25, the MOE, posted amendments on the Environmental Registry to provide clear, up front provincial rules for offshore wind facilities, including a 5 km shoreline exclusion zone for offshore turbines, measured from the water's edge of the Great Lakes and other inland lakes like Lake St. Clair. The public review for this registry ( 011-0089) has now been extended to a 74-day review.
An Environmental Registry was also posted by the Ministry of Natural Resources on August 18 to invite comment on potential offshore areas and criteria that should be taken into consideration, which may constrain future development as part of the Crown land application process. The proposed regulations (011-0907) can be reviewed at www. ebr. gov. on. ca and are open for a 47-day public comment until Oct. 4.
Huron Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell is encouraging her constituents to participate in these public consultations. All comments will be considered as part of the decision-making process by MOE and MNR if submitted in writing or electronically, with the EBR Registry numbers provided.
Additional background information on Ontario's Green Energy Act: www.mei.gov.on. ca/en/energy/gea/.

Cottager builds fake wind turbine in protest

Special to The Kincardine News
Dave Barr gazes up at the silver column standing in his driveway.
I'm sure I'am going to tick a few of my neighbours off,said the Lucan contractor and Point Clark cottager.But that's okay.
Frankly, Barr is hoping to tick off more than just a few neighbours.
Because when he's finished, that pillar will stand nearly 11 metres tall-about the height of an average telephone pole. It'll feature three 2.4-metre long propellers, a blinking red light and a big sign bearing one simple word No.
In a bid to protest the province's proposal to erect wind turbines in Lake Huron near his cottage, and convince other residents that such a wind farm will be an ugly eyesore, Barr is building his own replica of a wind turbine.
Using three cardboard tubes ( normally used to mould concrete columns), laminated plywood (for the base and propellers) and reams of duct tape (to coat the columns in silver), Barr is building a mock turbine that he planned to erect on his Point Clark property this past Saturday.
Barr figures his fake turbine will give local residents an idea of what to expect if the provincial government goes ahead with its proposal to erect the turbines, which typically stand 150 metres high, in Lake Huron between Goderich and Kincardine. Ontario's Environment Ministry has proposed a five-kilometre buffer between the turbines and shore.
If people come onto my property and look past the (fake) turbine and out at the lake, it'll show them what they're going to see (if actual turbines are erected), says Barr.
His father established a cottage just north of the historic Point Clark lighthouse in 1959, and Barr says it's been a longtime ritual to settle into a chair with a glass of wine at the end of the day and admire the sunset. But Barr is steamed that his view may be marred by a bunch of flashing, flapping towers of metal.
Just the whole idea of that being in front of us while we're watching the sunset,said Barr. I can't imagine.
Barr said he understands the need to find alternative sources of energy. And he concedes that many will view his actions as a selfish display of NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard). But he doesn't mind.
I don't know anybody who wants these (turbines) in the lake,he says.
Like many Lake Huron cottagers, Barr says the wind turbines will lower property values and pose a hazard to boaters. He also questions what will happen to the towers 25 years from now.
Are my grandchildren going to be looking at a piece of rusted metal out there? he wonders.
Barr plans to leave his fake turbine up until the Thanksgiving weekend.
And if (the township) makes me get rid of it, I think I'll pour some gasoline on it, light it on fire and make a big protest, he says. I don't care what people think I'm getting too old to worry about that.

American offshore turbines differ to Canada

QMI Agency
How far your Lake Huron cottage might be from future offshore wind turbines may depend on which side of the lake you live.
Michigan is considering a buffer zone between turbines and the shoreline that's twice as wide as that proposed by Ontario's Environment Ministry.
Ontario's Natural Resources Ministry says three companies have submitted 12 offshore applications within Lake Huron for sites as close as 50 m from the shore and as far as 30 km.
Michigan, too, is considering rules for offshore turbines, but its proposed buffer is 6 miles, or nearly 10 km.
The wider buffer is based on research on the visual effect of turbines, said John Sarver, who heads Michigan's Wind Working Group for its energy department.
The farther turbines are from the shoreline, the less likely people are to object to them as an eyesore that ruins their view.
“At six miles, the acceptance rate becomes significantly greater”Sarver said.
He cited research by Jeremy Firestone, an associate professor at the College of Marine and Earth Studies at the University of Delaware and senior research scientist for the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration.
Firestone wants wind power to succeed in North America as it has in Europe he's concerned about climate change and its link to more traditional ways to produce energy such as burning coal.
But he's also seen fierce opposition by some to turbines residents in Cape Cod, Ma., for example, have fought a project there for nine years and recently launched a lawsuit.
So Firestone set out to better measure if public concerns change as distance widens between shoreline and turbines, his team surveying more than 1,000 out-of-staters going to ocean beaches in Delaware and showing them simulated photos of wind farms that were 1.5 km,10 km and 22 km from the shoreline.
As the distance grew, fewer tourists said they'd avoid that beach and go to another: 1.5 km 45% 10 km 26% 22 km 6%
Firestone cautions observers from drawing conclusions from his research. What people say they'll, do and what they may actually do, can differ, he said.
With files from The Kincardine News

Coastal Conservation takes stance on off-shore wind turbines

The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation has prepared a formal position statement on Off-shore Wind Turbines.
At it's meeting in June, the Centre's Board of Directors passed a position statement calling for extensive multidisciplinary research, as well as public consultations on the potential for offshore wind projects, to occur before any proposals are considered.
"We recognize and support the need for renewable energy in Ontario. We also recognize that the Great Lakes represent one of the nation's greatest natural heritage assets, in terms of water and biodiversity,"noted Matt Pearson, Chair of the Coastal Centre."The bed of the lake is Crown Land and is therefore a public resource shared by the people of Ontario. The people of Ontario expect proper stewardship of public natural heritage assets, including Great Lakes beaches and the lakebed.
In addition to altering the lake bottom during construction, affecting aquatic species, the Centre is also concerned about alteration onshore , as cables and other infrastructure are brought onshore to connect to the grid. The Centre's position statement also identifies potential damage during operation from wind, waves and ice, as well as post operation dismantling concerns.
"Both the federal and provincial governments should be funding thirdparty, peer reviewed studies to help close some of the knowledge gaps surrounding offshore wind development in the Great Lakes. They also need to bring First Nation peoples to the table,so that they are in at the front-end of the discussions,"said Pearson.
The full statement is available online at www. lakehuron. ca. The Lake Huron Coastal Centre is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to the conservation and wise stewardship of Lake Huron's coastal ecosystems.

89% of Bruce Beach opposes wind power

Kincardine News Staff
The Bruce Beach Cottagers' Association is hoping a recent survey will help dispute the statistics used by wind developers and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA),which argue wind energy is both widely accepted and welcomed in the communities its being forced upon.
With 89 per cent of the 251 residents surveyed opposing wind power near Highway 21, the neighbours of the proposed Bluewater Wind Project are demonstrating that a community can fight back against published statistics they feel aren't representative of the local residents.
“We wanted to find out, do we represent the majority?”said BBCA president David Tiernan, a third generation cottager from Northville, Michigan. “I now know which way to represent them”.
Tiernan said the survey was designed not to presume a predetermined position. It was sparked by meetings held for the public by International Power for the proposed Huron-Kinloss Bluewater Wind Project, along with the news of potential offshore wind development and a series of CanWEA advertisements that use conflicting statistics to promote wind energy, he said.
The study, conducted via e-mail and standard mail this past summer by Ontario's Erin Research,received a 77% response with 251 residents answering from 183 cottages.
Wind survey results head to council

Tiernan said his first mandate as newly-elected president was to gather consensus from members on their opinions of wind power.
Of the other results:
Only 8% of respondents were in support of wind power.
77% believe turbine fields will harm wildlife,
84% oppose offshore wind development,
88% believe offshore turbines will decrease property values,
74% think wind power is not an economically viable source of energy,
93% believe the BBCA should ally itself with other cottagers' association
91% think the BBCA should work with H-K council regarding wind turbines.
Tiernan said they wanted an independent firm to conduct the survey, as the BBCA hopes to do future surveys regarding on beach conditions and invasive species. He said they've tried door-to-door surveys in the past, but they couldn't get the consistency or reach the percentage of seasonal and full-time residents needed to make it a viable survey. They also wanted to ensure it was sound if and when it's challenged by any member of provincial parliament or wind organizations.
He's since shared the results with H-K Mayor Mitch Twolan and plans on presenting the findings officially at the Nov. 8 council meeting.
It's such an emotional issue, some make blanket statements about wind power,he said.
It's the same issue they've been having in the (United) States by Lake Michigan. It's almost the same, but town councils still get a say in approving wind projects”.

Editorial Kincardine News - Bruce Beach survey reveals the obvious

Is it a surprise that the Bruce Beach Cottagers' Association survey turned out with 89% against wind power east of Highway 21? No.
With recent media push by wind power lobbyists, it's no doubt those fighting it are pushing back even harder. As council candidates said at the recent All Candidates meeting"we did our part"now it's time for new wind proponents to look elsewhere. We're a community that can say we're already benefiting from the taxes and the few dozen jobs wind workers enjoy. No doubt the farmers with turbines on their land are enjoying the money they're making for them.
But there's a growing number of residents who don't want to see our entire rural municipal landscape filled up with turbines anymore. Armow folks are fighting it, as are those in Bruce Township who are feeling the pressure on their property values from newly proposed projects. Huron-Kinloss' lakeshore has millions of dollars in real estate at stake here.
What's especially surprising is the Canadian Wind Energy Association's blatant disregard of the wind sensitivities frequently voiced in our news section. Many locals may never set foot in Port Burwell, Bayham or Erie Shores, but there's no doubt many of their locals can relate to the loss of property control we've experienced since the Green Energy Act was established. Instead of carefully considering and planning wind projects, proponents have an open door to pick a spot, negotiate with property owners and flow through the process. The public meetings just seem to be window dressing with the powers of the GEA and people don't like being made to feel powerless. Especially by bureaucrats in Toronto.
We can only hope wind developers would be considerate enough to hear the opinions of our local serfs and peons in this top-down McGuinty-land of ours. Keep fanning the flames, this issue is heating up once again.

OPINIONS - Kincardine News - Don't stop the fight against wind turbines

Dear Editor,
In March of this year I wrote a letter to the editor about our concerns around the proposed HuronKinloss Bluewater wind development.
Much has been learned since then, as this is such a complex issue. Like so many we were hopeful wind energy could help save our environment. Whilst small scale wind generation could work, there is so little green or clean about industrial wind:
1. The environmental footprint of an industrial wind turbine zone is not benign; one just has to look at who develops these projects. They are built by the fossil fuel industry to ensure their viability. When the wind doesn't blow, natural gas plants are used to back them up. We aren't replacing fossil fuel generation with wind; we're replacing it with more fossil fuel generation. It does little to save CO2 emissions, does not replace coal. We need to develop green energy that'll not require back up from fossil fuel but can stand alone without harming humanity or further degrading our natural environment and all her inhabitants.
2. Property values are affected by wind turbine developments. Industry generated “studies” fail to take into account that houses near wind turbines remain unsold and are often withdrawn from the market or abandoned. Many of us invest heavily in our homes, something we think of as a “safe investment” for our future. Those whose properties are next to these wind zones stand to lose much of that investment with no hope of compensation.
3. Most disconcerting are the health concerns. The low-frequency vibrations the turbines emit, some say are just “imaginary reasons"conjured up by those jealous because they didn't qualify to have a turbine on their property. Comments like these infuriate me. People who have been driven from their homes from the low-frequency vibrations or dirty electricity from the lines carrying the power from the turbines to the sub-stations aren't imagining anything. These people are school teachers, nurses, town councillors, even people who have subscribed to having them on their property. At a setback of only 550 metres, far too many people complain about adverse health effects. Many people living near wind turbines are unable to sleep and experience continuing stress and increasing health problems. There is a move in England leaning to five kilometre setbacks from homes.
4. Our hydro bills are skyrocketing because we're paying twice for wind produced electricity: once with extravagant feed-in-tariff rates to benefit producers and a second time to run polluting single-cycle gas plants to back up wind.
5. Government noise regulations already in place are being violated on a daily basis. Many farmers continue to experience health impacts on livestock resulting from unresolved problems with stray voltage, often associated with wind turbine installations.
Why are we allowing our provincial government to destroy our health, deplete the value of our homes, jeopardize our safety, sell us unaffordable electricity, degrade our natural heritage and channel our taxes into welfare for multinational energy companies?
Learn more about this issue because, if they get approval, dozens of projects are slated to be online within the next year along Ontario's west coast and beyond, right in your back yard. It isn't too late to stop them, get informed, get involved.
Visit www.windconcernsontario.org
Cheryl Murray

OPINIONS Kincardine News - H-K council requests health unit study on wind turbines

QMI Agency
Huron-Kinloss Twp. is requesting the Grey Bruce Health Unit initiate a study to examine the effects of wind turbines in close proximity to residences throughout Bruce and Grey counties.
At the Oct. 18 township meeting, council approved a resolution requesting the Health Unit initiate a study on behalf of the municipalities within its jurisdiction to examine the effects on residents from wind turbines in close proximity to residential homes, or residential areas. The resolution will be forwarded to the counties of Bruce and Grey and all lower tier municipalities for support.
The resolution states “the Green Energy Act has placed the approval of industrial wind turbine projects in the hands of the province.
Therefore, the Ministry of Environment's Renewable Energy Approval process is a single new approval that integrates environmental and health and safety matters for applications for industrial wind turbines.
“However, the installation of industrial wind turbines throughout Bruce and Grey counties has caused considerable health effects on a number of local residents. Also, the recent development of an industrial wind turbine project in HuronKinloss Twp. has forced a number of residents out of their homes and family farms due to health related issues as a result of stray voltage, low frequency noise and or the cumulative effect of wind turbines and their close proximity to area homes.
“The Grey Bruce Board of Health has stated they would like to reduce the impact and stress that Green Energy projects are having on rural residents, particularly in regard to wind generated power.”

Wind energy contributes new all-time high to Ontario power supply

Canada Newswire,
Thurday October 28 2010,
Wind energy hit a new all-time record high for hourly electricity output in Ontario on Tuesday, October 26, producing 1,056 MW of power around 9:00 PM that evening according to the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Over the course of the entire day,wind energy was responsible for supplying more than five per cent of Ontario's total electricity demand.
"Wind energy's growing contribution to Ontario's electricity supply is creating jobs and economic opportunities for Canadian manufacturers, service providers, landowners and rural municipalities,"said Canadian Wind Energy Association president Robert Hornung."We expect wind energy's rapid growth in Canada to continue, with production tripling in the next five years".
Canada is projected to end 2010 with 754 MW of new wind energy capacity - representing $1.7 billion in new investment.
This will bring Canada's total installed wind energy capacity to 4,073 MW, enough power to meet the needs of more than 1.4 million homes annually.
Canada currently has 3,549 MW of installed wind energy capacity.
Ontario is the provincial leader in installed wind energy capacity with 1,248 MW (one-third) of wind energy development.
Quebec and Alberta follow at 663MW and 656 MW respectively (one-third), and Canada's remaining seven provinces together account for the remaining one-third.
Wind energy has increased 10-fold in the last six years in Canada as governments seek ways to meet rising energy demand, reduce environmental impacts of electricity generation, and stimulate rural and industrial economic development.
About CanWEA:
CanWEA is the voice of Canada's wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its more than 400 members.
A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada's leading source of credible information about wind energy and its social, economic and environmental benefits. To join other global leaders in the wind energy industry, CanWEA believes Canada can and must reach its target of producing 20 per cent or more of the country's electricity from wind by 2025.
The document Wind Vision 2025 - Powering Canada's Future is available at www.canwea.ca .

Counc. Roppel wants council involved in wind bylaw

Counc. Randy Roppel wants to see Municipality of Kincardine representation on a group working on a noise bylaw for industrial wind turbines to present to the province.
Roppel said numerous wind power meetings have been held recently by members of municipalities affected by industrial turbines.
The framework for a wind noise bylaw is being set by numerous groups and municipalities and he believes this municipality should be involved.
He said the current council has not represented its constituents well in dealing with the complaints of health impacts from wind turbines.
"E-mails being sent to municipal councillors are not being returned or addressed,"Roppel said."We all know communication has not been a strong suit for this council".

Anti-wind group to donate for wind study

QMI Agency
Huron-Kinloss Against Lakeside Turbines (HALT) will financially donate towards a study on the effects of industrial wind turbines within the township.
Wind turbine development was the topic of discussion at the Jan. 11 Huron-Kinloss meeting when Cheryl Murray and Wayne Couture, on behalf of HALT, presented concerns and an appeal for support in their fight against wind turbine development.
HALT requested Huron-Kinloss council have a health study done, saying they would make a financial contribution.
Murray said the effects of turbines in the area include sleep disturbances, headaches, nausea, tinnitus (continuous ringing in the ear), exhaustion and the threat of learning impairment.
Murray would like to see turbines set back 1.5 km to 2 km instead of the stated 150m to 500m from residential areas.
The presentation continued with the call for a bylaw to be put in place until Dr. Hazel Lynn, medical officer of health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit, has completed a study she is doing on the supposed health effects wind turbines may have on people.
Council supports HALT in their endeavors and will take the proposed bylaw by HALT under advisement.
Murray said he is appreciative of how supportive Huron-Kinloss council has been to them and councillor Jim Hanna is on board with their concerns.
“You are preaching to the choir. We support your group’s activities,” said Hanna. “We are an open book and we will look to work with you the whole way.”
Murray also said making people aware of these concerns is important because educating people on the importance of these issues is key. She believes there are so many misconceptions of how green wind turbines actually are. She said wind turbines must be paired to fossil fuel powered turbines to make them work.
HALT is attempting to gather all of the groups against wind turbine development together in Ontario to help mount an advertising offensive against the wind turbine companies.
HALT was looking for council’s support on a moratorium on the building of industrial wind turbines until a proper study on their effects could be done. Council was tentative on this request.
“We just open ourselves up for litigation when we seek a moratorium,” said HuronKinloss Mayor Mitch Twolan. “Our money could be spent better than giving it to lawyers.

OPINIONS Residents write in support of wind energy

Dear Editor,
A group of us in the Kincardine and Goderich area, curious to know more about the wind energy business, surfed the net recently to do some research.
We discovered that the Ontario Power Authority (OPA, an arm’s length branch of Ontario’s Ministry of Energy which was ultimately established as a result of electricity restructuring work by Mike Harris’ PC government) is the body that is in charge of issuing contracts for green energy projects, like Kingsbridge II Wind Power in the Goderich area, Arran Wind Energy east of Port Elgin and others.
Although many people complain that the authority for wind project approvals was moved from the municipal to the provincial level, such as the Ministry of the Environment, keep in mind that before there were many government bodies at the municipal level who felt overwhelmed and requested help from the province. It's refreshing to see the development of an important new industry being handled by people who have a bigger knowledge and resource base to draw from and can apply the same rules to everyone.
Concerns have also been raised that foreign technology and services robs from manufactures and workers in Ontario. In order for any project to receive provincial approvals, wind projects over 10 kW, such as the proposed Blue Water Wind Farm in the Ripley area, must have at least 25% Ontario content if the project is to be operational by January 1, 2012 or 50% Ontario content for those projects up and running after January 1, 2012.
They define Ontario content as manufactured parts, labour, design and consulting services. The Feed-In Tariff program (FIT), the Ontario Green Energy Act and the universal call across North America for domestic, sustainable and renewable energy production is creating a viable market.
As Ontario gears up to harness green energy - wind, water and solar – the OPA’s program will enable the province to supply not just local projects but ones across the province and continent.
In the recent past there have been many announcements of companies opening and setting up shop in Ontario to supply green power initiatives. Samsung C&T Corp. announced the building of a wind turbine tower manufacturing plant in Windsor, Siemens is setting up a new wind turbine blade factory in the Tillsonburg area and Vestas now has their head North American office in Toronto. Canadians will be employed to manufacture and sell these green energy components, getting jobs and valuable training in a new industry.
Green energy is a relatively new industry in the domestic manufacturing sector, so why not learn from those who have experience. Worldwide, countries are always learning and sharing information so we don’t reinvent the wheel. In time, as the knowledge and experience grows Canadian firms will take the lead.
It’s about time the government got behind Ontario industry and its ability to meet present and future power demand. The website, www.powerauthority.on.ca, gives an interesting picture of the projects being developed to help our Ontario-based industries tool up and train up to meet the marketplace power demands of today and tomorrow. Not bad for government, which generally looks no further ahead than the next four years.
As far as the health related concerns go, check with the professional medical people at the Ontario Medical Association and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. They are very much in favour of wind turbines with the stringent regulations that we have.
There are many issues that help put people on either side of this debate on turbines. Perhaps one of the biggest issues is how concerned they are about our ever growing problems with pollution and climate change and how much we need green power. Ben Miltenburg Francis Hogan Steve Howard Mike Snobelen Lawrence Hogan
Sebastian Kraf

Supporters back wind proposals in North Bruce, Saugeen Twp

QMI Agency
Plans for 31 new wind turbines in Saugeen Shores --parts of two projects --drew a crowd of supporters to council chambers Monday.
Charles Edey, president of Leader Resources Services Corp., had the backing of nearly all the spectators at the chamber at council's committee of the whole.
Edey said he was at the meeting to reintroduce himself, the company and share an overview of their project.
Edey outlined the Arran and North Bruce wind energy projects, the company's history dealing with those projects and its best efforts and practices.
Leader has been involved with land in Bruce County since 2006 when a group of landowners in Arran Township expressed interest, beginning a process that is now moving forward with the development of 46 --nine in Saugeen Shores --wind turbines with a construction date set for 2012.
Landowners in North Bruce area expressed an interest in wind turbines last year. Leader has since submitted an application for a Feed-In Tariff contract to the Ontario Power Authority. The company plans to develop 34 turbines -22 in the former Saugeen Township --as part of a 200-megawatt project in Saugeen Shores and Kincardine within the next couple of years.
Edey said the company has brought $12 million to the area so far.
He said the company is not foreign and will use as much local material as possible, with 95% Ontario labour and 50% local domestic material used.
The company says the financial benefits for Saugeen Shores from the Arran project include approximately $24,000 in building permits; approximately $43,000 in taxes and approximately $180,000 in payments to landowners annually. The North Bruce project will see approximately $ 77,000 in building permits; approximately $ 75,000 in taxes for Saugeen Shores and $ 440,000 in landowner payments annually.
Edey has met with local aboriginal interests including Saugeen First Nation and the Historic Saugeen Métis as well.
"We believe there is broad support for wind energy in Ontario," Edey said.
Coun. Diane Huber asked Edey if they would wait until a proposed local study of health complaints tied to wind turbines is complete.
Edey said he believes wind turbines are properly sited and do not cause problems, and that 550 metres is an adequate distance between a turbine and a building.
"If I am going to put up an industry anywhere, I appreciate that there will be impacts," he said. "I believe the project is right for the province, the community and the farm."
Vice-deputy mayor Doug Gowanlock said he had a problem with the sterilization of lots in the area, and noted it was difficult to get answers at a Leader Resources Services open house.
Deputy-mayor Luke Charbonneau suggested Leader hold as many meetings as possible, and less open-house style ones at that.
"The public wants more opportunity for a forum to ask questions," he said.
Edey said Leader will hold four meetings: two open houses and two public meetings. He assured much more information will be brought to council and the public.
Mayor Mike Smith said he appreciates legitimate concerns from both sides of the issue, but is frustrated that concerns are not being addressed. He added people need to get away from a "for or against" mentality.
Edey said he is not alone in his beliefs, but there was a challenge in getting constituents to speak. He added if his company was doing something so terrible, the turbines could be stopped and torn down in as quick as a day.
"This is good for our planet. We need to clean up our air," he said.
Pete Chappell, who has a family farm outside of Port Elgin, said he was comfortable with the idea of wind turbines.
"I didn't get one," he said. "The income would have been nice... all the power to my neighbours."
Chappell works for a concrete business and said he has delivered materials, worked under the turbines, and has been to Enbridge to see them for himself. He said he does not see anything to complain about.
"You don't hear them in the car with the windows rolled up, and that's when you are as close as they'll allow you to get to them," he said. "They are putting out energy, its a renewable one, it's a good idea.

Inverhuron wind turbine to built later this year

Kincardine News
Leader Resources Services Corp. will usher in the construction of a single wind turbine for the 1.5MW Quixote One Wind Energy Project later this year, southeast of the lakeside hamlet of Inverhuron.
"It's privately owned by a number of Ontario residents on the Rogers Farm behind Jackson Construction," said Leader Resources president Chuck Edey, adding the project received priority ranking Dec. 20, 2010 under the Ontario Power Authority's Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program and it was exempt from an Environmental Assessment (EA), with a contract expected this spring. " We're hoping construction will start in the fourth quarter of 2011." On Friday, Edey told The Kincardine
News the turbine 1.5MW General Electric (GE) turbine is located 2km from the lakeshore, 700m from Bruce Road 23 and 900m from Bruce Rd 15. He said it's still in the approvals stage and they have yet to decide if it will be a 50m or 80m-high tower, adding it will not be viewable from Inverhuron Beach.
The closest receptor to the turbine is 630m, with the second at 780m, he said, stressing it exceeds setbacks from all homes close by.
" We've met with all the landowners along the way," he said.
Edey a told Municipality of Kincardine council Jan. 26 they're working towards a first-quarter 2013 construction date for the $ 50 million 80-turbine, 200MW North Bruce project between Bruce Township and Saugeen Shores.
He was joined by many staff in the council chambers, and provided information on the local and regional projects the company is working on, an outline on the project owners and details on the Canadian Wind Energy Association's advertising campaign and community consultation guidelines to " correct misinformation" they feel is circulating in the region about wind power.
"We're not the owners, we do the managing for individuals," said Edey.
The North Bruce Project is currently in the development stages with bird and bat studies underway and meteorological towers are gathering wind data. Edey said the impact on Kincardine will provide $63,000 in building permits, $ 52,000 in annual taxes, along with $360,000 in annual payouts to the 18 Kincardine landowners at $20,000 a piece.
"The payouts have gone up significantly with the increase in the FIT contracts," he said, referring to previous local wind contracts on record that offered $ 5,000$15,000 per turbine.
He also touched on setback issues raised by councillors, adding the provincial government has increased minimum setbacks to 550m from receptors.
"We know the projects in Ripley and Enbridge's don't meet the guidelines today," said Edey. "The noise and setback rules today are much more stringent."
Later in the week, representatives from both Enbridge and the Ripley Wind projects confirmed that a number of their turbines are under the 550m setback, but the majority are above.
"Not every turbine meets the new 550metre setback because the rules were different," said Enbridge general manager Bob Simpson. "It was designed based on noise model that met MOE guidelines of the time."
Edey said the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CANWEA) recently released a "Best practices for Consultation" guide for its members on how to consult local councils on upcoming wind projects. He said the province is planning a similar document and so far no lakeshore community has approached the ' Renewable Facilitation' offices set up by the province to provide guidance to municipalities on the GEA.
He also touched on CANWEA's recent advertising campaign featuring full-page colour spots as a program to "correct misinformation" Edey said was circulating in local newspapers. A new 'Harvesting Wind Support' group has been formed up of 400 local people from Paisley to Grand Bend who plan to "dispel myths" about wind power.
"We believe there is broad band support for wind power across the lakeshore," Edey said, adding "transmission will determine the amount of wind turbines," that are constructed in the area.
The campaign will include the posting of hundreds of wind support signs in the local area, he said, which will compete with the growing number of anti-wind signs seen across the region in recent months.
The North Bruce and Arran Wind projects are owned by American oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens under a partnership with Mesa Power Group and the American Wind Alliance. The companies are also working on the Twenty Two Degree (150WM) and Summerhill Wind (110MW) projects in Central Huron.
Edey said the Lake Huron shoreline is "one of the most significant energy sectors," giving examples of existing and upcoming neighbouring wind projects, the 500MW set aside for the Korean consortium Samsung Renewable Energy Inc., which is signing up land owners from Saugeen Shores to Zurich in the south.
"If the Green Energy Act moves forward, the lakeshore will see increased amounts of wind development," said Edey.
Deputy Mayor Anne Eadie said it's council's obligation to protect the interests of the municipality, adding her concerns with restricting municipal growth for 20-50 years in wind project areas, as well as the impact of stray voltage from electrical pollution.
"With the Green Energy Act there hasn't been an opportunity to consult early in the process," said Eadie.
Leader has an "obligation to be in front of council," Edey said, so they are up front with decommissioning, operating and development plans before the province approves their projects.
Counc. Ron Coristine said his concerns were around decommissioning and the state of the land when turbines are torn down.
Edey said many wind projects will have a 50-year right to easement, which would likely see turbines refurbished and continuing to operate past their 20-year life cycle.
Counc. Maureen Couture touched on setback issues and the impact turbines could have on people. Edey referred to the provincial Medical Officer of Health's assessment of wind health issues, where some people will bound to be "annoyed" from the sounds of turbines, but they're also considering the issues as well.
"We've moved turbine locations because of concerns and walked away from sites that bothered individuals," he said.
Counc. Randy Roppel asked if Edey owned property in the development, which he answered "Yes" and to whether Leader owned property, Edey answered "No."
Roppel asked how he planned to deal with any perceived "health issues" like noise or stray voltage if they arise.
Edey said individuals are already having issues and stress at the thought of wind projects coming to their area and acknowledged other local projects have revealed "sensitivities" with some people.
Deputy Mayor Eadie asked if he would commit to burying all electrical feeder lines to prevent the possibility of electrical pollution impacting residents.
Edey said they would take it under consideration, but that it would be a huge undertaking that would more than double the cost and would involve Leader and Hydro One.

EDITORIAL Green Energy Act turns people against wind

Municipality of Kincardine council might as well have been a table lined with mannequins with how much their opinions could impact the project of the Leader Resources led wind projects in Inverhuron and North Bruce.
It's not a knock on the council's meeting last week either, as many of the councillors walked into questions with Leader knowing full-well the company has the Green Energy Act (GEA) as an ace up its sleeve. It's a reality brought on by our provincial overlords and the GEA, which allows wind power companies to waltz in and tell, not ask our council what will be built in our backyards.
Although Leader Resources may live and provide employment in this area, the owners profiting from the North Bruce project are American and the people writing the rules are in Queen's Park. Although they may think it's a slight on their livelihoods, I fully understand that the work they're doing is approved and promoted by the province and that they're all just making a living the same as I am. The difference is the mixed feelings people have about their work with wind power, especially the vocal opposition to it in our area that's being ignored. Many others like turbines, others could care less if they're here or not.
The "obligation" for a wind company to "consult" council is just part of them going through the motions, because the real puppetmaster is the province now. For $20,000/year per turbine, I will also never blame our farmers for wanting to make that kind of extra income on their property. They are not the target of my opinion, my words are directed at the province and the companies that stand to make millions, tell our councils how it's going to be and give back only a fraction of their profits to the communities they're building in.
The most surprising thing was how quickly the Quixote One, single turbine project was given priority approval just southeast of Inverhuron, which will be about 2km from Lake Huron according to Leader's Chuck Edey. It will be the first new wind turbine built in the municipality since Enbridge completed construction a few years ago.
A quick call to the Inverhuron and District Ratepayers Association revealed, through vice-president Donna Irvine, that neither herself or her membership had known about the turbine, which will just up the hill from scenic Inverhuron Beach. Edey said he wasn't aware they were still an operating group, but assured me it wouldn't be viewable from the beach.
What's funny is the impact wind power stories have on our readership, with the example of my feature on Leader's projects last May. Some readers accused us of being prowind when we ran the story on Leader's project, and we lost subscribers. After we allowed letters to run criticizing the company the next week, Leader became unfriendly with me. The benefits of being a fence-sitter in the news I guess.
After talking with Edey, I realized we hadn't heard about this project since we last reported on the "prototype" GE turbine they planned to build there.
I think anyone will be a bit surprised when they find out a new wind turbine will be in view for our boaters who enjoy the waters of our beautiful Inverhuron beach, just in time for the 2012 tourist season. Some won't care, others will. There has yet to be opposition because it's going to be a surprise to many summer residents. People often don't like surprises.
This type of 'hush hush' dealing that evades us in the media, likely to prevent public opposition, and is exactly the type of thing that makes a wind company the enemy in many peoples' eyes.
But when it comes to my opinion, I'm done sitting on the fence. The GEA and the approach of many wind companies has me soured. I believe there's a place for wind power, but I've seen about enough of it in the Municipality of Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss. We don't need the government to open the floodgates for companies to jam it down our elected officials' throats.
The question is how much is enough and where it's appropriate, which is typically up to the community to decide. Enter the GEA. Now we have the province opening the floodgates for foreign and domestic investors to bring companies in to see these projects built. The public is seeing far too little financial benefit from these projects in comparison to the impact on the visual landscape and property values in the area.
How can a community say, "We're done?" The thing is, we can't because the province says the input from our municipalities or the county isn't relevant enough to impede the progress of new 'green' energy. With Leader Resources' project, Samsung in the works, Acciona edging in from the east and International Power's project to the south in HuronKinloss, which will be in view of Lakeside Downtown Kincardine, the province has castrated our municipal councils and left the public fighting these changes desperate and without hope.
My point is, the actions of both the wind industry and the province have made them the enemy in many peoples' eyes because they continue to fall back on the rules set out by the province like they're the scripture. I'm very curious how the industry will react if the GEA is thrown out if the Liberals are overturned in this fall's election.
It's obvious why those who stand in opposition are being considered champions by many and cursed by the farmers and wind companies looking to profit from these projects. Our Huron-Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell is no champion to our municipalities on this issue, which is why local mayors like Huron-Kinloss' Mitch Twolan are stepping up as nominees to run against her as a Progressive Conservative. This is just the beginning.

Ian Hanna's judicial review of Green Energy Act

For Immediate Release
Ian Hanna's judicial review of Green Energy Act heard in Toronto yesterday - outcome could suspend wind turbine development in Ontario
We received an email from our friends in Clarington this morning. Please see below.
Good Morning Everyone,
I am pleased to provide an update on the Ian Hanna case that was heard in Toronto yesterday before a panel of three judges at the Ontario Divisional Court. As many of you know, Ian is the Prince Edward County resident who applied for a judicial review of the Green Energy Act as it applies to the setback distance of industral wind turbines from residential homes. I have attached the case factum prepared by Ian's lawyer, Eric Gillespie which outlines in great detail all of their arguments.
Mr Gillespie contacted me by telephone late last night to advise us that although the hearing had been scheduled to take place over two days (Mon & Tues), the hearing proceeded until after 5pm last night which allowed the court to hear all of the arguments in a single day. The court has adjourned pending a decision. Mr Gillespie was ecstatic about their day in court, pleased that they were able to overcome several major legal hurdles in Mr. Hanna's favour. The judges indicated that they will release a written decision in the near future.
I have pasted a press release below which has been prepared by the Society for Wind Vigilance and outlines yesterday's proceedings.
The the court had previously indicated that If Mr. Hanna's case is successful, the development of industrial wind turbine farms in Ontario would be suspended until further health studies are completed. I will notify you as soon as I hear the ruling.
Have a great day!
Heather Rutherford
Clarington Wind Concerns
Wind Turbine Legal Challenge Passes Three Major Legal Hurdles Toronto, January 24
A panel of three Ontario Divisional Court judges today heard the submissions of counsel for the Attorney General representing the Ministry of Environment, counsel representing Ian Hanna, Eric Gillespie, and counsel for the Intervenor the Canadian Wind Energy Association in an application for judicial review of central provisions of the Green Energy Act regulations. The application states that the 550 meter setback, legislated by the McGuinty Liberal Government in September 2009, has not been scientifically justified as a sufficient distance to protect human health.
Initially it appeared the hearing might not be permitted to proceed as the court queried if an upcoming Environmental Review Tribunal hearing in Chatham was where these issues should be addressed. After hearing substantial legal argument the panel of judges agreed to hear the case.
Hurdle # 1.
In spite of the Attorney General's attempts to have the court reject the evidence and qualifications of three medical doctors who filed affidavits relied on by the applicant, the court declined to overturn any of their evidence.
Hurdle # 2.
The court also determined that notwithstanding the Attorney General and CanWEA's submissions in opposition, the issues to be decided were complex and significant and the court would reserve making any decision to allow it to consider all of the information it had received.
Hurdle # 3.
Ian Hanna the applicant has declared today's results a victory for all those now suffering the consequences of poorly developed regulations and guidelines that have led to a litany of homes abandoned, adverse health effects and financial ruin for many Ontario residents.
The three judge panel will now review the evidence and submissions from today and have indicated they will likely release a written judgment in the near future.
Beth Harrington Communications
647 588-8647

Both sides of the wind farm issue present their views to council

By Liz Dadson
Kincardine Times
First off, was David Colling, a former dairy farmer who now tests for stray voltage at residences adjacent to industrial wind energy developments.
He told council that the low-frequency noise and electrical pollution are causing a lot of problems. Residents are unable to remain in their homes because they fall prey to electro-hypersensitivity. They can't sleep, they have headaches, earaches and a multitude of other ailments.
"At one point, there were five families staying in hotels, paid for by the wind company, because they could not stay in their homes," said Colling. Four of those homes are now empty.
He said the wind companies will say this is all nonsense. However, even the Grey-Bruce medical officer of health is calling for a study to be done before more wind farms are built in this area.
Colling said wind companies can be compliant with all the rules laid out by the provincial government, but still the nearby residents will get sick.
"It's similar to the ultraviolet rays from the sun," he said. "You can't see them, but you can feel the sunburn they cause."
He urged council to get the information about electrical pollution, ensure lines are buried, and make sure the municipality has all the facts about decommissioning of wind turbines.
Colling recommended council check the following websites for more information:
Councillor Maureen Couture said there is dirty electricity from energy efficient appliances but people don't get sick from having those in their home. "
Most energy efficient appliances do not run all the time," said Colling. "Wind turbines are detrimental to people's health and we're now testing solar panels too. One turbine equals 200 solar panels."
Councillor Ron Coristine said the whole issue is deeply troubling. "I'm reassured by the growing amount of knowledge about this issue. We shouldn't have to be electrical engineers to protect ourselves from this."
"What can we do to protect dairy farms in Bruce County?" asked deputy mayor Anne Eadie.
"If we don't stop wind farms, there will be no dairy farms left in this area," said Colling.
Promoting wind farms
A week later, council heard from Chuck Edey, president of Leader Resources Services Corp., a wind energy development company in Kincardine, with a staff of 25 who also live in the local communities.
The company has several projects on the go, including one in Tiverton and one at North Bruce.
The Tiverton project is a single turbine, said Edey, with a 2.5-megawatt capacity. The applicant is Quixote One Wind Energy, a privately-owned company of 10 local landowners. The turbine is to be built behind Jackson Construction in Inverhuron and should be under construction in late 2011.
The North Bruce project would be 18 turbines (200-megawatts) on 12,000 acres in Kincardine and Saugeen Shores, north of the Enbridge project, said Edey. It was also prompted by a group of landowners, and construction is expected no earlier than 2013.
Edey said the North Bruce project will bring $63,000 in building permits to the local municipalities and an annual tax levy of $52,000. It means $360,000 per year to local landowners who allow the turbines to be built on their properties.
He said there is broad-based support for wind energy.
"We have 400 landowners with land optioned, from Paisley to Grand Bend," he said. "We're just waiting for the Bruce-to-Milton transmission line to be built. The transmission capacity is what will determine the number of turbines built."
As for decommissioning of turbines, Edey said that if the wind farm were abandoned, there is material value in the scrap metal of a turbine that far exceeds the cost to decommission it.
Eadie said her concern is that companies outside the municipality come in and build the turbines, not Leader Resources.
"We do all the layout and planning," said Edey, "and we do oversight during construction. All the design work is done here, by skilled staff from around the world.
Eadie emphasized the need to bury the lines between the substation and the turbines so nearby residents are not affected by stray voltage.
Edey said there are many obligations on the part of the developer to ensure the project is done right, according to the Renewable Energy Approvals process and the Green Energy Act.
"There is a lot of scrutiny that a project goes through to ensure all the issues are addressed," he said.
Coristine asked about the best practice for decommissioning the turbine and the 20 loads of cement and rebar in the ground.
"We must have an approved decommissioning plan before construction," said Edey. "The best practice is to return the agricultural land back to the same state it was in before the turbine was built."
However, he noted that while turbines are considered to have a lifespan of 20 years, the Bruce Nuclear site was also supposed to be done in 40 years and is now being refurbished.
"A properly-sited wind turbine doesn't have to be done after 20 years," he said.
Couture asked if, despite the Green Energy Act, would a wind farm proponent exceed the minimum setbacks for turbines, if council requested it?
Edey said the guidelines stipulate a turbine must be located at least 540 metres from a non-participating landowner. As technology improves and the noise decreases, he expects that a turbine operating effectively would cause no issues even at a 200-metre distance.
"The issue about setbacks is noise," he said. "People are sometimes annoyed by 30 decibels of noise and that's the level with nobody talking."
He said his company has moved specific locations of turbines because it was asked to do so. "
Do you own any property with turbines on it?" asked councillor Randy Roppel.
"Yes," said Edey.
"Does your company?" asked Roppel.
"No," said Edey.
Eadie stressed the need to bury the lines from the turbines to the substation.
"Our contracts obligate us to have all wires buried underground," said Edey.
"Under the roads and concessions too?" asked Eadie.
Edey said that is dictated by Hydro One which is in charge of distribution of the electricity. "Hydro One is not going to bury the distribution lines," he said.
"The wind companies could bury them," said Eadie.
"It would be two-and-a-half times the cost to bury the distribution lines," said Edey. "We would have to take it under consideration."
Edey noted that the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is embarking on a provincial education campaign to correct some of the misinformation in the public domain.
"The campaign will help demonstrate public support of wind projects and dispel some of the myths," he said.
"Ontario's regulations for wind farm developments are among the most stringent in the world and are designed to protect the health and safety of the public," he said. "The Ripley and Enbridge projects could not be built by today's standards."
County wind standards
Still discussing wind, Kincardine council is looking at developing its own wind energy guidelines.
It made some comments on the application requirements laid out by Bruce County council.
Eadie said she is willing to work on setting up guidelines for the Municipality of Kincardine, and to do it quickly because more wind companies are going to be locating soon in this area.
Couture said the county requirement for a minimum distance of 1,750 metres from hamlets, inland lakeshore residential or estate residential, etc., is not going to fly with the Green Energy Act.
"We're up against the provincial government on this," she said. "Wind companies do not have to comply with our guidelines. We need to get the Green Energy Act removed and get control back with the municipalities."

Ontario Rules Out Offshore Wind Projects

February 11, 2011
McGuinty Government Committed to Renewable Energy While Protecting the Environment Ontario is not proceeding with proposed offshore wind projects while further scientific research is conducted.
No Renewable Energy Approvals for offshore have been issued and no offshore projects will proceed at this time. Applications for offshore wind projects in the Feed-In-Tariff program will no longer be accepted and current applications will be suspended.
Offshore wind in freshwater lakes is early in development and there are no projects operating in North America. The recently installed Lake Vanern pilot project in Sweden is one of the only operational freshwater offshore projects in the world and a pilot project has been proposed in Ohio. Ontario will monitor these projects and the resulting scientific knowledge. Ontario will work with our U.S. neighbours on research to ensure any future proposed projects protect the environment on both sides of the Great Lakes.
Ontario remains committed to renewable energy. Renewable energy is a key part of our
Open Ontario Plan to create clean energy jobs while improving air quality by closing coal-fired generation.

"We will be working with our U.S. neighbours to ensure that any offshore wind projects are protective of the environment. Offshore wind on freshwater lakes is a recent concept that requires a cautious approach until the science of environmental impact is clear. In contrast, the science concerning land based wind is extensive."
John Wilkinson
Minister of the Environment

"Wind power has quickly become an important Ontario energy source and is growing our clean energy economy, creating more good jobs for Ontarians. We've already brought over 700 onshore wind turbines online and our Energy Plan will help us continue to build more wind power and position Ontario as a global leader in renewable energy."
Brad Duguid
Minister of Energy

"We need to base any future decisions on the best available scientific data. My ministry is working with our counterparts in the U.S. on offshore wind science and research to help ensure the protection of the Great Lakes."
Linda Jeffrey

Minister of Natural Resources

Ontario is improving air quality by increasing renewable energy and turning off dirty coal-fired generation in 2014. The recently installed 10 turbine Lake Vanern pilot project in Sweden is one of the only operational freshwater offshore projects in the world. A five turbine pilot project is proposed in Ohio for Lake Erie.
Ontario's Renewable Energy Approvals regulation requires extensive environmental reports, public, municipal and Aboriginal consultation, as well as noise assessments.
Ontario has already attracted more than $16 billion in private sector investment in the Green Energy sector, and over 20 companies have announced plans to set up or expand operations in Ontario.
Long Term Energy Plan includes 10,700 MW of renewable energy - wind, solar and biomass - by 2018. This is equivalent to meeting the annual electricity requirements of two million homes.

Explore Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan
Learn more about Ontario's Renewable Energy Approval

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Kate Jordan
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Ministry of Energy

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Minister’s Office, Ministry of Energy

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Ministry of Natural Resources

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Ministry of the Environment

Ontario suspends offshore wind power

The Ontario Liberals announced late Friday they have taken proposals and applications for offshore wind power projects off the table, while further scientific research is conducted.
A release from Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's office Friday said no renewable energy approvals for offshore wind have been issued and "none will proceed at this time."
"There's insufficient science to base regulations on to project human health and the natural environment," said John Wilkinson, Minister of the Environment. "There's no research going on around the world to answer those questions we have."
Wilkinson said they will be working with the United States Department of Energy to gather data from the fiveturbine Lake Erie offshore wind project in Ohio. Until data from the United States and Sweden is collected and reviewed, the province is putting all offshore wind on hold.
He said his ministry is concerned about the Great Lakes as a source of drinking water and with only 10 offshore turbines operating in the world, in oceans and no fresh water, they will not support offshore wind without proper review.
All wind applications suspended, none accepted
"Can these be constructed without negatively impacting the environment? We don't have the science to draw from to make that determination so the answer is no," said John Wilkinson, Minister of the Environment in an interview with The Kincardine News on Friday.
The release said offshore wind in freshwater lakes "is in early development" and no projects currently operate in North America. Wilkinson said this impacts at least one contract to his knowledge.
"Applications for offshore wind projects in the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program will no longer be accepted and current applications will be suspended," said Leslie O'Leary, associate press secretary for the Premier via e-mail.
The province said it will continue to monitor the new Lake Vanern pilot project in Sweden and its scientific data, while working on research with the United States to "ensure any future proposed projects protect the environment on both sides of the Great Lakes."
"Offshore wind on freshwater lakes is a recent concept that requires a cautious approach until the science of environmental impact is clear," said Wilkinson. "In contrast, the science concerning land based wind is extensive."
Ontario maintains it’s committed to renewable energy as part of its Open Ontario Plan to create clean energy jobs, while "improving air quality by closing coal-fired generation."
The issue first caused public outrage last August when The Kincardine News learned through the local anti-wind power group, Huron-Kinloss Against Lakeshore Turbines (HALT), that the province was investigating offshore wind possibilities through a Policy Proposal Notice, entitled 'Renewable Energy Approval Requirements for Off-shore Wind Facilities - An Overview of the Proposed Approach'. The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) was also looking at a phased review on the process for making Crown land available for renewable energy projects.
A Ministry of Environment (MOE): Renewable Energy website outlined a map illustrating 'Wind turbine applications proposed in Lake Huron'. The areas illustrated proposed turbine locations in the water off of the shoreline north of Goderich to Amberley, in a line directly off of Point Clark and along the shore to Kincardine. The application areas continue off the shores of the Bruce Power nuclear plant north of Inverhuron, to the shores off of MacGregor Point Provincial Park, just south of Port Elgin.
HALT spokesperson Mike Sapiro said it was good to see the government back down from offshore turbines, but said the same approach should be taken with land-based wind turbines.
"There are many outstanding issues related to the installation of turbines in the lake, including the impact on the environment, drinking water, tourism, and noise transfer over water to name a few," said Sapiro. "I'm confident that when all the facts are in... the government will abandon installing large industrial wind projects in the Great Lakes."
In late August, the MNR confirmed three companies had issued 12 offshore wind power project applications within Lake Huron in 2008. The data the MNR was provided, indicated the "wind power applications off Kincardine range from between 50 metres offshore to 30 kilometres offshore."
In reaction to public outrage about the brief consultation period, the province extended the consultation period into the fall. It also developed a new MNR proposed policy ' Offshore Windpower: Consideration of Additional Areas to be Removed from Future Development' which the public had opportunity to comment on until Oct. 4, 2010.
"We need to base any future decisions on the best available scientific data. My ministry is working with our counterparts in the U.S. on offshore wind science and research to help ensure the protection of the Great Lakes," said Linda Jeffrey Minister of Natural Resources.
Huron-Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell applauded the announcement in a media release sent out shortly after the announcement.
"We listened to the concerns from our communities loud and clear and our government is taking the responsible and necessary steps to protect the environment, while ensuring there is enough clean energy to keep the province working," said HuronBruce MPP Carol Mitchell.

Editorial Offshore wind is blown up

The public should celebrate a victory of democracy in the announcement that Ontario will put offshore wind projects on hiatus, at least for now.
Pressure on the government regarding the science behind this fledgling industry was the main reasoning behind the decision, aside from the complaints that wind turbines in the lake would have a massive impact on property values, the aquatic environment, tourism and not forgetting out million-dollar sunsets we're fortunate enough to enjoy on Ontario's west coast.
This back-step by the province is likely a sign that wind power is becoming an election issue that could topple provincial Liberals in a number of ridings, including Huron-Bruce. Now it's up to the public to keep up the pressure on land-based wind power, as many of the same scientific issues that led the province to make this decision, may be attributed to the on-going struggle by municipalities against the Green Energy Act.
This is just one more sign that the province's rush into wind power may have been more about economic benefit than for the public interest.
This is why it's important to keep involved and stay educated on the issues. News impacts all of our lives and this is one example of how it can benefit the public through political pressure.

Citizens protest Armow Wind Power Project

By Liz Dadson,
Kincardine Times
Ashley Duncan receives a standing ovation for her presentation, on behalf of those against the Armow Wind Power Project
The Kincardine council chamber was packed last night (Feb. 16) as a crowd of citizens protested the proposed Armow Wind Power Project.
Ashley Duncan, representing the non-optioned landowners within the planned industrial wind project as developed by Acciona, told council she also represented neighbours of the project and concerned citizens.
“We do not wish to see our rural landscape industrialized any further,” she said. “We ask that instead of protecting foreign corporations and big oil interests, that Kincardine council ask for studies and proper consultations, and stand up beside Huron-Kinloss, Saugeen Shores and Arran-Elderslie, and protect its citizens.” Duncan pointed to two dismal failures on the part of the proponent and the province:
The Green Energy Act was created to support planning for growth and build strong communities in Ontario, but the opposite is the case. “The Armow Wind Power Project has divided my rural community,” said Duncan. “With Kincardine council’s recent suggestions for setback distances from towns, hamlets and rural residences, the chasm for some of us widens again.”
The wind proponent failed to properly consult with the community. “To date, there has been one open house which I would consider deeply inadequate, as well as meetings with optioned landowners,” said Duncan. “The majority living within the project boundary are not optioned; therefore, meeting solely with optioned landowners does not constitute meeting with the public.”
She urged council to take control of certain aspects of the project, such as building permits, municipal road access, and liability protection for decommissioning costs.
Duncan asked why citizens in the former Town of Kincardine are afforded more protection than those living in the Hamlet of Armow or on individual farms. In the rural areas, many people work, worship and teach their own children on their properties.
She also noted the Old Order Amish of southwestern Ontario, who make up 20 per cent of the land mass in the proposed wind project area, had intended to come to the meeting but due to a funeral, could not attend. She was representing that group’s concerns as well.
The province has called for a moratorium on off-shore wind development, said Duncan. “Those turbines would have been five kilometres from lakefront houses. The rest of us remain stuck with 550-metre to 750-metre setbacks. This is adding insult to injury!”
She said studies by a variety of health officials from around the world, recommend that setbacks be 1.5 kilometres to 3.5 kilometres.
“We respectfully request that council recommend only independent and non-arbitrary setback distances, designed to protect people instead of corporations,” said Duncan. “As these do not presently exist, we ask council to hold off on issuing permits until they do.”
The group’s final concern was for support for victims, said Duncan. “Presently, there are a dozen people in our community who regularly attend monthly ‘Health Affected Residents Meetings.’ They are experiencing negative health impacts and are frustrated with the lack of assistance from our provincial government. There needs to be a plan in place to support these people.
“It is clear that the only way we can inspire provincial change and reclaim municipal control over municipal issues, is to stand up in opposition of the Green Energy Act,” she said. “Seventy-four municipalities in Ontario have made amendments, issued support or passed bylaws regarding the covering of our countryside with industrial wind turbines.”
She urged council to join the neighbouring municipalities in taking back control of industrial wind projects.
The crowd gave her a rousing standing ovation.
“We do not wish to see our rural landscape industrialized any further,” she said. “We ask that instead of protecting foreign corporations and big oil interests, that Kincardine council ask for studies and proper consultations, and stand up beside Huron-Kinloss, Saugeen Shores and Arran-Elderslie, and protect its citizens.”
Duncan pointed to two dismal failures on the part of the proponent and the province:
The Green Energy Act was created to support planning for growth and build strong communities in Ontario, but the opposite is the case. “The Armow Wind Power Project has divided my rural community,” said Duncan. “With Kincardine council’s recent suggestions for setback distances from towns, hamlets and rural residences, the chasm for some of us widens again.”
The wind proponent failed to properly consult with the community. “To date, there has been one open house which I would consider deeply inadequate, as well as meetings with optioned landowners,” said Duncan. “The majority living within the project boundary are not optioned; therefore, meeting solely with optioned landowners does not constitute meeting with the public.”
She urged council to take control of certain aspects of the project, such as building permits, municipal road access, and liability protection for decommissioning costs.
Duncan asked why citizens in the former Town of Kincardine are afforded more protection than those living in the Hamlet of Armow or on individual farms. In the rural areas, many people work, worship and teach their own children on their properties.
She also noted the Old Order Amish of southwestern Ontario, who make up 20 per cent of the land mass in the proposed wind project area, had intended to come to the meeting but due to a funeral, could not attend. She was representing that group’s concerns as well.
The province has called for a moratorium on off-shore wind development, said Duncan. “Those turbines would have been five kilometres from lakefront houses. The rest of us remain stuck with 550-metre to 750-metre setbacks. This is adding insult to injury!”
She said studies by a variety of health officials from around the world, recommend that setbacks be 1.5 kilometres to 3.5 kilometres.
“We respectfully request that council recommend only independent and non-arbitrary setback distances, designed to protect people instead of corporations,” said Duncan. “As these do not presently exist, we ask council to hold off on issuing permits until they do.”
The group’s final concern was for support for victims, said Duncan. “Presently, there are a dozen people in our community who regularly attend monthly ‘Health Affected Residents Meetings.’ They are experiencing negative health impacts and are frustrated with the lack of assistance from our provincial government. There needs to be a plan in place to support these people.
“It is clear that the only way we can inspire provincial change and reclaim municipal control over municipal issues, is to stand up in opposition of the Green Energy Act,” she said. “Seventy-four municipalities in Ontario have made amendments, issued support or passed bylaws regarding the covering of our countryside with industrial wind turbines.”
She urged council to join the neighbouring municipalities in taking back control of industrial wind projects. The crowd gave her a rousing standing ovation.
“All I’m saying is we should get some legal advice before we simply refuse to allow building permits to be issued for wind turbines,” said Kraemer. “We break provincial law at the peril of the citizens of this municipality. It may seem sexy but it’s wrong. We would be endangering the resources of the municipal treasury and our citizens.”
Council agreed to direct staff to explore the legal issues surrounding wind developments, draw up draft guidelines for proposed wind projects, and do some research on committees set up by neighbouring municipalities.
Norma Schmidt, who no longer lives in Underwood because of health problems caused by the Enbridge wind development, offered council several documents and reports to read, regarding wind energy and negative health effects.

Two Separate Processes that a proponent must go through for Renewable Energy Approval

FIT through the Ministry of Energy
REA through the Ministry of Environment.

Renewable Energy Approval – Ministry of Environment
Proponent with Proposed Renewable Energy Development Project Concept
Proponent begins Renewable Energy Application (REA) process through Ministry of Environment.
Studies and consultations (municipal, public, aboriginal), at least two public meetings must be held.
First meeting to be held at the start of project planning
Final meeting takes place just before REA application is submitted. All necessary studies and consultations must be complete.
Public must be notified at least 60 days prior to the final meeting. Draft reports/studies must be made available.
Renewable Energy Approval Application submitted to Ministry of Environment
Application reviewed by Ministry to make sure it is complete.
If complete, the application is posted to the Environmental Registry (www.ebr.gov.on.ca) for a minimum 30 day public comment period. The public can submit comments on the proposal directly to the MOE.
Ministry of Environment reviews proposal and comments from public consultation. Application is either approved or denied.
Ministry decision posted on Environmental Registry for public comment.
Any resident of Ontario may request a hearing by the Environmental Review Tribunal within 15 days after the date the decision notice is posted.

Feed-in Tariff – Ministry of Energy
Proponent with Proposed Wind Energy Development Project Concept
Proponent submits application to Ontario Power Authority for Feed-In Tariff Contract
Application accepted by OPA or placed in line for an Economic Connection Test (if applications not being accepted at the time).
Economic Connection Test to determine viability and potential grid availability of proposed project. For more information on the ECT process visit, http://fit.powerauthority.on.ca/Page.asp?PageID=122&ContentID=10383&SiteNodeID=1107.
OPA reviews ECT test results and selects areas of the grid to expand
OPA reviews applications for projects within areas of focus
OPA awards FIT contracts to selected projects within areas of focus. This only means that space on the grid will be set aside for the project, pending the extensive Renewable Energy Approvals process, managed by the Ministry of Environment.

Letter from Carol Mitchell, M.P.P. Huron – Bruce

February 11, 2011
Donna Irvine
Dear Ms. Irvine,
Thank you for contacting my office regarding your concerns about proposed wind turbine developments within your community.
The reality is that pollution is a serious concern for all of us. The Canadian Medical Association estimates that between 2008 and 2031, almost 90,000 Canadians will die from the acute effects of air pollution. That’s not counting premature deaths from chronic effects, estimated at 710,000.
These sobering statistics are a large part of the reason the McGuinty Government committed to eliminate coal-fired power by 2014. And we have stood by that commitment, developing an energy supply plan to eliminate coal generation once and for all and to protect the long-term health and well-being of Ontarians now, and for generations to come.
Part of our plan involves a greater reliance on cleaner, green sources of energy, such as wind, solar, biomass and water. And we want to make sure that these projects meet health, safety and environmental standards, and that we base our decisions on the best possible advice. After extensive research on the subject of wind turbines, a report published by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, states that “available scientific evidence to date does not demonstrate a direct causal link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects.”
In addition to the work of the Chief Medical Officer, the Government has appointed an academic research chair, Dr. Siva Sivoththanman of the University of Waterloo, to continue to review new information as it becomes available. This will ensure we continue making the best decisions for the people of this province and for our community here in Huron-Bruce.
The Green Energy Act lays out solid, consistent rules for green energy projects. Part of that is the improved Renewable Energy Approval process, which will ensure that renewable energy projects are developed in a way that protects human health, the environment, and cultural and natural heritage. Mandatory public consultations with the municipality and community must occur before an application is sent to the Ministry of Environment. Proponents must show how they plan to address the community concerns raised during these consultations, so I strongly encourage you to participate and have your voice heard.
The Green Energy Act also created standardized setback requirements. At 550 metres, Ontario has the largest minimum setback for wind power in North America.
Some people have raised concerns about turbine noise levels. By law, all industrial operations in Ontario are subject to an allowable noise limit standard of 40 decibels (dBA)—a noise level similar to a typical living room or library. However, in response to these concerns, the Ministry of Environment has hired an independent consultant to review low-frequency noise impacts from wind turbines and a report will be released in the coming months.
We do not expect to replace coal with wind-generated energy alone, and nuclear power will remain the single largest source of electricity generation in Ontario. Bruce Power – Huron-Bruce’s largest employer – will play an important role in our new Long Term Energy Plan. Presently supplying approximately 25% of the province’s power needs, the planned refurbishments of the Bruce site units will enable the facility to provide one half of Ontario’s electricity for decades to come. Once implemented, these plans will bring up to 3,000 construction jobs and provide long-term employment for the 4,000 people who currently run the Bruce site.
As the Member of Provincial Parliament for Huron-Bruce, I want to assure you that I have heard your concerns and will continue to share them with the Minister of Environment. However, I continue to support the Green Energy Act and the move toward green energy sources. Our plan is creating a new “green economy” that has already attracted $16 billion in investment to Ontario and is projected to create 50,000 direct and indirect jobs in our communities. More than 10,000 jobs have already been announced and I am actively working to bring green energy job opportunities to our riding. And our province is not alone in its support for green energy. The federal government is investing $1.5-billion through its ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program, and supporting the development of cleaner energy technologies and infrastructure with a $2.4 billion investment.
At the end of the day, green energy is about our local farmers having another income opportunity – to harvest the wind within their current field of crops. It’s about creating a strong, clean, and reliable energy system to meet our future needs. It’s about creating jobs in an industry that is rapidly growing across the world. And, most importantly, it is about creating a cleaner environment for our children and grandchildren—something we can all get behind. It is simply the right thing to do.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this matter with me.
Carol Mitchell, M.P.P.
Huron – Bruce

Wind permits hiked

Building permit fees for wind generating systems are being bumped up from $6 to $20 per $1,000 in construction costs, which would add financial benefits from new wind power projects. Although council was asking for a $40-$50/$1,000 fee, Building Department policy chair and councillor Maureen Couture said it had to be justifiable if it were to be challenged in court.
The sum was based on the fees of neighbouring municipalities, although it’s about $5/$1,000 higher. Chief Building Official Michelle Barr said the new rate would generate about $12,000 per turbine, based on past installations.
Councillors argued that other policies are short-changing the municipality with the influx of wind power, so fees should be higher.
“It’s time for them to pay up,” said Counc. Randy Roppel.
Councillors agreed on the $20/$1,000 fee.

Local wind projects not granted contracts by OPA

The Ontario Power Authority has awarded the next round of Feed in Tariff contracts.
There are 40 new projects including 35 solar projects, 4 wind projects and one water project.
Communications Manager of Leader Resources Heather Boa says they are not disappointed that our area projects were not included in the 4 wind projects that got the FIT contracts.
She says they are just happy that OPA is making movement. Boa says she hopes the bruce projects will get FIT contracts soon. Wind power foes lose court challenge The current project in the area that are on the waiting list are the Arran Wind energy project, Central Huron project located between Goderich and Clinton, Summerhill, North Bruce wind energy project and the Tiverton Wind Turbine. In the coming weeks the OPA expects to begin awarding more contracts.

Wind power foes lose court challenge

Globe and Mail
Wind power foes lose court challenge
Published Thursday, Mar. 03, 2011
Anti-wind power activists in Ontario have suffered a major legal setback, as a panel of judges ruled that the province has the right to determine the minimum distance turbines are placed away from peoples' houses. In a decision released Thursday, the three judges of the Ontario Superior Court said the provincial government's regulations that spell out the minimum distance usually 550 metres are legitimate.
Lawyers for Ian Hanna, a resident of Prince Edward County, 200 kilometres east of Toronto, had argued at a hearing in January that the regulations in Ontario's Green Energy Act that govern how far turbines must be from houses are illegal. If the court had agreed, new wind development in the province could have come to a standstill.
Mr. Hanna's argument was based on the premise that the minimum setback for wind turbines in Ontario does not take into account the possible negative impacts to human health that turbines may cause.
Essentially, he argued, there is no medical evidence that the setback is safe, and that by publishing regulations without sufficient proof, the province breached the "precautionary principle" in its own environmental bill of rights. That principle says the government has to show an activity is safe before it is approved.
But the judges disagreed, saying "the health concerns for persons living in proximity to wind turbines cannot be denigrated, but they do not trump all other considerations."
Ontario's Environment Ministry correctly followed the process outlined in the environmental bill of rights, and conducted sufficient consultation before coming up with its regulations, the ruling said.
The judges also noted that anyone in the province can challenge specific proposed wind projects in front of an environmental review tribunal, and if they can prove that the 550-metre setback is not sufficient, the tribunal will stop the project.

Two councillors to join inter-municipal wind turbine committee

By Liz Dadson
Kincardine Times
Kincardine councillors Randy Roppel and Ron Coristine are joining the inter-municipal wind turbine committee.
In committee-of-the-whole last night (March 2), both councillors agreed to sit on the wind turbine committee which has drawn representatives from area municipalities to share and discuss "best practices" and other means to address mutual concerns regarding proposals to locate and install industrial/commercial wind generation facilities in the area.
Several municipalities are already involved, including Arran-Elderslie, Huron-Kinloss, Georgian Bluffs, Grey Highlands, Brockton, Chatsworth, Saugeen Shores, Central Huron, and Melancthon (Shelburne).
Among the attendees are citizen Eric Monrad of Kincardine, and landowner Bruce Ransome of Kincardine and Arran-Elderslie. Currently, most are citizens and observers, while a half-dozen are municipal officials.
Scott Duncan, a resident near where the Armow Wind Project is planned, urged council to participate in this inter-municipal wind turbine committee and said he would gladly sit as a citizen representative on the committee.
"If you would like to appoint a citizen representative, know that there are volunteers already for this position, including myself," he said. "As I understand it, citizen representatives do not have voting rights. However, they can serve as a useful resource."
He said that municipal officials on this committee have the ability to move and second motions and vote on them, which is why he encouraged council to send two representatives.
"We have to stand up against this injustice (industrial wind developments)," he said. "The issue is not going to go away in time. There are four proposals in the works, and the Armow Wind Project is one of them.
"I would ask that, given our current situation with the ongoing onslaught of industrial wind development in our municipality, that council resolve to send two councillors to attend the inter-municipal wind turbine committee, as well as appoint a citizen representative to attend with them."
He noted that the committee meets monthly and the next meeting is Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Arran-Elderslie council chamber. There are already three deputations scheduled, he said.
"I agreed at the last meeting to be a representative, and that offer still stands," said Roppel. Coristine also agreed to attend the committee meetings.
Councillor Maureen Couture said council should advertise the position of citizen representative on the committee, rather than simply appoint someone right away at the council meeting that night.
Council agreed to have Roppel and Coristine attend the committee meetings on behalf of Kincardine, with deputy mayor Anne Eadie as the alternate.
Duncan asked if he could attend as an interim citizen representative for the March 10 meeting.
Mayor Larry Kraemer said council has a policy in place that it must follow to make the situation fair for all citizens interested in representing the municipality on this committee.
"Any citizen can attend the committee meetings," added Couture.
Council appointed Roppel and Coristine as representatives, with Eadie as the alternate, and an advertisement will be posted for a citizen representative.

Second Round Of Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects

By The Ontario Power Authority
February 24, 2011
The Ontario Power Authority has awarded 40 new contracts for more than 872 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy under the FIT Program, following the completion of the second phase of the Transmission Availability Test (TAT) and the Distribution Availability Test (DAT).
These new contracts include 257 MW of solar projects and 615 MW of wind projects and are located across the province. They will generate enough combined electricity each year to power 200,000 homes or a community the size of Burlington.
For a listing of these second-round FIT contracts, CLICK HERE
This brings the total number of contracts awarded by the OPA under the FIT program to 1,570, representing 3,565 MW of clean, renewable energy for Ontario.
The OPA began the testing for transmission and distribution availability in October 2010 for larger FIT applications that were submitted between December 1, 2009, and June 4, 2010. The TAT and DAT were delayed because of the exceptionally high volume of second round FIT applications received. In total, there were 324 large FIT applications (greater than 500 kW) with a potential generating capacity of 4,547 MW.
Applicants who were not awarded contracts because transmission capacity is not currently available have been added to the priority ranking list and will proceed to the Economic Connection Test (ECT). The ECT will determine whether the costs of the required system upgrades to enable renewable generation to connect are justifiable for initiating development work and can be included in grid expansion plans. Details and timing regarding the ECT process will follow shortly.
The updated priority ranking of projects is available by CLICK HERE
In the coming weeks, the OPA expects to begin awarding phase three contracts for capacity allocation exempt (CAE) projects (under 500 kilowatts) that applied between June 5, 2010, and December 7, 2010.
For phase one large FIT contract offers (applications submitted during the launch period). CLICK HERE
For phase one CAE contract offers (applications submitted during the launch period).CLICK HERE
For phase two CAE contract offers (applications submitted between December 1, 2009, and June 4, 2010). CLICK HERE


By Barb McKay
Kincardine Independent
Decommissioning wind turbines will cost far more than wind energy developers predict, according an engineering report.
Rachel Thompson, a Kincardine resident representing fellow residents concerned about future wind developments within the municipality, made a presentation to Kincardine council last Wednesday. She brought with her a report by Energy Ventures Analysis (EVA), which was commissioned by a group of municipalities in West Virginia. The purpose of the report was to determine how much it would cost to decommission 124 turbines slated to be constructed in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.
In its report, EVA concluded that it would cost roughly $100,000 to decommission one turbine.
Thompson presented a decommissioning report from Enbridge, which determined it would cost $27,000 to decommission one turbine from its developments.
"If Enbridge believes that they can decommission a wind turbine for $27,000, and EVA thinks it will cost closer to $100,000, we have a huge shortfall of $73,000 per turbine," Thompson said. "At 115 turbines (currently within the municipality, and proposed) that’s just over $8 million, and that’s if Enbridge provides the $27,000 they think it will cost at the end of the lease. If Enbridge doesn’t, we the stakeholders of the Corporation of the Municipality of Kincardine will be in debt to the tune of over $11 million, in today's prices.”
Ian MacRobbie, general manager of Enbridge Ontario Wind Power in Kincardine, said the company has an agreement with the municipality that it has every intention of sticking to.
"Enbridge does agree that we will carry out our decommissioning plan at the end of our contract," he said. "Regardless of what it will cost, Enbridge will decommission (the wind turbines) to satisfy the Municipality of Kincardine and Enbridge will bear the cost."
MacRobbie said that its contract with the municipality won't be completed until 2028, so any cost assessment made at this point would only be an estimate. He noted that Enbridge’s decommissioning plan includes the removal of equipment, substations, wind turbines, access roads, foundations and distribution lines.

Municipality to hold meeting to deal with wind turbine issues

The Municipality of Kincardine Council has formally agreed to hold a special council meeting to deal with the issues of wind turbines within the municipality after hearing from two delegations at the March 16 council meeting.
Following deliberation councillors agreed to the date of Tuesday, April 5 at 4 p.m. Councillors will use the meeting to form a united stance on the issue.
Both delegations present discussed their concerns over wind turbines in regards to a draft by-law dealing with health provisions, in respect to the location and erection of wind farms, which council has agreed to review.
"This council needs to put in place rules and regulations for wind turbines within this municipality. There are many issues within this draft bylaw which need to be considered by council," said Councillor Randy Roppel.
He encouraged council to take action, "After the fact is too late. We have to make changes now, we have to stand up for this issue."
Because council remains concerned over legal ramifications of imposing restrictions on wind farm developers they have agreed to seek a second legal opinion from lawyer Steve O'Melia. O'Melia has experience working with municipalities, such as Huron-Kinloss, on wind turbine issues.
Roppel stated the municipality has been sued more times than anyone can imagine, adding "fear shouldn't stop us now." However, Mayor Larry Kraemer caution council.
"The fact is all authority has been taken away from us, and the path forward for the municipality could be very dangerous," said Kraemer.
Councillor Jacqueline Faubert also pushed for caution during the meeting.
"There is nothing I'd like more than stepping on plates and rolling up my sleeves, but I'd really like to see us develop a usable sustainable framework for dealing with these skilled industries," said Faubert, adding achieving such a framework takes time and research.
The wind turbine issues that are of a significant concern for council are in respect to buried lines, set backs, bonds for decommissioning and buffer zones for future growth.
Catherine Crawford, one of the delegations, shared a report on the adverse health effects from wind turbines experienced by residents within the municipality. She spoke for 10 families who are experiencing a range of common symptoms and who live on properties with setbacks ranging from 450m-1,500m. Crawford encouraged council to make the Municipality of Kincardine a "complaint friendly municipality".
"It's not that we don't want wind farms here. What we are saying is the safety and protection of our tax payers is of the utmost importance and we want the wind companies to say that also," said Councillor Mike Leggett about the future of wind developments in the municipality.
The other delegate, Rachel Thompson, gave a report on decommissioning wind turbines. Thompson raised concerns over the cost of decommissioning a wind turbine and where the responsibility falls.
Thompson shared Enbridge's decommissioning plan for wind turbines, once they reach the end of their lives. She then compared their plan to various other companies, outlining the disparities that exist between wind development companies on the issue.
Thompson also pointed out various wind farms which have been abandoned by their companies when costs of maintaining or decommissioning the wind farms grew to high.
"There are three abandoned wind farms in California with over 1,400 turbines and another five abandoned farms in Hawaii where oil and rust stain the towers," said Thompson.
"Due diligence would be drafting a decommissioning agreement and acquiring a decommissioning bond," said Thompson.
Deputy Mayor Anne Eadie responded, "Decommissioning is a great concern for council, relying on the future prices of scrap metal to pay for decommissioning is a huge risk."
Council told attendees that delegations will be welcome at the special council meeting. However they asked the community to consider council requires plenty of time to discuss the issue itself.

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Kincardine council struggles through wind protocol meeting

The Special Meeting on Wind Turbine Protocols held by the Municipality of Kincardine on Tuesday, April 5 resulted in several amendments to its draft protocols, which will be voted on during the April 13 council meeting.
"This is our best shot at having a chance of working," said Mayor Larry Kreamer about the protocols.
A 3,000m buffer zone around primary settlements and a 2,750m buffer zone around secondary settlements were established. Inside the buffer zones wind turbines will not be permitted in order to protect space for villages, hamlets and towns to experience future growth.
"We've been to the Ministry of Energy. I would be prepared to legally defend that right, said Deputy Mayor Anne Eadie.
Kraemer added the municipality was "amazed" by the Ministry of Energy because it had assumed there was no anticipated growth in rural areas.
"These buffer zones around settlements are defi- nitely a defendable position for us to take," he added.
Attendees were frustrated with the devaluation of their properties, as a result of wind power projects, which developers continue to deny. The issue was not covered in the draft protocols.
"We have filed with MPAC our requests for reconsideration of property value, and are not alone," said delegate Rachel Thompson. She asked council to add a Property Value Guarantee to its protocols.
A PVG would require the developer to reimburse or buy out a legitimately affected homeowner if their property value decreased from the pre-project market value. PVGs have been used in other wind development areas, according to Thompson's report.
Several issues in the draft protocols were of specific interest to residents, such as the proximity of turbines to the airport, the lights on wind turbines, setbacks from homes, decommissioning and dispute resolutions.
After amending the draft protocols, final setbacks were set at 800m from a dwelling.
The municipality will also attempt to enforce a buffer zone around the airport and the protection of the airport's future growth and flight operation.
The aircraft warning lights on turbines were a sore spot for residents, who find the lights intrusive. The draft protocols call for shielding to reflect the lights upwards, said Michelle Barr, Building and Planning Manager.
Delegates and councillors remained focused on decommissioning despite warnings from Councillor Jacqueline Faubert that decommissioning is becoming a bit of a "red herring".
"Decommissioning is important but it is not the most important issue," she said.
Kraemer told council it should look at acquiring bonds from developers which will cover shortfalls in commodity prices instead of attempting to secure bonds which will fully fund decommissioning.
Eric Monrad, General Manager of Leader Resources Services, recognized council's concerns over decommissioning at the meeting.click to see the complete Leader Resources Services report.
"If the project owner abandoned the project other groups would step forward to take advantage of the salvage profits," Monrad told audiences, insisting it would be unlikely the cost would ever fall to the municipality.
Delegate Patti Richards emphasized the municipality's liability and pushed for stringent policies to enforce decommissioning bonds.
The proposed protocols also require developers to submit a Dispute Resolution Policy to address neighbourly concerns and disputes with developers in a cost-effective and timeeffi cient manner.
"There is no reason anyone should be waiting for three or four years to have their problems resolved," said Eadie.
Gord Barr, a resident of Inverhuron, believes communication to residents is wholly inadequate. A dispute resolution policy will hopefully help meet public concerns over communication.
Council and residents both expressed their frustration with the municipality's impotence as a result of the Green Energy Act.
"We can't enforce these protocols," said Councillor Maureen Couture.
"Our protocols will have no legal authority and are going to be based on cooperation with the wind turbine companies," said Kraemer.
He reminded the public council is not a court and cannot choose whose rights deserve protection.
Council will also wait until April 13 to decide if it will implement a moratorium on wind developments despite the fact Kraemer started the meeting by informing attendees it wouldn't discuss moratoriums or options to withhold building permits from wind developers.
"We've had legal advice and we will not be discussing moratoriums or withholding permits," said Kraemer.
However, it didn't take long for the issue to be raised, with nearly all delegations asking for a moratorium on wind developments, including councillor Mike Leggett who also broached the subject. ject.
"I think there should be a short-term six month moratorium while further studies are done, and the municipality should band together with other municipalities," said Leggett. There are 76 municipalities in the province which have passed resolutions, motions and bylaws to deal with wind turbine developments.
Kraemer and Eadie went at length to remind people that waiting for studies is not a viable option for council.
"We have companies coming in a couple of weeks so we really need to have a starting point. These protocols will help us make progress and help mitigate some health concerns," said Eadie.
Several delegations also asked to wait for studies, insisting Public Health should fund them.
However, Public Health receives 75% of its funding from the Province and the agencies can't afford to fund studies on wind turbines.
"We must be careful relying on studies as an end point. You can find as many studies that support one side of an issue as the other. Studies will not be our magic bullet," Faubert insisted.
Barr summarized the main issues covered in the draft protocols, which were designed by a working committee comprised of staff members, council members and the mayor.
Wind turbine development applications will be assessed based on their compliance with the municipality's protocols, provided they are formally adopted.
The full list of issues covered are: set backs, burying of unfiltered electrical lines, submission of reports, community development contributions, in-house costs covered by the developer, suitable plans for decommissioning, inspections by a municipal engineer before and after project completion, shielding of lights on turbines, an emergency response plan, securities for maintenance and construction and limiting of tree trimming and cutting followed by a replacement plan for lost fauna and flora.

Inverhuron wind project one of many approved by province

A bevy of new clean energy projects will bring 450 new jobs to the area, according to Ontario Minister of Energy Brad Duguid.
He, along with Huron Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell and other representatives of the green energy industry were on hand to announce that through Ontario's clean energy Feed-in Tariff program, 25 new large scale renewable energy projects have been created, enough to proved electricity to power more than 280,000 thousand homes.
Both Duguid and Mitchell made the announcement in a rural location off Bruce County Road 20 following a tour of the Bruce A restart at the Bruce Power site in Tiverton, where they congratulated workers on their efforts to return the Units to service.
Locally, the 2.5MW Quixote One Wind Energy Project near Inverhuron in the Municipality of Kincardine was approved, along with the 2MW Majestic Wind Farm and 4MW Meyer Wind Farm, both in the Paisley area of Arran-Elderslie.
The Bruce to Milton Feedin Tariff program will see 19 wind projects and six solar projects, all of which must comply with Ontario's Renewable Energy Approval process. As well, contract offers will be issued for 25 large scale renewable energy projects totaling more than 1,000 megawatts. Contracts will be offered to three community projects in Paisley and Tiverton, part of 14 wind projects totaling 750 megawatts.
However, what topped the list for Duguid and Mitchell during their announcem e n t , was that at the peak of the construction, 450 people will be working on the Bruce to Milton transmission project.
(The transmission line) speaks to the commitment and dedication of Carol and myself, and our Premier, to rebuild this power system in Ontario, said Duguid.
Twenty-five per cent of energy is produced in this riding in every form, and we are anxious to do more," said Mitchell. "We want to harvest the wind, harness the sun and pull the power from an atom."
These projects will be brought online through the Bruce to Milton reinforcement project, the largest of its time in 20 years.
Duguid explained, the transmission line will open up more opportunities for renewable energy and it will ensure that the Bruce nuclear facility will supply a reliable source of energy to homes, schools and businesses in the province for many years to come. He also said he was pleased to announce that as the result of the McGuinty government's leadership, they have taken another positive step in creating and building our clean energy industry in Ontario.
Combined, these projects will create 5,000 direct and indirect jobs through wind, solar, nuclear, natural gas water, and bio-energy, he p>Duguid made reference to opposition parties that have been against to green energy projects every step of the way, calling them a threat to economic recovery and job creation.
"Our government is proud of the success clean energy projects have had, but this is about more than the success of a vision from our Premier and our government; this is about taking responsibility for the future of our kids," he said.
Mitchell agreed.
"We see a new line coming in, and this is an opportunity to see a snap shot of everything, all the different types of energy that are available and could be available," she said. "One of the things that we can not lose sight of is this is clean energy; this is about our children and grandchildren."
What this represents and the difference it will make to Ontario families is what the projects announced Monday are all about, she p>Gideon Forman, executive director for the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment was also on hand at the announcement. He explained that the association represents approximately 5,000 doctors and health professionals from across the country, who are delighted with Ontario's progress in the coal phaseout and want to see it completed as soon as possible.
"The act of renouncing coal is one of the most hopeful and even say magnificent developments we've seen today in the environmental front," Forman said.
While China and the United States are still building coal, Ontario is getting out of it, he p>"We are also delighted with Ontario's commitment to wind and solar power," Forman said.
For Forman, the negative health impacts his group and other have associated with coal, including hundreds of deaths and thousands of asthma cases, are crucially important to remember in the debate about renewable energy.
"Green energy is a wonderful boost the community," he said. "As a doctor's organization we like to say that green energy makes for healthy people and a healthy economy."
Laura Formusa, president and chief executive officer of Hydro One, marked the day as an emotional moment for her, the company and its employees.
"This line is 180 km long... it parallels three existing lines of which are 500kb as well, which is the largest size in the province" Formusa explained. "It is a clean energy highway for the province."
The project, which she has been with since the beginning, has impacted a lot of people. "We took that very much to heart and built relationships with First Nations and Métis, with all the local municipalities and certainly with over 350 land owners," she said.
While the project did take out a lot of natural habitat, biodiversity remained very important within the project. The consultation with local environmental groups done by Hydro One has led to the creation of an award winning bio-diversity program.
"Yet another thing to be proud of when we are talking about the environment and the future generations," she said.
The approved projects will be located in southwestern Ontario along the transmission line running through communities such as Tiverton, Paisley, Strathroy, Seaforth, and Zurich.
According to the Ontaro Ministry of Energy, by the end of 2014, Ontario will have replaced the "dirty coal-fired generation with clean energy sources, which is comparable to removing up to 7 million cars off Ontario's roads."
"Today, minister Duguid has seen first-hand the impact that the Long-Term Energy Plan will have on Huron Bruce. With 6,300 megawatts at Bruce Power, more than 200 solar projects and more than 180 turbines already on line, we are producing about one quarter of the province's power," Mitchell said in a news release distributed at the announcement. "This announcement of clean energy projects will continue to strengthen our rural communities by creating jobs and cleaning up the air so that our families breathe."

Inverhuron wind turbine public meetings planned for spring, summer

Leader Resources Services is planning open houses for its single 2.5MW wind turbine project this spring or summer, which has been sitting idle on since provincial approval was given in July 2011.
Quixote One is the first of four wind power projects planned by Leader in the region, with the $450 million, 80-turbine (200MW) North Bruce Wind Energy Project still planned between the Municipality of Kincardine and Saugeen Shores to the north.
Leader spokesperson Jodi Jerome said the company is looking forward to engaging the Inverhuron community, but have yet to assemble a project layout for the public to see.
"There are a lot of details not nailed down yet, like the type of turbine," said Jerome, who noted the new models average 48% efficiency. "Turbine technology is changing so quickly, so we're looking for something that's more efficient, which can address the blade sound issues. We want to make sure we have the best turbine for the project."
The single turbine will be situated about 950-metres southwest of the junction of Bruce Road 15 and 23, east of the hamlet of Inverhuron. Jerome said she will be working through concerns voiced by local groups like the Inverhuron and District Ratepayers, as well as any other concerned residents as they work towards a late 2012-2013 construction date.
"I'm looking forward to talking to the Inverhuron community and the neighbours in the area, to hear their side," she said. "We'll be taking a lot at mitigating any effects that may be an issue."
Aside from the North Bruce project, another 45 turbines are planned for the Arran Wind Energy Project in Arran- Elderslie, 60 turbines planned for the Twenty-Two Degree Wind Energy project south of Goderich and the 40-turbine Summerhill Wind Energy Project north of Clinton.
All but Quixote One remain "in the que" for Feed-In Tariff (FIT) contract approval, which the company is still hopefully for this year, according to Jerome.
"There's really nothing we can do until we get a fit contract," said Jerome. "It's not worth getting everybody upset over them."
In regards to each project, Jerome said the company is hoping to shape them based on community input and dialogue. As a Kincardine- born resident introducing herself to the community for the first time, Jerome said dialogue will be her focus moving forward.
"We know a lot more about the area than we did three years ago," she said. "It's our desire to work with the community. They bring a wealth of knowledge and community consultation is an important part of the process."
The company issued a media release last week detailing its disappointment and opposition to Huron- Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson's call for a moratorium on wind turbine projects.
"Ms. Thompson is ignoring science in favour of politics. We are disappointed that our MPP is using her respected position to propagate misinformation and fear about wind energy in the Ontario Legislature," said Leader Resources president Chuck Edey.
Edey outlined United States and European wind power studies he said Thompson is ignoring, while acknowledging two studies currently underway at the University of Waterloo. He said no definitive study has come forward to show turbines have an impact on human health.
"As our elected representative, we expect our MPP to support her riding by encouraging open, respectful dialogue between all of her constituents rather than further dividing the community she represents," Edey said.
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By Barb McKay
Kincardine Independent
Rural Kincardine residents are asking the municipality to step up and use its authority under the Municipal Act to stop further industrial wind turbine developments.
A number of residents are in the process of circulating a petition through Kincardine, which calls on Kincardine council to "defend the health, safety and well-being of our community … to stop further construction of industrial wind turbine projects in Kincardine until problems caused by the Enbridge projects are completely resolved."
Rachel Thompson, whose property neighbours wind turbines, says the group is getting plenty of support and a number of businesses, including Eight Sisters, The Sugar Shack and Fine Fettle in Kincardine,
Bumpers Pizza and Daisy Mart in Tiverton, Cottage Grocery and Restaurant in Inverhuron and Lake Huron Rod and Gun in Underwood have all agreed to post copies of the petition.
Allard Eisen, who lives at the south-east corner of the soon to be constructed 180-megawatt Armow Wind Project, said he doesn't have a problem with small renewable energy projects, like a small individually-owned solar panel, but has concerns with large scale industrial wind developments.
On his own, going door-to-door on Concession 5, the Northline, Highway 9 and the Southline, he collected 210 signatures.
"As I went up and down some concessions in the last couple of weeks, my suspicion was confirmed that the vast majority of rural Kincardine (residents) are opposed to industrial wind turbines," he said. "As family after family signed the petition, I was puzzled how it could be that so much land was signed up on these Samsung-Pattern maps. The majority of that land must be owned by people not living on these concessions."
Kincardine council has expressed a number times since the Armow Wind Project was announced that it does not have authority under the Green Energy Act to stipulate where projects are developed. Council members have been meeting with representatives from Pattern and Samsung to discuss components of the project.
Council recently threw its support behind a motion from the Municipality of Clarington, calling for a moratorium on the construction of industrial wind turbines for a period of one year until the concerns of municipalities are properly studied and addressed.

Thompson Tables Four Motions to Support Wind Turbine Moratorium

For Immediate Release

September 10, 2012
Queen"s Park Today, on the first day of the Fall Legislative Session, Lisa Thompson, MPP (Huron-Bruce) tabled four separate motions calling for a moratorium on further wind development in Ontario.
Thompson"s motions individually call upon the government to suspend all industrial wind turbine development in the province of Ontario until the federal health study is complete and the results are published, an economic viability study, an environmental impact study, and social health study has been completed.
"When the federal health study was announced, I promised that on the first day of the Fall Session I would stand up and table a motion for a moratorium," said Thompson. "Instead, I tabled four strong motions calling upon the Liberal government to suspend wind development. It is about time they stood up for the people of rural Ontario who are concerned with the health, economic and environmental impacts of industrial wind turbines."
Over the summer Ontarians learned that the cancellation of the Mississauga power plant came from the Liberal campaign not the Liberal government, after they saw they were behind in the polls in the Mississauga and Etobicoke areas. Now the taxpayers are on the hook for the $190 million for scrapping the project and moving it to Sarnia. Finance Minister Dwight Duncan admitted that was not discussed by cabinet until after the election.
"The Liberal government has no problem turning their backs on rural Ontario time and time again," said Thompson. “In the last election they sacrificed rural votes in favour of urban and this is wrong. Every resident in every region of this province is equally important and it is the government"s responsibility to listen and consider the concerns of all regions. I will not stand by while the McGuinty Liberals continue their assault on rural Ontario. Huron-Bruce Matters and Rural Ontario Matters."

Thompson pushes for study of property values of homes near wind turbines

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, has written to Ontario finance minister Dwight Duncan and asked him to immediately direct the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) to begin a third-party study into the property values of homes within a wind turbine zone.
Following a newspaper report that another independent study has come forth from Ben Lansink of Lansink Appraisals and Consulting stating that homes within a wind turbine zone are selling for much less than market-value, Thompson appealed to Duncan to get moving on a study.
"I hear from families living in close proximity to wind turbines who are very concerned about the value of their property," said Thompson. "We have real proof that homes within a wind turbine zone are being sold for below market value, yet MPAC is still assessing these properties at their value before wind turbines were erected. It is wrong, and I call on the minister of finance and the provincial government to immediately get MPAC to study this."
Lansink, who has been qualified as a real estate expert in court proceedings, analyzed properties in the Shelburne area, home to the 133-turbine Melancthon Wind Facility. He found five homes that had been bought by the wind farm developer, Canadian Hydro Developments, a subsidiary of Calgary-based TransAlta, at fair market value. Canadian Hydro later put those houses back on the market and they sold for an average loss of 38%. One brought 58.5% less.
"This is not the first study of its kind," said Thompson. "A study by the Brampton Real Estate Board found that buyers within a turbine zone were required to sign agreements acknowledging that the turbine facilities may affect the buyer's living environment and the power company will not be responsible for or liable for any of the buyer's complaints.
The Liberal government is playing with people's futures-what some considered their retirement nest egg," said Thompson. "In the wake of yet another study, I implore the finance minister to direct MPAC to begin a property value study immediately."

Thompson reports that Ontario's FIT program breaks international trade rules

KIncardine Times
The Ontario government's controversial Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program breaks international trade rules, according to a preliminary report from the World Trade Organization
In 2006, premier Dalton McGuinty's Liberal government introduced a FIT program that pays higher premiums to renewable energy producers provided that a certain proportion of their equipment is purchased locally.
However, the World Trade Organization prohibits governments from treating imported goods any different than domestic goods. This preliminary ruling against Canada says that Ontario's program breaks these rules.
"This ruling shows that the McGuinty government doesn't know what is best for Ontario, or how to meet Ontario's international trade obligations," says Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson.
The final ruling is expected in November and may require Ontario to change the subsidies of the FIT program. Currently, the subsidies pay as much as 80 cents per kilowatt-hour, which is 20 times the going rate.
"Tim Hudak and the Progressive Conservative (PC) party of Ontario have been against this program since it was introduced," says Thompson. "Not only is the Feed-In-Tariff program unaffordable for Ontario families, but there is no transparency around how the subsidy rates were determined."
McGuinty's prorogation has completely shut down the Legislature and no decisions can be made in the house, says Thompson. The Legislature is expected to resume after the Liberals choose a new leader in January.
Now that the house has been prorogued, there is even less transparency in government and we have no way of holding the Liberals accountable for this poorly-planned program," says Thompson. "I am concerned that the McGuinty Liberals are making important decisions behind closed doors, and that's not what democracy is about."
She says the PCs would end the FIT program and integrate renewable energy into Ontario's power grid by ensuring a transparent, fair, and competitive process.

Thompson had four motions aimed at stopping new industrial wind turbine developments wiped out last week

By Denis Langlois
Sun Media
Four motions aimed at stopping new industrial wind turbine developments until further studies are completed were wiped out last week when Premier Dalton McGuinty moved to prorogue the Ontario Legislature.
Huron-Bruce Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson added to the order paper separate calls for a moratorium pending the results of four studies - an already approved assessment by Health Canada on the health impacts of turbines, along with investigations on the economic impacts of the Green Energy Act and approved renewable projects, the environmental impacts of wind projects and the social impacts of turbine developments.
"Those are all gone, so we have to work really really hard to find a workaround in terms of keeping this as a priority and trying to keep a ministry accountable for their actions," Thompson said Thursday in an interview.
Thompson, the PC party's deputy energy critic with a focus on the Green Energy Act, had tried before to stop wind turbine developments, introducing her first private member's bill as MPP in March that called for a moratorium on projects until health, environmental and other impacts are properly studied. Liberal and NDP MPPs voted together to defeat the bill.
Thompson had hoped to bring her four motions forward separately, to keep the heat on the Liberals and the concerns over turbine developments in the forefront.
The motions were killed - nine government bills and 94 private member's bills in all - were erased Oct. 15 when McGuinty announced his planned resignation as premier and the prorogation of the Ontario Legislature.
Simcoe-Grey PC MPP Jim Wilson's private member's bill that would force arbitrators to consider a municipality's ability to pay when deciding on public sector wage settlements also died. Prorogation killed a PC private member's bill aimed at protecting the harness racing industry and NDP motions intended to keep youths out of indoor tanning beds and to extend ombudsman powers to Children's Aid Societies.
McGuinty has said he decided to prorogue the Ontario Legislature to provide time to find his replacement and negotiate wage freezes for public-sector workers.
But opposition MPPs, including Thompson and Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Progressive Conservative MPP Bill Walker, say the move was unnecessary and simply the Liberal government's way of getting out of scandal.
"It's just McGuinty and his gang running away from the mess they've made," Thompson said.
"All the while, closing the door on Legislature, taking away the only venue we have to hold this government accountable. And I worry on behalf of the taxpayers about what's happening now behind closed doors."
Walker said the provincial Liberals have "tarnished their image." He pointed to the $230-million gas plant fiasco that saw the Liberals cancel two facilities in Mississauga and Oakville to save seats in the Oct. 6, 2011, election as well as ORNGE air ambulance and eHealth boondoggles, anger over the Green Energy Act and now the prorogation controversy.
"I would really have to question how people could give them another shot," Walker said of the next provincial election, whenever it might be.
"You just kind of go is their time is up? They've been there nine years. It's almost as if they've run out of gas. They've lost their way. They've become more self-serving in regard to putting their own interests in front of the taxpayers'."
Both Walker and Thompson said they will not slow down while the Legislature is prorogued.
Thompson said she is "busier than ever" doing work in the riding, meeting with constituents and attending conferences and meetings.
Walker said he will also be meeting face-to-face with constituents and plans to hold round table discussions on important issues and attend as many events as possible. "First and foremost, I'm not going on holiday to put my feet up for the three or four or five months or however long it's going to be. We'll just ramp up most of our activities," he said.

Errors in wind turbine report, say opponents

By Sarah Sutter,
Kincardine News
Representatives from Samsung-Pattern told councillors and an audience of concerned citizens that a computer program error was to blame for inaccurate information provided by the company on the Armow Wind Project.
Samsung-Pattern's Jody Law made the claim at a Nov. 21 meeting of council, following a delegation by Scott Duncan of the Armow Concerned Citizens Group that called for action after a Nov. 12 open house for the Armow Wind Project revealed Samsung-Pattern had reported industrial wind turbines to be further from homes than they actually are.
Duncan, who has been a citizen representative on the Multi-Municipal Wind Turbine Working Group for about two years, also pointed out the report released by Samsung-Pattern was not authored or reviewed by engineers registered with the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO).
"I would like to point out that I am not a professional engineer," Duncan said. "But as I was surprised to discover, it turns out neither is the author of the document, nor are either of the individuals who approved it. Their backgrounds are in engineering, but neither are registered with the Professional Engineers of Ontario."
The PEO requires the seal of a registered engineer in matters related to work related to life, health or public welfare. Duncan continued that endorsement by a professional engineer would include an obligation to adhere to a code of ethics, which he claimed were not being followed by the report.
"An engineer will act at all times with 'fidelity to public needs,' and that they will 'regard the practitioner’s duty to public welfare as paramount,'" Duncan said. "If this document was sealed by a P.Eng, know a complaint would have been filed with their ethics board."
Duncan also said representatives from Samsung-Pattern admitted the reports provided at the project's final open house on Nov. 12 included information that was out of date, and their calculations of sound output may have been undervalued by at least 3 decibels for each receptor.
"The noise calculations should be based on a noise emission of 106dB(A) for each turbine," Duncan said. "This would increase the calculated noise levels for most of the receptors above MOE (Ministry of the Environment) Noise Guidelines."
Duncan also claimed a receptor included in the project was listed by Samsung-Pattern noise impact assessment as being more than 800 metres from the nearest homeowner, though measurements sanctioned by the Armow Concerned Citizens Group concluded the turbine was in fact less than 400 metres away.
"This problem repeats itself multiple times," Duncan said.
Duncan called for council to "demand" action from Samsung-Pattern.
"Council must act proactively and with diligence and scrutiny to ensure that past mistakes are not inflicted on residents here in Armow," he said. "The Enbridge project, for all of it's failures and repercussions on our community, is your ultimate justification in holding Samsung/Pattern to the most critical and thorough professional scrutiny, in order to avoid propagating another such disaster on this Municipality's citizenry."
Duncan proposed council demand a new sound impact assessment bearing the seal of a registered professional engineer.
"It should also include a statement that guarantees that this project will have no adverse health impacts on the residents within the Municipality," he said, adding the new document must then be presented and a new 90 day review period must commence.
Duncan also asked the Municipality of Kincardine to conduct an independent peer-review of the new document, with expenses paid for by Samsung-Pattern. The municipality would also notify the renewable energy approvals (REA) board and inform them a new 90-day review period must commence.
Duncan urged council to include a clause in their Memorandum of Understanding with Samsung-Pattern whereby a Dispute Resolution Protocol is clearly defined "to the satisfaction of the Municipality.”
Duncan's delegation drew a mixed response from councillors.
Ron Coristine, who also sits on the Multi-Municipal Wind Turbine Working Group, said the recently-discovered inaccuracies have prompted him to wonder if additional mistakes had previously gone unnoticed.
"Given that there were inaccuracies, I think its only fair and just that we have another open house," said Jacqueline Faubert. "The final open house needs to include accurate information. That's absolutely crucial."
Ken Craig said he was waiting to make an assessment on the situation until he had heard from Samsung-Pattern.
"As with every good debate, there are always three sides, at least," he said.
In his subsequent delegation, Law said the inaccuracies were limited to Appendix F of the report, with results in that section having been formulated by a computer program.
"You can imagine the complexities of a sound program interpreting data," Law said, prompting Coristine to walk out of the municipal chamber.
"All of those maps show correct turbine locations and labels," Law continued, adding the errors in the report "had to do with the way these tables are formatted."
Law also said the revised report would be made available online in about a week, and would be public information. He also fired back at claims the project would automatically continue after a 90-day review period, calling the interpretation "absolutely not true."
"This is not a case of 'this table is wrong, so everything else is wrong,'" Law said. "We've been investigating this as soon as we heard comments from Scott and his group."
Law said Samsung-Pattern remains excited to be involved in the community, and cited sponsorships including Kincardine Scottish Festival and Bluewater Summer Playhouse as examples of their local involvement.
Craig responded to Law's assurance that reports are subjected to many peer-reviews by urging him to pursue another one. "It's doing all you can to satisfy citizens' concerns," said Craig.
"We can look into it," replied Law. "I can't say yes or no, but if it's important to the community, it's worth looking into."
Law also addressed Randy Roppel's inquiry as to why Samsung-Pattern does not address the municipality's policy in terms of boundaries between homes and wind turbines.
"Never did we come in and say we wont respect the policy," Law replied. "At no time did we say we were going to ignore it."
Deputy Mayor Anne Eadie endorsed the idea of a new third-party review of Samsung-Pattern's report.
"We need to be assured," Eadie said. "Our community needs it."
Mayor Larry Kraemer was cautious about demanding Samsung-Pattern fund new studies.
"If we're going to ask them to fund a sound study, are we going to accept it? It's not fair to ask for that if we are not," Kraemer said.
"I think the question should be asked of Samsung," Roppel replied. "Are they going to accept it if it's not in their favour?"
Councillors agreed they would accept the results of an additional study if Samsung-Pattern agrees to the process

An open letter from Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson about the adverse health effects of wind farms:

January 9, 2013
The Honourable James Bradley
Minister of the Environment (MOE)
Ferguson Block, 11th Floor
77 Wellesley St W
Toronto ON M7A 2T5

Dear Minister Bradley:
I am writing to you today to express my growing apprehension over the revelations arising from recent Freedom of Information (FOI) releases.
In November, 2012, E-mails from your ministry, released through the FOI process, reveal that MOE provincial field officers had confirmed adverse health effects from wind turbine noise as far back as 2009, and were working on an abatement plan to assist affected residents. The released documents indicate that, in response to a redacted E-mail from government staff, the MOE officers agreed to stand down.
Minister, this information raises several serious questions and concerns. Why was the Abatement Plan put on hold and why did the Liberal government proceed with the implementation of the Green Energy and Economy Act when it was aware that existing projects were causing adverse impacts?
Was this information relayed to the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, and why did she not contact the affected residents to investigate their complaints? How is it possible that this evidence from your own ministry was not included in the "Potential Health Impact of Wind Turbines" literature review King released in May of 2010?
A draft version of the Chief Medical Officer of Health's Question and Answer document, which was not distributed to the public, has been obtained through a Freedom of Information request. Comments indicate a causal link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects. The term 'direct' was added to a later version of the document. Minister, I find it troubling that your government continued to use King's report as a basis for approving subsequent wind projects without further investigation of this conflicting information.
It is essential that the MOE consider the newly-released "Co-operative Measurement Survey and Analysis of Low-Frequency and Infrasound at the Shirley Wind Farm" study by Bruce Walker, George Hessler, David Hessler, Robert Rand and Paul Schomer, which concluded that measurable amounts of low-frequency noise and infrasound were present inside homes within one to 2.1 kilometres of industrial wind turbines.
Four consulting companies found that wind turbines do emit infra and low-frequency sound and that this new information will have a significant impact on the future of the wind industry. Given the results of this report, Ontario cannot continue to approve the siting of wind projects using the current standards, which do not take infrasound and low-frequency noise into account. would also like to take this opportunity to share my concern about your ministry's approval of the Ostrander Point wind project on Dec. 20, 2012. How can the MOE ignore the concerns of naturalists and citizens in situating these wind turbines within the Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird Area? What is the justification of allowing a wind proponent to harm two endangered species when the province has excess generation capacity?
Respectfully, the government and your ministry should acknowledge the mounting evidence that the Liberal Green Energy strategy is collapsing. Prorogued government notwithstanding, you cannot disregard the World Trade Organization Ruling against Ontario's Feed-In Tariff local content rules, municipal officials facing lawsuits for insisting on greater setbacks, cancelled gas plants, export loss, increasing electricity prices, families abandoning their homes, reports of property devaluation and growing social unrest.
Minister, it is critical that you stop the approval of any new wind projects and address these existing problems before more damage is done. Sincerely,
Lisa Thompson
Huron-Bruce MPP

Kincardine not ' willing' for wind

Alanna Rice
Kincardine News
Municipality of Kincardine council hasded it is no longer a "willing host" for industrial wind turbines.
The motion came at the May 1, 2013 meeting of council.
The night's agenda stated the decision was made after citizens had submitted concerns over turbines and research done by Grey Bruce Health Unit medical officers of health, Dr. Hazel Lynn and Dr. Ian Arra, which indicates that wind turbines have a "definite human annoyance" on nearby residents.
It noted the resolution should be circulated to the Minister of Environment, Minister of Energy, Minister of Rural Affairs, MPP Lisa Thompson and Premier Kathleen Wynne, as well as all Ontario municipalities for their support.
The decision came moments before Jody Law, of Pattern Energy, presented council information about the 43 turbines that will impact the Kincardine Municipal Airport. He said five approaches and one departure procedure will be affected by the current layout.
Law brought Charles Cormier, a senior consultant about aviation, to explain the changes needed to keep all turbines and have no impact on the airport.
"My priority is always to protect the effectiveness of that airport," said Cormier.
Cormier explained to council the issues were "very technical" but he created a plan to change flight paths and turbine heights in order to have the airport fully functional.
"The changes to the approaches that I have proposed can be f l own by any qualified IFR ( Instrument Flight Rules) pilot," said Cormier.
If his plan is used, he said all approaches and departures to the airport will be maintained and two approaches will be improved.
Councillor Ron Coristine said he worried about hampering future expansion of the airport and long-term implications. "Turbines get bigger, planes get bigger, runways need to be longer," he said.
Councillor Jacqueline Faubert said, "What we fear is that these changes, this proposal, is going to affect the health and vitality of our airport, therefore, our tax payers." She said she believes NAV Canada will approve Cormier's changes, adding, Do we allow companies to come in and change our municipal infrastructure to adapt things to allow for this type of industry?"
Deputy Mayor Anne Eadie sat in for Mayor Larry Kraemer who was absent for the meeting.
She said the situation was "awkward" after news about the letter Pattern- Samsung received from NAV Canada a year ago, without notifying council.
"We don't want to be limiting our airport in any way for the next 20 to 40 years," said Eadie, adding, "We want to make sure it remains as financially and economically viable as in the past."
Law said he was "disappointed" about the previous motion against wind turbines but wanted to continue to work with council. "Though the motion was passed, we still look forward to continuing to work closely with the Municipality as development progresses," said Law in an email. "We have not experienced this type of motion in any other community, but we fully intend to keep the communication channels open as we move forward."
After NAV Canada has looked over Cormier's proposal, Cormier and Law agreed they will alert council. Council voted to meet with various airport management and pilots who use the airport regularly over the next two weeks.
"I think it's important to hear their expertise

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