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Wind Power News: Ontario


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

December 8, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Residents rally against wind farm construction noise

Several local residents rallied to make sure their opposition was immediately known to a noise bylaw exemption application for the North Kent One Wind Farm project. The application was being sought to allow construction on the 34-wind turbine project in the former Chatham Township area to occur all night as well as on Sundays and holidays from Dec. 1 to March 31, 2018. The developer wanted the leeway to pour foundations and erect turbines during this time. Chatham-Kent’s director of . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Small window to complain about after-hours construction

Members of Water Wells First (WWF) are concerned their voices won’t be heard after seeing an ad for input on a noise bylaw exemption for the North Kent 1 Wind Farm. The ad put in local papers by the municipal Building Development Services asks for input from citizens about allowing the wind farm company construction team to get a noise bylaw exemption so they can continue to pour foundations and erect turbines during the night, on Sundays and on holidays . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

CK noise bylaw denies wind developer

The municipality of Chatham-Kent has denied longer construction hours for the North Kent One wind project. North Kent applied to have workers at the wind farm work during the night and during Sundays and holidays between December 1 and March 31, but that request was rejected. Paul Lacina, Chatham-Kent’s Director of Building Development Services, says “the request to be exempt from the noise bylaw was denied due to objections received from the public and inconsistency with the principles established by . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario Auditor zaps power firm charges

Soaring power prices, wind farms imposed on places that don’t want them and now this: Ontario consumers being dinged by power companies for things such as raccoon traps, scuba gear and staff car washes. Zapped before by the province’s spending watchdog for its handling of the energy file, Ontario’s Liberal government – heading into an election year – took it on the chin again Wednesday in Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk’s annual report, which found ratepayers have footed the bill for up to . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Au pays de l’eau noire [In the land of black water]

Des résidents en Ontario vivent un cauchemar depuis l’installation d’éoliennes proches de leur domicile. Marc St-Pierre ne boit plus l’eau de son puits depuis quatre ans, depuis que l’eau qui en sort est devenue noire. Il n’est pas seul dans cette situation. Plus d’une vingtaine de familles de sa région ont le même problème. La couleur viendrait de sédiments de schiste noir en suspension dans l’eau. Depuis cette découverte, ces résidents de la région de Chatham-Kent, en Ontario, disent vivre . . . Complete story »

November 30, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

‘It’s David versus Goliath’

Preparing for what they’re calling a ‘David versus Goliath battle’, a grassroots group is organizing opposition to the Otter Creek wind turbine project proposed for north of Wallaceburg. But money is needed to fight a large wind company. Wallaceburg Area Wind Concerns has a GoFundMe account, which has brought in $1,325 of their $50,000 goal. As well, the organization is accepting donations at the TD bank branch on James Street in Wallaceburg. Earl Towell, a member of the newly formed . . . Complete story »

November 25, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wallaceburg man blames wind turbines for water well woes

At first, Wayne Phillips had no idea why his water well went bad. Phillips had moved down to Wallaceburg to get away from the Greater Toronto Area. He moved to the area in the spring of 2017, bought a house just south of town and settled in. Things were going good. Phillips likes Wallaceburg, noting he has great neighbours and he likes the town He noticed a difference in his water during the Civic holiday long weekend in August. “All . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2017 • Editorials, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine woes won’t be forgotten

Kathleen Wynne may have hoped rural Ontario’s long-held discontent with the Green Energy Plan would be forgotten by the June 2018 provincial election. But that’s not about to happen as the remnants of that multibillion-dollar campaign, and its varied controversies, continue to be revealed. Complete story »

November 22, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Dirty well water delivered to environment minister

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton delivered a bottle of turbid water to Environment Minister Chris Ballard in the Ontario legislature Tuesday to emphasize the impact wind turbine construction has had on area water wells. “I want the minister to understand why communities are so troubled by the effect of wind turbines on their water,” said McNaughton. “Wells that have produced clean, clear water for decades have begun producing dirty brown, unpotable water since construction of turbines for the North Kent I . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario lost up to $1.2 billion selling clean energy: engineers

Ontario lost between $732 million and $1.25 billion over the past two years selling surplus clean electricity outside the province, an analysis by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) estimates. That’s the difference between what Ontario agreed to pay to produce nuclear, water, wind and solar power, and the bargain basement price it sold it for on the international market. Energy expert Paul Acchione, OSPE’s past president and chair, said excess clean electricity should be offered first to Ontario . . . Complete story »

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