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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

October 11, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Pickering waterfront gets the wind knocked out of it

PICKERING – A familiar sight along the Waterfront Trail at Alex Robertson Park will soon be gone, but not without leaving behind a legacy. The Ontario Power Generation (OPG) wind turbine, which for the past 18 years has stood as a landmark in south Pickering, is in the process of being dismantled, a decision made after gearbox failure has left it out of use for the past year or so. But not only did it serve its purpose, according to OPG’s . . . Complete story »

October 10, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Date set for dismantling of wind turbines in Prince Edward Country

Work to dismantle wind turbines in Prince Edward County, Ont., is set to begin on Oct. 15th. A decision that has caused many residents to urge the Ford government to rethink its decision. “In a climate emergency, we are tearing down a wind farm? It makes no sense,” said Jen Ackerman, a Prince Edward County property owner who hosts one of the turbines. The decision to cancel the White Pines Wind Project was one of the first moves of the . . . Complete story »

September 29, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Story bigger than ‘just a man who showed his ass,’ says turbine project neighbour who denies ‘mooning’ crew

NORTH STORMONT – The stress and noise of living near three industrial turbine construction sites fanned a local man’s frustrations to the point of showing “not even half a moon” to a Nation Rise project worker while they mutually pointed cameras at each other. So says Randy Lamb, 52, nonetheless now accused with the whole Criminal Code charge of “Indecent Exhibition” after the Sept. 21 incident in North Stormont, where contractors for EDP Renewables are currently building the biggest wind farm . . . Complete story »

September 28, 2019 • Ontario, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Egan: Doug Ford hates wind farms. This big one blew right by him.

Ontario’s Green Energy Act was “an awful, awful” piece of legislation, Premier Doug Ford has emphatically pronounced, a stance that probably helped to elect him in 2018. “All of a sudden, you wake up and there are 100 windmills in the backyard. That was absolutely ridiculous.” Well, to paraphrase the boss, the Township of North Stormont is waking up to the “absolutely ridiculous” in 2019 and wondering if the premier’s government can see what’s blowing in their wind: suspicion, anger . . . Complete story »

September 25, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Environment Minister hears about Port Elgin wind turbine suffering

Jeff Yurek, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks heard first-hand emotional accounts of health suffering from five Port Elgin residents living near the UNIFOR wind turbine at a private meeting at Saugeen Shores town hall Sept. 19. Five residents who have filed the majority of 1,000-plus wind turbine operation complaints with the ministry, sat across from Yurek, who is no stranger to the controversial green energy issue. Yurek and others are named in a private prosecution filed by a Chatham-Kent . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

White Pines Wind Farm decommissioning to begin Oct. 15

The municipality has announced wpd Canada will begin decommissioning its White Pines Wind industrial turbines project in South Marysburgh on Oct. 15, 2019. The statement indicates the first phase of the work involves a crane arriving to lower the towers to the ground. That work is to take place between Oct. 15 and Jan. 31, 2020. The second phase of decommissioning, is anticipated to begin in April 2020, for the removal and remediation of infrastructure installed for the project. The . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines to come down next month at White Pines Wind Farm

A controversial wind power project in Prince Edward County will be decommissioned next month after being cancelled by the provincial government last year. The White Pines Wind Farm, in South Marysburgh, was a hot topic of debate across the county and was shrunk down to nine turbines, before public pressure led the Ontario PCs to fully cancel the project in 2018, within months of being elected. Four of those turbines had been built prior to the cancellation and Prince Edward . . . Complete story »

September 18, 2019 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise Wind Farm was not eligible for green energy wind down

Our government was elected on a promise to reduce the costs of electricity for the people of Ontario. One of our first actions as government was to wind down over 750 surplus renewable contracts to avoid long-term costs and save $790 million. Last fall, we repealed the Green Energy Act to ensure that expensive renewable energy projects would never be forced on to unwilling communities again, and returned local decision-making powers to municipalities. The Nation Rise Project, like many industrial . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine arrivals imminent in North Stormont

The largest wind project currently under construction in Ontario, Nation Rise also holds the distinction as the only such development being built in a political riding held by Doug Ford’s Conservatives where the local community has also declared itself an unwilling project host. Vocal opponents in North Stormont continue to lobby furiously in an attempt to halt Nation Rise, although local MPP Jim McDonell has said it would be too costly now to cancel the contract signed during the last few days of the previous Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne. Complete story »

August 27, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

‘The buzz is killing you, all day long’: Melancthon family loses lawsuit against Dufferin Wind over power lines

A Melancthon family who claimed they were impacted by hydro lines alongside their property has lost their case with the Local Planning and Appeal Tribunal. Frank and Fari Davoodian filed an appeal with the provincial body in 2017. The couple purchased their 28-acre property in 1991, which runs alongside the old rail line, where Dufferin Wind Power Inc. later erected a power line. The pair argued that the line reduced the value of their home by $275,000 and caused significant . . . Complete story »

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