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Éolien: le vent de la zizanie [Winds of discord]  

[My story of wind energy projects sowing discord in the Québec countryside begins today. Here is the first piece.

[After the failure of the power station in Suroît – rejected by the Québecois – the state decided to put even more into wind energy, Hydro-Québec launched a call for offers, which ends September 18, inviting the private sector to build wind facilities. With this call for offers, Hydro will add 2000 MW to its electricity production capacity.

[Yes, it’s true, yes, wind is clean. But it screws rural Québec. People’s fears are numerous: vandalizing the countryside, noise, mingy payments to towns and farmers, it all comes to be. Complaints are also directed to the practices of wind energy promoters and to municipal authorities who compromise with them.]

Mon dossier sur les projets de parcs éoliens semant la zizanie dans les campagnes du Québec commence aujourd’hui. Voici le premier papier.

Après l’échec de la centrale thermique du Suroît, rejetée par les Québécois, l’État a décidé de miser encore plus sur l’éolien. Hydro-Québec a lancé un appel d’offres, qui prend fin le 18 septembre, invitant le privé à construire des parcs éoliens. Avec cet appel d’offres, Hydro ajoutera 2000 MW à sa capacité de production d’électricité.

Oui, c’est vert, oui, c’est propre l’éolien. Mais ça fout le bordel dans le Québec rural. Les craintes des gens sont nombreuses: saccage du paysage, bruit, redevances aux villages et aux fermiers jugées trop minces, tout y passe. Les griefs visent aussi les façons de faire des promoteurs éoliens, et des autorités municipales qui transigent avec eux.

Le Vendredi 31 Août 2007

Patrick Lagacé


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