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March 5, 2023 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Columbiana County bans big solar, wind farms in four townships, ban sought in seven more communities

The Columbiana County Commissioners have approved a ban on big solar and wind farms in four townships and agreed to hold a public hearing on extending the prohibition to seven more townships. Commissioners on Wednesday voted to prohibit construction of what they call “economically significant” wind farms, large wind farms and large solar facilities in the unincorporated areas of Fairfield, Franklin, Perry, and West Townships. The vote came after a public hearing in which residents expressed concerns such as what . . . Complete story »

February 6, 2023 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

NYSERDA is right to decide against wind turbines

After almost two years of anticipation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently released its Great Lakes Wind Feasibility Study, which concluded “that now is not the right time to prioritize Great Lakes Wind projects in Lake Erie or Lake Ontario.” Citizens Against Wind Turbines in Lake Erie (CAWTILE), a grassroots organization of concerned citizens, has advocated tirelessly against installing industrial wind turbines in Lake Erie since it was announced over two years ago as a . . . Complete story »

January 17, 2023 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Study, amid groundswell of opposition, shelves idea of wind turbines in Lake Erie

Opponents of wind turbines in Lake Erie have put flyers in mailboxes from Lackawanna to Dunkirk and taken to social media to voice their concerns about the idea – work, that for now at least, has paid off. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has determined this isn’t the right time to put the turbines in Lake Erie or Lake Ontario. NYSERDA concluded the turbines would cost more than other renewable energy options, and wouldn’t offer a feasible contribution to . . . Complete story »

January 16, 2023 • Canada, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Who pays the bill when renewable energy gets old?

Wandering about Essex and Kent counties you may be struck by the number of abundant wind turbines and even an aggregation of solar panels. These structures provide renewable energy. However, how much attention is being paid to end of life for the wind turbines and solar panels? Wind turbines are mechanical equipment and like any equipment will eventually wear out. Indeed, life expectancy of wind turbines is roughly 20 to 25 years. Solar panels have a longer estimated lifespan of . . . Complete story »

January 4, 2023 • New York, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Statement by Senator George Borrello on NYSERDA Feasibility Study

Albany – Senator George Borrello heralded a recently released report by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on the feasibility of placing wind turbines in the Great Lakes. The report found a lack of benefits to these potential projects, noting, “Great Lakes Wind currently does not offer a unique, critical or cost-effective contribution toward the achievement of New York State’s Climate Act goals beyond what more cost-competitive programs are expected to deliver …” In response to . . . Complete story »

November 15, 2022 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Wind resistance

There’s no shortage of wind blowing across the Great Lakes. Turning that wind into energy could be a big step towards lowering carbon emissions in the region. And despite plenty of studies showing vast energy potential, the Great Lakes still don’t have any offshore turbines. That could soon change. A first-of-its-kind project has been approved for Lake Erie: six turbines, eight miles from the Cleveland shoreline. But it hasn’t come easy. Public opposition is the biggest barrier to building wind . . . Complete story »

September 15, 2022 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns over wind turbines continue despite no new applications

Eganville – Concerns over the impact of wind turbines are continuing for local researcher Carmen Krogh, despite the fact no new wind farm applications have been submitted locally. “I have been told by some they are likely coming to Renfrew County,” she told BV council last Tuesday. “I don’t have proof of that.” A local researcher into the effects of wind turbines, she has been widely published and has spoken internationally on the subject for years, warning about the dangers . . . Complete story »

August 27, 2022 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

More well water investigation needed: expert

It was my pleasure to participate as a member of the expert panel on the recent All-Hazard Investigation of Well Water in Chatham-Kent. The expert panel provided advice and expertise for the investigation of well water from within the North Kent 1 industrial wind complex where some residents had raised concerns regarding water quality, during and following wind turbine construction. The Expert Panel’s Final Report was made public earlier this year as reported in the Chatham Voice (April 20). The . . . Complete story »

August 24, 2022 • New York, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Ohio wind ruling starts storm of opposition

During a meeting inside the Dunkirk Lighthouse in May 2019, volunteers learned of a project that could forever change the landscape of Lake Erie while offering the promise of $500 in revenue monthly. All that needed to happen was for an approval of a wind monitoring station at the historic site. Desperate for cash, the Lighthouse could have taken the funds being offered at the time by Diamond Offshore Wind. But members of the board of directors sided with history, . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2022 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise Wind Farm opponents address Roumeliotis, EOHU board

Mekker and McRae in their talk spoke about the World Health Organization 2009 report on noise guidelines, and that Health Canada describes noise annoyance as an adverse human health effect. They said studies and data show that for chronically strong annoyance, a causal chain exists – sleep disturbance, sleep deprivation, cascading and deleterious adverse health outcomes, and increased morbidity. “Simply put, the noise which doesn’t stop unless the turbines stop, is an annoyance (leading to serious issues),’’ Mekker said. Mekker and McRae were invited to the meeting by the EOHU. Complete story »

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