Wind Power News: Nova Scotia
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NEW MINAS, NS – It’s a common thread of concern woven throughout the history of municipal politics and land use planning in Kings County. Agricultural land use was the top area of concern as the County of Kings planning advisory committee hosted a facilitated town hall session on the municipality’s proposed new Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB) at the Louis Millett Community Complex in New Minas on Sept. 13. The documents have been developed as part . . .
St. John’s-based Beothuk Energy’s proposed $4-billion offshore wind energy development for the southern tip of Nova Scotia is on the backburner two years after it was unveiled. It was supposed to be a boon for Yarmouth’s economy. A 200-km undersea high-voltage transmission line, dubbed the Can-Am Link, was to connect the 1,000-megawatt energy project to the Boston area. Wind turbines on gravity bases were to sit in water no deeper than 30 metres. The first phase, expected to produce 300-400 . . .
He isn’t a proponent of wind energy but a concerned Kings County citizen hopes a proposal he wrote will be used to help guide “appropriate” large-scale wind turbine development. With public participation meetings scheduled on the proposed new Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB) for the County of Kings, Warren Peck of Black River Road hopes council will consider the proposal before approving the draft documents. Peck said there was a “watershed moment” at a community meeting . . .
Nova Scotia’s grid can’t absorb any more wind power, the province’s energy minister says, even if it had access to electricity that under a major new proposal would be generated here and exported to the United States. Last week, Emera Inc. revealed a formal proposal for the Atlantic Link project, a 1,000-megawatt subsea cable that would send green energy from Atlantic Canada to the Boston area with connection points at Coleson Cove, N.B., and Plymouth, Mass. Seventy per cent of . . .
The Nova Scotia government knew from the beginning that a partnership with a South Korean company in a Trenton plant to manufacture wind turbine towers was going to involve major government support. “Without special support from the Nova Scotia government, the project may not be economically feasible,” Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd. said during a slide presentation to provincial government officials on Aug. 5, 2009. CBC received a copy of the business proposal, which included the August presentation and . . .
Water Wells First says groundwater and pile driving monitoring promised by the Ministry of Environment is not good enough. The Chatham-Kent group held a two and a half hour sit-in at the MOE office in Windsor late Wednesday afternoon, because it says monitoring stations are too far from the North Kent wind towers. Spokesperson Kevin Jakubec insists the aquifer is being contaminated by wind farm vibrations and he is demanding a public inquiry to either get a proper analysis of . . .
PICTOU – County council’s planning advisory will be receiving a request from Fitzpatrick Mountain landowners to adjust its setback for wind turbines. Wayne Pierce of Tower Road asked county council Monday to amend its current bylaw for domestic and small wind turbines, which is one times the height from the property line from residences. He also asked council to consider a reduction in the output and that Department of Energy and Municipal Affairs guidelines are followed. “This will not prevent . . .
Standing at the end of his driveway on Tower Road in Millsville, Ward Brubacher has a great view of the wind turbines on Dalhousie Mountain on the horizon. “Now that’s a comfortable distance,” he says. What’s not so comfortable are the three turbines located well within a kilometre of his home and as close as 250 metres to one of his neighbours. To add fuel to the fire of his frustrations, three more turbines are expected to be added to . . .
Sharon Henderson, president of Northumberland Wind Farms, said the turbines to be installed on Fitzpatrick Mountain will be at least a half-kilometre away from Ward and Mae Brubacher’s home and will not be heard or seen by him unless he is standing on her property. “These are little machines, not big utility-size like those on Dalhousie Mountain,” she said, adding the turbines will be placed on property owned by Nova Farm Blueberries. “They are quiet machines. He is not going . . .
Nova Scotia Power is undertaking site cleanup and removal of the Grand Etang wind turbine, which is expected to be completed within the next two weeks. The turbine has not been in operation since early January following an unexpected collapse of the turbine structure. No one was onsite at the time of the incident and there we no injuries. A detailed investigation into the turbine collapse has been underway over the past few months, with further analysis of the data . . .