Wind Power News: Nova Scotia
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.
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 . . .
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 . . .
POINT TUPPER, N.S. – It was suspected that a washer was forgotten inside the hub of a wind turbine under repair that subsequently collapsed hours later, labour department documents show. E-mails between the investigating body, the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, and turbine manufacturer Enercon were recently disclosed by the department. In the Point Tupper incident, workers were told to leave the tower before it buckled and fell. Enercon crews at the time were in the process of replacing a . . .
Just hours before a massive wind turbine collapsed last year in Cape Breton, a technician performing routine maintenance heard what was believed to be a washer lost in the structure’s hub. The incident – believed to be the first catastrophic failure of its kind in the country – is described in internal emails between turbine manufacturer Enercon Canada Inc. and the provincial Labour Department. CBC News obtained the documents through a freedom of information request. The 80-metre turbine at the Point Tupper . . .
TORONTO – Involving community members in wind-farm planning and ensuring nearby residents benefit from turbines would go a long way toward winning local buy-in for such projects, a new Canadian study concludes. The study, published in a recent edition of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, notes that fast-paced development and limits on local decision-making has resulted in strong opposition to wind projects. Those objections can be mitigated by the fair distribution and amount of area benefits, the authors write. . . .
HALIFAX—The harsh conditions and extreme isolation of Sable Island has forced Ottawa to abandon a wind project on the iconic crescent-shaped sandbar – more than 15 years after it launched the initiative. Parks Canada said wind turbines do not meet the needs of the windswept Nova Scotia island, famous for the wild horses that have roamed there since the 18th century. “The wind turbines were part of a … project to reduce Sable Island’s dependence on fossil fuels, and were chosen . . .
ELLERSHOUSE, N.S. – More wind power will be harnessed soon in the community of Ellershouse after the Minister of the Environment Margaret Miller released her decision to approve the project. The approval is incumbent on the developer meeting several conditions, including monitoring of local wildlife such as birds and bats. The expanded wind farm is being constructed by Minas Energy, which will operate the 16.4 MW expansion of the existing win farm. The electricity generated by the expansion alone could . . .