Wind Power News: Ontario
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.
Over 100 turbine-threatened municipalities have declared themselves “Not a willing host” to industrial wind factories. They want Wynne to restore their right to regulate local energy-related developments, which was taken away by the Liberals’ 2009 Green Energy Act. While taxpayers had to come up with $1 million out of their own pockets to fight just one project, the Ontario government and a few multinational corporations have spent many millions more in bids to deprive local citizens and municipalities of any say regarding the location of industrial wind factories.
Ontario engineer William Palmer has proposed a rigorous, but simple and transparent technique to assess wind turbine noise, that could replace the problematic complex computer models and “black box” algorithms currently used in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change newest protocol to assess wind turbine noise compliance. Speaking at the International Conference on Wind Turbine Noise that took place in Rotterdam beginning May 2, Palmer said of his proposed method, The method had to consider that an effective . . .
The wind farm planned for the St-Bernardin area of The Nation Municipality could now include one turbine in Champlain Township. The developer of Eastern Fields wind farm, RES Canada, has selected 11 sites for turbines, but expects to drop two of them before construction begins, said Project Development Manager Lucas Reindler. There would be nine turbines in total, and he said that when the company first started working on the project, they expected to build as many as 15. The . . .
Another setback for a Huron County couple in their bid to pursue legal action against K2 Wind Energy. In Superior Court in Goderich back in January, Shawn and Trish Drennan argued their charter Rights had been violated by the operation of the K2 Wind Energy project north of Goderich. An earlier claim had been rejected because the project was not up and running, but Drennan argued that now that it is, he had a legitimate claim. In a ruling released . . .
Matt Metzger’s video has gone viral. Filmed April 28 and then uploaded, the video of the shadow flicker his parents live with at their RR 1, Dashwood home has been viewed over 44,000 times and has been shared 740 times. Metzger filmed and then shared the video to draw attention to the conditions in which his parents have had to endure from a nearby wind turbine. The turbine is placed 667 metres away from their home, but the shadows from . . .
Companies charged with an Environmental Protection Act violation by cutting trees to make way for a wind farm project will be back in a Sarnia court on July 14. Prior to the July 14 appearance the companies will be reviewing the prosecution’s evidence. Contractor AMEC Foster Wheeler Americas Ltd. – along with current wind farm owner Cedar Point II GP Inc. and former owner Suncor Energy Products Inc. – have all been charged under the Environmental Protection Act. The tree . . .
A Goderich Township residents says a hearing over his right to challenge his assessment that has gone on for about six years but could have been resolved much sooner. Dave Hemmingway outlined his position Wednesday at a hearing in Clinton. He says his main contentions include the fact that proximity to wind turbines was never considered in his assessment. He adds he has recorded testimony that assessment officers were specifically told not to consider proximity to wind turbines. He also . . .
Ontario’s environment ministry has finally laid charges in connection to a high-profile woodlot-cutting case involving wind farm developers in Lambton County, The Observer has learned. Contractor AMEC Foster Wheeler Americas Ltd. – along with current wind farm owner Cedar Point II GP Inc. and former owner Suncor Energy Products Inc. – have all been charged under the Environmental Protection Act, an official with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change confirmed in an email. All three companies have been charged . . .
Wallaceburg Coun. Jeff Wesley wants residents in north Chatham-Kent concerned about the impact of wind turbines on their water wells to get answers. Municipal council recently backed a motion brought by Wesley to have Mayor Randy Hope send a letter to Glen Murray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, requesting the MOECC provide some expertise on this matter. Wesley told The Chatham Daily News on Thursday that to be clear, this has nothing to do with the North Kent 1 . . .
The municipality of Chatham-Kent has reached out to the minister of environment and climate change in regards to local water wells. During a council meeting Monday night, Councillor Jeff Wesley read out a letter sent from Mayor Randy Hope to Minister Glen Murray. Councillor Jeff Wesley was originally set to bring a motion to council Monday night to send the letter, but seeing as it had already gotten support from the mayor and MPP Monte McNaughton, the letter was sent . . .