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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

March 28, 2022 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine issues are still blowing in the wind across the province

Going back more than 15 years, tall, ungainly, otherworldly industrial wind turbines have been springing up on Ontario’s rural landscape, churning controversy in their wake. At the time, the provincial government had mandated wind power and provided millions of dollars in incentives to contractors to get the turbines up and running as an alternative source of electricity. However, complaints about noise pollution and environmental harm have never really wound down. Many farmers and other landowners deemed to have sufficient wind . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2022 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

North Stormont man says health deteriorating due to wind turbines

FINCH – A Crysler man experiencing health issues he says are related to the installation of wind turbines near his home says he’s been getting nowhere with officials, while his conditions worsen. Randy Lamb filed a request for information last August and it led in the fall to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) having discussions with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and launching an investigation into the possible health repercussions caused by Nation Rise Wind Farm. Lamb, who . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2021 • Blogs, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ottawa “community” investor syndicate buys wind farm hundreds of kilometres away

The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative or OREC recently bought an Ontario wind turbine project, along with equity partner EnerFORGE, a subsidiary of Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation, according to a news report. The wind power project, which consists of a single 2.5-MW turbine, is in Bruce County. That is more than 500 km away from Ottawa, and more than 200 km from Oshawa, but the buyers claim this is an example of “local” ownership of renewable power facilities. “OREC is . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2021 • Canada, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Decade-old fight over Canadian wind farm heard by arbitration tribunal

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (CN) – A week of hearings opened before an international arbitration tribunal on Monday, with a California energy company arguing the Canadian government owes it more than $90 million for violating the now-defunct North American Free Trade Agreement. According to Tennant Energy, the Canadian province of Ontario illegally blocked the company from participating in a government program offering above-market prices to encourage green energy development. It brought complaints before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, an intergovernmental organization based . . . Complete story »

September 7, 2021 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Is there a link between turbines and gas emissions?

During the 1970s, a Dover Centre dairy farmer was having problems with his dairy herd with lack of quality and quantity of milk production. The cows were also unable to conceive. After exhaustive investigations and studies, it was found there were stray current and/or stray voltage in his dairy barn. Ontario Hydro and several electrical engineers insisted this was impossible. After a lawsuit, with expert witnesses, it was found that stray current and/or voltage did exist. A Hydro sub-station near . . . Complete story »

September 1, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine topples at Bow Lake

BluEarth Renewables has taken all of its wind turbines offline at the Bow Lake Wind Facility north of Sault Ste. Marie after one of the turbines on site was severely damaged last week. A spokesperson for BluEarth informed SooToday that it responded to an incident resulting in structural damage to a wind turbine at the Bow Lake Wind Facility at approximately 12 a.m. Aug. 28. Reader submitted photos show the turbine resting in pieces on the ground. The company says . . . Complete story »

August 23, 2021 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Investigate wind turbine health complaints

As Canadians and residents of Ontario we are fortunate that all levels of government are required to protect the health of the people: the question is how the laws are applied to industrial scale wind turbines. As a country, Canada recognizes the World Health Organization’s definition of health which is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Since before the implementation of the Green Energy Act of 2009, noise . . . Complete story »

August 7, 2021 • Ontario, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines: manmade wonder or blight?

Despite its high-tech wizardry, turbine design has two major drawbacks. First, they are ugly — at least when compared to a pristine rural landscape. A spinning turbine is an affront to the esthetic sensibilities of anyone who looks at one with other than an engineer’s eye. Worse, from an environmental standpoint, these things are killers. While there is little chance of danger to people, flying creatures have plenty to fear. Bats and birds are killed by the thousands across the world by wind turbines. Our efforts to make them silent make turbines efficient killers. Complete story »

August 4, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Talks required for La Nation to prohibit wind turbines, and zoning change in works for sports complex site

Plans in La Nation to prohibit commercial wind turbine developments in the municipality are not going to be a breeze to implement. At the July 26 council meeting, Planner Guylain Laflèche explained documents received from WSP, the firm retained by the municipality for planning services, regarding a series of amendments being proposed for the municipal zoning by-law. The amendments include prohibiting windfarms and allowing secondary dwellings and coach houses on residential properties. The WSP document stated windfarms are considered renewable . . . Complete story »

July 21, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

More details on Skyway 8 wind turbine that suffered severe damage

More details are available on when the test device was installed on the Skyway 8 turbine which suffered severe damage recently. A media contact for Capstone said that the device was installed the week of Mar. 15, when cranes were onsite at County Rd. 8 southwest of Dundalk. The company had received an extension on the Ontario EA approval for testing the Powercone device, Megan Hunter said in an email. The EA when first granted originally was to start earlier . . . Complete story »

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