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Does wind energy work for Ontario?  It’s hard to say.   There are pros and cons:

 

PROS

-          All traditional sources of electricity have been tapped.  Does not require a huge environmental impact such as would be caused by creating a new hydro dam (see Newfoundland’s Muskrat Falls and BC’s Site C). 

-          Wind is a free, renewable energy source.

-          Turbines cost a few million each while a nuclear plant costs billions of dollars.  (Nuclear accounts for roughly 53% of Ontario’s energy needs and definitely has it own problems. See Nuclear News.)

-          “Clean energy” resulting in no radioactive or toxic waste residue or exhausts.

-          Do not emit climate destabilizing carbon.

-          Do not require costly fuel imports to operate.

-          Water not required for cooling so ideal in water shortage areas.

-          Wind farms can be built quickly.

-          Alternative energy sources threaten oil sands/tar sands projects (article)

 

CONS

-          Wind turbines create energy only when the wind blows in a certain range – can’t be too fast or too slow.

-          Energy cannot be stored and must be used immediately.

-          Easier to shut down a wind turbine than it is to shut down a nuclear plant (which takes several days to start up again) so wind is shut down first when the demand for electricity is low.

-          One turbine can produce 450kw to 2.5mw versus a nuclear plant at 5,500 mw.

-          To encourage investment, our government provided subsidies that make each kilowatt hour expensive ($0.50 - $.80 per kWh)

-          Noise pollution (article).

-          Light/flicker pollution.  Farmers cite examples of the strobing effect/glare of sunlight through the turbine blades when the are working in surrounding fields.

-          Human health impact – low level noise vibration can cause sleep disturbances, headaches, vertigo, tinnitus, pressure sensitivity.

-          Animal health impact – farm animals and family pets can be affected.

-          Wildlife impact – serious impact on bats, birds especially in migration areas.  Bird impact include (i) collision with turbines, (ii) collision with associated meteorological towers, (iii) collision with, or execution by, associated electrical power facilities, and (iv) nest abandonment or behaviour avoidance from habitat modification.  (Mortality reports, article)

-          Neighbouring property value impact.

-          Water course and drainage impacts.

-          Transmission line and transformer station impacts

-          Stray voltage impacts (no legal limits specified)

-          Can reduce/negatively impact prime farmland (when gravel is used for access roads)

-          Decommissioning (hard to revert back to pre-construction condition – gravel gets in soil, soils are compacted, concrete pad typically left in ground, drainage, etc.)

-          Turbine parts are not all recyclable (blades are made of resins and are 100-150’ in length)

-          Turbine parts can become unattached (article)

-          Turbine technology is changing.  The huge turbines and tight densities that are common today were not accounted for in original legislation.

-          Construction liens on land (article)

 

Opponents want to know why the onus is on residents to prove the negative impacts of industrial wind turbine installations, and not on the company to prove that the turbines are safe.

 

In general, wind turbines seem to work best where there is a steady flow of wind and no human neighbours (i.e. considered successful in the Alberta prairies or offshore Denmark).

 

In summary, wind turbines are highly controversial in Ontario in rural areas where people live.

 

 

Links to Specific Projects/Vendors:

 

Dufferin CountyDufferin Wind Power/China Longyuan

 

Prince Edward Countywww.SaveOstranderPoint.org  + AO information + CCSAGE blog

 

Firefly Power LLC – www.facebook.com/FireflyPower / @Firefly_Power

 

Clearview Township – WPD Canada

 

 

Opposition:

 

Wind Victims Ontario:  www.windvictimsontario.com

 


News – Wind Power

 

Date

Source

Title

Comment

2018-07-23

National Post

John Ivison: Wind turbine decision says Doug Ford's Ontario is closed for business

John Ivison

2018-07-11

CTV News

Cancelling Ontario's wind project could cost over $100M, company warns

Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

2018-07-11

CBC News

Ford government's plan to cancel wind project could cost taxpayers over $100M, company warns

The Canadian Press

-          WPD Canada

2018-04-25

Global News

Opponents against wind turbines on Amherst Island fight to protect endangered turtles

- blandings turtle

2018-03-15

The News-Gazette (USA)

Sidney resident offers cautionary tale on wind farms

Christine Walsh

AO Info - Renewables: Solar

2018-03-08

CBC News

Natyshak booted from legislature for demanding minister drink CK well water

- Essex MPP Taras Natyshak

2018-03-06

Chatham Daily News

Chatham Township couple growing frustrated as water well remains clogged

Ellwood Shreve

2018-01-19

CBC News Windsor

Turbine snaps in half in Chatham-Kent, MPP calls for halt of wind projects

Dan Taekema

2018-01-19

CTV Windsor

Wind Turbine breaks in half in Chatham-Kent

 

2017-09-22

Barrie Examiner

Collingwood-area turbine project put to rest

Gisele Winton Sarvis

2017-09-12

Council of Canadians

Samsung set to take away Chatham family’s water

Mark Calzavara

AO Water News

2017-08-21

Waterwellsfirst.org

Chatham Kent Windfarm admits pile driving caused water wells to go murky

 

Wind Company admits negative impact on Ontario Ground Water.

 

2017-06-16

Theconversation.com

Wind farms are hardly the bird slayers they’re made out to be. Here’s why

Simon Chapman and Fiona Chrichton’s book “Wind Turbine Syndrome: a communicated disease”

2017-05-02

Globe and Mail

Two-thirds of electricity in Canada now comes from renewable energy

Mia Rabson

2017-04-03

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Wind Power Smashes Records Worldwide

Lorraine Chow

2017-03-20

EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Germany Converts Coal Mine Into Giant Battery Storage for Surplus Solar and Wind Power

Lorraine Chow

2016-10-30

Telegraph (UK)

Opinion:  We're following Germany down the primrose path of green energy madness

Christopher Booker

2016-10-08

Simcoe.com / Wasaga Sun

Clearview wind turbine approval stalled by Environmental Review Tribunal

Ian Adams

 

AO Info

2016-10-03

Simcoe.com / Wasaga Sun

MOECC pulls support for two turbine locations in Clearview Township wind project

Ian Adams

 

AO Info

2016-10-02

Telegraph (UK)

Cut-throat competition is slashing offshore wind costs to unthinkable levels

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

2016-09-29

Wildlife.org

JWM study: Wind farms in Canada kill tens of thousands of bats

Nala Rogers

2016-06-23

TrueActivist.com

Wind Turbines On Galapagos Islands Are Cutting Down On Diesel Fuel Without Harming Endangered Birds

Brianna Acuesta

2016-05-04

Fox News (USA)

New administration rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths at wind farms

Associated Press

2016-04-22

Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin

Wilson's protest fall on deaf ears

JT McVeigh

- Jim Wilson, MPP

- wpd

2016-04-22

Bayshore Broadcasting

UPDATE: Liberals Quash Turbine Bill

- Jim Wilson, MPP

- wpd

2016-04-12

Owen Sound Sun Times

Wind turbine at Ferndale leaning

Rob Gowan

2016-02-22

CBC News Nova Scotia

Trenton's mayor hopes new operator can be found for wind tower plant

- Daewoo, DSME Trenton Ltd.

2016-01-16

Wind Concerns Ontario

Ostrander Point wind farm developer stuns appeal hearing Friday

 

2015-10-29

SaveTheBalaFalls.com

Big Thunder Wind Park, Thunder Bay – Notice of Refusal (.pdf)

 

2015-10-20

CTV News Barrie

PCs want safety audit of all wind turbines after reports of parts flying off

 

2015-10-09

Ontario-Wind-Resistance.org

Huron East farmers hit with $32 million liens by wind turbine construction contractors

 

2015-09-05

Youtube / W4GW

Where Have All the Eagles Gone? ( 3 mins)

- skykill

- roadkill (Toronto Star)

2015-08-06

Texas State Impact (USA)

New Tool Predicts Bird Deaths from Wind Turbines

Mose Buchele

2015-07-12

Trueactivist.com

Denmark Just Produced 140% of its Electricity Needs Via Wind Power

Amanda Froelich

2015-06-01

TheGuardian.com

Can bladeless wind turbines mute opposition?

Dominic Bates

Youtube video

2015-05-08

Inhabitat.com

Could this giant straw be the solution to the problems with wind turbines?

Michelle Kennedy Hogan

2015-04-30

Inquisitr.com

Myth Of Offshore Wind Being Expensive Debunked – Wind Power Now Cheaper Than Gas-Fired And Nuclear Power

Youtube link

2015-03-26

The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Blog:  Why so many rural Ontarians can’t stand wind power

John Michael McGrath

2015-03-18

EcoWatch / Cole Mellino

Google X Announces Revolutionary Flying Wind Turbines at SXSW

Cole Mellino

2015-02-24

Protect Amherst Island

Ontario Energy Board Rejects Request For Oral Hearing

 

2015-02-04

Financial Post

Comment:  Ontario’s big wind bonanza:  Over 90% of subsidies funneled to just 11 companies

Brady Yauch

2015-01-06

Ring of Fire Radio

Wind Turbines Produced Enough Power to Supply 98 Percent of Scottish Homes in 2014

Amy Eddings

2015-01-03

NewWind R&D (French)

L’Arbre a Vent (Wind Trees)

- looks like a tree

- silent & powerful

- requires half the wind of traditional turbines

- prototypes to be installed in Paris, France in March 2015

Youtube by Haaretz.com (1 min)

2014-12-28

Daily Record (UK)

Doctor claims Scotland’s biggest windfarm has contaminated public water supply with cancer-causing chemical

Craig McDonald

 

AO Water News

2014-12-07

Guelph Mercury

Wind turbines have little impact on property values: University of Guelph study

Colin Perkel

2014-11-19

Simcoe.com / Collingwood Connection

MPP Wilson tilts at wind turbine project near Collingwood airport

Ian Adams

2014-11-06

Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

Health Canada finds wind turbine noise not linked to health problems

- contains links to report .pdfs

2014-11-06

CBC News

Wind turbine noise not linked to health problems, Health Canada finds

 

2014-11-06

Toronto Star

No definitive link between wind turbines and poor health, says Health Canada study

Raveena Aulakh, John Spears

2014-11-06

Toronto Sun

No link between poor health and wind turbines: Health Canada

Jessica Hume

2014-11-04

Stop These Things

Abandoned Homes Help Understand Wind Turbine Annoyance

William Palmer, Acoustical Society of America (29-Oct-2014)

2014-10-23

Sachem & Glanbrook Gazette

Haldimand repairing roads affected by green energy projects

Jen Nevans

- Samsung

2014-10-16

Orangeville Banner

Grand Valley mayor not shocked by wind farm approval

Chris Halliday

2014-09-30

Theobserver.ca

Outside of GTA, C-K farms fetching top prices in Ontario

Ellwood Shreve

- Chatham-Kent

- land values

2014-09-26

Daily Mail (UK)

Power produced by wind turbines falls by a fifth despite hundreds of new turbines being built

Damien Gayle

2014-07-24

Jim Wilson, MPP Progressive Conservatives

Wind turbine Question July 24th, 2014

Jim WilsonMPP

- 500’ wind turbines in flight path to Collingwood airport

2014-07-23

Bloomberg

European Wind Turbine Forecasts Cut as Power Demand Falls

Alex Morales

2014-05-31

Toronto Sun

Opinion: Liberal wind scam

Lorrie Goldstein

2014-05-28

Phys.org

Dutch company launches new-generation urban wind turbines

Nancy Owano

2014-05-27

E&T Magazine

Noiseless shell-shaped wind turbine for households unveiled

Tereza Pultarova

2014-05-12

Toronto Sun

Hudak vows to pull the plug on wind power

Antonella Artuso

2014-05-02

WindTurbineSyndrome.com

Blog: Germany concedes wind energy was a flop. (Ontario, are you listening?)

Author not specified – refers to NoTricksZone writer P. Gosselin.  Also link to book review:

Wind Turbine Syndrome (health)

2014-04-16

EcoWatch / Union of Concerned Scientists

Wind Energy Threat to Birds is Overblown

Elliott Negin

2014-04-08

EcoWatch / Brandon Baker

U.S. Wind Power cut Nearly 100 Million Tons of Carbon Emissions in 2013

Brandon Baker

2014-02-13

EcoWatch / Brandon Baker

Interactive Map Shows All 47,000 Wind Turbines in the U.S.

Brandon Baker

- interactive map link

2014-02-06

EcoWatch / Brandon Baker

West Coast’s First Offshore Wind Turbine Gets Green Light For Development

Brandon Baker

Associated Press article

2014-01-20

EcoWatch / American Wind Energy Association

Groups Debunk Myths About Wind Power’s Impact on Wildlife

John Anderson

2014-01-13

EcoWatch / ThingProgress

Company Behind Northern Gateway Tar Sands Pipeline Spends $200M on Huge Wind Project

Emily Atkin

AO Northern Gateway News

2014-01-06

EcoWatch / ThinkProgress.org

“60 Minutes” Attack on Renewable Energy Ignores The Facts

Joe Romm

2013-12-24

EcoWatch / ThinkProgress

13 Renewable Energy Breakthroughs of 2013

Kiley Kroh and Jeff Spross

2013-12-22

EcoWatch / Climate News Network

U.S. Scientists Convert Algae to Crude Oil in Less Than an Hour

Tim Radford

2013-12-09

Guelph Mercury

Groundwork begins for new energy grid in Guelph

Chris Seto

2013-12-02

Financial Post

Opinion: Ontario’s Power Trip: Province lost $1.2-billion this year exporting power

Parker Gallant

2013-11-23

Toronto Star

Wind and sky hold key to Ontario’s energy future

David Israelson

2013-11-22

USA Dept of Justice

News release:  Utility Company Sentenced in Wyoming for Killing Protected Birds at Wind Projects

 

2013-11-20

Midwest Energy News

Report: Stable policy key to Great Lakes offshore wind jobs

Dan Haugen

2013-11-15

EcoWatch / Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Powering the Planet: How Do We Balance Energy, Water and Climate?

David L. Chandler

2013-11-14

Ottawa Citizen

Wind-power company Trillium gets OK to sue Ontario for $2.25B

Don Butler

2013-10-30

Globe and Mail

White fungus spells a dark future for North America’s bat populations

Dene Moore

2013-10-25

EcoWatch / The Daily Climate

Showing Renewables Capable of Replacing Fossil Fuels

Paul Brown

2013-10-22

EcoWatch / Renewables

Middle-class Homeowners Biggest Buyers of Rooftop Solar

Brandon Baker

2013-10-18

EcoWatch / Rnewables

Renewable Energy Capacity Outpacing Coal, Oil and Nuclear Combined

Brandon Baker

2013-10-07

CTV News London

Wind turbine ‘unwilling hosts’ list grows to 71 municipalities.

 

2013-09-29

Youtube / Dnews

Are Wind And Solar Energy Worth The Effort?

 

2013-09-22

Cumberland Times News (USA)

In Federal Lawsuits, Keyser residents allege wind farm threatens well-being

23 lawsuits filed

2013-09-18

Energy Probe

Michigan and New York’s best friend – Ontario

Parker Gallant and Scott Luft

2013-09-13

Toronto Sun

Editorial: Ontario Liberals blowing in the wind

 

2013-09-11

680 News

Ontario starts paying wind turbines not to produce electricity when not needed

 

2013-09-06

EcoWatch / Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Wind Farms Don’t Affect Property Values

Chris Carnevale

2013-09-04

Lake Ontario Waterkeepers

One thing you should know about Ontario’s energy plan

EBR 011-9490

2013-09-03

EcoWatch / Yale Environment 360

Utility Companies Launch Attack Against Rising Solar Market (USA)

Marc Gunther

2013-08-26

Environmental Defense

Ontario’s Energy Future: Cutting Through the Spin

EBR 011-9490

2013-08-23

EcoWatch / TckTckTck

Record-Breaking Renewable Energy Capacity Pushes for Fossil Fuel Plants to Close in Germany

 

2013-08-09

Forbes

Environmentalists Gearing Up For A War On Wind

Loren Steffy

2013-08-07

Toronto Star

Solar farm fight could set precedent on moraine

Rachel Mendleson

Illumination LP

2013-08-01

EcoWatch / Oceana

First Ever U.S. Offshore Wind Lease Sale in New England

Grace O’Connor

2013-07-31

Toronto Star

Wind farm wars playing out in rural Ontario

Colin Graf

2013-07-30

City News Toronto

SUNWINCOR wants to put wind farm at Leslie Street Spit: report

Showwei Chu

Leslie Spit

2013-07-30

Change.org

Petition:  SUNWINCOR International: Support Toronto, ON Leslie Wind Farm

Jafray Hinsen

Leslie Spit

2013-07-30

Toronto Star

Wind farm propsed on Leslie Spit

John Spears

Leslie Spit

2013-07-13

Mail Online (UK)

Dirty Secret of Britain’s power madness:  Polluting diesel generators … true eco-scandals

James Dellingpole

2013-07-07

American Elephant Wordpress

Blog:  14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines Litter the United States

The Elephant’s Child

- Altamont Pass, Tehachapi, San Gorgonio in California

2013-07-06

Toronto Sun

Wynne’s wind fiasco

Lorrie Goldstein

2013-07-04

Gov.UK

World’s largest offshore wind farm opens in the UK

The London Array

2013-07-01

Westcoast Native News

Unnatural Gas: How Government Made Fracking Profitable (and Left Renewables Behind)

USA

2013-06-28

Motley Fool

Opinion:  What does the future hold for Canada’s oil sands?

Arjun Sreekumar

Alternative energy sources threaten oil sands

2013-06-20

Globe & Mail

Ontario slashes green energy deal

Adrian Morrow

2013-05-31

Orangeville Banner

Orangeville.com

Province to “tune up” green energy rules, replace FIT

Chris Halliday

2013-05-13

Wind Concerns Ontario blog

Ontario’s $10 million Monday Morning Hangover

 

2013-04-23

Toronto Star

Wind turbines have reduced property values, court says

John Spears

John Wiggans

Fairview Wind Project

2013-04-17

David Suzuki/EcoWatch

Wind Power Opponents May Be Blowing Hot Air

David Suzuki

2013-04-11

Toronto Sun

Wind power kills jobs and increases electricity costs:  Report

Antonella Artuso

2013-04-08

Technology Review

Will Vertical Turbines Make More of the Wind?

Kevin Bullis

2013-04-07

Daily Mail (UK)

RSPB makes a killing … from windfarm giants behind turbines accused of destroying rare birds

James Dellingpole

“turbines killing millions of birds each year”

2013-04-03

Earth Policy Institute

World wind power set to top 300,000 megawatts in 2013, after record 2012

J. Matthew Roney

 

2013-03-30

Watershed Magazine

Industrial Wind Turbines

Denny Manchee and Tom Groot

2013-03-17

EcoWatch

Wind Power’s Unprecedented Contribution to Electricity Generation in 2012

J. Matthew Roney

2013-03-14

Forbes

Opinion:  Germany's Green Energy Disaster: A Cautionary Tale For World Leaders

Howard Rich, Chairman of Americans for Limited Government

2013-03-05

Toronto Star

New wind power rules coming in Ontario to curb output

John Spears

Companies to be compensated for some but not all of lost output

2013-02-27

Toronto Star

Surplus wind power could cost Ontario ratepayers up to $200 million: IESO

John Spears

2013-02-25

Earth Policy Institute

Wind Surpasses Nuclear: Proof Positive Renewables Can Power the Planet

J. Matthew Roney

- AO China News

2013-02-19

Environmental Defence

Environmental groups urge Ontario Energy Board to put conservation first

Toronto’s Bremner transformer station

2013-02-13

Toronto Star

Hydro debt retirement charge reporting proposed in Ontario

John Spears

2013-02-11

Globe and Mail

Canada ninth in global wind energy rankings

Richard Blackwell

2013-02-10

Health Canada

Health Canada Releases Revised Research Design for the Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study

 

2013-02-10

Thinkprogress.org

In Australia, Wind Power is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and solar is right behind

Jeff Spross

2013-02-08

Daily Caller

Wind subsidies threaten to shut down nuclear plants, warns energy exec

Michael Bastasch

2013-02-06

Toronto Star

Wynne will take on agriculture ministry when sworn in

Richard J. Brennan

concerns about wind farms being forced on municipalities

2013-02-01

Toronto Star

Wind and solar power firms fight $100 million rule change

John Spears

2013-02-01

Mail Online

The wind turbine that couldn’t cope with a gale

Hugo Gye, Mark Duell and Luke Salkeld

2013-01-10

Toronto Star

Ontario coal-burning power plants to close this year

John Spears

2013-01-31

WindPower.org

Wind energy passes 30%

Danish Wind Industry Association:

30% of Denmark’s electricity consumption covered by wind

2011-07-19

Earth Techling

Vertical Turbines, Packed Tight, Boost Power

Pete Danko

2010-03-13

Telegraph

Wind Turbines: “Eco-friendly” but not to eagles

Christopher Booker

2010-02

Canadian Wind Energy Association

Report:  Wind Energy Study - Effect on Real Estate Values in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ontario (.pdf)

Canning & Simmons

- land values

2009-9-22

USA Today

Bird deaths present problem at wind farms

William M. Welch

2007-12-07

Youtube / KQED

Fatal Attraction: Birds and Wind Turbines – KQED Quest

 

2007-5-1

American Bird Conservancy

The House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Oversight Hearing on: “Gone with the Wind: Impacts of Wind Turbines on Birds and Bats”

Dr. D. Michael Fry

 

 

 

For more information:

 

Ontario Ministry of Energy - emPOWERme

Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) – www.ieso.ca

Ontario Energy Board (www.OntarioEnergyBoard.ca / @OntEnergyBoard)

 

USA:  Interactive map showing all 47,000 wind turbines

 

Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm (wikipedia)

 

Wind Turbine Bird & Bat Mortality Reports

 

 

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Disclaimer: This information has been compiled through private amateur research for the purpose of allowing the reader to make an informed and educated decision.  However, while the information is believed to be reliable, accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

 

 


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