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March 8th, 2012

Ms. Lisa MacLeod: It’s my absolute pleasure today to stand in this House to support my colleague from Huron–Bruce, Lisa Thompson, in her call for this McGuinty Liberal government to place a moratorium on further wind developments until appropriate studies have been in place and completed.
Because, Mr. Speaker, I can tell you, representing a large suburban rural riding that is on its way to being assaulted by this McGuinty Liberal government, that we expect in our rural communities to have locally-based decision-making restored to our communities. We expect that that subsidy for the FIT program is going to be ripped up so that our seniors and our small businesses don’t have to continue to subsidize their crazy experiments with energy.
We know that there have been lots of complaints from our community all our communities right across Ontario that there may be health and environmental effects because of this energy scheme of Dalton McGuinty’s. That’s why the Ontario PC caucus will stand firmly behind the member from Huron–Bruce, and we’re challenging other members from rural communities in this chamber to do the right thing. If you don’t vote for this motion today, you’ll be opposed to rural Ontario. Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

UPDATE: the vote was lost 45-28. Liberals and NDP opposed. Lisa Thompson MPP looked across the House and said, You’re all from cities, this will never happen to YOU!

Thanks from the people of North Gower-Richmond-Kars to Lisa MacLeod for standing up for us today.

NEW DATES: March 22 Queen’s Park, Tim Hudak’s bill to end the FIT program; March 23rd and March 24th in Ottawa; April 3rd Toronto, rally at the FIT conference

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Cards on the table, results of the editorial board meeting with the candidates from Nepean-Carleton, in today’s Ottawa Citizen.

Here is the link: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Nepean+Carleton+Tory+candidate+opposes+North+Gower+wind+farm+project/5372716/story.html

Here is the story:

OTTAWA — The Tory candidate in Nepean-Carleton wants a controversial wind farm project slated to be placed in North Gower killed.

Lisa MacLeod, who was until the election was formally the MPP for the riding, told the Citizen editorial board that her stand is not only because of her constituents’ adamant opposition to the project, but stems also from a fundamental objection to the Liberal clean energy plan, which she claims is contributing to high hydro rates in the province.

“The community doesn’t want it and as their representative, I am not comfortable with it. I opposed it in the legislature and I continue to oppose it,” MacLeod said.

Provincial Liberals have made clean energy a key part of their platform, saying renewables like and solar and wind power are key to Ontario’s future. They’ve made significant investments in the area, and one of the projects the McGuinty government has thrown its weight behind is a proposal by a company called Prowind Canada for an eight-to-10 turbine project near North Gower.

Many people in the community bitterly oppose the project. And MacLeod, the senior provincial Tory in Ottawa, says the lack of local control over the project is unacceptable, and it will be stopped if the party wins on Oct. 6.

MacLeod and three challengers for her seat — Liberal Don Dransfield, New Democrat Ric Dagenais and Green party candidate Gordon Kubanek, were befoire the editorial board to answer questions and articulate their visions.

In particular, they clashed over the future of clean energy.

MacLeod said her opposition to the North Gower project is not an indictment of clean energy but of the cost of the Liberal plan.

“What’s happening is that hydro bills are going up as a result of these massive subsidies,” she claimed.

“By no means do we not support renewable energy. That’s not what this is about. This is about putting it at an affordable rate.”

Dransfield said the reality is that MacLeod and her party oppose clean energy, and said the hydro debt charges the Tories are now complaining about were incurred by them years ago when they bungled the issue as part of their effort to privatize delivery of power. He acknowledged that the Liberal green energy plan is costing money, but said that’s what happens whenever a new business is being established. Front-end costs are often high but in the end, things even out. “We have to embrace new technology and to do that we have to build new infrastructure. New infrastructure costs money,” he said.

Kubanek said the Greens also oppose the North Gower project only because they don’t believe in corporate involvement in clean energy production. They believe that wind farm and other renewable energy projects should be undertaken by community groups, not corporations. Kubanek dismissed MacLeod’s claim that the green plan is contributing to high hydro rates, saying the impact is negligible. He said Ontario’s future lies with green energy but wants the government strategy changed to put community groups at its heart. He said costs that are being incurred today are necessary for the future.

“We are convinced that for the next 20, 30, 40 years, we are going to need to have wind and solar energy. The Liberal plan is a great idea, totally flawed execution,” he said.

Dagenais said the NDP is also concerned that enough hasn’t been done to understand the full implications of windmills, but overall prefers them to nuclear energy.

“I would rather have a windmill than a nuclear plant,” he said.

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Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Nepean+Carleton+Tory+candidate+opposes+North+Gower+wind+farm+project/5372716/story.html#ixzz1XTjcAjur

 

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CFRA’s Nick van der Graght, filling in for Lowell Green in the 10 a.m. to noon spot Friday, advised a caller facing an industrial wind turbine development that she should sue the property owners who have leased their land for turbines on “nuisance” grounds and for loss of enjoyment of property. To say nothing of lost property values, health effects etc etc.

He commented further that if more people who are being affected by industrial wind power generation projects were to take legal action, the message would come across pretty quick: these projects are not wanted, your unwilling participant neighbours will take action and–guess what–it’s the property owners who are on the hook for legal action, not the corporate wind developers.

As it becomes obvious that the “fix is in” with industrial wind projects and the whole environmental process is a rubber stamp joke, more people will be contacting lawyers for legal advice. We have already heard of a North Gower resident who moved to the quiet village to get relief from migraine headaches that she intends to take legal action.

We’ve already mentioned the use of “anticipatory nuisance” which has been employed by people next to farms with genetically modified crops to take action to prevent the damage to their own property and livelihood. In other words, you can’t wait for the thing to happen to you, and then sue—the damage is already done.

Less talked about and less well understood is another legal term that will likely crop up as more of the Ontario government’s backroom dealings regarding permits and approvals for industrial wind turbine projects are revealed, and the fact that government KNEW its field officers didn’t have the capacity to measure compliance with noise regulations, but kept on approving projects anyway.

The term is misfeasance: a defendant can be accused of misfeasance if he owed a duty of care to the plaintiff. Certainly, the documents being released now by WindyLeaks showed that senior government officials knew of problems with wind power operations, and chose to ignore the situation, including the advice of their field staff.

E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

Check WindyLeaks every Monday at http://www.windyleaks.com

And please donate if you can: another BIG meeting coming up, soon, please help get the message out!

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Local MPP Lisa MacLeod held a press conference to counter Premier Dalton McGuinty’s claims that his “green” energy agenda is creating jobs. In fact, it will destroy jobs and negatively affect the economic outlook.

Here is the story, from today’s London Free Press (thanks to one of our members for passing it along):

Tory says green deal costly

The McGuinty government has blown the chance to scrap a bad green energy deal with Samsung and consumers will pay, an Opposition critic warns.

Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod said McGuinty’s Liberal government “is sticking it to Ontario families who pay the price for his expensive energy experiments.”

Her comments came at a news conference Monday in London with other Conservative candidates in the Oct. 6 election, as Premier Dalton McGuinty visited a Tillsonburg plant — hooked to the government’s Samsung deal — that will build turbine blades.

Standing in front of a transformer station, flanked by Tory candidates Nancy Branscombe, Cheryl Miller and Ali Chahbar, MacLeod said the government could’ve walked away from the “untendered sweetheart” deal at no cost when Samsung fell behind schedule in implementing it.

The deal was renegotiated with some company concessions.

MacLeod repeated vows the Tories would scrap the Samsung deal if they win the election.

She said provincial taxpayers would pay a huge price for the 900 jobs — including 300 in Tillsonburg — that the Samsung deal is supposed to create.

“It’s not a good deal for taxpayers. When you’re paying 80 cents per kw/hour for something that cost five cents, there’s only one group of people paying for that — the Ontario taxpayer.”

MacLeod said the Tories would remove HST and debt-retirement charges now applied to power bills, recouping lost revenue through spending cuts.

http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2011/08/08/18527401.html

What’s not calculated here is the economic cost of the lack of productivity as a result of the environmental illness due to exposure to industrial wind turbine noise and vibration; more than 130 people are very ill, or have been made ill enough to move, and 30 some families have been forced from their homes—those are only the deals we know about, as the wind developers make homeowners who have settled sign non-disclosure or “gag” agreements. Also not calculated is the economic loss due to the loss of property value, which can be as much as 40 % … if not 100%. And, what is the cost of the “sterilization” due to the industrialization of rural communities forced to have industrial wind power plants in their midst? No new housing developments. And the wind business thinks all that is just fine: Prowind’s managing director Cathy Weston claimed that wind power generation projects are “protecting” rural communities from urbanization. You bet they are.

E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca and please check http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com for news through the day, and to donate to the wind power awareness campaign ongoing this summer.

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Here, from today’s Ottawa Citizen, the truth about Ontario’s power supply and how we don’t need all the extra power we’re producing–we’re actually PAYING to give it away!!! And at the same time, the Ontario government is pushing through more wind projects: we don’t need them, they are causing irreparable harm to rural communities and to wildlife, and wind will NEVER replace coal power. In fact, it needs fossil-fuel backup to operate.

Here is the link, and the story: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Ontario+power+generators+shell+surplus+juice/5152855/story.html#Comments

Ontario power generators shell out $35M to get rid of surplus juice

 
 
 
By Don Butler, The Ottawa CitizenJuly 24, 2011
 
 
 

Workers talk outside of a steam generator casing used in nuclear power plants at Babcock & Wilcox Canada’s Cambridge, Ontario manufacturing plant.

Photograph by: Tim Fraser, Calgary Herald

OTTAWA — Ontario’s electricity generators have shelled out $35 million this year to get neighbouring jurisdictions to take surplus power off their hands and are helping to drive up the cost of power to consumers in the process.

According to the province’s Independent Electrical System Operator (IESO), electricity prices were negative — meaning sellers had to pay buyers in the U.S. or Quebec to take surplus electricity — a total of 95 hours in the first six months of this year.

That’s up sharply from the same period in 2010, when there were only 10 hours of negative prices at a cost of $4.2 million. However, it’s down from 2009, when there were 280 hours of negative prices in the first six months, and 351 for the year as a whole.

The number of negative hours spiked in 2009 because the economic recession and mild weather depressed demand while abnormally high water levels increased output at hydro plants, an IESO spokesperson said.

Now a new report by the C.D. Howe Institute is proposing a solution it says will save the system money: paying generators who operate under fixed-priced contracts to produce less power.

Set by supply and demand, wholesale prices in Ontario’s electricity market are updated every five minutes. In a normal market, suppliers would not produce power at low or negative prices, notes the C.D. Howe report.

But the one-time stick of negative pricing is now ineffective because so many Ontario generators are guaranteed fixed payments under long-term contracts, says the report. Until those contracts are renegotiated, generators should be paid to reduce their output if doing so would save money for the system as a whole.

“We need to go from the stick to the carrot,” said Benjamin Dachis, one of the report’s co-authors.

While negative prices were rare until recent years, they will become much more common as more wind and solar projects and two refurbished Bruce nuclear units come on line.

That will result in “periodic gluts of electricity over the coming years and higher costs for Ontario consumers,” warns the C.D. Howe report. In its latest 18-month outlook report in June, the IESO acknowledged that surplus baseload generation “remains an ongoing concern.”

“Next year is when it’s going to get really bad,” Dachis said. “The IESO is forecasting that the minimum daily demand is going to be below the baseline generation pretty much every week next spring and summer.”

Ottawa Citizen

dbutler@ottawacitizen.com

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 There is a lot missing from the online version of the story: for example, energy consultant Tom Adams commented: the “irresponsibility” that created the contractual problems with non-utility power generators is continuing as the province signs long-term contracts at inflated prices with wind and solar energy producers. “We’re digging the hole deeper as we speak.”

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The North Gower Wind Action Group is a group of citizens in the North Gower-Richmond-Kars area who are concerned about the impact of a proposed industrial wind power generation project on our community. We are a corporate member of Wind Concerns Ontario Inc., and a signatory to the North American Platform Against Wind.

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People travelled from Edwardsburgh-Cardinal, Lanark County, Amherst Island and North Gower and Richmond yesterday to see the award-winning documentary film by Laura Israel, Windfall. The film follows the story of the people of Meredith in upstate New York, as they contemplate leasing land to two wind power development corporations for industrial wind turbines.

Featured weere interviews with residents of Tug Hill New York where there are 170 turbines; they talked about what the power project has done to their community and how some people’s health has been affected.

Interesting comment by a person in Meredith, on government subsidies for industrial power projects: “If they gave us the $3 million, we could [use small-scale local power projects] get this entire town off the grid.”

The audience gave a round of applause after the film was over and several people had questions for Laura, who was with us via Skype. She gave the news that New York State last week passed legislation that is similar to the Green Energy Act, which means local council no longer have control over industrial developments such as wind power generation projects; as well, she said, Meredith is now threatened by shale gas exploration and development, which has caused problems elsewhere.

Windfall is showing in several other communities in Ontario; for a schedule and to see the movie trailer, visit:

http://www.windfallthemovie.com   

 

To email us for information and future events, northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

 

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Today, apparently, is “global wind day” which in Ontario is being celebrated because the province is supposed to be a centre for “green” energy and green jobs and a clean, green way of life. One of the events scheduled is the celebration of the completion of the giant Talbot wind project, by Enbridge/RES. The news release is below.

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwire – June 13, 2011) – Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) and Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada) will celebrate the completion of Enbridge’s Talbot Wind Project on June 15, 2011, Global Wind Day.

The celebration will include a ribbon cutting with members from the Chatham-Kent community, and an announcement of several investments in the community. MPP Pat Hoy (Chatham-Kent-Essex) and Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy R. Hope will take part in the festivities.

Meanwhile, Wind Concerns Ontario has unearthed correspondence from the Ministry of the Environment dated 2009, which indicates the Ministry was issuing certificates of approval for industrial wind power projects when it had no “methodology” or equipment or trained staff to enforce any regulations concerning turbine noise. The correspondence is between Ministry staff. Go to http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com to see a PDF of the letters.

Apparently the scene on Global Wind Day near Shelburne Ontario is not nearly so festive (you recall we presented text from a letter to the province from the mayor of Amaranth about the health problems and loss of property value in the area), with properties for sale and deserted. Here is an account from someone who lives there: Turbines are spinning in every direction.  People are sick.  People can’t sleep at night.  People have been bought out.  People are leaving because they can’t stand it anymore.  Places looked fallen down and/or deserted all over the place.  Or they’re for sale–and good luck with that!

Since it is “Global” Wind day, let’s go farther afield; how about Australia, where the complaints of illness from wind turbine noise and vibration are so pronounced that in the Waubra area, the collection of symptoms is now known as The Waubra Syndrome. A report from the government on health effects is due out this week , but an Australian phsyician specializing in cancer research said that Australia should expect a rise in fatal diseases due to the low frequency noise (vibration) produced by industrial wind turbines. The story is here: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/turbine-health-effects-are-blowing-in-the-wind/story-fn59niix-1226075277052

“Global Wind Day”: a celebration of what the quest for profits at any cost has done to communities and people.

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