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CBC’s The Current did a documentary on the industrial wind turbines on Wolfe Island, near Kingston, today. Called “Beauty and the Beast” it purported to examine what has happened on the island during the leasing process for wind turbines and now, what the effects has been on the community.

Health problems? Not discussed.

Bird kills? The one farmer interviewed said he farms right up to the base of the turbines and he never sees any dead bodies. (Wow, that’s scientific.) Transalta’s own research on the hundreds of bird deaths? Not a mention.

At the end of the program the message you’re left with is that it’s a “generational thing”. Specifically, anyone over 50 objcets to the industrial wind turbines because they don’t like change. “I can respect that,” said Ian Baines, the developer who began the Wolfe Island project, sold out to the larger developer and who is now planning 100 turbines offshore. But, he said, I think in a generation we’ll see that change is good.

Good for somebody. But not everybody. Expropriation without compensation.

For more information on Ian Baines, and on the future plans for Wolfe Island and Amherst Island, go to: http://www.amherstislandwindinfo.com/wi-shoals.htm

To hear the audio go to http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent and click on featured audio on the right hand; it’s about 23 minutes long. (Forget about commenting, CBC closed the link to comments.)

Email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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As if declining property values and health effects due to sleep deprivation weren’t enough, as industrial wind turbines are being erected as fast as this government can subsidize them all over Ontario, now we learn that the turbines have an effect on electormagnetic fields, and can interrupt television reception, and more.

Our own inquiries determined that this was a possibility as both Xplornet and Bell responded to our questions about this in the affirmative: it is possible for the industrial wind turbines to disrupt reception. The problems to date are chiefly with Over-the-air reception (OTA) but there is a suggestion that HDTV signals may be affected, too.

Now, residents of Essex County and Chatham-Kent are reporting that as soon as the turbines began operating in their area, their TV reception was interrupted. Here is one resident’s account: “A new wind farm consisting of up to a couple dozen turbines was built near here over the summer. It’s looks nearly complete now in south central Essex county. The nearest turbines are about 3 miles away from me in the direction of Detroit (West and North west). Almost constant reception problems have developed nearly overnight within the last 3-4 weeks in the form of repetitive digital dropouts. Before this, Detroit UHF OTA reception was never ever this bad, even in strong winds.”

Here is a summary of the effects:

http://www.cbc.radio-canada.ca/technologyreview/pdf/issue01-windmills_e.pdf

And now the question, does Industry Canada approve these monstrosities, or does the Green Energy Act have that covered, too? What else can be affected by the turbines’ operation?

Email the North Gower Wind Action Group at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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Prowind supplied Councillor Glenn Brooks with an update to the Marlborough wind “farm” project which is on the Councillor’s website. Here is the report:

Marlborough Wind Farm Up-date – North Gower:
“The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) launched the Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program on October 1, 2009 officially marking the beginning of the Ontario government’s long-term action plan for the development sustainable energy generation in the Province. Prowind Canada submitted an application to the OPA for the Marlborough Wind Farm on November 30th in the hopes of receiving a FIT contract by the Spring of 2010. If accepted, the Marlborough Wind Farm will enter into an agreement to sell the power from the wind farm to the OPA for $0.135/kWh over 20years.

The Ministries of the Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy and Infrastructure have also updated the regulations governing the processes of environmental impact assessment and planning approval for renewable energy projects in the Province. This has allowed Prowind to proceed with a more detailed design for the Marlborough Wind Farm, ensuring that it meets or exceeds Provincial regulations and accommodates stakeholder interests.

The Marlborough Wind Farm will be a 20MW facility consisting of up to ten (10) turbines spread over an area of roughly 10 square kilometres. Prowind has exceeded the minimum setbacks prescribed by the Province by placing turbines an average minimum distance of 820m (2,690′) from residences. The turbines themselves will be mounted on tubular towers potentially as tall as 140m (460′) with the blades each measuring approximately 50m (164′) in length. The targeted commercial operation date for the wind farm is Spring 2013.

Updated maps and other information will be available for download in the near future. Please visit our website for updates on the Marlborough Wind Farm project (http://prowind.ca/?page=projects-marlborough), or contact us directly at any time.”
 – Bart Geleynse, Prowind Canada Inc. – 613.258.6700 x 223 bgeleynse@prowind.ca

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This must have been supplied before the April 8th release date of the latest round of contract awards from the Ontario Power Authority because Prowind’s Marlborough project did NOT get FIT approval. (Beckwith also did not, but Brinston did.)  In fact, the Marlborough project is now on a waiting list for transmission capacity—according to our legal advisor what this means is, the project cannot move forward until additional transmission capacity is constructed.

Note that Mr Geleynse’s remarks to CBC reporter Steve Fischer on April 13th are also less than accurate: Prowind may have done their environmental assessment but it has not been”approved” by the Ministry of the Environment, and the company does not have a FIT contract, so discussions of a construction schedule are premature. Anyone listeneing to or reading the CBC story should NOT assume this is a “done deal” and that there is no point in opposing the project.

Do keep checking Prowind’s website at www.prowind.ca to view the project map. And keep up with the news across the province at http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com

To email the North Gower Wind Action Group: northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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