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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

Email us 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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We received an email from someone in the area who wanted us to know, written all in capital letters so we would get the urgency, that she was in support of wind turbines and they are cleaner than gas or coal, and had been in operation for more than 100 years. The missive was finished with the advice to: “ASK A DUTCHMAN.”

Well, yes. And you could ask people from Denmark, Spain, France, and Germany too and you will get the same answer: the foray into wind energy development has been disappointing and not as promised.

The problem is, people have a romantic view of windmills turning gently in the wind. That’s not what is sprouting up all over Ontario; that’s definitely not what’s proposed for North Gower, rotors on extra-long masts in order to catch what wind we have here.

Better to ask the people of Melancthon and Amaranth in the Shelburne area of Ontario, or the people of Chatham-Kent, Wolfe Island, or Kincardine. A few turbines have become dozens (133 in Shelburne) with resulting health effects, declining property values and effects on the environment.

Our suggestion today is to learn more and not rely on one source for information about wind power, not even us. Get out there and read; better still, get in touch with the Wolfe Island wind action group and then go experience turbines for yourself. As one young man at a recent public meeting in North Gower said, “I can’t imagine living with that noise.”

So don’t imagine: learn more. Read. Experience. Listen to the people who will be coming a long way to speak with us on April 13th. Ask questions. Don’t just look back at a romantic illusion of windmills from the past: this is big business and it wants to come into your life, soon.

As for the Netherlands? Read this:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/1021714.stm

To contact the North Gower Wind Action Group Inc., email northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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