Posts Tagged ‘Richmond wind farm’

July 12

MPP Pierre Poilievre and MP Lisa MacLeod of Nepean-Carleton announced their demand for a moratorium on the proposed Marlborough wind project, planned for the North Gower-Richmond area of the City of Ottawa, at a joint news conference held in North Gower this morning.

In a quiet cul-de-sac in the Meadowbrook neighbourhood MacLeod and Poilievre noted that the power project is completely incompatible with the community.

Poilievre cited statistics on the noise that could be produced by the gigantic and powerful turbines and told the dozens of community members who gathered on the hot weekday morning that the recently announced Health Canada study on health effects and wind turbine noise will provide valuable information to help people from becoming ill due to the environmental noise produced by the machines.

Lisa MacLeod spoke of how she has supported the community in its opposition to the project for years and called on the Ontario government to halt development of wind power facilities until proper regulations for safety can be established.

Both the MP and MPP are among the first elected representatives to call for the moratorium.

North Gower Wind Action Group Chair and Wind Concerns Ontario president Jane Wilson said that the fact that Health Canada has recognized and acknowledge the health problems associated with large-scale wind turbines means that the federal government at least is listening to the concerns of citizens. She too called on the Ontario government to stop issuing approvals for wind projects and to help the people already affected. “This is not our Ontario, when people are not being heard.”

email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

or Wind Concerns Ontario at windconcerns@gmail.com

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Health Canada announced a study into the possible links between the noise and infrasound (the wind industry has denied that there are any links, and that infrasound even exists) and health effects, saying there is a “knowledge gap” and a lack of scientific evidence to drive policy.

And, in other news, Nepean-Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre announced an open letter to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, asking for a moratorium on the North Gower-Richmond wind power project, due to concerns about health and property values.

This is a good forward step, and encouraging that the federal government has recognized the existence of the complaints from people already living with turbines, recognized the role of both environmental noise and infrasound, and recognized that there is a lack of solid clinical research. (The Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario report was simply a literature review, and it too, said there was a need for more research, particularly related to the issue of noise.)

Comments are invited over the next 60 days at


The study design will be key: WHERE will the studies be conducted (the turbines in Alberta are not the same as what has been shoehorned into Ontario) and WHEN (some periods of the year are windier and therefore less noisy than others. Other questions exist too, but we are not epidemiologists.
Nepean-Carleton residents may wish to send a comment to Mr Poilievre as he offers support to local residents, concerned about the potential effects on our community.

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An interview with Premier Dalton McGuinty was published in The Belleville Intelligencer. In it, the premier states that he doesn’t want “the headaches” associated with wind power generation projects going into communities that don’t want them.

The article is here: http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3533375

This represents a substantial change from the Premier’s words in 2009 when he said one of the purposes of the Green Energy and Green Economy Act was to prevent “NIMBY” communities and citizens from blocking wonderful green energy projects.


Could it be that the Premier is looking for a way out of this disastrous policy, that even Ontario’s own Auditor general has said was embarked upon without proper study or cost-benefit analysis? That analyst after analyst is saying will bankrupt the province? And maybe, with the contracts in place or in process, he’s pretty close to his goal anyway?

It’s not like communities across Ontario haven’t spoken up with their objection to being steamrolled by big wind companies and the provincial government. Dozens have passed bylaws and motions and resolutions, they’ve written to the Premier, held demonstrations and more…it all fell on deaf ears.

Let’s hope the Premier is genuine and that now, what communities want–what the PEOPLE want–will really count for something.

In the meantime, e-mail your elected municipal representative and tell him/her what your wishes are. In North Gower/Richmond that is Mr Scott Moffatt, at scott.moffatt@ottawa.ca

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Tim Hudak announced today that if elected, he will cancel the Samsung contract and end feed-in tariff contracts for industrial wind power generation. See the story here: http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110510/110510_Green_Energy/20110510/?hub=CP24Home

Our response:



May 10, 2011

North Gower-Richmond citizens laud Hudak’s  plan to cancel wind contracts

Residents of a rural Ottawa community applaud Ontario Conservative Party leader Tim Hudak’s pledge today to cancel the feed-in tariff program for industrial wind power generation projects. A $20-million industrial wind project is proposed for North Gower and Richmond which, citizens say, would have transformed the quiet community into a power factory.

“This was never about the environment or jobs or stability of the power system,” says Jane Wilson, chair of the North Gower Wind Action Group, which represents several hundred local families. “These contracts for industrial wind power generation were about profits for the developer, nothing more. We know from other communities in Ontario that property values decrease by as much as 50 per cent for homes within two kilometers of a wind power project. For North Gower and Richmond, that would have meant a sacrifice of more than $45 million for our young families and senior citizens.”

Ontario’s feed-in tariff program rewards industrial wind developers with a subsidized payment rate for the power they produce, which is adding to Ontario’s climbing electricity bills. “Take the higher power bills and add the property value decline throughout Ontario,” Wilson says, “and you have a multi-billion-dollar taxpayer ripoff. We’re glad someone sees it for what it is.”

The North Gower Wind Action Group Inc. is a community group concerned about the potential for reduced property values and negative health effects from a proposed industrial power generation project that would be located close to hundreds of homes. The group is a corporate member of Wind Concerns Ontario, a coalition of more than 50 Ontario communities.

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In the April issue of Farmers’ Forum is an update on the Marlborough industrial wind project proposed for North Gower and Richmond; as we already knew, the project is waiting for transmission capacity to be assessed before it can get a Feed-in Tariff contract with the Ontario Power Authority.

Here is the story:

April 2011

North Gower wind turbine project stalled due to gridlock

NORTH GOWER — The wait continues for approval of a 20-megawatt wind project that would erect between eight and 10 wind turbines around the village of North Gower and south Richmond.

Prowind Canada Inc., a Kemptville-based company, first applied to the Ontario Power Authority’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program for a contract in November 2009. The project was rejected in the last wave of FIT approvals in early February because the OPA could not handle the power capacity. Now Prowind is waiting on a connection test that would take three to six months so the company can know when the capacity for the project might be available. Prowind has not received word when the connection test would commence but a spokeswoman said the company hopes it will start in April.

Five farmers in North Gower are involved with the project to have the wind turbines – which could be up to 600 ft. high – on their land. Corner View Farms, operated by brothers Ed and Rick Schouten, could have five wind turbines at their dairy operation. Farmers would share in the profits made by the wind turbines’ generation of power back to the provincial grid. They would also have access to the roads Prowind would build to the wind turbines, offering easier access to crops.


Here is the link.


Meanwhile, Ontario continues to dump power because it has an excess of power this spring; to date, Ontario has paid other jurisdictions to take the extra power off our hands, costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

In other news, the Ottawa Citizen today carries a report from the U.K. in which the government’s “climate change watchdog” says “heavy reliance on offshore wind could result in unacceptable increases in fuel bills.” The recommendation is to rely on nuclear power which produces no carbon dioxide. The story is on page C5 in The Citizen and originates in The Times.


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Here is a report from Lichfield in the U.K., where a concerted effort by citizens about an industrial wind turbine project proposed by German firm Prowind, has resulted in a recommendation to reject the proposal. The turbines were to be 420 feet (compared with 626 feet proposed for North Gower-Richmond). Here is the story, dated today, March 8, 2011.

Council officials recommend rejecting plan for new wind farm near Lichfield

Plans for a new wind farm near Lichfield have been dealt a blow after planning officers recommended the project be rejected.

German company ProWind had drawn up the scheme for the 420-ft high turbines near Haunton. However Lichfield District Council officials have highlighted three reasons why the development should be rejected when the authority’s planning committee meets on March 14. The reasons for refusal have been highlighted as:

  • Adverse impact on local landscape, which is not outweighed by the benefits of the proposal.
  • Adverse impact on the amenities of neighbouring residents which is not outweighed by the benefits of the proposal.
  • Substantial harm to the setting and significance of Dunnimere Farm, a Grade II Listed Building which is not outweighed by the benefits of the proposal.

Staffordshire County Councillor for Lichfield Rural East, Matthew Ellis, said:

“This is significant and welcome news and reflects well the views made during what was a very effective community campaign by several hundred people. 

“Clearly these are strong recommendations which I hope the planning committee will adopt. If they do, the company do have the option to seek a Public Planning Inquiry.”


The story and a link to the actual council report is here: http://thelichfieldblog.co.uk/2011/03/07/council-officials-recommend-rejecting-plan-for-new-wind-farm-near-lichfield/

“Adverse effects … on neighbouring residents.”  We’ll be watching for the results of the meeting on March 14th.


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Response from WCO on Court Ruling.

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Now that the corporate wind lobbyists, the corporate wind developers and the urban media are focusing on the Ontario government’s moratorium on offshore wind development, these groups are also calling into question who is really funding the dozens of seemingly grass roots community groups across Ontario—and around the world. In Ontario, they claim it’s the nuclear power folks, or maybe Big Oil.

The truth will surprise them. And here it is:

Yup. All the work we do is with donations, small and large, from people in our communities.

That plus a LOT of volunteer hours donated by hard-working people who truly want to protect their communities, the health of their families, friends and neighbours, and who have spent time doing their own reading and learning to discover the truth.

Wind doesn’t work.

It will never replace coal as a power source.

It will not result in reduced CO2 emissions.

It will not create thousands upon thousands of jobs.

It will not “save” the family farm in Ontario.

It will, however, result in higher electricity bills for people; it will create profits–from taxpayer and ratepayer money–for huge corporate wind developers; and, it will mean more natural gas for Ontario to serve as the necessary fossil-fuel back up for industrial-scale wind turbines. And, it’s causing health problems for the people who have to live near them, who have had no choice in the matter.

Ontario’s rural communities are speaking out.

For news stories through the day, go to http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com

To contact us, northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca and follow us on Twitter at northgowerwind

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A number of people may be checking this website out for the first time today or this weekend, so it’s an opportunity for a review.

Industrial wind turbines are huge machines designed to produce electricity from wind: they are NOT “wind mills” and the installations are not wind “farms” or “parks”. Wind turbines are not an agricultural use of the land and in fact are an “inharmonious use” when situated near homes. They do produce noise and vibration which has been shown to interfere with people’s ability to sleep, which in turn can cause health problems due to sleep deprivation and the general anxiety caused by the noise.

The industrial wind turbine development proposed by the corporate wind developer in the North Gower-Richmond area of Ontario is for 8-10 turbines. At 626-feet they will be taller than any others constructed in Ontario at present. The reason for the extreme height is that this area is NOT an area of high wind potential; in fact, according to the Canadian wind atlas, it is “marginal”. The corporate wind development company, Germany-based Prowind, has not divulged exact turbine locations as yet, but several are to be located between Malakoff and McCordick Roads, north of Roger Stevens, on land owned by one farm family. To view the project map, visit http://www.prowind.ca and click on Projects–> Marlborough. Several other projects are planned for the Ottawa area: Brinston (Spencerville), Beckwith (Appleton) and one near Boundary Road.  The 8-10 turbines are just the beginning: the town of Shelburne, Ontario started with 20, they now have 133, and 200 more are planned.

Here are the facts you need to know:

-corporate wind developers are here in Canada to take advantage of very generous subsidies offered by the government. If the subsidies were not there, these turbine developments would not be being built, as they make no financial sense. The subsidies are being paid for by you, the taxpayer and Hydro ratepayer.

-Wind energy is not “free”…the structures are very expensive to build and maintain. The only way they make sense is for government to subsidize them. Other countries, such as Spain and Germany, that have done this, have found their economies are worse off for having invested in wind.

-Jobs will not be created locally. There might be a few jobs during the construction process, but that is very short-term. Typically, corporate wind developers have their own crews to construct and maintain industrial wind turbines.

the corporate wind developers are in it for the money and do not have any stake in your health or the environment. Their claims that “coal is killing people” are false: most of Ontario’s air pollution is due to cars/trucks and industry and over 90% of Ontario’s air pollution comes from south of the border. Wind turbines will not change any of that, and in fact, wind turbines require energy to operate.

Wind doesn’t work. Wind-generated power is intermittent and unreliable, as well as being expensive and potentially damaging to the environment. On a recent day in Ontario when temperatures reached record-breaking highs, the demand for power was over 22,000 megawatts (MW)… wind power in Ontario produced just 17 MW. This morning, at 8 a.m., on a day when temperatures will reach 29 degrees, the 86 industrial wind turbines at Wolfe Island near Kingston, are producing ZERO electricity out of a capacity for 198 MW. (And zero is a negative, as they need power to keep turning, to keep their machinery in working order.)

-“Ontario needs food and farmers need money” is a reason given for farm owners leasing their land for industrial wind turbines. In fact, farm owners who lease land for turbines need to be very careful what they sign: the money given is relatively small, and pales in comparison with the terms of the leases in many cases. Farm owners are often not allowed to construct any new buildings on their property, they have given away easements for a variety of uses to the corporate wind developer, and if they die, the wind developer may have first right of refusal on the land. In other words, your property does not necessarily go to your heirs. Many farm owners in Ontario have signed such leases without consulting a lawyer and have lived to regret it. If there are noise complaints or reductions in property value to your “unwilling neighbours” farm owners can be subject to legal action for “nuisance” and loss of enjoyment of property. Why don’t you hear about this? Another condition in the leases typically is that farm owners are not allowed to discuss the terms of the lease with anyone.

-Despite industry-funded, shallow “research” reports which in Ontario to date have consisted only of reviews of specially chosen reports, there ARE health effects from the noise produced by industrial wind turbines. These health effects have already been documented in studies of the noise produced by heavy traffic etc.

-The industrial wind turbines are not necessarily “green” and “clean”. The construction process can be very damaging and the foundations for industrial wind turbines are significant. Moreover, the turbines can cause damage to the environment in terms of bird kills, bat kills, and interruption to the water table which affects local wells and water courses. A study of the turbines at Wolfe Island revealed that over 1200 bats were killed within 6 months. Why does that matter? Bats eat huge volumes of insects, insects that can be responsible for crop damage.

-Think your government will protect you? Think again: Ontario’s Green Energy Act was specifically designed to remove the powers of municipal governments to plan for developments related to “green” energy; they are now copletely unable to protect their citizens and their rights. At present, more than 50 municipalities in Ontario are protesting to the province. (Ottawa is not one. Councillor Glenn Brooks brought a motion forward which was defeated by Council.)

Learn more, read more. The goal of our group is to ensure that residents have access to information about industrial wind turbines. We have held two information meetings which were well attended, and published a number of ads in local papers.

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Opinions may also be found at http://northgowerwindturbines.wordpress.com

To get in touch with the North Gower Wind Action Group, please email northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

Donations toward our information campaign are welcome. Please email us and we can arrange to pick up your donation. Signs that say “STOP the wind turbines” and “Health studies before wind turbines” are available for $5 each.

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MEETING TODAY!!!! The information meeting for North Gower and Richmond, and anyone in Beckwith Twp and the Brinston/Shanly/Winchester area.

Please be sure to sign our contact list so you can get updates on future activities, and the petition!!!

Meeting Details:

Industrial Wind Turbines and their Effects

Tuesday, April 13, 6:30 p.m., Alfred Taylor Centre, 2300 Community Way, North Gower


Our speakers are graciously donating their time to come to Ottawa and share their experiences with industrial wind turbines, and/or their experiences working with people who are living with the turbines. Their presentations will be based on real experience, not merely reviews of literature, or industry-sponsored statements.

Dr Robert McMurtry, professor emeritus, medicine, University of Western Ontario, on health effects

Dr John Harrison, retired professor in physics, Queen’s University, on the nature of the noise and vibration produced by industrial wind turbines

Stephana Johnston, retired educator and rural property owner now living surrounded by 18 industrial wind turbines

Eric Gillespie, lawyer and lead in the quest for a judicial review of the Green Energy Act, which has removed the ability of Ontario communities to plan for themselves and protect their citizens

Chris Luxemburger, Realtor and author of Living with Wind Turbines, the result of a study of hundreds of properties in the Shelburne, Ontario area

Carmen Krogh, former health executive and health professional, now involved in research on the effects of wind turbines.

For more information, please email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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