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North Gower Wind Action Group receives candidates’ responses

Posted Sep 30, 2010 By EMC News


EMC News – Candidates and incumbents running for the upcoming municipal election are ignoring a major environmental issue that is of concern to all Ottawa taxpayers, says a local citizens’ group.

A complex of 190-meter high industrial wind turbines proposed for the south area of Ottawa could have significant environmental impacts, health effects for residents, and a decline in property values for neighbouring homes, says the North Gower Wind Action Group’s chair.

“We received very thoughtful replies from several candidates,” says Jane Wilson, “but most are just ignoring this important issue. That’s a mistake. This turbine development is not going to be good for the environment, it’s not good for our community or for Ottawa as a whole. The city’s tax base could be affected by declining property values if this industrial project is allowed to proceed.”

Ontario’s Green Energy Act removed all municipalities’ planning powers where renewable energy projects are concerned.

Responding to the wind action group’s questionnaire sent out last month, Capital ward candidate and environmentalist David Chernushenko said “The North Gower project appears to be one that is too large, too close to residents, and without sufficient community buy-in.”

Mayoral candidate Mike Maguire said he had been “shocked to learn about the experiences of residents in southern Ontario with industrial wind turbines, the health effects, the reduction in property values, and the negative effects on migratory birds…I object to such developments in principle due to the tremendous cost and their essential inefficiency.”

Rideau-Goulbourn ward candidates Scott Moffatt and Iain J.MacCallum are also skeptical about the development. “It is my belief that North Gower is unlikely to be a suitable location to produce wind energy due to its low potential to produce efficient supply,” said Moffatt.

Sitting councillor Glenn Brooks, who brought a motion to city council last year asking for a moratorium on turbine developments until health studies have been donewhich was defeatedsaid he doesn’t think the Ontario Ministry of Health has enough information on health effects from turbines. “Setbacks ought to be 1.5 km from the nearest house,” he said. “That would likely remove neighbours’ concerns about health and noise.” Current Ontario regulations state that the setback between a turbine and the centre of a neighbouring home can be just 550 meters.

Incumbent Kanata North councillor Marianne Wilkinson thinks the North Gower plan is too close to homes – the separation should be two kilometers.

“I would support a motion to give the City control over planning the location of wind farms with more stringent distances to homes required,” said Wilkinson.

“Industrial wind turbines are supposed to be built only in communities that want them, but nobody asked us,” says Wilson of the wind action group. “Right now, there are 67 Ontario communities objecting to turbine developments for very good reasons. We’re sorry to see that many politicians don’t seem to care about this crucial issue that affects the whole city. The people of North Gower and Richmond need the support of their fellow citizens throughout Ottawa to ensure the province responds to citizens’ concerns on this issue.”

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The IESO has this cute little graphic indicating the current production of energy from industrial wind turbines in Ontario, always with a pithy description like “Enough to power homes in Parry Sound” or some such. The truth is more like, well, we COULD have powered 100,000 homes today but really, we generated enough for about six hairdryers.

Here from the IESO website, is the total energy production in Ontario for yesterday, June 13th. Listed is the capability and actual. Wind power is a complete joke…it simply doesn’t work. And June 13th is not an anomaly, either: every day indicates similarly disappointing results.

(Sorry, the entire spreadsheet won’t fit: to see it, go to http://reports.ieso.ca/public/GenOutputCapability/PUB_GenOutputCapability_20100613.xml )

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Hours 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
 
WIND Total
Capability
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
1085
Output
59
62
64
42
19
24
33
56
80
62
51
51
46
44
42
30
27
31
35
34
18
19
34
34
AMARANTH
Capability
200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200
Output
20 17 11 14 5 2 6 19 22 15 4 14 7 1 0 1 1 1 3 4 2 1 1 1
KINGSBRIDGE
Capability
40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40
Output
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
PORT ALMA
Capability
101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101
Output
3 3 6 5 2 2 1 0 2 4 5 9 14 18 25 17 21 24 18 8 1 0 0 0
PORT BURWELL
Capability
99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99
Output
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 3 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
PRINCEFARM
Capability
189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189 189
Output
7 12 13 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 12 11 6 4 10 6
RIPLEY SOUTH
Capability
76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76
Output
0 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1
UNDERWOOD
Capability
182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182 182
Output
10 1 4 0 0 0 1 17 41 21 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WOLFE ISLAND
Capability
198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198 198
Output
17 28 28 15 11 20 24 19 15 22 30 27 24 21 12 8 2 0 0 11 8 13 21 25

Look especially at Wolfe Island which is 2 1/2 hours south west of us near Kingston: it is an area with greater wind potential than North Gower, but look how little is being achieved. Why is North Gower even a candidate for wind power when the wind potential here is marginal? Why is $20 MM being spent for very little return (except to the corporate wind developer)?

WHY is the province spending so much money on wind power generation when it clearly doesn’t work and will NEVER meet Ontario’s needs for power?  Ratepayers and taxpayers are footing the bill for this huge mistake: expensive, unreliable, intermittent and inadequate wind power.

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