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Here is a story from today’s Daily Mail in the U.K., which sums up the current attitude in Britain toward industrial wind power generation projects. “Costly, unpopular and completely pointless…”

The wind turbine backlash: Growing public opposition thwarts green energy drive

  • 32 out of 66 applications for onshore wind farms were rejected in 2010
  • Britain has 305 onshore wind farms and 3,360 turbines
 

By David Derbyshire

Last updated at 11:44 AM on 11th July 2011

Plans to cover Britain with wind farms are being thwarted by a growing tide of public opposition.

Nearly half of all onshore wind farms in England and Wales are being refused planning permission, figures reveal.

The percentage of such developments being refused planning permission has risen sharply over the last five years.

 
Unpopular: Nearly half of all onshore wind farms in England and Wales are being refused planning permission, new figures have revealedUnpopular: Nearly half of all onshore wind farms in England and Wales are being refused planning permission, new figures have revealed

According to data obtained by law firm McGrigors, in 2005 29 per cent  were turned down by planners – rising to 33 per cent in 2009 and 48 per cent last year.

The increase in objections is partly the result of the volume of wind  turbine applications being proposed by energy companies.

Under European climate change targets, around a third of all Britain’s electricity will have to be generated by renewable energy sources by 2020.

The majority of that green power will come from 10,000 new wind turbines at sea and on land.

But according to McGrigors, 32 out of 66 applications for onshore wind farms were rejected in 2010. Britain has 305 onshore wind farms and 3,360 turbines.

McGrigors, a leading commercial law firm which represents wind farm developers, claims energy companies will become increasingly frustrated with local planners refusing to give the go-ahead to money-spinning turbines.

Not surprised: Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, is sceptical of the Government's climate change policy with wind farmsNot surprised: Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, is sceptical of the Government’s climate change policy with wind farms

However, Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, which is sceptical of the Government’s climate change policy, including its plans for building wind farms, said: ‘The public backlash against wind farms is  not surprising.

‘It is the inevitable and inexorable consequence of a costly, unpopular and completely pointless policy that is butchering Britain’s green and pleasant landscape without having any effect on the climate.

‘These green projects are only viable because of multi-million subsidies supporting a few hundred wealthy landowners and a handful of energy companies.

‘By opposing wind farms, a growing number of neighbourhoods and communities are protecting both their local environments and their purses from blind exploitation.’

Jacqueline Harris, a partner at McGrigors, said wind farm developers believe they are not getting a ‘balanced hearing’ at local level. She said: ‘The feeling is that local authorities are too often prioritising local concerns.

‘There is little willingness to  consider the benefits of renewable energy generation in context.’

She added: ‘Objections based around the visual impact of  wind turbines are overriding the wider need to deliver energy security and mitigate the impact of climate change. The visual impact of wind turbines is a common complaint and often successful grounds for objection.

‘This applies even where the benefits of the development greatly outweigh the downsides to a small but vocal minority.

‘Even single turbines, which can generate enough electricity for a few thousand houses, are being rejected because of the visual impact on a handful of properties.’

 

The Government’s Localism Bill – which gives more power to local communities over planning decisions – could make it even  more difficult for the wind farm developers to push through planning permission.

According to Mr Peiser, the Bill has ‘helped to empower individuals, councils and communities to oppose and halt wind farms’.

A spokesman for Renewables UK, which represents the wind  farm industry, claimed: ‘Wind farms bring real economic benefits to  local communities.

‘Every refused wind farm planning application is a missed opportunity to secure employment and business benefits at a local level, and further deliver on our energy security and climate change targets.’

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Premier McGuinty announced a shuffle of his cabinet yesterday, and a new minister of the environment. In case anyone was hoping for a breath of fresh air, perhaps a free thinker particularly on the issue of industrial wind turbines, there is only disappointment.

New minister Wilkinson has a history of following orders where the wind industry is concerned. Here is a brief history of relevant actions (or inactions).

  • 04/28/2010:  Voted against the motion to give local government a say on green energy
  • 04/22/2010:  Perth-Wellington MPP John Wilkinson said on Monday he was not previously aware of the planned demonstration. He said anyone opposed to wind turbines should look at the renewable energy process in its entirety.

    He noted any project, including wind farms, must meet the strict standards set by the Ministry of the Environment, including guidelines for turbine location and setbacks that are among the largest in North America.

    Wilkinson said the province is taking all the precautions necessary, though he encourages anyone with concerns to voice them through the approval process for the projects.

  • 10/29/2009:  Voted against the motion to conduct health study for wind turbines in Ontario

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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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When it comes to the politics of energy generation in this country, it seems that when people come to learn the facts, they are quite surprised to find out things are not what they seem. Or as we’re being told by government.

Interesting article in Renaissance, the magazine for retired teachers in Ontario about people participating in community causes. Pat Foster who lives in the Grey Highlands area says she was initially supportive of wind energy development but then had to face the cold hard facts where her own neighbour leased land for two industrial wind turbines. She discovered the impact on communities such as Melancthon (which has recently called for a halt as the number of turbines could approach 200) and is now asking, “Are wind turbines safe, efficient and economical?” Foster says that her rural community is now “in chaos” over the issue of wind development and she is trying to inform people so they can make up their own minds. For herself, she says, “We do need green energy, but wind is not the best choice!”

Another high profile turnaround, is Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, who admits he thought nuclear was an environmental bogeyman, but today recognizes it is is the most economical, safe, efficient, and effective way to produce power. His opinion piece in CanWest papers can be read here:

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/Demise+nuclear+being+exaggerated/2634928/story.html

Last, another turnaround: two Essex councillors, who were very active in getting wind turbines approved for a land-based development, were shocked when the wind developer announced a 700-turbine development for Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair. “It scares the living hell out of us,” said Councillor Randy Voakes, for himself and Councillor Paul Innes. Mr Innes, it is reported, lives on Lake St. Clair.

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