Windfarms: a rapid development, a bad idea

Windfarms are being deployed rapidly across the Province. These developments have apparently been moving ahead far outfront of precautionary research.These taller-than-400-foot towers have been installed in a formerly quiet and scenic corner west of Long Point on Lake Erie, requiring re-zoning from agricultural to industrial. Now, a further 30 towers along the lakeshore have been recently pitched to the Norfolk County Council, and been accepted.

The Province of Alberta has put a hold on these industrial sites until or unless the emerging problems are solved. Many countries in Europe are reportedly withdrawing from the use of this technology. In Ontario, we are forging ahead, “damn the torpedoes.”

The problems? Despite their $5,000,000-each cost, they are largely ineffective in adding power to the grid due to wind variability, which renders the indispensible traditional power backup less efficient.

The MNR has not yet developed its policy on windmill bird impacts, yet Long Point is one of the most significant migratory funnels in the world. The fast-moving blade tips [340 kph] are the size of a passenger jet’s wings, and apart from the potential of raptor, bat, and butterfly kills, the World Health Organization has reported that the transmitted noise…always identifiable but sometimes considered conditionally inaudible by ear in the traditional sense… at 1/2 mile is 100X the sound level recommended for sleep, and at one mile, ten times.

There are suspicions of many lucrative under-the-table handshakes politically motivating this, and ultimately the public will pay…pay very much for very little. There is a claim [easily verifiable] that landowners who accept their downpayment and annual fees, signing on to accepting wind towers, also must sign not to disparage the technology. [And why would they?] The same goes for environmental NGO’s that accept donations from the promoters.

It’s time that TVO took a look at this, to give it the exposure it deserves.

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3 thoughts on “Windfarms: a rapid development, a bad idea

  1. Wind and wave and solar alternatives can nowhere meet the great need for energy alternatives to replace fossil fuels. Many other new energy technologies exist and are being used for military purposes but denied to the people for useful and peaceful needs. We must and can demand access to that technology now.

    Connie Fogal, Leader, Canadian Action Party

  2. Why is our government paying 11 cents per kwhr for wind energy and is only receiving 5.5 cents per kwhr in return? This for an energy supply with a capacity factor of 10% re-IESO.A review by TVO or CBC’s Fifth Estate is highly warranted.

  3. The defection by Tim Peterson draws attention to the McGuinty government’s energy policy. Tim Peterson says he’s concerned that the government had announced two new gas-fired electricity plants in the riding and was poised to announce a third. “So a community that for 40 years has suffered the indignity of a coal plant spewing pollution on them is now going to be subject to more pollution caused by government”.
    By stealth and deception, the McGuinty government has been building gas plants near residential neighbourhoods, spewing more pollutants into the already polluted atmosphere. Environmentalists have helped sell the plan. “The Goreway (Brampton) natural gas fired power plant will help Ontario to phase out it’s dirty coal fire power plants, reduce air pollution and protect public health,” says Jack Gibbons, Chair of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance.
    Local ratepayer groups have caught on to the duplicity.
    The core of the debate is how 50% of Ontario’s electricity should be supplied. The financial, health and environmental costs of the energy options can be quantified. A report by the European Commission -External Costs-Research results on socio-environmental damages due to electricity and transport (2003) determined that the health and environmental costs are 0.38 cents (per kw-hr) for nuclear and 1.68 cents for gas. If we include financial costs, supplying Ontario’s base load with nuclear saves Ontario $ 3 billion per year. Then there are the economic spin-offs to the Province vs. the gas companies. With McGuinty’s plan we get higher electricity bills with the pollution. Like Tim Peterson, we should be asking Premier McGuinty why he’s building these gas fired plants. You can contact the Premier at:

    P.S. Would these gas plants have anything to do with the 5000 MWs of wind farms McGuinty also plans to have built?

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