Martin Regg Cohn is a well-known Ontario politics columnist that writes for the Toronto Star. He has written 3 articles on the Long Term Energy Plan since its recent announcement that we are aware of (including: Why Ontario’s economy is running out of energy: Cohn & Liberals’ energy plan is dead in the long run: Cohn). Here is his latest article. While APPEC cannot agree with everything in these articles, one thing appears to be in common: the yet again Liberal Long Term Energy Plan and the use of industrial wind turbines continue to be a bad idea for the economy.
Ontario tilts against wind turbines as costs spiral: Cohn
Resistance to wind turbines in Ontario emanated mostly from rural residents and was quickly exploited by opposition politicians eager to steal Liberal seats.
Economics, more than politics, is causing the greatest drag on wind power as Liberals look for light at the end of the wind tunnel. By: Martin Regg Cohn Provincial Politics, Published on Tue Dec 10 2013
Who would have imagined Ontario as Ground Zero for the global anti-wind movement, pitting people power against wind power? Instead of a low-carbon environment, the governing Liberals generated a highly toxic political environment.
Yet it is economics, more than politics, that is causing the greatest drag on wind power today. Diminishing returns have prompted the Liberals to tilt against wind turbines. Continue reading …
The following article was published in the December 2013, The South Marysburgh Mirror. Since this article describes the impact the planned wpd White Pines Wind Corp. project will have on the Prince Edward County south shore viewscape, it is being posted here to allow access from a wider audience beyond South Marysburgh.
No Visual Impact Assessment? No problem.
by Paula Peel
You have to hand it to wpd for dealing with visual effects of their “White Pines” wind project in one sentence. In their Project Description report, under “potential adverse effects”, wpd notes the following concern: “Disruption to the local viewscape from siting of project infrastructure”. A column over, under “mitigation strategy” wpd notes that: “Turbines will be visible in the viewshed, although the scale of the turbines will not likely be invasive.”
Wpd is stating the obvious when they say that “turbines will be visible in the viewshed.” How could turbines even higher than the “London Eye”, the giant ferris wheel that dominates London’s skyline, not be visible in the viewshed? In good weather conditions wind turbines are visible up to 25 kilometres away. On a clear day the wind turbines on Wolfe Island are visible from certain vantage points in the County and those are 40 kilometres away. To continue reading click here.
On Monday Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government released its Long Term Energy Plan. One of the goals of the new Plan is to have 11% of Ontario’s energy supplied by wind by 2025. To finance that goal a 33% increase in electricity rates has been approved over the next five years (the Ontario Taxpayers Federation says the actual increase will be closer to 42%).
With this Plan Wynne’s government has drawn a line in the sand, solidly positioning Ontario as a “Willing Host” against 76 of Ontario’s municipalities (and counting) that have declared themselves to be “Unwilling Hosts”. The government has put these 76 “Unwilling Hosts” on notice that like it or not wind turbine projects will go on being put in their communities.
In an interview with CKWS TV News that aired yesterday at 6:00PM APPEC Chair Gord Gibbins noted his disappointment: “Frankly the Ontario Government keeps seeming to be paying attention and then comes out with a policy that does absolutely nothing positive.” The Liberal government is preparing to run its next election campaign on “a multi-billion dollar energy policy that features building industrial wind turbines with 20-30 percent efficiency rates that don’t provide power when you need them.”
Read the whole story and watch the video clip from News Watch here.
The Association to Protect Amherst Island is honoured to welcome Dr. Roberta Bondar as a Friend of Amherst Island. The world’s first neurologist in space, acclaimed photographer, environmental educator, author and humanist, Dr. Bondar strongly supports the preservation of Amherst Island.
Continue reading … the full posting on the Association to Protect Amherst Island (APAI)
BARNSTABLE (Nov. 22) In a major victory for homeowners living near a wind turbine in Falmouth, Barnstable Superior Court Judge Christopher J. Muse issued a preliminary injunction today to sharply reduce the turbine’s hours of operation.
The Court found that the defendants in the case face “a substantial risk (that they) will suffer irreparable physical and psychological harm if the injunction is not granted.”
Under today’s ruling, Falmouth’s two turbines must shut down from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and all day on Sundays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, effective immediately.
Continue reading … WWMA Press Release on MA Superior Court Ruling
Dufferin County declared the whole county an Unwilling Host at their meeting last week.
Most of the lower tier municipalities within the County had already declared but this development adds Mono, Shelburne and Orangeville to the list of communities.
For a map of Not A Willing Host communities please go to http://www.ontario-unwilling-hosts.org/ .
MPP Jeff Leal walks past a protestor
Outside the premier was met with boos, chants and placards.
Inside she was met with warm handshakes, introductions and applause.
Premier Kathleen Wynne met with boisterous wind farm protesters outside the Evinrude Centre Thursday night before heading inside for a private party to celebrate Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal’s 10-year milestone in provincial politics.
“I know that you have some concerns on wind turbines,” Wynne told the protesters who surrounded her outside the hockey arena. “I think you know that we are putting a new process in place. We acknowledge that there needs to be more community input and we are changing the process.”
There were two groups of protesters present Thursday night. The wind farm protestors, about 100 in total, were by far the loudest, singing chants, blowing whistles and encouraging honks from passing motorists.
From the Peterborough Examiner … read the full report.