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.
Parker Gallant from the County in preparation for the Ostrander Point appeal learned of this US report. He also learned that in spite of the fact bats fly hundreds of meters, the Ontario regulations only consider harm to these animals if found on the ground within 50 meters of a turbine. Who would have guessed the size of the blinders worn by the people responsible of reporting these kills?
Read the report at International Science Times
Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli
Here from The Independent, are the responses received by the newspaper to a set of questions put to Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli, on the new procurement process for large-scale wind power projects. The announcement of the new process has been delayed. Once announced we expect the to be a lot more news coverage and commentary on this topic.