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How Bird Populations Change

Tree Swallows are the birds most often found dead near turbines on Wolfe Island.There are 20,000,000 tree swallows that breed in the forested areas of Canada and the USA.They like cavities in trees and Bluebird boxes.Those 20 million will produce 40-60 million offspring. Using the lower number of the 40 million offspring, only 8 million will survive to breed again. Of the 20 million original birds, 12 million will survive to breed again.So at the end of the annual cycle, we will have 20 million birds to start again—but only 60% of them are from the previous year.

Tree Swallows are food-based migratory birds. As weather warms and fruit and insects become available, they migrate.In years where we have an early spring followed by a hard frost their populations are devastated. Having migrated they are left without food and starve or freeze.This has happened twice since I have been in PEC, and climate change makes it more likely.The survivors, however, have the benefit of the best nest sites and lower competition for food.With that advantage they will produce broods at the upper end of their normal brood size, quickly replenishing their numbers.It is uncertain though,if their populations can survive frequent early springs with hard frosts.

It is this simple knowledge that allows me,as a lover of birds, not to hate wind turbines but to embrace them.They are part of a solution to the climate change that could devastate the birds I love.

John L.

PS My 11 Bluebird boxes typically yield 9-11 Tree Swallow broods.

Wind turbine syndrome: a classic ‘communicated’ disease

At the beginning of this year I started collecting examples of health problems some people were attributing to wind turbine exposure. I had noticed a growing number of such claims on the internet and was curious about how many I could find. Within an hour or two I had found nearly 50 and today the number has grown to an astonishing155.

I have worked in public health on three continents since the mid 1970s. In all this time, I have never encountered anything in the history of disease that is said to cause even a fraction of the list of problems I have collected. MORE

Offshore wind project ready for construction


offshore wind farmA motion calling for a moratorium on further wind development was recently defeated at Queen’s Park.

Filed by Progressive Conservative deputy energy critic Lisa Thompson, the motion would have halted further wind development until third party social, physical and economic health and environmental studies have been completed. The motion was defeated by the Liberals and the NDP.

“We need to slow down, hit the pause button on these industrial wind projects until we know the true social, physical and economic health and environmental costs of wind turbines,” said Thompson.

John Kourtoff, president and CEO of Trillium Power, one of Ontario’s largest offshore wind stakeholders, said moratoriums on renewable energy are coming from a bias towards nuclear power.

However, delivering new nuclear power has drawbacks.

“It is too costly and it never performs to the specifications. The costs are so prohibitive and they’re actually higher now because of Fukushima [nuclear disaster],” he said.

The province of Ontario issued a moratorium against offshore wind on Feb. 11, 2011, its second since 2008. Kourtoff said these have destroyed the industry.

“When you do these types of things it’s very, very difficult to get the people to believe that you won’t do it again because this has now happened twice to offshore,” he said.

“Unfortunately Ontario was so late to the global solar industry and so late to the onshore wind, that all the manufacturing facilities are outside of Ontario…and yet the one thing that would bring them is offshore wind and that one has been thrown under the bus.”

Kourtoff said Trillium Power was going to apply for its contract the week after the moratorium was imposed. He said Trillium is the only offshore project in Ontario ready to go to construction.

“We are the only ones that have done our open houses, we’ve completed our studies, the government knows this. We have completed 104 studies, reports and activities ready to go to construction. We are at least three years ahead of any developer in the Great Lakes.”

Trillium issued a claim against the Ontario government last September. Earlier this year the government filed a motion to strike out that claim. Morris Cooper of Morris Cooper & Associates, legal counsel for Trillium, said they are probably looking at a date sometime this summer to argue the motion.

“By bringing the motion they delayed delivery of their statement of defence by a number of months and they of course hoped that they would be successful in striking out the claim,” said Cooper.

The government has been calling it a moratorium but Cooper and Kourtoff say it was a full out cancellation.

Kourtoff has travelled around the world touting the Green Energy Act and its benefits on behalf of the Ontario government. He said issuing a claim against the government was Trillium’s last choice.

“We did everything right and nowhere in the world has anyone thrown a renewable energy leader under the bus. It’s with a heavy heart that we had to go in and do litigation.”

Kourtoff said his preference is still to develop the site.



Proposed Act would create significant uncertainty, put local jobs and investments at risk

Tim Hudak’s ill-considered policy rejected...againOttawa, Ontario - November 29, 2011—The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) opposes Private Members Bill 10 which was introduced in the Legislative Assembly yesterday and proposes to restore municipal bylaw and planning authority as it pertains to clean energy projects. While CanWEA is committed to exploring potential mechanisms to enhance the effectiveness of municipal engagement in such projects as part of the current Feed-in-Tariff program review, the association believes that proposals to change existing legislation will create significant policy uncertainty at a time when investors are seeking stable, long-term policy frameworks to support wind energy development.

"While the Green Energy Act (GEA) has very specific requirements for consultations with municipalities, we acknowledge that opportunities exist to strengthen the process under the GEA," said CanWEA President Robert Hornung. "Bill 10, however, would create significant policy uncertainty. The wind energy industry wants to work productively with all levels of government to ensure the jobs and investments continue flowing into rural communities across Ontario."

CanWEA believes municipalities have a vital role to play in any new local development, and has always encouraged municipal governments to take full advantage of all opportunities for engagement under the GEA. Consistent withits mandate to support the responsible and sustainable development of wind energy in Canada, CanWEA has developed and promotes Best Practices for Community Engagement and Public Consultation—which were informed through discussions with dozens of municipal leaders across Ontario. MORE


Anti-wind groups drop their appeal when asked to provide evidence

Did anti-wind groups drop their wind farm appeal so they didn't have to produce health records backing up their claims?

evidence stampYesterday, Ontario got a second wind farm approval through a tribunal appeal under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act.The appellant, the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group Inc. withdrew its appeal suddenly, only a week before the hearings were supposed to start.

This means that the 10MW Zephyr wind project Watford, Ontario can now go forward.

In order to gain approval to build a wind farm in Ontario, projects must go through a full environmental assessment. Once a project is finally approved, the public can still voice any concerns by appealing at special Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) legal hearings. Anti-wind groups have been using these appeals to try to stop any new wind projects from being built in Ontario. So far, they have repeatedly failed to demonstrate adequate evidence to support their claims. MORE


red dotWind turbines: Environmental Tribunal limits health evidence without expert backing

red dotLayperson evidence on alleged health effects limited

red dotOntarians say wind energy is one of the safest forms of electricity generation, new poll finds

Independent Expert Science Panel Releases Report on Potential Health Effects of Wind Turbines

wind turbine bladesBOSTON - An independent panel of experts studying potential health impacts of wind turbines has issued its report, Wind Turbine Health Impact Study: Report of the Independent Expert Panel. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) convened the panel in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). The panel was composed of physicians and scientists with broad expertise in areas including acoustical noise/infrasound, public health, sleep disturbance, mechanical engineering, epidemiology, and neuroscience. Three public meetings on the report will be held in February as part of a 60-day comment period.

The independent report was proactively sought to help address questions that have been raised by members of the public about potential human health impacts associated with proximity to wind turbines. The panel was asked to identify any documented or potential human health impacts or risks that may be associated with exposure to wind turbines in order to facilitate discussion of wind turbines and public health based on the best available science. The panel was also asked to offer suggestions relative to best practices.

Due to the high level of interest in the panel's findings, the report is being made available to the public at the same time it is being reviewed by the agencies. Access the report here:

Canada moves to 6th place globally for new installed wind energy capacity in 2011

wind powerCanada ranks 6th globally in terms of new installed wind energy capacity and global wind power capacity grew by 21 per cent in 2011, according to annual statistics released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The wind industry installed a record level of just over 41,000 MW of new clean, reliable wind power in 2011, bringing the total installed capacity globally to more than 238,000 MW at the end of last year. Today, about 75 countries worldwide have commercial wind power installations, with 22 of them already passing the 1 GW level.

Canada’s wind energy industry enjoyed a record year in 2011 with approximately 1,267 MW of new wind energy capacity added to provincial grids, representing an investment of $3.1 billion and creating 13,000 person-years of employment. Canada ended 2011 with a total of 5,265 MW of wind energy installed capacity – placing Canada 9th globally for cumulative capacity. In 2011, new wind energy projects were built and commissioned in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

“Wind energy in Canada enjoyed a record year in 2011, surpassing the 5, 000 MW milestone. Canada, and in particular Ontario, is emerging as a very competitive destination for wind energy investment globally. Maintaining that position will require continued commitments to aggressive targets for wind energy development and a stable policy framework. As Canada continues to renew its electricity generation resources, wind energy will play an ever-increasing part in delivering reliable, economic and clean electricity”, said Robert Hornung, President of the Canadian Wind Energy Association. MORE


Scientific study by Government of Massachusetts: No evidence for "Wind Turbine Syndrome"

Best practices in wind farm planning and community involvement minimize negative impacts and maximize benefits from wind power

no wind turbine syndromeBonn (WWEA), 1 February 2012—The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health published recently a scientific study on health impacts of wind turbines. The study was undertaken by a panel of independent experts "to identify any documented or potential health impacts of risks that may be associated with exposure to wind turbines, and, specifically, to facilitate discussion of wind turbines and public health based on scientific findings".

No scientific evidence could be found that the so called "wind turbine syndrome" exists. However, the authors suggests that negative attitude against wind turbines should be mitigated by best practices as successfully implemented in many parts of the world. Such best practices in wind farm planning should include proper siting, provision of information and community involvement, all of which can minimize negative impacts and maximize benefits from wind power.

Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General: "In most countries using wind power today, wind farms enjoy a very high degree of public support and it is often rather the local population that wants more wind power and pushes politicians to support it as well. Unfortunately there are some places where misleading and wrong information is spread, especially on health impacts of wind turbines.

According to the Massachusetts health study, people's positive attitude towards wind farms in their neighborhood mainly depends on their level of information and involvement. Previous scientific studies have demonstrated that community-based wind farms lead to significantly higher level of social acceptance. Hence WWEA has identified community involvement as a key for the success of wind power and will organize the next World Wind Energy Conference with the special theme "Community Power - Citizens' Power" in order to discuss appropriate business models." MORE

First Phase of Giant London Array Offshore Wind Farm Underway

the world's largest offshore wind farmThe first phase of what will be by far the world's largest offshore wind farm, the London Array, has begun construction. The first two 3.6 MW turbines were installed on January 27 and 28 and will be generating electricity by March.

The first phase will have a total of 175 turbines and should be completed by the end of the year. At that point, the London Array will have a capacity of 630 MW. Phase two will begin shortly after, ultimately bringing the wind farm to a 1 GW capacity, capable of powering 750,000 homes.

Wind power capacity is adding up fast in the U.K. The world's current largest offshore wind farm, the Walney project off the coast of Cumbria, just finished opened today. The 100-turbine wind farm has a capacity of 367 MW and will be able to power 320,000 homes. MORE

I am Sick of Anti-Wind Propaganda

By Paul Gipe

farm for sale posterYes, anti-wind hysteria has made me sick. I got queasy in my stomach when I thought of the 150,000 wind turbines operating worldwide and still no epidemic of death and disease had yet broken out despite the sickening anti-wind hype in the English-speaking world. I worried myself sick that a new black death would strike Germany and Spain who together have one-third of the world's wind turbines. I fretted even more that Europe would collapse in panic and mayhem from its 100,000 wind turbines, many now operating for decades.

Why then are Germans, Danes, and Spaniards not falling by the thousands to dementia and disease? Are they made of sterner stuff? Or is it simply that they don't speak English and can't read all the propaganda fostered by the anti-renewables lobby.

It is the anti-renewables lobby--it's not just anti-wind anymore, they're after solar too--that makes me sick.

It made me sick to learn a few days before the Ontario, Canada election that the Power Workers Union was caught with their metaphorical pants down. It seems that the pro-nuclear, pro-coal lobby group was uncovered funding an anti-wind, and anti-renewables campaign of commentary in newspapers, on the radio, and on the internet.

I felt a lot better after the disclosure forced this unethical campaign to close its doors--at least for now. I am feeling much better now too, after learning that a disgruntled citizen sued an anti-wind group in Ontario for violating the province's election laws by openly endorsing an anti-wind candidate. MORE


Global wind energy grows by 21 per cent despite economic challenges

Canada moves to 6th place globally for new installed wind energy capacity in 2011

Canada's wind energy industry is on pace to easily surpass 10,000 MW of total installed capacity by 2015Ottawa, Canada, February 8th, 2012—Canada ranks 6th globally in terms of new installed wind energy capacity and global wind power capacity grew by 21 per cent in 2011, according to annual statistics released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The wind industry installed a record level of just over 41,000 MW of new clean, reliable wind power in 2011, bringing the total installed capacity globally to more than 238,000 MW at the end of last year. Today, about 75 countries worldwide have commercial wind power installations, with 22 of them already passing the 1 GW level.

Canada's wind energy industry enjoyed a record year in 2011 with approximately 1,267 MW of new wind energy capacity added to provincial grids, representing an investment of $3.1 billion and creating 13,000 person-years of employment. Canada ended 2011 with a total of 5,265 MW of wind energy installed capacity—placing Canada 9th globally for cumulative capacity. In 2011, new wind energy projects were built and commissioned in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. MORE

Mid-Atlantic offshore wind clears environmental hurdle

offshore wind turbineOffshore wind-energy development cleared a major hurdle today as the Interior Department said it had determined that no major environmental or socioeconomic impacts would occur from leasing offshore areas off the mid-Atlantic coast.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said it had finished studying the effects of developing offshore wind energy on the outer continental shelf off the coast of Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. With the review finished, the ocean energy agency said it is starting to assess interest from the industry about areas off the coast of Virginia and Maryland, essentially kicking off the leasing process for those two states.

“Offshore wind holds incredible potential for our country, and we’re moving full-steam ahead to accelerate the siting, leasing and construction of new projects,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement.

Individual projects would still have to undergo separate environmental reviews as required under the National Environmental Policy Act. MORE

TUTORIAL: About Wind Energy / Why Wind Energy

wind turbineYes, you've probably noticed, wind is super abundant on our planet. Some report that wind in windy locations on or near land can power the world 6 to 15 times over. It is also, arguably, the least-expensive energy source (or just slightly more expensive than geothermal, which has more limited availability) for creating new electricity for the grid, and this is even without taking important health costs of coal and natural gas into account. Wind is a clear cleantech and energy leader.

On this page, we will provide a quick summary of all things wind and provide links to where more detailed information can be found. MORE

"There is no current credible scientific evidence linking wind farms to ill health."

happy turbinesIndepednent study after study keep making the same points:

red dotDoubt cast on wind turbine illness claims

red dotIndependent Expert Science Panel Releases Report on Potential Health Effects of Wind Turbines

red dotExpert Panel on Potential Heath Impacts Associated with Exposure to Wind Turbines

Hamilton consortium puts pressure on Ontario government to lift moratorium on offshore wind in the Great Lakes

by Tyler Hamilton

offshore wind farmFor a year now there has been a moratorium on the development of offshore wind projects in the Great Lakes. The Ontario government issued the ban because it said more study was needed to make sure the projects can be developed safety and responsibly, even though such studies were supposedly already done when the previous moratorium was lifted in January 2008. It's more than likely that the latest ban was politically motivated, which is why a consortium of companies stretching from Kingston to Niagara Region has high hopes of changing the government's mind.

The consortium, calling itself the Lake Ontario Offshore Network, aims to make Ontario the North American capital of offshore wind development. The group includes Windstream Energy Inc., the only company that holds a feed-in-tariff contract with the Ontario Power Authority to sell power from offshore wind turbines into the province's electrical grid. It doesn't matter that Windstream, because of the moratorium, can't currently develop its project. It hopes that by bringing together an industrial consortium it can dangle thousands of jobs in front of the government and possibly convince the powers that be to reconsider its offshore ban....

And what is this project? Windstream, which is based in Burlington, Ontario, is planning to build a 100-turbine, 300-megawatt offshore wind project about five kilometres west of Wolfe Island, which is an island just offshore the city of Kingston, itself about 250 kilometres east of Toronto. My own personal feeling is that it's not the greatest site for development, if only because it's not far from the onshore wind farm that's currently located on Wolfe Island and has been a lightning rod for controversy from the beginning (partly because of the density of wind turbine development there). Windstream is proposing that the government keep its moratorium but allow an exemption for its $1.5 billion Wolfe Island shoals project, on the grounds that it would be a pilot project used as part of studies that would determine if further offshore development is the right step forward. MORE

We were wrong on turbine noise, admit protesters

Farmer Fred DewesWhen they first heard there were going to be four giant wind turbines on their doorsteps, villagers feared the worst. But now even some of the most hardened protesters have admitted fears over the noise have come to nothing.

The county's first commercial wind farm has towered over the countryside between the villages of Gilmorton, Ashby Magna and Dunton Bassett, near Lutterworth, since its construction in March.

Concerns over noise from the 410ft turbines prompted swift action from residents who campaigned against the project. However, after being in operation for almost a month homeowners have said they are getting used to the gentle "swoosh" of the giant blades.

John Phillips, 70, lives in Ashby Road, less than a mile from the wind farm. He said he was against the construction at first. He said: "I went to all the protest meetings and I was against them from the start. "But now, I must say they don't really bother me. I can't hear them and I can barely see them. "It's like the industrial revolution all over again—people don't like change until it actually happens and they get used to it." MORE


Wind power a safe and healthy alternative to fossil fuels

climate and health alliance logoThe Climate and Health Alliance has released a Position Statement on health and wind turbines in response to claims that there are adverse health effects associated with human exposure to wind turbines.

Developed by the organisation's scientific advisory group on behalf of the members of the Alliance, the Position Statement underscores the fact that renewable energy generation such as wind power provides a safe and healthy alternative to fossil fuels.

“There is no credible peer reviewed scientific evidence that demonstrates a link between wind turbines and direct adverse health impacts in people living in proximity to them,” CAHA Convenor Fiona Armstrong said. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT (PDF)


Many County farmers support windmills

John Thompson: “The Prince Edward County group has been saying since 2009 it supports wind energy.”PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY - The Prince Edward County branch of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture is strongly in support of wind energy, despite its parent body's claims to disavow any new wind developments in the province.

Late last week, the OFA issued a release stating the provincial agriculture body's concerns about industrial wind turbines have prompted it to encourage the province to suspend such developments until farm families and residents are assured their concerns are addressed.

That announcement and the OFA's stance was a surprise to John Thompson, spokesperson for the Prince Edward Federation of Agriculture, who said the Prince Edward County group has been saying since 2009 it supports wind energy.

“I was surprised and shocked,” Thompson said. “Our regional policy advisory councils weren't consulted and local federations weren't consulted. The news release did appear to be in conflict with the position of the Prince Edward Federation of Agriculture.”

Thompson said he pursued the matter and received “clarification.” He was told the OFA, though it did not say so in the initial press release, wants a suspension on the awarding of any new wind turbine FIT contracts, but doesn't want to halt any approved contracts. MORE

JOHN THOMPSON to Prince Edward Council:
OFA position needs clarification

"Any and all talk of uncontrolled wind development in the County is fear mongering, pure and simple."

January 24, 2012

I have been led to believe that Friday's news release from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture Head office may enter into the debate this evening so it needs clarification.

The OFA Provincial Board wants a temporary suspension on the awarding of any NEW FIT contracts for wind until their issues are resolved. The OFA Board does NOT want to halt development of any approved FIT contracts.

This positon was taken without consultation with the Regional Policy Advisory Councils or the local Federations of Agriculture and did not appear to be consistent with our local Federation's Renewable Energy Statement. The news release is also inconsistent with the informaion provided by our Provincial Director at our annual meeting on January 12. The clarification has brought our positions closer together although the points raised by OFA seem rather moot.For example:


red dotEssex farmers, ag federation split over wind power

Ontario Federation of Agriculture wants wind turbine moratorium, but local farmers disagree

red dotYes to green energy co-ops

Many OFA members are keen to pursue opportunities in renewable energy, and why not?



Working with Farmers to create a new green-energy economy

By Robert Hornung

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is extremely disappointed that the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) last week called for a suspension of wind energy development at a time when thousands of farmers across the province are actively participating in, and seeking to participate in, wind energlopmenty developments. In fact, many of the issues that the OFA has identified as areas of concern are already being reviewed and examined through the Ontario Government's Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) Review process.

2011 was a record year for wind energy development in Ontario with the installation of 522 MW across the province. Farmers have always looked for new ways to use their land and resources productively, and wind energy provides a new economic opportunity to landowners in the form of stable revenue from land lease agreements. According to a report from ClearSky Advisors, The Economic Impacts of the Wind Energy Sector in Ontario 2011-2018, a typical lease agreement can provide a farmer with up to $20,000 per year per turbine. If Ontario fully implements the government's Long-Term Energy Plan, it is expected that over $313 million will be paid to landowners in lease payments from the wind energy sector in Ontario from 2011 to 2018 alone.

The OFA statement blames wind energy for impacting consumer rates in Ontario, ignoring the fact that the addition of any new generation (all more expensive than existing generation) and badly needed investments in electricity infrastructure guarantee significantly increased rates for consumers going forward. A Pembina Institute report, Behind the Switch: Pricing Ontario Electricity Options, finds that Ontario consumers would see virtually no relief from high electricity prices if the province cancelled its support for renewable energy under the Green Energy Act. MORE


Wind Turbines and Health Hazards

turbineThere is no conclusive evidence so far that wind turbines are responsible for health problems ranging from balance problems to diabetes, an independent panel of health experts reports.

With turbine farms on the rise, complaints and lawsuits brought by communities where they have been placed have mushroomed. Apart from more serious ailments, residents have cited the swooshing of the blades as a factor in problems like disturbances in the vestibular system that affect the inner ear and balance.

So in Massachusetts, a state with its own share of wind farms, the state Department of Environmental Protection convened a panel of independent health experts to review the existing medical literature—still limited—on health effects related to wind turbines. The panel did not do its own research or focus on repercussions at a particular site. But a comprehensive review of epidemiological studies conducted near turbines in the United States and Europe, released on Tuesday, yielded these insights:


Ontario anti-wind-power group accused of breaking election financing rules

Jude MacDonaldA prominent anti-wind-power group is under fire amid accusations it broke election financing by running a negative advertising campaign against Liberal candidates last fall.

Toronto resident Jude MacDonald and her lawyer Clayton Ruby have made a formal complaint to Elections Ontario, the non-partisan agency that runs and polices provincial elections.

They say Wind Concerns Ontario failed to comply with the Election Finance Act by allegedly spending over the $500 threshold on political advertising during the provincial campaign without registering as a third party.

MacDonald points to billboards that said, “Hudak In Turbines Out,” and a pro-Progressive Conservative speaking tour of 24 ridings carried out by the grassroots anti-wind group. But John Laforet, former president of WCO, said the spending allegations are completely false and the complaint is “baseless.” MORE

Environment Minister on Wind Turbines.Tuesday January 17, 2012

Jim Bradley, Ontario's Minister of the Environment, talks about the province's policy on wind turbines.

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Show your Support for Ostrander Point Wind Energy Park.

Show your support for the Ostrander Point projectThe Ostrander Point project is located on the south shore of Prince Edward County. A 44 kV transmission line will be constructed from the project site to the provincial electricity grid at the Milford Distribution Station.

When developed, this wind farm has the potential of providing power for approximately 5,600 homes per year. read more about Ostrander Point HERE

The Ostrander Point project is a Class 4 Wind Facility with a total expected capacity of 22.5 megawatts, from 9 wind turbines.

The proposal has been posted for a 60-day public review and comment period starting Nov. 30. There has recently been a 3 week extension to this announced by the Ministry. Questions or comments should be submitted by Feb 21, 2012 to be considered part of the decision making process by the Ministry of the Environment.

Comments submitted in writing or electronically using the website form must reference EBR Registry number 011-5239.
EBR details here:

Wind energy plays increasing role in meeting Ontario power demand with clean, affordable electricity

November marks highest output month on record for wind energy

canwea logo(OTTAWA) Jan. 11, 2012—Wind energy is playing an increasingly important role in meeting Ontario's demand for electricity, according to the Independent Electricity System Operator's annual release of supply, demand and price data. Total wind energy production rang in at 3.9 terawatt hours TWh—up substantially from 2.8 TWh in 2010. November 2011 marked the highest monthly wind output ever seen in Ontario, with production in that month alone exceeding 0.56 TWh. In annual terms, wind generation represented 2.6 per cent of total output across all fuel types of 149.9 TWh.

A record level of new wind energy projects were commissioned in both Canada and Ontario in 2011. In 2011, new wind energy projects were built and commissioned in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.. More than 5,000 MW of wind energy projects are already contracted to be built over the next five years.

"Wind energy is proving itself a key partner as Ontario builds a stronger, cleaner and affordable electricity system. Increased growth of wind energy in Ontario means cleaner air, new jobs and local investments for the communities that host wind energy projects," said Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). “Maintaining Ontario's leadership position will require continued commitments to aggressive targets for wind energy development and a stable policy framework."

In 2011, the wind energy industry in Canada represented more than $3 billion in new investments that have created 17,000 person years of employment. Canada is now ranked ninth globally in terms of total installed wind energy capacity.


The intolerable noise of surf

View of tropical beachWhile vacationing on the beach at Turks and Caicos today, I carried out a test on the ambient sound levels.  On my iPad I have two sound measuring programs.  The sounds were recorded from our second floor balcony of the ocean surf at a reef which is around one mile away.

The Volume Tester meter showed an average of 61.8 db with a peak of 96.3.

These sound levels are considered pleasant by the thousands of residents and visitors who live along the shores. But, when compared to the Ontario wind turbine regulations of 40 db max at 550 metres, the continuous surf sound would appear like a large jet aircraft passing overhead. Anybody who hears a wind turbine at 550 metres has concerns not related to the turbines. MORE


Best of 2011: Japanese 'wind lens' triples output

A revolutionary design to triple the output of wind turbines and compete with nuclear energy

A revolutionary design to triple the output of wind turbines and compete with nuclear energy In light of recent events, Japan has been urged to pay more attention to renewable energy sources. Coincidently, in the same month as one of the world's worst nuclear crises devastated Fukushima, an incredibly innovative wind turbine system revealed itself on Kyushu University's campus for field testing. With a promise to generate two to three times the power of traditional models, the new turbine designs exemplify the potential for a cleaner energy future in Japan and around the world, removed from the dangers of nuclear power plants.

While energy from wind turbines currently accounts for less than one percent of total power generated in Japan, the new breakthrough in design provides ample reason to ramp up production. Called the 'Windlens,' Yuji Ohya, a professor of renewable energy dynamics and applied mechanics, and his team at Kyushu University have created a series of turbines that could make the cost of wind power less than coal and nuclear energy.

The two major concerning issues with traditional turbines have been their general inefficiency and intolerable noise. However, Kyushu's researchers found that attaching an inward curving ring around the perimeter of a turbine's blades increases the focus of airflow faster through the blade zones at two to three times the speed as before. An improvement in safety from covering the outer edges of the blades and a reduction of the dreaded noise pollution of older models is just a bonus.

To take advantage of Japan's coastal wind power potential, the Kyushu team has also designed a hexagonal-shaped base for the turbines that would be low in cost, but still strong enough to endure marine conditions. In addition to overall structural improvement of the traditional turbines, the bases would also make it easier to link other turbines at sea together and enlarge platforms. MORE

WindMade Label to Build Business for Companies

The recently launched first ever global consumer label for wind energy sets a path for transparency for other renewables to follow

windmade logoLast week, WindMade launched the first ever global consumer label for wind energy to showcase companies pledging to procure at least 25 percent of their operations' overall electricity consumption from wind energy. Offering transparency to consumers, the label will enable purchasers to reward companies using the renewable source of energy, a trend expected to be picked up by other sectors of renewable energy.

At the launch event in New York, 15 companies pioneered WindMade's efforts, committing to sustainable energy. As an independent legal entity, WindMade is backed by NGOs, public bodies and corporations that include the UN Global Compact, Vestas Wind Systems, WWF, Global Wind Energy Council, LEGO Group Bloomberg and PricewaterhouseCoopers. MORE

Texas Spearheads Wind Power

After breaking wind power generation records, Texas sets out to double its capacity by 2013

texas windpowerTexas is leading the nation—and the world—in wind energy. After setting wind power generation records in October, Texas is swiftly getting to work on a massive $6.8 billion transmission project that will more than double its total installed wind power by 2013. Who knew the oil-centric state would become such a leader in renewable energy?

As of now, about 8 percent, or 10,000 MW, of Texas' power comes from wind, expected to jump up to 16 percent in the next year. While some Texas landowners are not happy about the lines set to cross their property, they will receive a onetime payment for hosting them. Texans will pay an approximate $5 more on monthly electricity bills to finance the project for years to come.

In the long run, wind is making electricity cheaper. Texas experienced intervals where wholesale electricity dropped to $0.00 in October due to wind power, siting more gains for the project. Part of the drop was caused by high winds at night, followed by a low energy demand on an early morning, but mostly, wind is just cheap—the cheapest form of renewable energy. MORE


Massachusetts Court Upholds Cape Wind PPA

offshore wind energyIn a major victory for Cape Wind supporters, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today issued a decision in which it upheld the long term power purchase agreement (PPA) between Cape Wind and National Grid. In its decision, the Court sided with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) in finding that the Cape Wind project offered “unique benefits” and that the PPA was in the “public interest”.

“Our review of the record indicates that there was clearly sufficient evidence on which the department could base its conclusion that the special benefits of (the PPA) exceeded those of other renewable energy resources, and we uphold the department's conclusion that approval of the contract was in the public interest,” Associate Justice Margot Botsford stated in the SJC's opinion.

In November of 2010, the DPU approved the 15-year PPA, saying the project's unique benefit to the public interest outweighed its costs. That ruling was then challenged in court by trade groups Associated Industries of Massachusetts and New England Power Generators Association, along with opposition group Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound and energy company TransCanada. The SJC's decision today will end those challenges, and may clear the way for Cape Wind to find a buyer for the other half of its electricity generation. MORE


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Don't Be Fooled On Wind Power And Birds

windfarmIf anyone on the right has expressed concern about the Keystone XL pipeline's potential impact on migratory birds, I missed it. The view there on Keystone is full speed ahead, send the dilbit on down—even as government scientists and conservation groups [PDF] raise questions about how the pipeline might harm birds and habitat.

This is an important little fact to keep in mind as you consider the contretemps that has arisen concerning wind power and birds. As part of the U.S. Department of the Interior's rulemaking process for wind energy development, the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to establish a mandatory permitting system for the operation of wind projects and mitigation of their impacts on migratory birds. The industry supports voluntary guidelines.

This dustup is sure to excite the wind haters greatly, and as the story unfolds be prepared to hear them use the ABC as a tool to bash wind. (Oops, here they go already!) They've been doing it for years, and one of their favorite pastimes is to repeat the ABC's contention that the government says 440,000 birds are killed in turbine collisions every year. That's a big number—until you consider that in the U.S., perhaps a billion birds are killed each year in collisions with building windows, according to Daniel Klem Jr. of the Acopian Center for Ornithology at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. This is a high-side estimate, for sure, but even the ABC puts the building figure at 100 million. MORE


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red dotDenmark aims for 100% renewable energy by 2050!

Following on the heels of Germany, Denmark—already the global leader in wind power—has declared its intention to go from 20% to 50% wind power by 2020 and 100% renewable energy generation by 2050. Denmark will also take over the presidency of the European Union on January 1 and plans to push for ambitious climate and energy goals.

Study: Collision Mortality Has No Discernible Effect on Population Trends of North American Birds

wind turbinesABSTRACT: Avian biodiversity is threatened by numerous anthropogenic factors and migratory species are especially at risk.

Migrating birds frequently collide with manmade structures and such losses are believed to represent the majority of anthropogenic mortality for North American birds.

However, estimates of total collision mortality range across several orders of magnitude and effects on population dynamics remain unknown. Herein, we develop a novel method to assess relative vulnerability to anthropogenic threats, which we demonstrate using 243,103 collision records from 188 species of eastern North American landbirds.

After correcting mortality estimates for variation attributable to population size and geographic overlap with potential collision structures, we found that per capita vulnerability to collision with buildings and towers varied over more than four orders of magnitude among species.

Species that migrate long distances or at night were much more likely to be killed by collisions than year-round residents or diurnal migrants. However, there was no correlation between relative collision mortality and long-term population trends for these same species. Thus, although millions of North American birds are killed annually by collisions with manmade structures, this source of mortality has no discernible effect on populations. SOURCE

Turbines and health

Dr. David Colby, MSc., MD, FRCP(C)When Dr. David Colby, the acting medical officer of health for Chatham-Kent, was asked to help make sense of the conflicting information the local council was receiving about the effects of wind turbines on human health, he didn't realize that he would be swept headlong into controversy about harnressing wind in the area.

Nevertheless, after extensive research he found no scientific evidence that wind turbines eroded human health—similar to 10 reviews, including reviews by Ontario's chief medical health officer, the Australian government, the Sierra Club and McMaster University that confirmed that there is no evidence of direct adverse health effects from wind turbines when sited to comply with Ontario's noise regulations. MORE


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Physicians for the Environment say aim is to get rid of coal

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Wind is safe way of producing electricity

Physicians for the Environment say aim is to get rid of coal

Gideon Forman: "We have looked at the science and renewable energy, including wind and solar, are much, much safer than coal," For the first time an organization representing thousands of health professionals is weighing in on the green energy debate.

Physicians for the Environment is an organization of over 5,000 members from across Canada.

"We work on protecting human health by protecting the planet," said Gideon Forman, executive director. The organization has been in existence since 1994.

He said the organization started because there was a growing feeling among doctors that they couldn't just patch up their patients after they were sick.

"The doctors felt they had a responsibility to prevent illness," he said. "One of the leading causes of illness, as we know, is environmental degradation. To fulfill their duty as doctors, they felt they needed to be advocates for the environment."

So, over the last year Physicians for the Environment felt that they needed to be more vocal in terms of protecting people health, particularly respiratory health, and protecting people from the effects of climate change. MORE

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Proponent: Gilead Power Corporation
440 Passmore Avenue
Toronto Ontario
Canada M1V 5J8
Instrument Type: Approval for a renewable energy project - EPA s.47.3(1)

This posting is for a proposed Renewable Energy Approval for Gilead Power, proposed to be located in Prince Edward County. This is a Class 4 Wind Facility with a total expected generation capacity of 22.5 megawatts (MW).

The proposed facility is considered to be a Class 4 Wind Facility under Ontario Regulation 359/09 (O. Reg.359/09) Renewable Energy Approvals under Part V.0.1 of the Environmental Protection Act. Applications for Renewable Energy Approvals are required to be submitted in accordance with O.Reg.359/09 for consideration for approval. MORE

Airborne Turbines Revolutionize Wind Power

Makani wind turbineIf you've ever flown a kite, you're familiar with the strength and consistency of wind hundreds of feet off the ground, higher up than most land-based wind turbines. What if that same concept could be applied to harness wind power—could it help solve the intermittency, siting, and cost problems that have put a damper on wind energy?

Enter the Makani Airborne Wind Turbine, an innovative design that combines the concept of kite surfing with wind turbines. Its goal is to achieve the same motion of a turbine without the structure itself. “The difference between a wind turbine and what we're doing is we have a wing that is free-flying and tethered to the ground,” said Corwin Hardham, Makani CEO. “You have this kite flying the same pattern as wind turbine blade, but up higher in the sky.” MORE

Wind energy: safe, cleaner—and jobs

Annoyance at wind turbines is not the same as a health issue

cows grazing with wind turbines in the backgroundWind energy in Canada is now on track to enjoy a record year in 2011 with approximately 1,338 MW of new installed wind energy capacity projected to come online. These new installations represent almost $3.5 billion in investment and have created more than 13,500 person years of employment in addition to providing emissions-free electricity for families and businesses.

Ontario is Canada's leader in wind energy development, and 2011 will also be a record year for wind energy installations in the province, with more than 500 MW projected to be installed by year end.

Hamilton council recently passed a motion calling for a moratorium on wind energy development until further studies are conducted into potential health effects from wind turbines. While it is important to review new and credible information related to wind turbines and human health, the balance of scientific and medical research to date—including a report by the province's own chief medical officer of health—has found that there is nothing unique about the sound produced by wind turbines and that wind turbines do not have a direct impact on human health.

In fact, there are well over 100,000 turbines operating worldwide and hundreds of thousands of people living and working near and around them, the overwhelming majority of whom have productive and positive experiences. While a small percentage of people may be annoyed if wind turbines are in their vicinity, annoyance is a personal experience that can be caused by many things and be influenced by many different factors and stressors in a person's life. If annoyance has a significant impact on an individual's quality of life, they might wish to consult their doctor. MORE


Wind-energy firm Trillium Power sues Ontario

ananometerA company that planned to build a series of huge wind farms in Lake Ontario is suing the provincial government for $2.25-billion, claiming it unfairly cancelled all offshore wind projects earlier this year.

Trillium Power Wind Corp. spent millions of dollars over many years planning its projects, and had dutifully followed the government's application processes, the suit claims, but the rug was pulled from under its feet when the province said it would not consider any offshore development until more scientific studies were done.

The suit alleges that there is all kinds of scientific evidence that wind projects far offshore—such as Trillium's—are safe; even if more studies were needed, that would merely require a temporary moratorium, “rather than a wholesale confiscation and cancellation of all offshore wind sites in Ontario.”

Mr. Kourtoff said in an interview that he is frustrated because offshore wind projects could have generated thousands of spinoff jobs in manufacturing in Ontario, but that will no longer be the case. MORE

2011 a Record Year for New Wind Energy Installations in Canada

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Ontario leads national growth that has created economic benefits across the country

OTTAWA, September 26, 2011 —Wind energy in Canada is now on track to enjoy a record year in 2011 with approximately 1,338 MW of new installed wind energy capacity projected to come on line—compared to 690 MW installed in 2010, according to new projections from the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). These new installations represent almost $3.5 billion in investment and have created more than 13,500 person years of employment in addition to providing emissions-free electricity for families and businesses.

2011 is also a record year for new wind energy installations in Ontario with more than 500 MW projected to be installed by the end of year. While Ontario is Canada's leader for new wind energy installations, it is not alone in pursuing the economic and environmental benefits of wind energy development. New wind farms are being commissioned in seven other Canadian provinces in 2011, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. MORE

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Energy answer: Blowing in the wind?

MIT researchers have concluded that some of the price problems associated with wind power can be remedied right now, given a couple of changes to the electricity grid.

Cape Wind Energy project"Everyone knows advances in technology are critical for more widespread use of clean energy, but effective operations are also vital for profitability and can help us take advantage of current opportunities," says Jarrod Goentzel, director of the MEng in Logistics (MLOG) program at MIT's Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL), who helped direct the study. "Obviously without good technology we won't get there, but we will get there sooner by operating the technology in a more efficient way."

A key insight of the study is that wind's apparent drawbacks as a power source—it only blows intermittently, and in many places blows harder at night than during the day—could actually be used to the advantage of power companies, with one condition. If power grids were equipped with large storage batteries that are commercially available right now, placed near urban areas, they could accumulate energy via wind power during off-peak night hours, then discharge the saved power during peak afternoon hours (when people have their air-conditioning on during the summer, for instance). That would make economic sense for the power-grid operators, which pay higher rates to generators during peak hours, while keeping consumer prices intact. MORE

ONTARIO: Wind Energy Price vs. Conventionals

green dollarWith electricity prices rising in Ontario, some point fingers and create misconceptions about the price of wind energy compared to other sources of generation.

Under the Ontario government's Feed-in-Tariff program, the price for wind energy in Ontario is set at 13.5 cents per kWh.

New hydro electric projects in Ontario receive a price of 12 cents per kWh.

New natural gas fired electricity costs more than 11 cents per kWh.

Electricity from a new nuclear facility built on budget would cost around 15 cents per kWh.



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