New Battle Against Wind Turbines

Working Group wants wind developers to take into account wind concerns.

(Grey Highlands) – Grey Highlands Council will consider a bylaw on Monday to freeze any new permits for construction of industrial wind turbines in the municipality.

It is part of the regular council meeting which begins at 5 PM.

CAO Dan Best says called the “Grey Highlands Renewable Energy Working Group” wants any proposed projects to take into account the concerns of nearby residents about any impact on their health.

Medical Officer of Health Doctor Hazel Lynn presented a report just over a year ago, that looked at various studies around the world, on the health complaints from people living near Giant wind turbines.

Her conclusion was that these are not NIMBYs, these are people affected by these things.

Doctor Lynn also recommended Health Canada do more research on the association between wind turbine noise and human distress.

Best says the bylaw under consideration would have to be considered by any company proposing a wind farm in Grey Highlands.

However, the municipality has little say in those projects as provincial legislation would trump anything Grey Highlands does to stop new developments.

The municipality has declared itself an unwilling host for new wind farms.

By Kevin Bernard
Posted on Bayshore Broadcasting, Apr. 14, 2014



Onus at appeal all on opponent to wind power development

Procedural wrangling took up most of the first day of an appeal of an approval for Florida-based NextEra Energy’s East Durham wind project.

West Grey resident Len Van Den Bosch, who is appealing the Jan. 20 approval by the Ministry of the Environment for the 23 megawatt wind project located near Priceville to the Environmental Review Tribunal, was supposed to be the first witness Monday.

However, his testimony did not begin.

“That’s good because it gives me time to get questions and that ready,” he said later.

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Six Nations finalizes wind energy projects

six-nationsOHSWEKEN – Six Nations and two wind power companies are working on the last projects to be brought on stream under the Ontario government’s original green energy program.

In the first project, Six Nations council has authorized Elected Chief Coun. Ava Hill to sign a capacity funding agreement with Dufferin Wind Power Inc. to build 91.4-megawatt project called the Dufferin Wind Farm in Melancthon Township in Dufferin County.

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Wind farm delayed again

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY - Once again, the Blanding’s turtles can rest easy after a Tuesday court decision halted any construction at Ostrander Point for several months.

Mr. Justice R.A. Blair of the Ontario Court of Appeal sided with the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists’ request for leave to appeal a February Ontario Divisional court ruling clearing the way for the construction of the nine-turbine development by Gilead Power.

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Dundalk meeting: community has questions, Samsung has no answers


Plenty of questions: Samsung has no answers

Hundreds gathered last evening in the Dundalk Arena to hear speakers on the proposed Samsung wind and solar project which will see 56 giant turbines in the Southgate community, and 400 acres of land covered with solar arrays.

A report from a member of the Southgate community:

The speakers; Dr. Ross McKitrick, [Realtor] Mike McMurray and Barb Ashbee were eloquent and informative. There was an all too short question and answer period after the presentations. Most were directed to the 4 representatives from Samsung or Pattern Energy whose pat answers were “we don’t have that information” or “we can get that information to you”. Laughter ensued when, after several questions, it was evident that the audience knew more numbers or information than Samsung/Pattern Energy knew or were willing to give and/or purposely misunderstood the question thereby giving an answer that had nothing at all to do with the question.

 All but one council member was present (he had a previous work commitment which he did communicate at last week’s council meeting) and the mayor. 
Council meets this Wednesday March 26 to determine whether to have an official comment period for the community, and to discuss revisions to the Southgate agreement. Under the terms proposed by the giant corporation, Southgate will reap benefits of less than 1/2 of one percent, and be left with the expense of decommissioning the whole project at the end of 20 years. Samsung also proposes cash payments for the power project in exchange for building permits, road access and other items “without limitation.”
Reposted: taken (WCO) Wind Concerns Ontario
By Mar. 25, 2014

Huron-Kinloss backs municipal coalition to regulate wind turbine noise emissions

Wind turbines near Kettle Point.

The township of Huron-Kinloss threw its support behind and pledged $5,000 to a municipal coalition to draft, pass and defend a noise-nuisance bylaw targeting industrial wind turbine developments in a resolution passed by council at its Mar. 17 meeting.

The decision follows a presentation at the Mar. 3 council meeting from North Perth Councillor Warren Howard on behalf of a working group of local anti-wind activists and representatives from at least 21 municipalities.

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TransAlta profited $16 million in alleged market manipulation: watchdog

TransAlta, the province’s largest utility, is accused of co-ordinating shutdowns of power plants during peak periods in order to drive up prices and maximize profits.
Photograph by: Colleen De Neve Colleen De Neve , Calgary Herald

EDMONTON — Damages stemming from alleged electricity market manipulation by TransAlta Corp. could exceed $100 million, according to new documents filed with the Alberta Utilities Commission.

Alberta’s electricity watchdog, the Market Surveillance Administrator, claims a TransAlta strategy to drive up power prices cost electricity consumers and other utilities tens of millions of dollars while TransAlta reaped $16 million in profits.

“The MSA does not have a precise estimate on exposure to pool price and instead has shown harm relative to different proportions of total consumption of electric energy from the Alberta grid,” say new documents filed with the AUC.

The MSA charted an impact ranging from $40 million to $160 million, and that doesn’t include the impact on the forward power market.

The watchdog filed allegations of anti-competitive behaviour against Alberta’s largest utility last month, accusing it of staging discretionary shutdowns at six power plants during peak demand periods over 11 days in 2010 and 2011.

The supper-hour shutdowns on cold winter nights increased electricity prices by 10 to 60 per cent, and forced the companies that owned the rights to the power to scramble to purchase high-priced electricity for their customers, according to MSA filings. The shutdowns in 2011 triggered an emergency alert over the short supply of power.

Excerpt from MSA application, pages 6-7:

TransAlta and two of its electricity traders have denied any wrongdoing and have filed complaints about the MSA’s handling of the investigation with the Alberta Utilities Commission.

“To be clear, we do not agree with the findings of the MSA, including the conclusions that there was market harm, and we will challenge those conclusions at the hearing,” TransAlta spokeswoman Marcy McAuley said in an email.

She said TransAlta will address all of the filings and related documents, “including those demonstrating that the MSA permitted the actions taken by TransAlta.”

The AUC is considering whether to hear the complaints against the MSA separately or together with the allegations against TransAlta.

If the price hiking allegations are upheld by the AUC, TransAlta could be fined up to $1 million per day and be required to reimburse consumers and affected utilities for their costs. It may also have to pay the cost of the lengthy investigation.

Edmonton-based Capital Power says the shutdowns cost it nearly $10 million alone. In Calgary, Enmax says it also experienced financial losses but didn’t specify an amount in documents filed to the AUC.

The electricity watchdog is also asking the AUC to consider TransAlta’s failure to immediately provide critical documents it sought in the investigation and to also take into account the allegation that the utility lost or deleted key computer hard drives.

The estimates of financial harm were included in updated allegations the MSA filed against TransAlta on Friday.

“This is essentially what we say is the evidence in support of our allegations of market manipulation,” said MSA president Harry Chandler.

In the 125-page document, the MSA says TransAlta’s complaints about its investigation are a delay tactic and the utility’s argument that its activities were permitted under market rules has no merit.

While power producers can in certain circumstances withhold their own power to increase the price — a strategy known as economic withholding — TransAlta had no right to withdraw power it was committed to supply to Enmax and Capital Power, the MSA claims in its filings.

Read more at:

MSA Report on TransAlta

By Darcy Henton
Published in the Calgary Herald, Mar. 27, 2014

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