Wind debate won’t blow away – London Free Press

Sat, July 11, 2009

GREEN ENERGY: Opposition over alternative projects is growing across the country

As the province begins to fine-tune its new Green Energy Act, the controversy over wind power is blowing up in Southwestern Ontario again.

In Middlesex County, worried residents have asked the Environment Ministry for a full environmental assessment of a 40-turbine project north west of Strathroy.

In Huron County, the local federation of agriculture is calling for a moratorium on projects pending results of an epidemiological study on wind power’s health effects.

Alternative energy companies, such as the one proposing the Middlesex project, are paying close attention to the rising opposition.

“It has kind of taken off across the country. As an industry we are concerned about any concerns or queries people have,” said Mark Gallagher, development manager for TCI Renewables.

TCI’s’s Adelaide Wind Farm would put 40 turbines, which would generate 72 MW, on about 3,240 hectares of land north and south of Hwy. 402 just west of Strathroy.

Opponents say they have had little chance to express their concerns, which centre on the health effects of the turbines.  read more…

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Posted on July 11, 2009, in Adelaide Project- NextEra, Health, London Free Press, Media, Ministry of Environment, Wind Developers-Proponents, Wind Project Proposals. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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