Monthly Archives: May 2011

For every action there is a reaction

Dear Mr. Bennett (Sierra Club Canada)

My name is Lyric Allin, I am 13 years old, and I am very much involved in the protesting of wind turbines.  I have been involved for about 3 years now and I think that the turbines do not give the whole truth about what they are doing and why they are doing it.  I started to be involved when they set up the proposal for the Bornish land to be developed and industrialised into a wind farm, I still try to stay involved so that way no one has to face suffering in their own homes because they unknowingly agreed to putting a wind turbine in there backyard.  But in some cases, this is not the case; some people have unfortunately just happened to have someone put one up close by. Now I understand that everyone has there own opinion about things that fall in their jurisdiction, but what gets me is that they have never done any studies of any kind to make sure that a wind turbine is safe to be placed in some ones yard. Now when I first found out about green energy I was really exited about it I thought that all our problems where going to be solved and that this would help the world stay healthy, but when my family looked closer we found out there where a few flaws in this for starters Flicker, birds and other animals being killed, the sound waves that they give off, people being pushed out of there homes and signing gag notices, and the disruption of the water table.  Now all of this is very important to my family and me and we don’t want to have it happen in this area.  So we took action trying to put a stop to the wind turbines and we found out about some pretty upsetting stories.  For example, did you know that flicker from the trees and from the wind turbines movement can be a distraction for drivers and that at the center of the turbine is going 6 km per hour but the tips can be going about 50-60 km per hour. Now imagine driving along the road and seeing something like that, it would be very distracting for you would it not?  But some people have to live with this all the time every day well unless they move or sell there houses to the company, but when and if this happens you might have to sign a gag order making it so you can’t talk about your experience.  But that’s not all the sound waves from the wind turbines make people and animals sick, we have learnt about a 5 year old boy that one day said to his mom that it felt like his legs where bleeding and if you have had any children you will know this is not something that a 5 year old boy will say.  That lady made a blog to talk about her family’s problems it is,  http://www.mywinddiary.blogspot.com/ if you want to read about their problems.  But when someone brings this up they say, “Oh well they are just not use to the sounds coming from the wind turbines, they live in the country and are used to total silence.”  But how do people explain whole herds of cattle that have to be put down because they look like they have rabies, well could that be stray voltage disturbing the cattle and other farm animals.  But the really sad thing is that birds and bats are flying around and hit the turbine in mid spin.  Why do they do this?  Well, it could be because a bird has a flight pattern that they follow so when a building is put up when they are gone then they will run into it because they are just following the patterns that they have there whole life. Lastly I would like to talk about how when they put up a wind turbine that they have to put a concrete slab down into the ground and when they do this it is not just going to go away, no for every action there is a reaction and in this case we have to take in consideration of the water table.  So stand up and involve yourself so that we can have health studies before wind turbines and to have safe setbacks to keep all the families safe that live near or around wind turbines.

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McGuinty’s un-FIT program

 

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London Free Press May 21, 2011

There has recently been a lot of grumbling and controversy with the McGuinty Liberal’s Feed In Tariff program for wind and solar energy. Much has been made over the cost and implementation of this program but before we jump all over Mr. McGuinty’s back I want to suggest that perhaps McGuinty’s program is not a failure and that he could very well be a genius.

In fact I propose that the FIT program for green energy has been so successful in weaning Ontario off non-renewable fossil fuels that the FIT program should now be expanded to a new rain water production program for homeowners and big business.

Why? Well we all know that out of all the water on Earth, only 2.75 percent is fresh water and we could run out some day. The exciting thing is that like wind turbines we only have to look backwards to the past to find the awesome solutions for tomorrow. In the old days people used to collect rainwater from their roofs in cisterns for their own personal use, but now we could just hook up a homeowners downspout to the city water lines or “the water grid” as I like to call it.

Every time it rains the roof runoff would drain into the water lines and the homeowner through a 20 year contract would get paid a tidy sum for all water produced, say 80.5 cents a litre. Meanwhile like the FIT program the homeowner could buy water back from the city for 0.2 cents per litre.

While the price paid out to homeowners may seem exorbitant it is justified because the renewable water industry will at first need government subsidies to compete with the non renewable water industry. In time efficiencies of scale and new technologies will help bring rain water collection prices down and we can consider lowering the FIT rate.

Some people have raised health concerns about dirty rain water being added to the water system but I think they should quit putting their own selfish concerns ahead of the greater good of the rest of Ontario. The ends justify the means and we just have to start somewhere.

It would be unfair if only homeowners could take advantage of a good government program so I recommend allowing big corporations like Samsung to get in on the action. Instead of letting rainwater run off farmland into open ditches, large corporations could divert the rainwater into giant pipelines for say 13.5 cents per litre and pump it off to happy consumers.

When its too rainy and we have a surplus of water we can pay our neighbouring states and provinces millions to take our excess water just like we do now when we produce too much wind energy.

I could go on and on extolling the benefits of FIT for rainwater but I think we all get the idea. This is a wonderful program and the people ofOntario will never get tired of paying infinitely more for it, and we have all this because of the genius of Dalton McGuinty.

Dan Wrightman, Kerwood

NextEra Jericho project – 150 wind turbines

Below is correspondence from April 27th, 2011 between a resident and NextEra. Feel free to send them your thought on the project as well. I mean, this project alone could be 150 wind turbines.

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Hello there,

Thank you for your interest in the Jericho project.  Please see below where I have responded to your individual questions in bold.

If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Derek Dudek| Community Relations Consultant

NextEra EnergyCanada, ULC
5500 North Service Road,Burlington,ONL7L 6W6
o:905.335.4904 x18          f:905.335.5731  mobile – 519.318.0237
derek.dudek@nexteraenergy.com

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Good morning,
I am a resident within the boundaries of the above mentioned proposed wind installation.  I have not heard anything since the original letter sent to residents on May 26, 2010, which provided notification of public information sessions.

Reviewing the draft document for the project, it describes the project as consisting of  “Up to 153 GE or 100 Siemens model wind turbine generators”, which does not appear to coincide with the information contained in the public notification – “consisting of up to 100 GE xle 1.5-MW turbines”.  Would you clarify what the number is?

The project will actually consist of between 54 – 93 turbines for a maximum of 150MW of energy which is what we would be contracted for by the Province to sell back to the grid.  However, for the purposes of the background environmental studies we are permitting the project for the aforementioned 100 – 153 turbines for flexibility to choose the best locations.  A number of turbine manufacturers and types are being considered in light of domestic content requirements in Ontario, including GE and Siemens, which reflect the range in number of turbines we may use.

Additionally, what is the current status of this project?

We are currently undertaking environmental fieldwork related to natural heritage matters (woodlands, wetlands, faunal habitat) and archaeological resources.

When is the second public meeting going to be scheduled?

It is currently planned for Fall 2011. We will provide notification via newspaper ads and letters at least 60 days prior to the event date.

Have any environmental assessments, including bird and bat assessments, been conducted?

Most of the avian and bat assessments were completed in 2010, with some additional seasonal studies to occur in 2011.

If so, how may I access that information?

All of that information will be made available to the public in the fall of 2011 prior to our final public meeting.  There will be public notices to advise as to where and when it will be available for review.  We will also be sending community newsletters with updates so please provide us your address, if interested, and we will ensure you receive one.  In addition, www.canadianwindproposals.com will always have the most recent materials for review.

Has all required land been secured?

For the most part, however we are always seeking additional land to ensure an efficient wind farm layout. 

What farms are being considered or have been selected for turbine/substation placement?

We do not yet have a draft layout of turbine locations.  We will have a layout available after the environmental fieldwork is completed in advance of our public meeting in the fall.  The locations of the turbines/substation will be established by balancing numerous criteria, including setbacks, proximity to environmentally sensitive areas, minimization of noise impacts, avoidance of telecommunications interference, access to transmission lines, construction of a collector system, manufacturer minimum spacing requirements, landowner interest, overall energy production, and access to wind resources. The selected turbine sites best fit within these various constraints

Thank you for the information.
Marcelle Brooks

Government wind plan is abusive

The way the wind energy program has been imposed on rural Ontario is more than a shame – it is an abuse.

Watford Guide Advocate – May 12th 2011

I read with interest the recent article based on interviews with two households experiencing negative health effects from the turbines sited near Kettle Point and Ravenswood. What struck me most was Laura Wilde’s statement, “…she has a tall dresser leaning against the south-facing window in her bedroom to help muffle the noise. On worse nights she will throw a few pillows in between.” 

Clearly she is having a problem with intrusive noise that is causing sleep disturbance, and the obvious source of the disturbance is the wind turbine noise.  After 10 PM there would be little else in a quiet, rural community to cause someone to be suddenly awakened. Her experience is not singular, rather it is the very essence of most complaints about wind turbine noise – sleep disturbance. Repeat this experience over many nights and other more serious health problems will develop. Sleep disturbance  is a well-known cause of serious health effects, and acknowledged by the medical community.

Why is this happening?  One would expect as the ground wind dies in the evening, the turbines would cease turning and there should be no noise. There is another feature of wind turbines that is obvious, but overlooked. They are not “ground sources” of noise like a highway or an industrial plant. They are “aerial sources” more like a helicopter albeit one that remains in one place. At the height that wind turbines reach , 80m – 130m ,  wind conditions are quite different than they are at ground level. 

The dirty little secret the wind industrydoesn’t want you to know is a phenomenon called, “WindShear”, which describes a condition where the ground winds are very light or nothing at all; but, the upper level winds are blowing very strongly. Upper level winds blow at a more constant velocity than ground winds because the temperature is cooler and much the same, day or night  -”stable atmosphere” is the term. Ground winds vary more due to the surface temperature difference between day and night. During the daytime surface heating from  sunlight  causes convection currents to rise,and so mix the upper level winds with the surface winds. As a result, the wind speed is constant from 0 – 100m or more. In the evening the surface heat subsides and the ground winds drop. Read the rest of this entry