Monthly Archives: December 2012

Hydro One says “No” to shared 115kV transmission lines with Nextera

Hydro One letter to Middlesex County Council


Hey Bentley – do you have a conscience?


Grade 2 studentletter

Wind Company & Ontario Government Appear to Make Mockery of Renewable Energy Approvals Process

sec. 12.1For Immediate Release
December 17, 2012

Toronto, Ontario – An  announcement by industrial wind developer WPD Canada, supported by the Ontario government, appears to make it clear to residents across Ontario that the regulatory process currently in place for granting and appealing wind projects is a mere “rubber stamp” formality.

WPD has announced that it will be establishing a facility to construct more than 50 industrial wind turbines. However, five of the six projects the facility is to supply have not been approved. In total, only four (4) of the fifty two (52) turbines, or less than eight percent (8%) that the facility will reportedly assemble and/or construct have been granted an approval.

Residents in these communities are deeply disturbed by what appears to be WPD’s, and in turn the Ontario Government’s, apparent willingness to publicly announce the facility long before the regulatory review process and any subsequent appeals to the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal are complete. Read the rest of this entry

Request to Lambton County Council for Court Order to stop IWT Developments

100_1943Dear Sirs:
Request to Lambton County Council for Court Order to stop IWT Developments:

With the prorogue of the Legislature and no functional Political Leadership until some time next year, I request Council to urgently consider a Court Order to stop all activities in Lambton County with regards to the Industrial Wind Turbine projects.

The electrical energy projects in Ontario are in shambles. There are many more legal/liability problems beside the obvious Gas Plants’ cancellations created by the ill conceived and grossly mismanaged Green Energy Act.  A time-out is essential until a credible government can re-examine Ontario’s legal responsibility to its citizens and restore democratic governance.   Lambton County must protect its citizens from liabilities generated by a Government out of control and presently on the run from their responsibilities.

A $40 million 500MW transmission power project approved by the Ontario Energy Board for Lambton “in the public interest” was over the objection of the native community and many Lambton residents.  This project and more to come are not to modernize the infrastructure but are primarily to facilitate the influx of more than 300 industrial wind turbines with a height of 500 feet.  Most residents recognize the catastrophic consequence the high concentration of IWTs will have on their quality of life, health, property value, security, destruction of farmland, and the restriction to future development.  The adverse effects of IWTs on human lives in many parts of Ontario are well documented:  Bruce, Haldimand, Chatham-Kent County – the list is long. There are many victims with heartbreaking stories.  Lambton County must not allow these transmission and IWT projects to proceed. Read the rest of this entry

North Middlesex Meeting on wind turbines

North MiddlesexThe Municipality of North Middlesex is hosting a public information meeting regarding proposed wind turbine projects.

DATE: Wednesday, December 19
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: North Middlesex Community Centre, 224 McLeod St., Parkhill MAP

NexTerror Wind and Rural Fear

DSCN6594by Harvey Wrightman
The Liberal party, engaged in a collective effort of navel-gazing, is puzzled as to why rural residents have such irrational fear of the great green future planned for them – all the prospective leadership candidates affirm that the wind energy program will proceed as planned.

One of the newest wrinkles to the wind program is now coming to light. The 300 or so wind turbines planned for north east Lambton, north west Middlesex and southern Huron Counties require transmission lines to get to Hydro’s 500kv main line some 40 km away. The wind companies, in their typical corporate arrogance, planned their projects first, leaving transmission details for later, never anticipating that things here would be any different than they are in Kansas or Missouri where you send out your “landmen” (that’s what this particular breed of slime is called) to offer a few dollars for the easements required – and the poles are up before anyone even knows about it. Almost everything on private land so there are no hassles with municipal or State bureaucrats. So, we can do the same thing here, right? – Well, not exactly. Read the rest of this entry

Some thoughts to keep us going, keep us fighting!

we will not be silentPerseverance is a great element of success; if you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate you are sure to wake up somebody. –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all. — Dale Carnegie
  • You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. — Margaret Thatcher
  • The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. These may for the most part be summed up in these two – common sense and perseverance. — Owen Feltham
  • The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success. — David Sarnoff
  • Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. — John Quincy Adams
  • If you want to get somewhere you have to know where you want to go and how to get there. Then never, never, never give up. — Norman Vincent Peale
  • Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. — Walter Elliott
  • We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough. — Helen Keller
  • Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth. — Julie Andrews

Nextera: “historically stray voltage comes from hanging lines.”

stray voltageBy Laura MacDuff, The Post, Hanover
DURHAM – The Municipality of West Grey met with NextEra energy at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. As part of the approval process for the wind turbines planned for just outside of Durham, NextEra needs to make consultation with West Grey. This began on Monday. Questions by council were answered by Derek Dudek, community relations consultant for NextEra, and Adam Rickel, project manager of the Durham project. NextEra also hired a West Grey police officer to be present at the council meetings, to ensure the safety of all people at the meeting.

Mayor Kevin Eccles said to NextEra that council is elected to represent the people. He said that the vast majority of people within West Grey don’t want the turbines in their municipality. He said that was why West Grey passed a resolution saying that West Grey will not be a willing host to the turbines.
“We hope that we’re providing them with accountable information that will ease their concerns with respect to the centre,” Dudek answered.

Councillor Bev Cutting made it clear to the NextEra representatives that West Grey would be getting their own independent peer review done by West Grey, at a cost to NextEra. She said that all of those proposing a project have to have it reviewed by an independent peer reviewer and that the company proposing a project always pays.

The mayor questioned the company to do tests about stray voltage around the turbines.  “Would that not be a proactive thing for the company to do?” Mayor Eccles said he had heard stories of stray voltage in and around the Ripley wind turbines and the Kincardine ones. Adam Rickel said that there is a lesser risk for stray voltage because the cables are buried underground.   He said that “historically stray voltage comes from hanging lines.” Read the rest of this entry

Anti-wind groups watching transmission line battle

Zephyr1201240015by Heather Wright, Sarnia This Week
Middlesex Lambton Wind Action is closely watching talks between Middlesex County and NextEra Energy. NextEra has several wind projects in Middlesex and Lambton County. It’s planning to build transmission lines to carry the energy created by the turbines in southern Ontario and it wants to build them on municipal and county right of ways.

NextEra recently went to Middlesex County Council to talk about the plan. Draft documents from the Jericho project, with 92 turbines in Lambton Shores and Warwick, show the transmission lines would also stretch into Lambton County. Lambton County Councilors recently gave county staff authority to negotiate with wind energy companies about access to county right of ways.

Esther Wrightman of Middlesex Lambton Wind Action says NextEra wants to build a separate line of polls to carry the energy being produced because Hydro One would not allow NextEra’s lines on their poles. In some areas, that could mean Hydro One poles on one side of the road and NextEra’s on the other.

“A good portion of our county roads will have poles on each side of the road,” she says. “You just double the chance of hitting a pole (in an accident) by putting poles on the other side of the road, too.” Middlesex County engineers have asked NextEra to come back to the county with plans from an engineer. Wrightman is pleased, saying the transmission lines will have a devastating effect on the landscape of rural Ontario.

“They will be running by people’s homes, near schools; it is very invasive, it is going to drastically change the community.” She’s also concerned about the infrastructure left behind “white elephants with transmission lines running down your road” she calls them, should the energy companies pull the turbines out of service. Read the rest of this entry

Nextera’s Jericho Final Public Meetings Feb. 6,7,8

nexterrorFinal Public Meetings for 92 turbine Nextera Jericho wind project.
Project Documents

Date: February 6, 2013
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Place: Watford Centennial Hall 101 Centennial Ave., Watford  MAP

Date: February 7, 2013
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Place: Ailsa Craig Community Centre 155 Annie Ada Shipley Street, Ailsa CraigMAP

Date: February 8, 2013
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Place: Kimball Hall, 6276 Townsend Line, Forest MAP

CTV: Contenders & Protesters

CTV News“It was a scene of protest today in Ingersoll as the small town hosted all seven provincial candidates in the race to replace Dalton McGuinty. CTV’s Gerry Dewan has more on the debate inside and on the demonstrators outside.”

Liberals forced to hear rural Ontario

The Vancouver Sun

There was polite applause from the 150 people attending the meeting, but an equal number of protesters gathered outside to complain about wind farms, a local landfill project and the legislation that freezes teachers’ wages.

INGERSOLL, Ont. – Few policy differences emerged at the first all-candidates meeting for the seven men and women running to replace Dalton McGuinty as Ontario Liberal leader and premier, but Kathleen Wynne surprised the audience by promising to appoint herself as agriculture minister.

“This is such an important issue for us as a province, not just as a party, not just as a government, that I think the premier needs to take this on,” Wynne told party faithful gathered in the gym of a youth centre in Ingersoll, about 30 kilometres east of London, Ont. Read article

WARWICK: Mayor frustrated with lack of communication and common sense in planning

Harvey McGuinty

Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Plans for up to a dozen wind turbines in Warwick Township have Mayor Todd Case feeling frustrated. Nextera Energy is holding the first of three public meetings about its 150-MW Jericho Wind project at Centennial Hall in Watford Feb. 6, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The community hall sits a few kilometres south from where the mostly Lambton Shores-based Jericho project spills over the border into Warwick.

Case said there has been a serious lack of communication from both Nextera Energy, and from the Ontario government. Warwick’s council voted earlier in November to call on the province to deal with a list of the township’s concerns and objections about its Green Energy initiative.

“The common sense in this whole equation seems to have gone out the window, quite some time ago,” Case said. “It seems here in Ontario we’re just going to keep marching forward and we’re not going to consider all the facts.”

Nextera released a map earlier this month showing 97 proposed sites for up to 92 Jericho Wind project turbines it wants to begin operating in 2014. Warwick has joined other Ontario municipalities calling for a moratorium on wind farms until a federal health study can be completed. Read the rest of this entry