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Map of some of Lambton/Middlesex’s wind turbine proposals

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Mock gives serious message

THE CITY: Lucan contractor hopes his 11-metre tall replica will show people — and provincial officials — just how much of an eyesore these monstrosities will be in Lake Huron

By IAN GILLESPIE The London Free Press

September 3, 2010 7:49am

LUCAN — Dave Barr gazes up at the silver column standing in his driveway.

“I’m sure I’m going to tick a few of my neighbours off,” says the Lucan contractor. “But that’s OK.”

Frankly, Barr is hoping to tick off more than just a few neighbours.

Because when he’s finished, that pillar will stand nearly 11 metres tall — about the height of an average telephone pole. It’ll feature three 2.4-metre long propellers, a blinking red light and a big sign bearing one simple word: No.

In a ballsy bid to protest the province’s proposal to erect wind turbines in Lake Huron near his cottage, and convince other residents that such a wind farm will be an ugly eyesore, Barr is building his own replica of a wind turbine.

Using three cardboard tubes (normally used to mould concrete columns), laminated plywood (for the base and propellers) and reams of duct tape (to coat the columns in silver), Barr is building a mock turbine that he plans to erect on his Point Clark property Saturday.

Barr figures his fake turbine will give local residents an idea of what to expect if the provincial government goes ahead with its proposal to erect the turbines, which typically stand 150 metres high, in Lake Huron between Goderich and Kincardine. Ontario’s Environment Ministry has proposed a five-kilometre buffer between the turbines and shore.

“If people come onto my property and look past the (fake) turbine and out at the lake, it’ll show them what they’re going to see (if actual turbines are erected),” says Barr. Read the rest of this entry

A New List of Projects

Lately, many new projects have popped up in the area. A few have retreated a tad (of course that doesn’t mean much…a lease signed is a lease signed). The OPA lists 126 Wind turbines for Middlesex County. Lambton County has at least double that number proposed. It looks as if the wind developers are trying to pack the area around the transmission lines. 
Below is a map of all the registered projects in Middlesex county and area (more are in the works that we do not know about yet: Please let us know of any new projects).
View – Wind Projects- Middlesex County and Area 2010 in a larger map


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Adelaide Wind Project
Nextera & TCI Renewables
60000 kW (40 Wind Turbines)
Status: Awaiting ECT

More Information on the Adelaide Wind Proposal here…….      
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Bornish Wind Energy Centre
NextEra (FPL)
73500 kW (50 Wind Turbines)
Status: Awaiting ECT 

More Information on the Bornish Wind Proposal here…….  
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Adelaide Wind Power Project
Suncor Energy Products Inc.
40000 kW (~26 WT’s) 
Status: Awaiting ECT
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Lucan Maximum Breeze-
Maximum Breeze Energy Co-operative
10000 kW (~6 WT’s)
Status: Awaiting ECT
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Napier Wind Farm
wpd Canada Corp. (has purchased some of IPC’s projects)
Wind turbines 5400 kW (~4 Wind Turbines)
Status: Awaiting ECT      
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Strathroy A, B & C Wind Project
NextEra (FPL)
18 Wind Turbines
Status: No progress yet.      
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Parkhill Wind Farm
Canadian Hydro 
~25 Wind turbines (30-70MW)
Status: No progress yet.          
More Information on the Parkhill Wind Proposal here……. 
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Here is a map of what the OPA would like to see in Transmission Expansion.

Transmission expansion: click map to see details.

Transmission expansion: click map to see details.

  What affects us in Middlesex County: 

#6        London Area to Sarnia
“There is a significant amount of existing generation located in the area West of London, including gas, wind, solar and coal. There is also significant interest in additional wind generation development in the area. The inter-tie with Michigan is located here as well. Reinforcement of the transmission system west of London would be required to enable the incorporation of the new renewable generation.”

#10      Huron South Enabler
“One of a number of enabling transmission lines identified for areas throughout the province. These lines will be constructed in areas where there is sufficient developer interest in shared connection facilities and will help to enable an even greater amount of renewable generation.”  

#20      London-Hamilton Area
“As higher levels of renewable generation development occur in the area west of London, the transfer of power from London toward the GTA will increase. When this transfer reaches the capability of the existing transmission system between London and Hamilton, renewable generation development will be limited. New transmission between London and Hamilton would alleviate this restriction and allow for further renewable generation development in London and western Ontario.”