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Impact of wind turbines on the County’s economy
The Annual General Meeting of CCSAGE Naturally Green was held on Sunday, March 13th, 2016, at the Waring House, Picton. That same morning, Wind Concerns Ontario held its own AGM in Wellington and its members later joined us. Our meeting was deliberately open to the public, and altogether some 110 people were present, including our own members, the County Mayor and several Councillors and the editors of the two most important local papers. Each featured lengthy and accurate reports in their next editions which may be accessed at http://wellingtontimes.ca/gathering-forces/ and https://issuu.com/pictongazette/docs/pictongazettemar17 respectively.
Following introductions by our two directors, our accountant, Mustafa Alidina, who donates his services, presented our financial statements for 2015, disclosing an excess of revenue over expenses of $8,572.00.
Two resolutions were then approved unanimously by members present. The first that the financial statement presented and explained by our accountant be received, and the second that all actions of the directors during 2015 be approved. (While those decisions were mostly day-to-day and of a routine nature, two specifically mentioned were the placing of insurance to cover directors and others for any errors in the carrying out of their obligations and the decision to apply to the Courts for a Judicial Review of all circumstances leading to the issue of a Renewable Energy Approval for 27 turbines in South Marysburgh and Athol, including the retainer of Alan Whiteley as counsel). Read the rest of this entry
CCSAGE NATURALLY GREEN (“CCSAGE”) is a not-for-profit corporation, under Federal legislation, continuing an informal group founded in 2009.
It supports and believes in green energy which is both safe and appropriate, and encourages small scale solutions and conservation measures.
In so doing, its actions are planned to be constructive in achieving those goals, and it has the following beliefs which support this mandate:
- CCSAGE welcomes the findings of two Ontario Auditors-General as expressed in their separate Reports up to including that of 2015. Translated into everyday language they find the Green Energy Act to be an economic disaster, enacted without benefit of technical advice and with no consideration of a business rationale or of its overall impact.
- CCSAGE agrees with the published opinions of several well-known economists and energy expert to the same effect, including Michael Trebilcock, Keith Stelling, Dr. Glenn Fox, Ross McKintrick and Tom Adams.
- CCSAGE agrees with the published opinion of the Energy Task Force of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (April 2015), which shows that increased use of wind and solar energy on the Ontario grid is causing a dramatic increase in both carbon emissions and electricity prices.
CCSAGE suggests to the Premier and Government of Ontario as follows:
- Put on hold immediately all proposed major wind and solar projects not currently operating, until considerations of appropriate placement and of Municipal jurisdiction be determined, and economic and scientific justification be established, including science-based justification of set-backs from property lines of houses, schools and other inhabited structures;
- Re-write the Green Energy Act based on results of economic, scientific and health analyses that are produced by acknowledged and independent experts (excluding those of the wind and solar industries and of their allies and supporters);
- The Act, as amended or replaced, would require the location of major safe and appropriate green energy installations to be considered in areas of this vast Province which are determined by the relevant and expert authority to be:
- Consistent with the Environment Canada recommendations noted in Environment Canada document, Wind Turbines and Birds, A Guidance Document, including consideration of cumulative effects, requirement for baseline surveys, and consistent with the 11 listed criteria where they not be sited, such as Important Bird Areas and migration corridors.
- Never where adverse health effects to humans are possible.
- Never where local economies could be adversely affected.
- Never where the natural environment could be unreasonably disturbed.
- Should any Municipality indicate that it is an unwilling host to such an installation, the wishes of that Municipality would prevail over the current provisions of the Green Energy Act.
- Energy projects would not be excluded from the Environmental Protection Act. Any appeal of permission granted for an installation would be to the Courts utilizing evidence presently permitted by the Courts. The Environmental Review Tribunal would be abolished, as its terms are inconsistent with protection of the environment as well as the Statement of Values of MOECC and MNRF.
- Any such permission must restrict payment to the proponent to a maximum of the then weighted average price of electricity produced in Ontario by nuclear, hydro-electric and natural gas sources.
CCSAGE has filed an Application to the Supreme Court of Ontario for Judicial Review of the circumstances and background leading to the issue of a Renewal Energy Approval for 27 turbines in the south part of the County of Prince Edward. This does not detract from, but underlines, CCSAGE’s wish to be constructive rather than negative, as it concentrates on the deficiencies of the Green Energy Act, on its bias against rural communities and on the infringement of citizens’ rights and of statutes and international treaties.
On Thursday, July 16th, 2015, a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) was issued by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to White Pines Wind Incorporated (alias wpd Canada) for 27 of the 29 industrial wind turbines originally proposed, to be located in South Marysburgh and Athol. The two deleted were as a direct result of major efforts (and expense) by individuals concerned about the impact of these and other turbines on “cultural resources and protected properties”. The REA includes two large transformer substations. The 29 kilometre line connecting everything to the Hydro One system north of Picton was approved by the Ontario Energy Board in 2014. (Question: why would the transmission line be approved, apparently in a vacuum well in advance of the REA, unless the Ontario Energy Board was certain that the REA would be issued? Yet another indication that the entire procedure is a mockery of democratic norms).
[Following is an opinion article published in the Wellington Times on January 14, 2015.]
A good friend of mine runs a business in the County. He has done so for 40 years. He showed me his electricity bill last week. In December, he spent $770 on electricity. It was one of the least expensive lines on his bill. The global adjustment charge was $4,267.32. There was also a delivery charge, a debt retirement charge and an array of taxes. In total, he spent nearly $10,000 in December—for $770 of electricity. He doesn’t know where this money is going. He is not sure he can keep up. He isn’t alone.
The global adjustment is a catch-all fee that covers the provincial government’s intervention in electricity generating market. It pays for solar generators, industrial wind turbine plants and subsidized exports to Michigan and Quebec. It covers the subsidized rates some chosen industries pay. It pays for the lawyers who battle residents and groups—including the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists—at tribunals and courtrooms across the province.
In essence, my friend is paying an amount nearly six times the value of the electricity he used to line the pockets of industrial wind developers, solar companies, lawyers, foreign owned smelters, as well as enriching Michigan’s coffers to take this power off our grid.
He has enough challenges in his business—he can’t afford to pay the cost of the Ontario’s Liberals decade of mismanagement of electricity in this province.
The province explains the global adjustment as the difference between the market price, set by the forces of supply and demand, and the price it pays to contracted suppliers. So let’s look at that a bit closer. Read the rest of this entry
Please plan to attend one or both of two important events happening this week:
[Letter to Editor published June 26, 2014 in the County Weekly News]
Your June 12th op-ed piece (Wind energy emerging as electricity option with best ratepayer value) by Robert Hornung for the County Sustainability Group (CSG) is what one should expect from Hornung’s employer, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).
In his article, Hornung cites a flawed “independent” study prepared for CanWEA by Power Advisory of Boston, that was authored primarily by a former executive from the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) who had responsibility for negotiating lucrative 20 year contracts for CanWEA corporate members.
The facts are that in 2012, when only about 2,000 MWs of wind energy were up and running, wind energy accounted for more than 5% ($700 million) of the total costs while generating only 3% of Ontario’s electricity production. (When 5,600 MWs of wind energy plants are operating in accordance with Ontario’s revised Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP), that $700 million total cost will become $2 billion annually.)
This comparison clearly shows that wind energy is not the “best ratepayer value”.
But wait. There are many other costs not acknowledged by CanWEA.
400 PEC residents and business owners threaten claims for compensation if wind turbines are built here
[NATURALLY GREEN signs. Due to strong demand, we have ordered new signs, which are now available for purchase. For pickup in the Picton area, phone 613-476-2700; South Marysburgh, 613-476-7310; Wellington, 613-399-2407, Ameliasburgh, 613-962-6902 .]
At the beginning of May, CCSAGE NATURALLY GREEN took ads in local County papers and on CountyLive to point out existing legal rights to claim compensation if the construction of industrial wind turbine factories cause adverse effects to the value of businesses and properties.
Within three weeks, almost 400 County business and property owners indicated they would consider bringing such claims.
What did we do with this overwhelming response?
- On June 4th, we wrote to the Premier, the Ministers of Energy and the Environment, the leaders of the two opposition parties and the Presidents of Gilead Power and wpd Canada Corporation. Below is a copy of our letter for your information. You can read a copy of our letter HERE .
- We notified our colleagues in all parts of Ontario with or threatened by industrial wind turbines of our initiative and its result.
- We issued a media release to every print and electronic outlet in the entire Province.
We’ll keep you informed from time to time of future developments. Meanwhile, thank you to all respondents on-line, by mail, at our Town Hall meeting in Milford and in response to canvasses on Picton, Bloomfield and Wellington Main Streets.
CCSAGE NATURALLY GREEN
CCSAGE NATURALLY GREEN announces a brand new initiative in the fight against wind turbines in PEC.
Our colleagues at PECFN and APPEC are to be congratulated on their efforts to date before the Environmental Review Tribunal and the Courts. We at CCSAGE Naturally Green have been researching a novel approach to fighting wind turbines and are now introducing it to County residents and businesses. It will put Queen’s Park, Gilead Power and wpd Canada on notice that their misguided efforts to industrialize the County with wind factories in south County and a transmission line along a 28-km route ending north of Picton, will have serious consequences for all of them.
In 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that if anybody suffers a business loss or reduction of property value because of construction authorized by statute (construction of wind factories is authorized by the infamous Green Energy Act), a claim for compensation, with proof of the loss, can be brought before the Ontario Municipal Board. Despite wind industry propaganda, wind factories have been proven to reduce property values and in the County are almost certain to damage tourism and the hospitality industry, among others.
The material in the accompanying image (newspaper ad) provides more information. If you believe that your property or your business may be affected by construction of a wind factories in the County, you can put the developers on notice of a possible claim by adding your name to the petition HERE. Acting in this manner commits you to nothing further.
Please take a moment to read the details and then act. Note: The Provincial election just called should not affect your decision to make your voice heard now, because the outcome cannot be predicted.
Also, please come to the rally to support this initiative on Saturday, May 10, 2-4 pm at the Milford Town Hall.
Thank you for your support of this initiative.
CCSAGE NATURALLY GREEN.