Posts Tagged ‘Canadian Hydro Developers’

Turbine appeal – Wolfe Island

April 12, 2008

“The 86 giant wind turbines on the western end of Wolfe Island will generate enough electricity to power 75,000 homes”.

No they won’t. Here lies one of the biggest problems, the media. The wind industry and the govt. give statements like this to the media and they print it without any background checks to see if the information they are given is factual. The ISO (independent system operator) in Ontario gives the wind farms in Ont. a capacity credit of 10% of plated capacity. 10% is very generous considering it is the highest capacity factor I can find. Most operators give wind a capacity factor of between 2% and 8%.

So, the 75,000 homes that are claimed to be powered by the wind farm should read, according to th ISO, 7,500.

The Govt. has and continues to reject all health and noise studies done by anyone other than the wind industry, Why?

The govt. has never done it’s own health study. Why?

They know why. If they do a health study it will open the door to reality.

They will then have to deal openly with the truth. The wind industry is built on perception not truth. As Enron said, “as long as the perception holds it is the truth”.

I suggest the media get a grip on reality. Your readers pay your bills. Show a little respect for them. They can handle the truth.


Turbine appeal

The 86 giant wind turbines on the western end of Wolfe Island will generate enough electricity to power 75,000 homes.

Opponents of a 410-million dollar wind turbine farm on wolfe island won’t rule out a court appeal — to stop the project from spinning ahead.

They’ve been trying to get the province to impose a more rigorous environmental assessment.

But so far, no luck.

That means Canadian Hydro is moving full speed ahead — with plans to start installing the turbines this summer.

Newswatch’s Stu Hay has an update.

“Disappointed” is the only word Wolfe Island resident Sarah McDermott can come up with to describe her feelings.

Wolfe Island is slated to become a giant wind-farm this October — she was hoping that the environmental impact of the project would be scrutinised more than it has been…

But she’s been told that’s not going to happen.

Sarah McDermott

“Slow down and assess this. Have an environmental review that assesses this that isn’t proponent driven, that isn’t to accommodate the project.”

Now she’ll try to appeal directly to Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, John Gerretsen.

McDermott and many others have voiced concerns that these wind turbines will be noisy and kill birds.

And they don’t think the environmental assessments done so far have allowed for enough public input.

Rob Miller of Canadian Hydro, who’s building the project, disagrees.

He says they’ve held 4 public meetings and responded to every concern they’ve received in the past 2 years.

And they’re not done yet.

Rob Miller

“There are still many checks and balances that we have to go through. We have apply for site plan approvals, we need to get building permits. We still have to get some smaller approvals from mnr and moe and many others.”

Still, mcdermott isn’t happy, and says even if john gerretsen doesn’t grant a higher level of environmental assessment, they’llcontinue to oppose the project.


“The next option would be to take it to a judicial review. So that it can be objectively looked at without any political agenda.”

But Canadian Hydro is planning to go ahead with a busy summer of construction.

He says 86 turbines will be up, and producing electricity by October.

At which time he thinks most people will wonder what the fuss was all about.


“With time people get quite comfortable with them, with wind plants and with wind farms. They understand why they are there and that experience has been proven at many other locations.”

McDermott says she ‘won’t’ be one of those converts.

And vows to continue the fight until the bitter end.

Stu Hay CKWS Newswatch Wolfe Island.

CKWS Television

11 April 2008

Canadian Hydro Developers deny resident’s lawsuit claims

April 12, 2008


Wind farms and transformers erected too close to peoples homes cause noise problems. It’s that simple. Expect to see many more law suits in the future.

Both the Wind Industry and the MOE continue to ignore any noise or health study that would require wind farms to be erected at safer distances.

People continue to suffer noise and health issues and the MOE and the Wind Industry continues to ignore them.

When you see a turbine, understand what it is. It is not clean, green  renewable energy. It is the continuation of the Enron Scam.

Enron and the Environmental Movement


Canadian Hydro Developers deny resident’s lawsuit claims

A commercial wind farm operator in Melancthon is asking the court to dismiss a $1.25 million lawsuit brought against it.

Canadian Hydro Developers says its transformer in Amaranth “has not produced excessive or disturbing noise at any time,” as claimed by a neighbour.

Paul Thompson filed the lawsuit in February seeking compensation for damage and special damage from Canadian Hydro Developers and property owner Hendrika Broeze. Canadian Hydro leases land from Broeze for its transformer.

Thompson claims noise from the device has caused “substantial and unreasonable interference” with his home and industrial equipment repair business since it began operating in early 2006.

His claims have not been proven in court.

The transformer handles electrical flow from the Melancthon I Wind Project, which includes 45 wind turbines.

Canadian Hydro recently received approval from the Ontario Municipal Board to move ahead with the second phase of the project — 88 more turbines and a second transformer to be located on the same property as the first.

During the OMB hearing, Canadian Hydro announced plans to swap out the existing transformer with a quieter model. The second transformer is also to be of the quieter variety.

“Since the transformer began commercial operations … Canadian Hydro has undertaken, and continues to undertake, significant efforts to further reduce potential sound emissions from the transformer,” offers the statement of defence.

Those efforts include noise monitoring and construction of a sound barrier around the transformer perimeter.

“Since that time, all noise level measurements taken near the transformer and on neighbouring properties have been compliant with noise guidelines issued by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment,” the defence continues.

In his statement of claim, Thompson acknowledges the acoustic barrier has lessened the transformer noise. However, he says it continues to interfere with his sleep and is the source of stress and tension in his life.

The Amaranth man further maintains transformer noise has rendered his property, which has been in his family since the 1800s, “undesirable, or significantly less desirable,” therefore decreasing its value.

The developer insists that if there are damages from the transformer, which it denies, those damages are the result of Thompson’s “abnormal sensitivity” and suggests he has failed to mitigate those damages.

“Canadian Hydro has undertaken … significant efforts to further reduce potential sound emissions….”

Canadian Hydro statement of defence

By Richard Vivian, Staff Writer

The Orangeville Banner

11 April 2008