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“The underlying problem remains that wind power is far too dependent on taxpayer subsidies. Thus it can’t stand on its own feet, yet is growing like mad. That’s the definition of a bubble.” Vincent Fernando – Business Insider, January 27, 2010
Here in upstate New York it would be difficult not to notice the forests of steel, concrete and whirling blades that are materializing… Read more
Wind farms can change the weather, according to a model of how these forests of giant turbines interact with the local atmosphere. And the idea is backed up by observations from real wind farms.
Somnath Baidya Roy from Princeton University, and his colleagues modelled a hypothetical wind farm consisting of a 100 by 100 array of wind turbines, each 100 metres tall and set 1 kilometre apart.
They placed the virtual farm in the Great Plains region of the US, an area suitable for large wind farms,… Read more
Wind farms produced “practically no electricity” during the cold snap which manufacturers’ groups say could lead to severe winter energy shortages.
By Rowena Mason
Published: 6:39AM GMT 11 Jan 2010
The cold weather has been accompanied by high pressure and a lack of wind, which meant that only 0.2pc of a possible 5pc of the UK’s energy was generated by wind turbines over the last few days.
Jeremy Nicholson, director of the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG), gave warning that this could turn into a crisis when the UK is reliant on 6,400 turbines accounting for a quarter of all… Read more
THE ECONOMICS DON’T WORK…
Do YOU want to pay more than double for your power? Wind Power does this. THE TORONTO HYDRO PROJECT WILL PUT 60-100 BEHEMOTH TURBINES JUST OFFSHORE (NEAR SHORE) 1.2- 2 KM CLOSE, AND PROVIDE MAYBE POSSIBLY 1% OF TORONTO’S HYDRO IF OPERATING IN PRIME CONDITIONS. Most wind turbine projects operate at around 20% of peak. Two wind assessments have already determined there is NOT enough wind at this location. Does this sound like good economics to you?
Aren’t you tired of Ontario’s economic waste?
HEALTH CONSEQUENCES ARE ALREADY EMERGING INTERNATIONALLY AND IN ONTARIO
Please see the… Read more
The Gartner Lee engineering firm, in conjunction with Toronto Hydro and The Ministry of Natural Resources, is considering the feasibility of putting an industrial wind farm 3 kilometres out in lake Ontario. The first wind turbines will be placed just off shore from the Guild Inn. The plan is to have a row of these turbines stretching from the Don Valley all the way to Ajax. Our Bluffs are approximately 200 feet tall. These structures will be at least as tall as or taller than the windmill at the CNE. That structure is 350 ft. tall. Because of their height… Read more
Wed, 10/14/2009 – 10:56 – Sherri Lange
Hi again from Toronto. Toronto, along with Cleveland, Ohio, and NY Power Authority, to name a few, is fighting to be “FIRST” to industrialize our Great Lakes with wind turbines.
I’d like to start with a recent quote from Minister Smitherman, Minister of Energy for Ontario, one our most aggressive proponents for wind turbines in the Lake. “There is no convincing evidence that wind turbines located a few hundred meters from a dwelling negatively affect health” (Toronto Star, May 11/09). It is interesting to note that Minister George Smitherman does not have post-secondary… Read more
Thu, 10/15/2009 – 10:51 – Sherri Lange
Ah, the dream of instant green jobs, a green economy, a pleasant feel-good shift to a new paradigm in business that eases the pain of industry closures, bankruptcies, job losses, personal sorrows of stressed families, and all round tighter pockets. The premise for green jobs is fairly easy to explain: they say that carbon emissions are causing global warming, and those have to abate. Enter technologies that produce less CO2, and the government provides incentives for cleaner air and new wind and solar facilities. Sounds great! N’est-ce pas?
In reality, the call for… Read more
Mon, 10/12/2009 – 11:16 – Sherri Lange
Greetings from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where Lake Ontario is under siege. Believe me, a Great Lake near you will be or is currently experiencing the same story.
This story is so complex and yet so simple: grand business schemes involving billions of dollars, government collusion in un-tendered bids, oblique and incomprehensible commentary from officials re health, environment concerns, as well as the allure of “green dollars”, “green jobs”, and saving the planet. What are we talking about? Wind turbines in our drinking water, perilously close to human populations, 60 to 100 behemoth structures,… Read more
“>The industrial transformation of cultural landscapes which have evolved over centuries and even of whole regions is being allowed. Ecologically and economically useless wind generators, some of which stand as high as 120 metres and can be seen from many kilometres away, are not only destroying the characteristic landscape of our most valuable countryside and holiday areas, but are also having an equally radical alienating effect on the historical appearance of our towns and villages which until recently had churches, palaces and castles as their outstanding features to give them character in a densely populated landscape.
More and more people… Read more
As neighbouring residents of the proposed wind farm site we take issue with the report and find it to be seriously deficient in analysing the health risks posed by the construction and operation of an industrial wind farm, in such close proximity to a residential community.
We ask that a moratorium be placed on the construction of an anemometer and that no consideration be given to wind farms until the city and province provide more research on guidelines and impacts regarding the following: