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“Rural Ontarians warming up to wind power.” (Prepare yourself to read a great big steaming pile of crap)

Canada getting blown away by wind power

Owen Roberts — Guelph Mercury — December 22, 2013

It’s hard to believe, but the tempest over wind energy may be losing speed.

It’s hard to believe, because whether you’re from the country or the city, you know how much hyperbole has surrounded wind energy’s introduction in rural Ontario. Political pundits call wind power here a big reason the provincial Liberals lost the rural vote in the last election. They believe voters felt disengaged from the huge turbines that catch the wind, and kicked back at the ballot box.

But now, in at least some parts of the province, particularly around Lake Erie, the statistics appear to show people are warming up to wind power.

Here’s why. Earlier this month the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), the advocacy group for wind energy producers, reported 2013 has been a record year for new wind capacity being added to provincial grids.

The association says 20 projects came on stream and almost 1,600 megawatts (MW) of new capacity was added. That’s up from the previous high of 1,267 MW in 2011.

It’s still not a huge number in terms of the total amount of energy produced in Canada. Wind accounts for just three per cent of the overall production. One megawatt represents enough power to supply electricity to 300 homes for one year.

But a record performance in a seemingly unfriendly environment is significant. It begs the question: What’s going on?

Well, it turns out, one new development is that wind energy producers are taking a kinder, gentler approach to community liaison, according to their association president Robert Hornung. Additional capacity in rural Canada does not necessarily mean additional harmony, but the association says a growing culture of mutual respect is emerging for new projects.

Hornung points to a broad range of new approaches to community benefits underway for wind power projects, designed to distribute the benefits more broadly and visibly within communities.   Read full article (if you can stomach it) here…..

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2 Comments on ““Rural Ontarians warming up to wind power.” (Prepare yourself to read a great big steaming pile of crap)”

  1. 1957chev December 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    2014, will be the year, that wind takes it’s biggest hits ever. This is going to be a year to remember, for the wind warriors! Not so much, for wind weasels!!! LOL!

  2. Cold Air December 23, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    Idiotic article.
    The last contracts were signed in July 2011 – projects are coming online because they were contracted too (and most given extra time) – a flood of them are to follow and then the contracts will be exhausted and the industry will be drinking in Belize (or some such place).

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