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Bruce Peninsula Wind Turbine Action Group
Tell us Your Views on the West Road
Bruce County is planning on a major upgrade of the West Road that runs north and south on the Bruce Peninsula. The budget for this project is set at $15 million.
It is our understanding that the West Road will be constructed as an Arterial County Road with a 100' Right of Way. According to the Bruce County Official Plan, all County Roads must have a 100 foot right of way. In other words the right of way will be as wide as Highway 6 but the paved surface will be wider, according to the profile plan presented in 2010 by the county.
The proposed expanded highway is scheduled to travel north from the Oliphant area to Clarke’s Corners, passing through Red Bay, Howdenvale, Pike Bay and Stokes Bay.
We believe that Bruce County’s plan to widen the West Road on the Bruce Peninsula will lead to construction of transmission towers, bringing a major influx of wind turbine installations.
Here’s why we think so:–
We believe that the West Road should be maintained only as a local road. Fix it up where it is needed, by all means, but do not turn it into a 100' County Road.
- Transmission towers may only be constructed on a right of way that is 100-foot wide.
- The representative of a wind developer who announced the building of more than 100 wind turbines on the Bruce Peninsula in 2009 told some of us that the transmission lines for the project would go on the West Road. That developer has now pulled out but the thousands of acres of land that the developer signed up for wind turbines have now been picked up by Tribute Resources.
- In 2010, the Owen Sound Sun Times carried a story saying that Tribute Resources was announcing plans for a 250 turbine wind development called Mar Silver Birch, in the Mar area stretching north from the village of Mar to north of the border of Northern Bruce Peninsula. The same story indicated that Tribute Resources intended to pursue an application to the Ontario Energy Board in 2011 for a leave to construct the new transmission line as well as the necessary routing and environmental studies.
- Tribute Resources, on its website says that they have signed up thousands of acres in Northern Bruce Peninsula and are calling one project The Ferndale Power Corpn. Tribute has also picked up Northern Bruce Peninsula area leases vacated by another wind turbine developer which Tribute is calling their Limberlost Project. Their website says that as soon as transmission capacity is available they will apply to the government for a contract to build wind turbines.
- Tribute Resources also says on its website that it will build its own transmission lines.
- No local approvals are required for erecting transmission towers, as long as the right-of-way is 100-foot wide.
- Bruce County announced it would build the West Road in the early years of 2000, and in 2011 a Ratepayers’ Group in Red Bay took the issue to the OMB. The OMB’s finding was that if the County decided to build a major road there must be a full Environmental Assessment, and there must be formal consultations with the two First Nations in the area.
- There are many sensitive areas in the West Road area, including habitat for the Blanding’s Turtle and the Spotted Turtle. The widening of the West Road will significantly fragment major natural areas.
- Two large scale solar power developers have signed up lands in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula close to the boundary of Northern Bruce Peninsula. Solar power requires transmission lines. In addition, leases for solar power carry a clause saying that lessors agree to “other forms of renewable energy” on their lands.
- The County has announced that it will immediately proceed with the Environmental Assessment process.
Cabot Head and Wingfield Basin
A little corner of Bruce Peninsula Heaven!
We are The Bruce Peninsula Wind Turbine Action Group, a group of people fortunate enough to live in such a beautiful part of the world that a large part of this area has been designated a World Biosphere Reserve.
Regretfully, not everyone shares our love of the Bruce Peninsula and developers seek to inundate this beautiful area with Industrial Wind Turbines.
It is our opinion that Industrial Wind Turbines are not the answer to Ontario’s energy problems. Industrial Wind Turbines are costly and inefficient. Moreover, they are known to make people ill.
We believe that conservation of our precious resources is the first priority for Ontarians.
We also believe that the money the Ontario government is pouring into subsidizing and promoting wind energy would be far better spent in researching renewable energy sources that are efficient and that will serve our energy needs far into the future.
To share our concerns and what we have learned about the potential negative impacts of Industrial Wind Turbine installations on the Bruce Peninsula, and to encourage others to seek out information that challenges the effectiveness of wind energy, and how Industrial Wind Turbines will affect our lifestyles here on the Bruce Peninsula.
OWEN SOUND – THE SUN TIMES
Letter to the Editer:
Turbines are industrial sites,
not idyllic farms for tourists
Auditor General Report
Electricity Sector – Renewable Energy Initiatives
WHAT ARE OUR CONCERNS ABOUT INDUSTRIAL WIND TURBINES?
PROPOSED WIND FARM ON BRUCE PENINSULA
that was presented to Municipal Council Meeting
23 April 2012
Click on map to enlarge.
This map of the central portion of The Bruce Peninsula was provided by Preneal Canada Inc., a wind turbine developer, and a subsidiary of The Preneal Group, a Spanish company with its head office in Madrid.
Preneal Canada Inc., is proposing to develop wind turbine installations in the area outlined on the map above, and has signed leases to hundreds of acres of land in this area. The top of the dotted line on the map is just south of Lindsay Road 20, while the most southerly part is close to the municipal boundary with South Bruce Peninsula.
The planned project is for 150 MW, which translates to about 75 wind turbines of the size that are currently being built in other parts of Ontario.
These newer wind turbines are much larger than the three currently at Ferndale. For example, the blades may be compared in size to a Boeing 747.
A consultancy firm, hired by Preneal Canada Inc., has informed Northern Bruce Peninsula council that it is commencing to carry out a “Natural Heritage Assessment Report,” and a “Water Body Assessment and Impact Report” which will be part of the application process to be submitted to the provincial government from Preneal Canada Inc.
In addition to Preneal Canada Inc., we are aware of at least one more wind turbine developer, Tribute Resources Inc. of London, Ont., that has "executed options to lease lands with 35 landowners for approximately 10,000 acres on which to place the turbines."
Click on map to enlarge.
The map to the left includes both the Preneal area and the Mar Silver Birch development as well that is in the FIT application queue.
To read the full story, see Ontario Wind Resistance
. A letter
from consultants to local organizations, including the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula, is also included.
We have just received information that there is now a fourth player in the proposed Turbine conquest of the Bruce Peninsula. See the map on the right.
Wind energy is not efficient. The output of energy from a wind turbine varies between zero and 100 per cent of the nameplate capacity of the turbine approximately 90 per cent of the time. If this equation is averaged over a fixed period of time – say one year – the output of a wind turbine is a mere 25 – 30 per cent of the nameplate capacity. This means that energy from conventional sources is required to compensate when the wind is not blowing so that your refrigerator, freezer, washing machine and furnace still run. Unfortunately, the conventional electricity plant that is being used as a back-up must be ramped down so that when needed, it can be fired up and put into operation. When the plant is ramped down, it releases more C02 emissions into the atmosphere than it would if it were running at full throttle all of the time. In addition, our costs increase because employees are on standby waiting to reactivate the plant. Conversely, if we have strong winds that result in a lot of wind power being generated, the system seek to sell or give excess power to neighbouring States or Provinces, rather than ramping down conventional power sources so as to avoid wear and tear on the plant. While this may be beneficial for conventional power plants it means the consumer pays an excessive price for wind power because we give away, or sell, the power at a huge loss.
The Ontario government is pouring billions of our tax dollars into promoting and subsidizing wind energy. This is a great concern, given the facts stated above. It is our opinion that this money would be better spent researching renewable energy sources that are efficient, reliable, and cost-effective.
WHY WE DON’T WANT INDUSTRIAL WIND TURBINES
ON THE BRUCE PENINSULA:
The Bruce Peninsula is a narrow strip of land jutting northwards from southern Ontario into Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. One of its major features is the Niagara Escarpment, which runs from New York State, forming the spine of the Peninsula, then under the waters of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron to Manitoulin Island where it resurfaces and travels on to Michigan and Wisconsin. The Niagara Escarpment is a major Ontario ecological and cultural feature.
In places, this narrow strip of land called the Bruce Peninsula is only about 10 km. wide. There are currently three industrial wind turbines – of a type that is much smaller than the ones currently proposed for this area – and these three wind turbines are visible from the waters of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron down as far as Red Bay. There is no hinterland on the Bruce Peninsula in which to hide these monoliths. Imagine what hundreds of them are going to look like.
is a major part of the Bruce Peninsula economy. And why not, when we have such gorgeous views and wonderful beaches. With two national parks, one provincial park and a great deal of provincially managed protected areas, this area is a mecca for hundreds of southern Ontario city-weary residents, as well as a destination for visitors from the U.S. and overseas. The Bruce Trail that runs up the spine of the Niagara Escarpment is famed as one of the best North American hiking trails. The area is the site of major spring and fall bird migrations.
It is our opinion that tourism to the Bruce Peninsula will suffer if the area becomes home to huge industrial wind turbines. Who wants to stay in a B&B that offers a view of hundreds of wind turbines, and instead of a quiet night admiring the stars in our Dark Sky area, there are hundreds of blinking red lights and the noise of wind turbine blades breaking the silence. Even now, real estate professionals in the area tell us that people looking to buy vacation property here are saying that unless they receive assurances that industrial wind turbines will not be built here, they won’t buy!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- We’d love you to join our organization. Sometimes we need volunteers to help us with our job; sometimes we just need your support to show those who would spoil our lovely area that so many of us do not want industrial wind turbines here. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For up-to-the-minute information about industrial wind turbines check out the Wind Concerns Ontario website.