Wind Energy

Windmills Are Beautiful (Yes, Even in My Backyard)

David Suzuki | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

With the growing urgency of climate change, we can't have it both ways. We can't shout about the dangers of global warming and then turn around and shout even louder about the "dangers" of windmills. We must accept that all forms of energy have associated costs. A blanket "not in my backyard" approach is hypocritical and counterproductive. I think smokestacks, smog, acid rain, coal-fired power plants and climate change are ugly. I think windmills are beautiful. And if one day I look out from my cabin porch and see a row of windmills spinning in the distance, I won't curse them. I will praise them. It will mean we're finally getting somewhere.

Alberta Wind Power Report Blows

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Alberta
Kenneth P. Green

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has released a "windvision" plan for Alberta that, not-surprisingly calls for the province to build a lot more wind-power capacity. CanWEA suggests that while the province currently generates 1,100 Megawatts of wind-power, it could install nearly five times as much. Of course, they point out that Alberta's competitive energy system makes it hard to get wind-power construction financed. But they have a solution to that, calling on policymakers to institute a clean energy standard in Alberta, and asking them to hike Alberta's carbon tax.

Anti-Wind Appeal Ends With a Whimper

Dianne Saxe | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Dianne Saxe

The Environmental Review Tribunal continues to grind through its list of anti-wind appeals. On December 5, it rejected an appeal against the Renewable Energy Approval for another wind farm, Pattern Energy's South Kent Wind facility, 127 turbines between Tilbury and Ridgetown. In each of the appeals, the opponents have argued that approval of the wind farm will cause serious harm to human health. In each case, the Tribunal has found that this allegation has not been proven.

Is This the Greenest Campus in Canada?

David Dodge | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Church Point, a little-known dot on the map in rural southern Nova Scotia, isn't exactly a tourist hotspot. But for sustainability nerds it's an unexpected haven. It's home to St. Anne University, or Université Sante Anne as it's called in French and it may be the greenest little university in Canada.

Nova Scotia's Breezy Idea Puts Communities First

David Dodge | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Tour the rolling countryside of Nova Scotia in the fall and it's like driving right into a post card. Head west of Truro and not only do you get this scenic drive but you'll find Nuttby Mountain wind farm -- the turbines popping up into view quite unexpectedly. All things being equal would you be more inclined to have a coal-fired power plant in your backyard or a wind turbine that you helped raise the money for?

Can Canada Really Be an "Energy Superpower"

Keith Brooks | Posted 01.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Brooks

Canada's entire "energy superpower" strategy hinges on high-priced oil, and a recent International Energy Agency report demonstrates that betting on high prices is risky. Canada should pin our future prosperity to the burgeoning renewables market, rather than doubling down on oil. It's the only choice we have for the sake of our environment. And it's the best path forward for our economy, too.

What it's Really Like to Live Near a Wind Farm

David Dodge | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Living
David Dodge

Heidi Eijgel is an Alberta horse farmer who lives in the last house at the end of a gravel road surrounded by one of the largest wind farms in Alberta -- and she's OK with that. In 2003, the 70 megawatt Summerview wind farm was built adjacent to Eijgel's property. She has been peacefully co-existing with that wind farm since then.

Don't Bring a Gun to a Wind Energy Debate

John Laforet | Posted 10.01.2012 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

I was saddened to read that Jeff Damen, a father of two and employee of a wind developer in rural Ontario, reported having a shotgun pulled on him while conducting field work on a project site in West Grey. While I am not known for expressing opinions remotely sympathetic to that of the wind industry or its employees, and certainly oppose the development of the project in question, guns and threats of violence have no place in any debate in our province.

Mike Crawley's Business Record Proves He's No Man of the People

John Laforet | Posted 03.13.2012 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

Mike Crawley's day job as chief of International Power Canada poses a significant risk to the Liberal Party and makes his calls for grassroots inclusion ring hollow. His power company has had a devastating impact on Ontario residents who are forced to live in the shadow of Crawley's work.

Open Letter to Premier McGuinty: Restore Local Democracy

John Laforet | Posted 01.29.2012 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

Premier McGuinty, your declaration that you are prepared to listen to Bill 10 is a positive step to address all that has happened since Feb. 11 2009 when you stated you would not hesitate to 'foist' renewable energy projects on communities, and lashed out at concerned citizens.

Vermont Wind Farm Site Meets Occupation of Its Own

John Laforet | Posted 12.22.2011 | Canada
John Laforet

While OWS entered it's second week of high-profile coverage, an occupation of a very different kind began taking place in Vermont. Concerned citizens have worked together to oppose Green Mountain Power's bid to clear-cut 134 acres of ridge top to install 21 industrial wind turbines in this environmentally-sensitive area.

Did Green Energy Act Cost McGuinty Rural Votes?

John Laforet | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada
John Laforet

The McGuinty government made a decision to ignore the motions against further industrial wind development, the protests, the rallies and the dominance of this issue at rural all candidates debates and their rural caucus paid for it with their jobs and cost his government their majority.

Green Jobs Are Not a Hoax

Keith Brooks | Posted 12.11.2011 | Canada
Keith Brooks

For decades, people have argued that we must choose between good work and a clean environment. But that argument just doesn't hold up anymore. We need a functioning economy with good jobs, and a clean environment, which is what is meant by the term green economy.

Green Energy Act Sufferers Seeing Red

John Laforet | Posted 12.03.2011 | Canada
John Laforet

Dalton McGuinty's Green Energy Act has failed to provide the thousands of high value jobs he has spent the last two years claiming it would and Canada's reputation as a free trader is being challenged by important members of the global community. But sadly, it's Ontarians who will clean up the mess.

McGuinty's Energy Policy Favours a Double Standard

John Laforet | Posted 11.29.2011 | Canada
John Laforet

If McGuinty's support of democracy and compelling arguments is legitimate, a moratorium, proper independent health study on impacts from wind turbines and restoration of planning control should be forthcoming for rural municipalities.

Wind Company Launches Massive Lawsuit Against Ontario

CBC | Posted 11.28.2011 | Canada

An Ontario offshore wind company is seeking $2.25 billion in damages from the provincial Liberal government after the province declared a...

Ontario's Ballot Box Question: Future of the Green Energy Act

John Laforet | Posted 11.23.2011 | Canada
John Laforet

The Green Energy Act is an issue that has been festering in rural Ontario communities for years. The Liberals are campaigning in defence of their Green Energy Act, while the opposition has centred around three key issues: health and environmental impacts, process issues around decision making and the economics of the feed-in-tariff program.

Wind Turbines Blow Off Freedom of Speech

John Laforet | Posted 11.21.2011 | Canada
John Laforet

Recently, a family in Thamesville began suffering adverse health effects commonly reported by individuals living near industrial wind developments. Could they have avoided this based on the past experiences of others had former residents not been 'prohibited by agreement' from answering questions about their health?

An Inconvenient Truth About Green Energy Jobs

John Laforet | Posted 11.20.2011 | Canada
John Laforet

The premier of Ontario continues to make new announcements of jobs, and promotes fear mongering that his political opponents would kill those jobs if elected. The reality is no matter who wins Ontario's Oct. 6 general election, those jobs won't be there to kill, because in most cases they aren't real.

Wind Energy and Health: Is There a Problem?

Dianne Saxe | Posted 09.29.2011 | Canada
Dianne Saxe

I find it odd that we focus so much public buzz on fear of wind turbines. Most of our energy sources are far more dangerous to human health and the environment.

When It Comes to Health, Wind Power Blows Away the Alternative

David Suzuki | Posted 09.05.2011 | Canada
David Suzuki

With the world facing ever-growing negative consequences of burning fossil fuels, we must weigh our options. In doing so, wind power comes out ahead. However, a backlash has been growing in many places where wind power is being developed.