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Win d Co n c e r n s On t a rio

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Industrial Wind Turbines – Why we need to be cautious


Provincial Power Environmental Noise Physical Safety Health Economy
Needs Conscience
Ontario’s electrical We have to shutdown Wind turbines make They are perfectly There is no Green jobs will make
What the peak rose 24% in the coal generators due no more noise than a safe. CANWEA says confirmed evidence our economy strong.
Government last 12 years. Even to their impact on quiet whisper, or a setback to lot line of adverse health Investors will pay to
and with conservation we climate change, and rustling leaves. of blade radius plus effects, and it is just put up wind turbines,
expect it to grow a the health of people Noise from turbines 10 metres (~50 that people look for saving money for
Wind Industry
further 24% in the breathing fumes. is masked by ground metres) is adequate, excuses as they do consumers. Taxes
say: next 19 years. We Wildlife benefits winds, and is only a and they are experts not like the look of from turbines will
need wind power. from wind turbines. mild annoyance. aren’t they? wind turbines. benefit communities.
Reliable generation is No dispatchable Masking of noise Risk analysis shows Medical researchers Green jobs building
What should be needed to match generating plant (coal does not occur on the current setbacks for have shown negative wind turbines are
truthfully said: load. No one can tell or otherwise) has majority of nights as wind turbines are health effects from mostly in other
the winds to blow. been replaced by proven changes in inadequate. We need wind turbine noise. countries. Consumers
Usually, wind turbine wind turbines alone. wind profile increase to provide safety for Sound measurement pay about 2.5 times
output is highest at Wind cannot assure wind speed at hub people, roads, hydro using dBA does not more for power from
night when electrical output when needed height and lower lines and property. show all impact on wind turbines than
load is low, and and requires building wind speed at Tall wind turbines in the human body. average system price.
lowest when demand expensive storage ground. This makes Ontario a have Prof. M. Alvez- Taxpayers subsidize
is high in daytime. (non-existing) and/or turbines seem to be demonstrated blade Pereira (Portugal) wind by grants and
Electricity storage more new gas or coal noisier at night, as if failure rate about 4x shows physiological tax writeoffs. May
(batteries, hydrogen, generators as load at half the distance to higher than seen on changes from noise have negative effect
or pumped storage) is increases. Destroyed the listener. MOE data from turbines in in short periods. She on municipal tax
expensive. Mismatch enjoyment of local now recognizes that Europe. Blades and others including base as turbines
to load and changes environment, damage wind profile may weigh over 10 Dr. Amanda Harry assessed at $40,000
of wind output strain to wildlife habitat, need to be addressed, tonnes, and pieces (UK), Dr. Nina per MW, so pay little
the electrical system. and endangering but guidelines also have traveled 500 Pierpont (USA), taxes, while
Claims that “the birds and bats are need to address low metres from turbines. National Academy of community home
wind always blows inconsistent with frequency sound, and Ice can blow from Medicine (France) assessment (and thus
somewhere” are not environmental policy the major annoyance turbine blades even suggest greater taxes) can fall due to
matched by reality. in Ontario. from cyclic noise. when shutdown. setbacks for health. nearby turbines.

Other issues not addressed: Negative effect on rural community life (secrecy of contracts, neighbour pitted against neighbour). Impact on family farms (20+ year
binding contracts, wind company has first refusal on farm transfer of ownership). Impact on agricultural productivity (contiguous fields are broken up and drainage
patterns are altered by access roads and foundations, buried or overhead electrical cables). Dominating visual impact changes natural rural vistas to industrial.

Protecting rural Ontario for future generations