|AM800 CKLW Windsor, Friday Oct. 17/08Lakeshore Council has approved the installation of 10 wind turbines in the south eastern part of the municipality.
Construction is expected to start next summer and be complete
by the end of the year. Mayor Tom Bain says any environmental concerns
have been overcome, allowing for what he calls a ‘win-win’ situation. It means
more tax revenue for the municipality and a cheaper source of energy for everyone.
Where do you get the idea that wind is a cheap source of energy????
Haven’t you heard yours and my tax dollars are subsidizing
wind developers more than 2x the amount we now pay for
electricity for 20 YEARS. cost indexed each year. Because wind
is artificially subsidized, WAY more than any conventional
power source it is not a cheap source of electricity.
A 2008 report by the US Energy Information Administration
concluded that wind energy is subsidized to the tune of
$23 per megawatt-hour. By contrast, normal coal
receives 44¢ per megawatt-hour, natural gas 25¢, hydroelectric 67¢,
and nuclear power $1.59.
These prices are similar in Canada.
[Since these other sources meet other criteria such as reliable,
abundant and dis-patchable power, there is some basis for subsidizing them!]
Ontario has just announced electricity rates are
increasing (up to 5.6cents/kwh or 6.5(depending on amount of usage).
The Ontario Energy Board said the increase was due to
new natural gas installations, and conservation
and renewable energy projects.”
Where do you get the idea that your municipality will be getting
more tax revenues especially when property values will decrease
near those sites you have allowed wind turbines? If you’ve read
any of the the documents the wind developers uses to
support that property values are protected, you will notice
that the data base doesn’t even distinguish whether those
properties sold are near the turbines, in fact most studies
use a 5 mile radius. There is not even an indication that these
homes could see a turbine. When I asked for property value
protection for myself and my neighbours from the developer
in my area, they told me that they don’t ask for a kick-back
when my property values go up. Isn’t their interest the wind??
so why would they be interested in my property values.
You are being completely mislead and I hope you are prepared
to deal with the aftermath you have created in your desperate
attempt to create revenues for your municipality.
Signed a Landowner who will be facing 30 turbines
because of lack of support by her local politicians
like those found in Lakeshore.