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Should Ontario Build Wind Turbines On Migration Routes?

By Roy L Hales

When the first winter’s snow covers their hunting grounds, Ontario’s Golden Eagles head south. Many fly along the shore of the Great Lakes, crossing into the United States when the shores are close. This is a major flyway and, according to an article in the Kingston Field Naturalists, “12 million migratory birds pass through” Ontario’s Prince Edward County every year. Some, like the Golden Eagle, are endangered species. Many fall prey to the whirling blades of wind turbines. One of the wind projects sited on this flyway, Wolfe Island, reputedly has the “highest avian mortality in the province.”  Across the border in Michigan state, Huron County intervened on behalf of the birds impose to a 3 mile set-back from the lake. There is no corresponding fly through zone in Ontario. Submissions for two new wind projects – Whites Pines and Ostander Point – are among those being considered for Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement. The province will not release a list of proposed projects until August 7, when the submission deadline ends. Should Ontario build wind turbines on migration routes?

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Wind Energy Saved US Residents $1 Billion In Two Days

By Roy L Hales

Wind power saved PJM residents $1 billion in two days last year. Frigid Arctic temperatures spread over the 13 Mid Atlantic and Great Lakes states (PJM) on January 6 and 7, 2014. There was not enough conventional energy to meet demand. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), spot princes would have skyrocketed if had there not been an abundance of wind energy available.
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How Wind Energy is subsidizing Albertan Ratepayers

And other insights from the Pembina Institute  

Originally published on Clean Technica

By Roy L Hales

Ben Thibault, of the Pembina Institute, says Alberta’s electricity was 65% less expensive when wind is generating over 600 MW,  than when production fell below 300 MW. Wind energy is subsidizing Albertan ratepayers.

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