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The Kingston Field Naturalists have been concerned for quite some time about the planned proliferation of wind turbines around the eastern end of Lake Ontario.  Below is a picture of what they are talking about, from ontario-wind-turbines.org. Under their auspices, two naturalists studied the bird traffic that flies through the above area every year.  No [...]

John Harrison has been studying the propagation of noise over water for some time.  The recent push to get the moratorium lifted and use the project as a “test bed” is a cynical attempt to get this project in, and once it’s in the developers are betting (probably correctly) that no matter how destructive its [...]

Today the Kingston Whig-Standard published a short article about the latest maneuvering of Ian Baines.  He is the president of Windstream, the company proposing the Wolfe Island Shoals project.  Ontario has a moratorium on projects in the Great Lakes pending doing some scientific studies to see what their impacts might be.  Baines says they need [...]

The online version of the Daily Commercial news had a brief article about the PC energy critic, Vic Fedeli, writing a letter to the Minister of Energy, Chris Bentley.  Fedeli was wondering, given all the orders Windstream has been placing for turbines etc in preparation for the WI Shoals project, if there are plans to [...]

Ian Baines’ company, Windstream, has just placed what is apparently a binding order for 130 Siemans turbines for their Wolfe Island Shoals project.  Since there is still a moratorium on wind turbines in the Great Lakes one wonders if they are being reckless, or do they know something we don’t?  A third option occurs to [...]

Below is a click-to-enlarge composite of the 4 wind energy projects that are at least far enough along to have definite numbers and placements of turbines.  The 4 projects are Wolfe Island, Amherst Island, White Pines and Ostrander Point.  All of these are Important Bird Areas.  And Ontario isn’t done.  There are plans for additional [...]

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In a move that surprised all of us on Amherst Island, Ian Baines’ company, WindStream, was awarded a contract under the Ontario FIT program to supply power to the Ontario grid for a fixed price of 19 cents per kw-h, about 5 times the current wholesale price. Plus escalators over the years. Who is WindStream? [...]