Leaving aside the debate over the economics and reliability of wind power, it seems many Canadians don’t want giant propellers voom, voom, vooming anywhere near their homes.
Most of the opposition is centred in Ontario, where successive Liberal governments have committed the province to rapidly expanding wind-turbine electricity generation as part of its controversial green energy strategy.
While some of the criticism has focused on the high initial cost per kilowatt consumers will be paying – compared with conventional power sources – to help foster the industry, there’s been a growing outcry over perceived adverse effects of the massive turbines themselves.
Whether it’s aesthetics, health or environmental damage, dozens of opposition groups have sprung up in locations where projects are planned.
But proponents of wind power say local opposition groups don’t reflect broader public opinion. The Canadian Wind Energy Association commissioned a series of polls by Nanos Research thatRead More »from Wind power protested by NIMBYists, but experts say little effect on health, property value