Annual Global Wind Day utilized to bring attention to idle White Pines project

BLOWING IN THE WIND- Wind Energy proponent Jen Ackerman was giving tours of yet-to-be-assembled wind turbines in the Milford area on Saturday as part of Wind Energy Day. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

The wind blew the public to Milford this weekend as proponents of the White Pines wind turbine installation offered a chance to convey their message the cancelled green energy project could still generate energy for Ontario’s power grid.

Global Wind Day was celebrated Saturday at Jen Ackerman’s bakery/variety store, Live Laugh Eat in Milford with turbine ‘tours’ down the street.
A worldwide event that occurs annually on June 15, Global Wind Energy is organized by WindEurope and Global Wind Energy Council.
It’s a day to celebrate wind energy and exchange information about wind energy, its power and the possibilities it holds to change the world.
Upwards of 20 people took time to check out one of the non-functioning turbines in the Milford area.
“I have turbine nine on my property but it’s just that much further to have to go,” Ackerman told the Gazette. “ Here (Kevin Wanamaker’s turbine) is better for showing people because you have the stages, you have the finished one but you also have the partially finished one and all the blades are laying down, when people actually see them and put their hands on them it’s a whole different experience.”
Ackerman told the Gazette has spent thousands of dollars committed hundreds of hours and a lot of energy on drawing attention to the devastating implications that will result in the dismantling of this near finished wind farm.
“A small but loud group  were able to convince Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith to cancel this project through his new boss, Premier Doug Ford,” Ackerman declared. “We the quiet majority regret now the mistake we made by being too quiet. We are not quiet now and have not been for almost a year.”
Ackerman said the plan now is to approach County Council in a specially requested meeting where she plans on cramming a hundred or more participants into Shire Hall.
“This County has become a place the locals don’t even recognize anymore with our shore lines being taken over with cottage resorts and million dollar homes,” Ackerman expressed. “The wetlands and treed areas are being clear cut  to accommodate the rich newcomers homes/swimming pools/tennis courts showing no respect for the environment, the wild life that live there or the life style of the locals.”
Ackerman gathered signatures for a petition and has over 19, 000 on one and 350 on a separate, only locals petition, all supporting White Pines Wind Farm.
“I will continue to try to educate people on the power of wind and it’s benefits,” Ackerman stated. “The County is an embarrassment to Ontario and Canada and I’m ashamed to be a part of this place. When I move East I will be looking for a wind farm to live by, so I can be around people who care.”
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The world is facing a climate emergency (but, of course, not in Prince Edward County)

Prince Edward Councillors should hang their heads in shame.

Todd Smith photo
Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, whose claim to fame is stifling employment and sustainable development in Prince Edward County by shutting down the White Pines Wind Project that consists of 9 wind turbines with a nameplate capacity of 18.45 megawatts (MW) of emissions-free renewable energy .

Climate emergency?  What climate emergency?

Where is the county’s climate emergency plan? Where is the coordinated leadership to address climate mitigation and to inspire conservation, green growth and climate action? Where is the County’s New Green Deal?

”You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to your children.” @GretaThuberg

While  100+ Cities Commit to Clean with 100% Renewable Energy and cities are leading the fight against climate disaster–not in Prince Edward, where councillors sleep the good sleep after filling potholes. Time for leadership? Not so much.

Save The White Pines Wind Project








Wind in the County: Solar and Wind Energy Projects Crucial to Fighting Climate Change


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Volt and Turbines
The nine wind turbines that make up the White Pines wind farm would generate enough electricity to power more than half of the homes in Prince Edward County over the next 20 years.

If the Province of Ontario is allowed to start the process of dismantling White Pines, the taxpayers will be saddled with $100,000,000 or more in new debt.

Other communities across the country and around the world are welcoming wind turbine projects and what they mean for fighting our climate change crisis. Other communities are declaring Climate Change Emergencies.

Let the province know that we are WILLING HOSTS for the White Pines wind project and UNWILLING HOSTS to paying for this massive, unnecessary and entirely “Made in the County” debt.

Inside one Ontario town’s decade long wind war


A windmill is seen on the White Pines Wind Project in Prince Edward County, Ontario, on July 19, 2018. Photo by Cole Burston

After he was sworn in, Ontario Premier Doug Ford made a series of announcements about green energy. All of them were negative. One of the few projects he called out by name was the White Pines Wind Project in Milford, Ont. – a project that was cancelled by legislation adopted on July 25.

Ford and his majority Progressive Conservative government had campaigned on the elimination of “wasteful” energy contracts, and ceremoniously moved to cancel 758 of them within weeks of taking office, arguing that this would translate into savings for consumers on their energy bills.

The swiftly-fulfilled promise garnered mixed reviews; critics lambasting the lack of proposed alternatives, supporters celebrating the long-fought victory. Overall, the decision could translate into the loss of thousands of clean energy jobs across the province at a time when countries are moving away from fossil fuels and investing trillions of dollars in new clean and green growth. MORE

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Doug Ford’s energy shake-up could wind up costing Ontario

Opinion: Whether the government’s actions around the province’s electricity system will offer consumers any significant benefits remains an open question at best

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces his plan to keep the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in operation until 2024, in this June 2018 photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

The company heading up the White Pines project has already signalled its intention to seek $100 million in damages. MORE