Letters to the editor: There are benefits to wind energy

WIND ENERGY IS SAFE AND RELIABLE

Stratford Beacon-Herald – Jun 27, 2014, A5
Re: A Dangerous Wind Is Blowing -Stratford Beacon-Herald, June 26, 2014

It is important for your readers to know that wind energy is recognized as one of the safest and most environmentally friendly forms of new electricity generation around the world. In fact, the single biggest threat to wildlife is climate change and habitat loss.

In Ontario, wind energy project developers ensure there are mechanisms in place to reduce potential risks and to guide better understanding actual impacts on all wildlife -during the development of wind energy projects and through the many years that they operate. The wind energy industry partners with academic leaders, researchers, regulators and wildlife organizations to ensure development of wind energy is respectful and responsible. Some examples include Bird Studies Canada (BSC), Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative (BWEC) and the American Wind and Wildlife Institute (AWWI).

Progressive governments around the world recognize the increasing value of agile electricity systems that support economic renewal while respecting the environment. Ontario needs to continue investing in a clean electricity system that will support its own economic recovery while minimizing the impact on our precious natural environment.

BRANDY GIANNETTA REGIONAL DIRECTOR . ONTARIO
CANADIAN WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO

WIND ENERGY IS NOT GIVEN ITS DUE

The Daily Courier (Kelowna) – Jul 07, 2014, Page:A9
Nicholas Heap
Re: Marke Milke’s June 21 column Worrywarts enemies of cleaner future.

The Fraser Institute’s Milke critiques “pessimistic attacks on humanity’s future” yet comes across as curmudgeonly when it comes to wind energy, an industry borne of creativity, enterprise and new thinking.

Liz Logan, chief of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association, is surely among the optimists when she recommends that B.C. build new wind energy projects and geothermal as a better alternative to the Site C dam. Doing so, of course, would create opportunities and expand the economy while preventing adverse effects on First Nations in the region.

Her optimism is well-founded. Ongoing technological improvements and increased competition within the industry have driven the cost of building new wind energy down to the point where wind energy accounts for most of B.C.’s lowest-cost renewable energy resources.

Progressive governments around the world recognize wind energy as an integral part of a modern electricity grid – more decentralized, nimble and flexible than traditional forms of generation in responding to changing economic and environmental circumstances. B.C.’s existing hydro-electric grid is perfectly suited to the integration of many thousands of megawatts of wind energy at extremely low cost.

We invite the Fraser Institute to take a more sanguine approach when examining wind energy and its ability to create new economic growth and build a cleaner future, while minimizing costs to ratepayers.

Nicholas Heap
B.C. regional director, Canadian Wind Energy Association

THERE ARE BENEFITS TO WIND ENERGY

The Norwich Gazette – Jul 09, 2014, Page:4
Re: No advantage to wind, solar power -Norwich Gazette, July 2

The Benefits of Wind Energy: As Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner stated in “Failing our Future”, wind energy has helped Ontario make real progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector.

Wind energy is referred to by Ontario’s Independent System Operator (IESO) as an effective tool in managing the province’s electricity system. The IESO’s 2013 Annual Report states: “Wind generation has taken on a whole new role in the Ontario electricity system -moving from a passive resource to one that is actively used to balance supply against demand. The dispatch of wind has become an effective tool to manage surplus baseload generation.”

Wind energy is also cheaper than new nuclear power and cost-competitive with new hydroelectric power, and costs continue to fall as new technology boosts output, and economies of scale reduce production and supply costs.

Brandy Giannetta Ontario Regional Director Canadian Wind Energy Association Mississauga