- Host communities are realizing significant economic and social benefits through new municipal tax revenues, additional and stable income for farmers and landowners from land lease agreements.
- Wind energy is creating new high-value jobs, providing employment opportunities for local trades-people and contractors as well as full-time permanent jobs once the wind farm is operational.
- Wind energy projects bring direct investment in the form of contracts for raw materials and infusion of dollars to local services and retail businesses.
- Developers are establishing innovative ways to provide additional economic benefits and support community partnerships (e.g., voluntary Community Benefits Program / Community Vibrancy Funds).
- Community Liaison Committees are being established in developer communities in order to create a foundation for meaningful dialogue, while supporting an atmosphere of public trust/confidence between the wind energy developer and community.
- The Canadian wind industry produced the world’s first Best Practices for Community Engagement and Public Consultation
to improve and strengthen industry practices as wind energy grows across Canada.
Did you know?
- If Ontario fully implements the government’s Long-Term Energy Plan, it is expected that over $650 million will be paid to landowners in lease payments from the wind energy sector in Ontario from 2006 to 2030.
- $25 million was invested into the community of Wolfe Island during construction and royalties to landowners, tax payments, operation and maintenance expenses and ongoing local economic benefits add up to an another $3 million a year.
Creating jobs in a homegrown industry
- Wind energy is providing high quality jobs for graduates of Fanshawe College, St. Lawrence College and St. Clair College in Ontario, Lethbridge College in Alberta, Groupe Collegia in Quebec and Northern Lights College in BC, to name a few.
- Wind energy is poised to create hundreds of new jobs in places like Windsor and Tillsonburg where other manufacturing has declined. These are good-paying jobs at a time when every job counts.
- For every direct job created in the wind energy industry, there are spin -off jobs created in the value chain in areas like construction, transportation, provision of aggregate, etc. Much of the raw materials used in construction of wind farms is sourced locally, so the benefits are experienced at a regional level.
- If Ontario fully implements the government’s 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan, every 1,000 MW of new wind would drive approximately $2 billion in investments, create over 11,200 (direct and in-direct) person-years of employment, and provide enough clean power for over 300,000 Canadian homes.
- A report by Blue Green Canada More Bank For Our Buck examined the $1.3 billion in taxpayer subsidies the federal government provides to the oil industry and found that if those dollars were invested in renewable energy or energy efficiency it could create between 18,000-20,000 jobs. In comparison, that same amount of money invested in oil and gas would yield less than 3,000 jobs.
- Communities hosting wind energy projects benefit from local economic development through new sources of stable revenue in the form of taxes and land lease payments, as well as new opportunities for local contractors and service providers.
- Multiple studies around the world have consistently found no statistical evidence that links wind projects to widespread reduced property values.
- The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is currently not altering property assessments in Ontario as a result of wind energy projects. MPAC is a not-for-profit corporation funded by all Ontario municipalities.
- Wind energy developments in Ontario will create more than 73,000 person years of employment and attract more than $13 billion in private sector investment, according to the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on the economic impacts of the wind energy industry in the province. Wind Dividends: An Analysis of the Economic Impacts from Ontario’s Wind Procurements
- Take a look at Wind. For My Community for examples of significant economic benefits of real wind projects in Ontario and Quebec and Nova Scotia.
- For success stories in Alberta, download the Alberta Wind. For My Community. brochure.
- These projects are examples of some of the Community Liaison Committee that have been set up by developers – Summerhaven, Port Dover, Grand Renewable Energy Park, and South Kent Wind Farm for other examples you can Google: wind energy + community liaison committee.
- The Effects of Wind Turbines on Property Values in Ontario: Does Public Perception Match Empirical Evidence? Peer-reviewed study published in a recent issue of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics concludes wind turbine developments have no effect on property values of nearby homes and farms.
- 2012 Assessment Base Year Study- Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC’s)
study concludes that “2012 Current Value Assessments (CVA) of properties located within proximity to [a wind turbine] are assessed at their current value and are equitably assessed in relation to homes at greater distances. No adjustments are required for 2012 CVAs. This finding is consistent with MPAC’s 2008 CVA report. The 2012 CVA study also found that there is no statistically significant impact on sale prices of residential properties in these market areas resulting from proximity to [a wind turbine]. The study underwent a rigorous independent third-party peer review and includes appendices describing the study parameters and documenting the analyses.”
- Canning Consultants Inc. studied 83 properties in the Chatham-Kent region and found that in the study area where wind farms were clearly visible, there was no empirical evidence to indicate that rural residential properties realized lower sale prices than similar residential properties within the same area that were outside of the view shed of a wind turbine. Wind Energy Study – Effects on Real Estate Values in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ontario
- Assessment Review Board: In the Assessment Review Board hearing, MPAC argued that there was no evidence to show that construction and operation of wind turbines had reduced the current value of the landowner’s property. Decision of the Assessment Review Board, File No: WR 113994. Township of Frontenac Islands (P.35)
- MPAC NEWS Summer 2012 – Property Assessment & Wind Turbines: To date, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation’s (MPAC) analysis of sales has indicated that the presence of wind turbines that are either abutting or in proximity to a property has neither a positive nor negative impact on its value.
- Effects of Wind Turbines on Property Values in Rhode Island (2013) – The results of the study suggest that there is no statistical evidence for negative property value impacts of wind turbines. These results are consistent with Hoen et al. (2013), who examine impacts of large wind farms in nine states.
- US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – A Spatial Hedonic Analysis of the Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States: The analysis found “no statistical evidence that home values near turbines were affected in the post-construction or post-announcement/pre-construction periods.” The study collected data from over 50,000 home sales in the US, including data prior to and following announcement and construction of wind projects in 9 states. In addition, the researchers included homes that were within ½ mile of a project.
- US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: The proximity to wind energy facilities does not have a pervasive or widespread adverse effect on the value of nearby homes. The research in The Impact of Wind Power Projects on Residential Property Values in the United States: A Multi-Site Hedonic Analysis covered a time span from before the wind farms were announced to well after construction and operation (P.69-75).
- Wind Farm Proximity and Property Values: A pooled Hedonic Regression Analysis of Property Values in Central Illinois: The objectives of this study are to examine whether proximity to the 240-turbine Twin Groves Wind Farm in Illinois, has impacted nearby residential property values.