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Has EBR approved the Ostrander Industrial Wind Turbine development?

Apparently, the EBR may have already made its decision to give approval to the Ostrander/Gilead project. I say this because I have been informed that much of the major components of the 9 turbines are now sitting in a storage facility just on the outskirts of Schenectady , New York. That’s right folks, the Industrial Wind Turbines that are soon to mar the landscape of Prince Edward County and start hacking away at birds and bats were partially manufactured in the good ol’ U.S. of A., with a goodly lot of offshore (China) components. To be fair, the structural metal manufacture was laboured out to the United Steelworkers of America, the Labour Union financially associated with the pro wind astroturf Canadian ENGO, Environmental Defence. They are a new and improved model of Industrial Wind Turbine, made to stand up to our harsh Canadian Climate (low temperatures), manufactured by General Electric, the GE 2.5 MW XL Wind Turbines:

Rated Capacity: 2,500 kW; Rated Wind Speed: 12.5 m/s

Cut-in Wind Speed: 3.5 m/s; Cut-out Wind Speed: 25 m/s

Rotor Diameter: 100 m; Swept Area: 7,854 sq

Gearbox: Multi-stage planetary gear

Generator and Converter: Permanent magnet generator and full power converter

Tower (Hub Heights): 75 m, 85 m, 100 m

My jaded mind tells me that they wouldn’t be going to all the expense of getting these close to and ready to cross the border without this development being fait accompli.

Note that, despite what John Legate of our own home grown County Sustainability Group, made claim that they, the generators of these eco crucifixes did not contain, extremely polluting in mining and manufacture, rare earths (neodymium and dysprosium) these nine turbines alone will in fact contain over 15 tons of these elements in the permanent magnet generators. As for the many other claims made by County Sustainability Group members, it seems that once you get yourself linked up with the predominant eco investment ENGO, Tides Canada (a U.S.A. subsidiary), even by mere mention, the ideological power rush is so great that you no longer feel the necessity to evaluate and substantiate any suppositions regarding Industrial Wind Turbines.

So, by my reckonin’, the 60% Canadian manufacturing level dictated by the McGuinty government will be encompassed by the enormous amount of concrete and steel required for the foundations, the electrical wiring, and a few other small components. Real high tech industry development for Ontario eh! Them Yankee carpetbaggers are comin’.  Find a safe hiding place… the rapin’ (of our PEC landscape) and pillagin’ (FIT subsidies/taxpayer dollars) is soon to be upon us.

David Norman, Rogue Primate of Bloomfield

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  1. David Norman says:

    The Administrator here on CountyLive has for some reason seen fit to edit my last comment, which from my perspective was in a way that was completely arbitrary and as such unnecessary. The first part of my last comment read: “David Norman, Rogue Primate of Bloomfield in an email stated”. This represents an email response which I made directly to Mike Lord in response to his email and is essential to the context of my comment. Curious!

  2. David Norman says:

    @ Mike Lord
    Thank you for taking the time to compose your email to the Editor response to my “Has EBR approved the Ostrander Industrial Wind Turbine development?” blog on CountyLive; http://www.countylive.ca/?p=24013. I invite and encourage you to respond directly to my blog in the forum it is presented. I’m sure this would make for some County lively discussion. I’m prepared to answer to your allegations of “falsehood” in this public commentary. While I have no delusions of power/influence in this respect, my curiosity does seem to get the better of me.
    Regards,
    David Norman, Rogue Primate of Bloomfield

  3. David Norman says:

    @ Mike Lord
    That being the case, where are you getting these particular Industrial Wind Turbines from? From where are the generator parts sourced and where is the steel structure being manufactured and by whom? Please be specific about what you claim is “false”. And for the record, I did not say they had “already been purchased”.

  4. Administrator says:

    Mike Lord, Vice President, Project Development
    for Gilead Power Corporation, in a email, stated:

    “For the record (David Norman’s) information about turbine equipment having been already purchased and stored in the U.S. (or anywhere else) is completely false.”

    For answers to questions about Gilead’s project:
    http://www.gileadpower.com/contact_us.htm

  5. David Norman says:

    @ Alison
    My faux pas Alison… I misspelled “subsidiarity”. I just assumed since the CEO of U.S.A. Tides, Drummond Pike, who was a founder of Tides Canada and serves on the Board of Directors would do so in a subsidiarity fashion… after all, he would have an interest in how the funds from the U.S.A. Tides that are provided to the Canadian Tides, are being used in an appropriate manner and represent their agenda!

  6. Doris Lane says:

    Maybe the only thing we can do is rally against them and n. ot let them drive on our roads
    what a terrible mess the county is going to be
    Hope they had fun at the edo tonight –don’t they know that once a turbine goes up no one will want to have anything to do with the county

  7. Alison says:

    Thanks for the post; open dialogue about energy development issues is critical and the more voices the better. Just to clarify, though, Tides Canada is not a subsidiary of the San Francisco-based Tides foundation. We are a Canadian organization. Thanks again.

  8. This Government is treasonous!

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