Public Meeting to Discuss Draft Energy & Large-Scale Wind Turbine Policies

Thursday March 12th, 2015 at 6 pm

Municipal Complex Orchards Rm, 87 Cornwallis Street, Kentville

Storm Date:
Wednesday March 18th, 2015, same location and time

On Thursday, March 12th the Municipality will host a public meeting to review and gather public feedback on the proposed direction concerning energy set out in the ‘Draft for Consultation’ Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS).   With  significant public interest in renewable energy issues, large-scale wind turbines in particular, we want to ensure we provide the opportunity for people to learn about the draft document and provide early feedback. We especially want to learn more about what residents consider appropriate and acceptable regarding large-scale wind turbines in rural areas. The meeting will begin with a presentation from Municipal staff and followed by group discussions. Anyone with an interest in energy issues is encouraged to attend.

For more information about the proposed energy policies, please see the ‘Draft for Consultation’ planning documents, Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) Chapter 2.7, Energy, in particular.

As a reminder, public feedback on energy, or any other topic, is welcomed at any time and in a variety forms, including phone, email, map comments etc.  Click here for more details about how to provide feedback.

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11 Responses to Public Meeting to Discuss Draft Energy & Large-Scale Wind Turbine Policies

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  2. I am in favour of wind turbines. Every form of energy involves some inconvenience. 85% of Nova Scotia’s energy come from burning fossil fuels. Coal emissions contain mercury, volatile organic compounds and other poisons, which are killing the people in Dartmouth and Cape Breton. We need to step up and find alternatives. CO2 can’t forever be someone else’s problem.

    Wind turbines should be at a safe distance from dwellings and not ruin people’s lives with noise and flicker.

  3. Terry Knock says:

    The time for forward action on this issue and other renewables such as tidal power in Scotts Bay is better late than never. I am very pleased to see this discussion reopened at least on wind power. However saddened and angered by the opposite recent indecision by council on Scott’s Bay Tidal Power. True there is a tide :) in affairs but waiting for the right tide will ensure indecision and gridlocked nimph-leadership.

    • David Lacey says:

      Well, that is good that you feel renewable energy is a good idea…..
      however, the Bay of Fundy has some issues. The biggest one is related to the biggest prospect, the tides.
      If the/our tides were in temperate waters, no problem. However, spring ice bullets ( mid stream ice flows) are an issue.
      These are river ice mixed with mud and captured rocks that are released in spring melt and flow into the bay and Minas Channel and can be observed at almost any depth.
      This is “shrapnel” to underwater structures , such as submerged turbines.
      Much investment, social and real, has been directed to this. And, It , frankly, is a dead end. I wish it were different, but it just isn’t so.
      Maybe some sort of surface, flexible, device might work, but a fixed, submerged “turbine” , is doomed.
      No question.

  4. annette veasey says:

    In under four days over 1100 residents signed a petition against placing industrial wind turbines on the North Mountain.

    Could a map showing possible sites of industrial wind developments with the newly proposed set- back distance of 1 km be available on this website and to the public (perhaps on the walls of entrance) for any meetings regarding this subject? Thank you.

    • Ian says:

      Hi Annette,

      We will definitely have copies of the maps showing the 1km distance and the 2km distance at the March 12 meeting and any future meetings on the subject.


    • bob ashley says:

      Hey Annette, trust you’re doing well. Here is Summerside, our wind farm has been a great success story. We’ve bested the intermittency problem for the most part with thermal heat storage (for space heating and domestic hot water). GHGs are way down and with over 250 installations locally, residents and businesses are also saving money, displacing fossil fuels with less expensive, clean wind energy. Will be doing a short presentation at the upcoming Local Prosperity Conference in April. Take care! Hello to all the marvelous Kings County Planning Staff!

      • David Lacey says:

        Congratulations Summerside and CEO Bob Ashley!
        Too bad people wouldn’t just go and see the wind power success story there with an open mind. No harm, no foul, just good clean energy. Well done!

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  6. Ed Sulis says:

    Ian: In the 2050 planning data do you have the total number of homes in Kings and an estimate of the average KW h consumption per year. The national figure is 12,000 KW h.

    • Ian says:

      Hi Ed,

      When we were doing our background papers as part of part of Phase 1 I put a lot of effort into trying to find that number. The challenge that ultimately prevented an answer was that the geography of NSPI’s grid does not line up at all with county boundaries. In other words the people I spoke with at NSPI were not able to isolate usage for just Kings County.

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