by Heather Boa and John Robbins/Bullet News
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is applauding a call from an advocacy group for the province's farmers to suspend contract awards for large-scale wind energy development projects.
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture issued an eight-point position paper late last week that, in part, called for great municipal input in the planning process, criticized the pricing schedule, and asked for provincially developed protocol to measure noise generated by wind turbines.
"We've got evidence that turbines trigger health problems, our energy prices are skyrocketing, and we're excluding local communities from the decision-making process," said Thompson.
"We are seeing inefficiencies with the pricing for wind power, concerns over the setbacks, health and environmental risks, and concerns over property values, and I am pleased to see the OFA bring their important voice to the table."
In December, a private members bill that would return the planning power for industrial wind turbine projects back to municipalities was defeated.