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Pukwis in the News
Blowing Smoke: Correcting Anti-Wind Myths in Ontario
Ontario's communities must be more involved in the benefits and management of wind power projects. A $2.3 trillion dollar race is unfolding around the world over the next decade to see who will gain the investment and jobs from the global clean energy shift now underway. Despite all the potential gains, in some parts of Ontario, a small group of anti-wind activists have taken advantage of local concern to spread misinformation and fear. This report aims to correct the main myths of these anti-wind activists, using credible scientific, mainstream sources to correct the record and to give communities the information they need to make sound decisions.
Download the full report and spread the word to help clear the air on wind energy.
Provincial feed-in tariffs spurring community power
Click here to read the entire Grist article by Paul Gipe.
Pukwis Community Wind Park is now venturing into its next phase of development!
With the Ontario Government awarding a FIT contract to Pukwis Wind Partner I Inc. and Pukwis Energy Co-operative earlier this year, the project is now moving from the feasibility stage to the construction stage.
On June 22, 2010, Pukwis began ground breaking developments as heavy equipment was deployed onto Georgina Island to clear access for roads and to take core samples at site locations to evaluate and prepare for a detailed foundation design.
Upon completion, the Pukwis Community Wind Park will be connected to the Ontario grid and produce enough electricity to power 7,500 homes and displace 15,000 tonnes of green house gases annually.
The Potential Health Impact of Windmills
May 20, 2010 - A report by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health concludes that: "the scientific evidence to date does not demonstrate a direct causal link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects."
More information on this report.
Pukwis gets a FIT Contract!
On April 8th, the government of Ontario awarded a Feed-in Tariff (FIT) contract to Pukwis Wind Partner I Inc. and Pukwis Energy Co-operative, the joint-owners of the Pukwis Community Wind Park. Pukwis' FIT contract was among the thirty-six awarded to community and aboriginal projects in the first round of the FIT program. This 20 year power purchase agreement means that all the electricity produced by the Pukwis Community Wind Park will be purchased by the government of Ontario at a guaranteed rate of at least $0.15 per kilowatt hour (price partially indexed to consumer price index).
For more information on this exciting announcement see:
Windfall Ecology Centre and Pukwis Energy Co-op press release.
Green Energy Act Alliance website.
Ontario Power Authority's FIT Program update page.
Community Wind Park
20 MW from 10, 2 MW Windmills
The first phase of the Pukwis Community Wind Park will consist of 10 community scale windmills with nameplate capacity of 2 Megawatts (MW) each. They will be connected to the Ontario grid and produce enough electricity to power 7,500 homes and displace 15,000 tonnes of green house gases annually.
More Pukwis Community Wind Park Information
Community Wind Co-op
Community Power projects are owned, developed and controlled in full or in part (50 per cent or more) by residents of the community in which the project is located. Community Power involves collectives of farmers, First Nations and local citizens working to develop a renewable energy project.
The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association defines Community Power as:
Why community wind?
Locally owned wind projects provide greater local economic benefits than corporate wind projects:
Co-op development funding provided by: