Answering your questions about wind energy

Community Benefits

Wind energy developments are delivering significant economic and social benefits to  communities and individuals across Canada.

Facts

  • 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

Phil Flemming, International Vice-President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

“The IBEW prides itself on providing an extremely competent workforce in the wind energy sector. Wind energy has created thousands of jobs for our IBEW members and affiliate organizations in Ontario and is providing green electricity for the families of the many communities we live in. These highly skilled jobs help build our local economies and provide new work opportunities for our future generation.”

  • 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. 

Property Values

  • 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.

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is it legal to place a windmill and connect it(so it povers your house) all by myself?
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why there are no combined wind-solar systems?it can be done by modifying the existing wind systems by adding stack effect solar thermal systems.
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Norstar Wind looks to produce the model NS 50-23. Any feedback about this machine?
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Dear sir Could you provide us contact or information about 50kw wind turbines produced by this canadian manufacter called: Norstar Wind Ontario?
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Does the Alberta Government allow Wind Farms on public lands yet? If not, it seems rather hypocritical to promote wind energy.
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Why hasn't Canada followed the immensely successful USA renewable energy 30% tax credit incentive? Will they now that Harper govt is out?
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