Learn more about Wind in Dutton-Dunwich
From milling grain to electricity generation, people have relied on wind power for millennia to improve production and serve their local communities. The Strong Breeze Wind Project aims to continue that tradition. Here you'll find additional information about the Project, including answers to comments and questions asked by local community members.
How would Dutton-Dunwich benefit from a wind project?
Are wind turbines safe?
How are the unique attributes of Dutton Dunwich considered?
In 2017, Invenergy Canada commissioned a study by Guy Holburn, a professor at the Ivey School of Business at Western University. The study measured the Project's direct benefits to Dutton-Dunwich, and determined that it would generate approximately $1.7 million annually for the life for the Project. The establishment of a Community Benefit Fund and the municipal property tax installments would generate $180,000 per year for the municipality.
The Project will create 121 person-year full-time local jobs during construction, and permanent high-skill positions during the operating life of the Project.
Health Canada conducted a study regarding wind turbines and human health, and found no self-reported connections between wind projects and negative sleep effects, stress, illness, decrease in quality of life, or chronic disease. Where sound levels exceeded 40 dBA, it was found that approximately 16.5% of Ontarian respondents reported annoyance, but this was not associated with stress. The Strong Breeze Wind Project is sited in such a way that ensures sound levels at non-participating receptors do not exceed 40 dBA.
Large-scale renewable energy projects are subject to a rigorous and prescriptive development process. Under Ontario Regulation 359/09, the Strong Breeze Wind Project is required to study the Project Area's environmental and built attributes. These studies are reviewed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport respectively, and will be further scrutinized by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.
We also received a number of questions and comments regarding local wildlife and unique heritage resources, and invite you to review the Comment Response Table for more detail.