Economic & Social Benefits
Host communities are realizing significant economic and social benefits through new municipal tax revenues, plus stable income for farmers and landowners from land lease agreements.
Local Employment Opportunities
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.
Investments in Local Services
Wind energy projects bring direct investment in the form of contracts for raw materials and infusion of dollars to local services and retail businesses.
Where does Atlantic Canada stand?
Atlantic Canada is the region with the highest percentage (89%) of its population wanting renewable energy. 84% of Atlantic Canadians support investments in renewable energy.
Chaleur Ventus Facts
Setback & Shadow flicker
Minimum suggested setback suggested by NB Environmental Assessment Guidelines is 500m: Closest receptor is approx. 550m (on land signed) Closest non-participatory receptor is ~650+m away.
Investigations conclude that infrasound levels adjacent to wind farms are below the threshold of perception and below currently-accepted limits set for infrasound.
At a distance of 550 metres, typically the sound of a wind turbine will have a sound pressure level of approximately 40 decibels at the outside of a residence. That's fainter that the sound of distant highway traffic.
For the Project, the NB Noise criteria is max 53 dBA: Closest receptor, is an abandoned farm is 40 dBA
Village Historique Acadien
The Chaleur Ventus project has taken careful consideration to minimize the wind turbine view from the Village Historique Acadien.
Wind Farm Myths
Common myths and misconceptions regarding wind farms:
Wind farms are harmful to birds:
Bird mortality due to wind turbines is very rare. Although it does happen, cats, windows and power lines kill hundreds of millions of birds.
Claims of health impacts of wind turbines are unscientific. World Health Organization claims that the increased use of renewable energy, such as wind, will have positive health benefits.
Decrease Property Value:
It's unlikely. Studies have shown that property values within a wind farm view shed rose more quickly than in comparable communities outside of the view shed.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How will this project effect the natural beauty in the area?
Limiting the visual impact as much as possible was emphasized during Project design. The Project will be sited on disturbed areas and use existing roads as much as possible and has been sited to avoid environmentally sensitive areas. The Visual Impact Assessment can be found on the Chaleur Ventus website and the EIA Branch “Projects Under Review” page.
The wind turbines are equipped with additional features such as aviation sensor lights. This additional feature limits light exposure, as blinking red lights are only triggered when planes or other aviation are approaching.
I am concerned about clear cutting and deforestation during the construction of this project. How will clearing be done during this project?
Clearing includes the removal of all trees, brush, stumps, or other obstacles lying within the construction area that may potentially impair construction activities, vehicle movement, and/or threaten the safety of construction personnel. The resulting material will be salvaged and stored in piles or windrows. No material will be pushed into or against standing live trees adjacent to construction areas. Likewise, no material will be placed or stored in any wetland or watercourse. Where safe to do so, low shrub stands and small or regenerating trees will not be cleared. Rather, heavy equipment and trucks will simply drive over or “walk down” this woody growth to limit disturbance to the roots, sod layer, and associated grass/forb cover. Any trees that are cleared will be removed following standard forestry practices using equipment such as fellers. Bulldozers and excavators will be used for grubbing and to clear smaller vegetation. Pesticides or herbicides will not be used to clear vegetation. Disturbed areas not required for Project operation will be revegetated with an approved weed free mix as soon as practical following construction.
Is ice throw likely to occur?
Ice throw can occur when ice freezes on the turbine blades and is thrown while the blade is in motion. This type of ice throw is not expected to occur because the blades are equipped with de-icing technology and will automatically turn off when ice build-up is detected. When ice build-up is detected and the turbine has been stopped, the de-icing system activates. The de-icing system is operated by hot air circulation; the fan heater installed at the root of the rotor blade circulates hot air to the blade tip until the ice build-up melts off. Once thawing is complete on each blade, the turbine is automatically restarted. In events of extremely high winds, ice that falls from a stationary turbine during the de-icing process could be blown some distance from the tower. In general, ice is unlikely to land father from the turbine than its maximum vertical extent (179 m).
Is there a possibility of groundwater contamination from this project?
Groundwater contamination can occur during the construction stage, like any worksite, if there are spills or leaks of hazardous material. All necessary steps will be taken to prevent spills and ensure groundwater contamination does not happen. That being said, the project is not likely to pose any threat to groundwater contamination after the project begins.
What is infrasound and how can it effect my health?
Infrasound is very low-frequency sound with a frequency between 1-20 Hz which human ears can’t normally hear. Low frequency sound and infrasound are found everywhere in the environment and typically can only be heard in high volumes. Infrasound can be emitted from natural sources (e.g. wind, rivers, ocean waves) and artificial sources such as road traffic, aircraft, and ventilation systems.
There is no evidence that infrasound can cause adverse health effects below a sound pressure level of 90 db. In this project the highest residential sound level is expected to be 36 db, so infrasound is not expected to be an issue. Under many conditions, low frequency sound below 40 Hz from wind turbines cannot be distinguished from environmental background noise from the wind itself (Chief Medical Officer of Health 2010).
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