Ontario court says wind turbines reduce property values (Apr 24, 2013)

Ontario court says wind turbines reduce property values

Court decision paves the way for future lawsuits against wind turbine companies and lease holders

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An Ontario Superior Court of Justice has determined that landowners living near industrial wind turbine projects do suffer from diminished property values. The court accepts that 22% to 55% loss of property values is occurring today. While the court found that residences may  suffer from diminished property values near wind farms, Madam Justice S.E. Healey dismissed the claims made by the Collingwood area landowners who sued the wind company – Canada Corp. and lease holders, because the proposed eight-wind turbine project has yet to receive approval by the provincial government.

The claim was made by Sylvia and John Wiggins, who sued for $2 million and argued that no one would buy their 48-acre horse farm once the wind project was announced for the area. The couple was also joined by other property owners.

The decision states that while the residence of Clearview Township cannot take action for reduced property values prior to the approval of the project, they could take action later. The ruling says “without prejudice to the plaintiffs' rights to commence an action for identical or similar relief when and if the Fairview Wind Project receives the necessary approvals to be constructed."

Eric Gillespie, the lawyer representing the landowners says the decision will clear the way for actions against both wind developers and lease holders. "It now seems clear that as soon as a project is approved, residents can start a claim. This appears to be a major step forward for people with concerns about industrial wind projects across Ontario,” said Gillespie.

Wind Concerns Ontario, a coalition of community groups concerned about the negative impacts of wind projects,  released a statement saying “…this is vindication for Ontario's rural and small urban residents, and for municipal councils who try to protect their citizens by declaring they are not 'willing hosts' to wind power generation projects,” said Jane Wilson, president of Wind Concerns.

While Gillespie is calling this a major breakthrough for his clients, a spokesperson for the wind company - Kevin Surette, downplayed the significance of the courts findings saying that the ruling came early in the proceedings, noting that the court based its opinion on the evidence of the plaintiffs. Surrette said that had the case proceeded, they would have challenged those claims.

The Ontario ministry of environment has six months to either approve the wind project or reject it.

I actually agree that the effect on property values is somewhat of a mute point. Anyone living in the areas where wind turbines are erected already must know that they live in an area that has little hope of ever developing. In other words, if I want a good return on my investment I'd rather buy a house or property in an area that I know may actually double or triple in value in 10-15 years (e.g. Guelph area) versus an area that has little hope of showing that growth (e.g. SW Ontario, area surrounding Collingwood). Wind turbines are essentially a very good advertisement that an area containing them has little hope of significant development or increase in property values for the future. Keep in mind that studies examining effects of wind turbines on property values typically use residential dwellings within that given region as their controls. Thus, both the residential dwellings near the wind turbines and the controls are already at a potential disadvantage. It misses the point that residential areas completely outside a region with wind turbines inherently have a greater potential for return on investment.
Posted by BJ on 3/20/2016 9:28:48 AM
You say there isn't any negative impact of wind turbines and are very quick to call people dumbasses so either you work for the energy companies or you are reaping the benefits of $10000.00 per year per turbine to have these on your property, Why should I be expect to accept a 22% to 55% decrease in my home. I am a middle class hard working citizen and yet we again play this game, the rich get richer and the poorer get poor. Municipalities shouldn't be given the authority to make these decisions for their residents as councillors aren't provided with enough knowledge to ensure the safety and health of their citizens. Lets face the facts, there is acres and acres of vacant land in northern Ontario where the cash is required to keep their road system alive. Municipalities don't need the apparent tax revenue from these energy companies as they already have it from the residents and if these turbines are installed the tax revenue will go down as the property value will go down as well. Its all about the facts folks.
Posted by Lynn on 2/3/2014 7:42:55 AM
What I find intersting about the germany and Spain leading the way comment is that two years ago France did not have enough electricity from their coal plants that they had to buy from Germany which supplied them from their wind energy farms.
Posted by adrian on 6/18/2013 10:44:26 PM
Some more nasty quotes from the CEPOS study on Denmark. link is below. "...unlike nuclear, many ten to fifteen year-old turbines are past their useful life. By contrast, most conventional rotating power plant can enjoy a working life of 40 to 60 years, as evidenced by most power plants in Europe today." "Denmark has been a first-mover in the wind power industry for over ten years, and its leading wind turbine manufacturers have been able to maintain a very strong global position.... made possible through substantial subsidies supporting the wind turbine owners. ... it is fair to assess that no Danish wind industry to speak of would exist if it had to compete on market terms."
Posted by Kevin on 6/11/2013 5:59:19 PM
From the CEPOS report on Denmark's wind power that I quoted earlier: "Over the last eight years West Denmark has exported (couldn’t use), on average, 57% of the wind power it generated and East Denmark an average of 45%." Ontario's figure is 80%, costing us $24,000 per hour according to the Auditor General. See: "The exported wind power, paid for by Danish householders, brings material benefits in the form of cheap electricity and delayed investment in new generation equipment for consumers in Sweden and Norway but nothing for Danish consumers. Taxes and charges on electricity for Danish household consumers make their electricity by far the most expensive in the European Union (EU)."
Posted by Kevin on 6/11/2013 5:56:57 PM
Here's the rest of the links I posted: Britain facing fuel poverty (comprehensive series of articles): Rising energy prices costing jobs in Britain: Spain's 'green energy' costs more jobs than it produces: Germany's solar plans too costly:
Posted by Kevin on 6/11/2013 5:43:11 PM
Hey Steve, you said "Germany and Spain have become two of the wind industry's global leaders through their advanced renewable-energy policies." Really? You clearly don't know what's going on in Europe. Allow me to enlighten you. Germany has oversubsidized its solar production and is now facing huge price increases. Because the green lobby has pressed to close nuclear plants, they are replacing them with coal plants, because everybody knows renewables cannot produce enough power. And Spain? It's losing jobs because of green power, not gaining them. Ever heard of fuel poverty? That's what Britain is facing, where more than 10% of household income goes to electricity and heat. All because of renewables. And it's spreading all over Europe, where climate policies are killing business. A 27% increase in energy costs means business are closing up shop and heading to the US. Denmark is going bust because of an overinvestment in unreliable wind. Like Ontario, they dump excess wind power on the open market or pay others to take it, and then buy power at a premium during peak hours -- just like Ontario. Ontario has lost $2b this way (see Auditor General) but Europe's losses are much higher. Yeah. Europe is so awesome. Try educating yourself next time. Denmark going broke due to overinvestment in wind (.pdf report) Europe's green energy produces world's highest energy prices, up 27%: European climate policy killing Eurobusiness: European firms heading to USA because of cheap US energy: Energy costs bankrupting Europe: Bri
Posted by Kevin on 6/11/2013 5:41:02 PM
Wind power harming people's health is likely all in your heads. Educate yourselves, there are far greater health concerns facing us all now other than the health effects of wind turbines. However on thing that people like you have assured is that property values will go down due to all the negative press generated by you all at Wind Concerns Ontario. The only other choice for non polluting power for Ontario is nuclear power. To all you people at Wind power concerns be careful what you wish for you might not like what you get. Germany and Spain have become two of the wind industry's global leaders through their advanced renewable-energy policies. Where are the health problems in those countries? Global Climate Change is real! Canada is lagging far behind many countries already reaping the economic and environmental benefits of wind power. You people at Wind Concerns Ontario are part of the problem, not part of the solution.
Posted by Steve on 5/2/2013 3:45:27 PM
Show the scientific proof you have that wind turbines are not harmful.
Posted by Richard Mason on 5/2/2013 2:40:06 PM
I can't believe someone would say "who cares what it does to your property values". Obviously must be someone who rents and not owns a home. The negative impact these wind farms have on people are real. It's another example of the government's "we don't care about the people" attitude.
Posted by Dave Manners on 5/2/2013 8:57:49 AM
I care what it does to my property value and also the health of my family.
Posted by SANDRA on 4/29/2013 2:44:04 PM
Easy to say when it's not your property.
Posted by Lori Bryenton on 4/27/2013 9:00:48 AM
Its wind power genius, one of the very few pollution free power sources we have in this world. Who cares what it does to your stupid property values. Maybe the government should open a coal mine and factory right next door to you and we'll see what that does. Oh and just you dumbasses know, there are no negative impacts of wind turbines.
Posted by anonymous on 4/25/2013 2:36:45 AM
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