Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) Changes Position on Wind Turbines

Ontario should suspend awarding further contracts for large wind turbines, the province’s biggest farm organization says.

“It’s tearing rural communities apart, so farmers can’t do what they do best, which is grow food,” OFA president Mark Wales said in an interview.

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) issued a new position statement Friday calling for a pause to resolve questions about wind energy.

It comes as the province is reviewing its “feed-in tariff” program, which awards contracts for renewable energy, including wind turbines that generate electricity.

The OFA says there are unresolved issues surrounding the price of wind power, its effectiveness, its impact on rural communities, and on the lack of local control over big turbines.

“A balance between the province’s power requirements and local autonomy regarding land use must be struck,” says the statement.

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