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Friday, July 27, 2012
Wind energy is one of the safest sources of electricity: Global Wind Energy Industry.

Ottawa, July 27, 2012 – In response to a proposed national study by Health Canada on wind turbine sound and human health, the European, American, Canadian, Global and United Kingdom wind energy industry associations point to seventeen reviews of independent research and evidence that all conclude wind is not harmful to human health. According to the wind energy industry associations, wind energy is regarded as one of the safest forms of electricity generation. At the end of 2011 there was 237,669 MW of installed wind energy capacity around the world. Wind energy is a leading source of new electricity globally and is operating in more than 89 countries.

"As a responsible industry that has been delivering clean electricity for more than 30 years, we collectively continue to engage with experts in science, medicine and occupational and environmental health to monitor ongoing credible research in the area of wind turbines and human health. While Health Canada's proposed new study may contribute to the significant knowledge base on this topic, the balance of scientific evidence and human experience to date clearly concludes that wind turbines are not harmful to humans," according to a joint statement signed by the American Wind Energy Association, the Canadian Wind Energy Association, the European Wind Energy Association, Global Wind Energy Council and Renewable UK.

Over the past number of years the wind energy industry has worked proactively to ensure citizens have factual answers to their questions. The entire wind industry supports responsible engagement with communities and stakeholders to ensure questions are answered in a timely and appropriate manner, and understands this is fundamental to successful development of the wind energy the world wants.

The 17 reviews of the research literature on wind farms and health can be viewed here in pdf format (click here to view 300kb)

December 2011 Corporate Newsletter (click here to view 500kb PDF)

Friday July 22nd 2011, The Canadain Business Journal article.

Behind Ontario’s leading role in the national wind energy contribution are companies such as Gilead Power (Gilead), whose sound management team and project development model are increasing the country’s renewable energy profile.

The current project, Ostrander Point Wind Energy Park, is located in Prince Edward County, Picton, Ont. The project, once operational, will be complete with nine wind turbines for a total nameplate capacity of 22.5W. Gilead was approved for a FIT contract up to 24 MW by the Ontario Power Authority under the new Green Energy Act. Once online, project will generate enough green energy to power 5,000 homes in the area.

Currently, Gilead is currently moving through the renewable energy approval process, also known as the REA, and is being evaluated by the Ministry of the Environment. Following REA approval, Gilead has plans to begin construction and commercial operation is geared for 2012.

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