After I purchased the 5A property on the Burgess Mtn., I established that my potential building site was not far enough away from the next nearest neighbour, to erect a small scale wind turbine. I immediately set into motion an amendment to the LUB or Land Use Bylaw, to amend and update the policy at the municipal level.
It has been my experience as well as those of others that real societal change evolves from the bottom up and not from the top down. It’s not that elected officials at any level of governance are not enlightened. It’s just that they are under the constant lobbying of developers and corporate minded folk, ever mindful of having and getting more, to push for that which benefits those who are in the service of the lobbyists.
To sum up quickly, my amendment request is now current policy for *all* of Kings County here in Nova Scotia. It will pave the way for other rural municipalities to change their own policy to allow more small scale energy production by individuals as well as communities who band together to create the alternate grid.Â This alternate grid may eventually wean us off the destructive aspects of burning coal and other carbon releasing fossil fuels.
The new policy changes for Kings County summed up are the following:
1. Distance of tower base to nearest residence edge reduced from 600′ to 300′.
2. No minimum distance from base of tower to owner’s residence. Land owner accepts full responsibility for any damage due to faulty equipment or calamitous and abrupt fall.
3. Distance from adjoining property to be half the height of the tower unless a building is present across a property line.
4. Definition of the nature of a wind turbine has been changed to allow for vertical as well as the more familiar horizontal axis machines as well as new enclosed turbines on the drawing boards.
The full changes may be viewed at the following URL: http://www.county.kings.ns.ca/comdev/lub/sections/section1.pdf
â€¢ see section 1.136 [Small-scale Wind Turbine]
– see section 3.2.16 [Small-scale Wind Turbines]
Sadly, there was a weakly presented NIMBY protest from a few locals. No one came to speak with me about what I was thinking or what my intentions might be. This entire *process* was not about jayöh’s wind turbine. The changes run county wide. Indeed, I may never erect a personal turbine, since the power usage of the new house will be quite minimal. The Dexter Government has brought in a new wish list for its energy legislation, by stating they will pay for all kWs pumped back into the grid at the going market rates. This is a courageous start but far short of what other provinces are doing to get off fossil fuels.
Some councillors were still concerned with potential noise issues and could not be swayed to vote in favour of the policy changes. It makes more sense to me to be a part of a community located and co-operatively owned turbine, where shareholders take their place in the profit sharing. I did speak to the main proponent against these new LUB policy changes. All I got was a double row of hybrid poplars planted on my southern flank. Boy, some people’s children!
I Am John Ötvös, aka jayöh.