DDOWT is a group of concerned members of the 
Dutton/Dunwich community and supportive partners, 
who have been working together since 2012 to 
oppose the development of Industrial Wind Turbine (IWT) 
projects in our community.


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What is DDOWT?

Dutton/Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines or DDOWT - pronounced “doubt”, is a group of concerned members of the Dutton/Dunwich community, and supportive partners, who have been working together since 2012 to oppose the development of Industrial Wind Turbine (IWT) projects in our community.

The group is registered as an opponent group with Wind Concerns Ontario, a coalition of grassroots citizens groups opposed to IWT. DDOWT‘s focus is to raise public awareness and channel opposition efforts with the goal to stop the proposed  IWT developments and avoid the adverse impacts they pose to our community.

How are we doing this?

  • Communicating with Province of Ontario/Energy Ministry/IESO regarding changes to IWT contract process and local IWT contract submissions

  • Attending and providing delegations to local Council meetings

  • Organizing petitions, and encouraging citizen involvement

  • Organizing signage campaigns

  • Holding protests

  • Conducting community blitzes to speak to citizens and deliver materials

  • Submitting letters and ads to local media

  • Fundraising to support these activities

Our concerns with IWT?

  • Profound Economic Impact – Ontario does not need more electricity, yet billions of dollars are spent on subsidizing this expensive form of energy, and then our surplus is sold at a discount to the US & Quebec. Our electricity bills are skyrocketing as a result, yet IWT only produce 4% of our electricity.

  • Loss of Democratic Rights – the Green Energy Act has removed most of the decision-making and planning responsibilities from the local municipality. IWTs could still be imposed on our community even with 84% of the population opposed to the developments.

  • Health Effects –IWT’s that are erected in close proximity to homes cause documented health problems in 16% of citizens. Infrasound & shadow flicker cause sleeplessness, stress & related health issues.

  • Environmental Impacts – Include bird & bat fatalities, disruption of bird migration pathways, agricultural land degradation, loss of tourism, and loss of enjoyment of our quiet rural natural environment.

  • Property Devaluation – Homes located near IWT have dropped in value up to 48%, and sometimes are not sellable at all.

  • Community Division – Neighbours are pitted against neighbours.