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Another victory in the courts for Entegrity Wind System has given the Charlottetown wind turbine-maker another 45 days to get its fiscal house in order.
Entegrity went before Supreme Court Justice Wayne Cheverie asking that he allow the company a 45-day extension so it can work with its trustee, Pricewaterhousecoopers, to develop a plan to get the financially troubled company back on its feet.
CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island is moving full steam ahead toward its goal of having 100 per cent of its electrical energy from renewable sources by 2015.
Within the past two weeks, construction has begun on a 30-megawatt wind farm in the eastern part of the province. In addition, Summerside has announced the purchase of nine megawatts of wind energy and tenders have been called for the first phase of a wind-hydrogen village to be built in North Cape.
Provincial government delays are threatening to scuttle a wind project on P.E.I.'s North Shore, says the company hoping to develop it.
Wayne Cousins, a dairy farmer, is one of the people behind the project. He got involved because he sees no future in food production.
A group of Prince Edward Island landowners near a proposed wind farm say the province is pushing the plan through despite opposition from people in the area.
People in western P.E.I. say the government did not give them a voice before it allowed a German company, NewEn, to lease land for a proposed wind farm in the Anglo Tignish area.
"First of all, I don't want to see 30 to 50 windmills around my house," Gina MacLeod told Debbie Horne of the West Prince Graphic in Alberton. "The transmission lines are right there, less than 100 feet from our house. The biggest thing for me is if there is any risk at all, then I don't want to have it near my family." ..."We as citizens should not have to worry about these issues. We elect our government officials who are there to serve us before they give permission for foreign companies to come into our area and make drastic changes. We as residents should have been notified and informed."
A bankrupt wind energy company's latest attempt to get funding from P.E.I. taxpayers has been turned down. ...The Department of Innovation told CBC news Monday the company made several requests for loans, but none of the terms would give the province the kind of economic return it is looking for.
The P.E.I. government signed a five-year warranty and maintenance package costing $1 million a year for 10 Vestas turbines purchased by the province for $48 million for its East Point wind farm in 2007. ...Without the warranty and maintenance package, the province would have been looking at forking out more than $5 million in repair costs, added Brown.
Prince Edward Island has set an ambitious new target for renewable energy use, saying it is committed to producing 30 per cent of its total energy needs from renewable sources by 2016.
Premier Pat Binns said Thursday that renewable energy is a key to strengthening the Island economy.
The Supreme Court of P.E.I. has denied a request by Entegrity Wind Systems for an extension to devise a plan to avoid bankruptcy.
The wind turbine manufacturer owes $11 million to creditors and has been trying to put together a business plan to prove it can turn the company around. It has been under court protection from creditors since August.
With the first phase of a 99-megawatt wind farm in West Cape now underway, the president of Ventus Energy Inc. says company staff are already thinking about other potential projects.
Ventus, created three years ago, already has 25 projects under development in six provinces, totalling more than 5,000 megawatts.
A Wolfe Island couple experienced a setback Wednesday in a hearing to have their property assessment lowered because of nearby wind turbines.
Ed and Gail Kenney had hoped to call John Harrison, a retired Queen's University physics teacher, as an expert witness to back their case.
Do some people get sick "from" or just sick "of" industrial wind turbines?
Given a juxtaposition of one sign at a Saturday parade against turbines and a finding of an investigation into complaints, and setting aside economics and the Green Energy Act, that might be a critical question that demands an answer.
The operators of New Brunswick's first commercial wind farm have diverted parts of a wind turbine destined for Alberta to New Brunswick in order to repair a unit that caught fire last month.
A new nacelle, which holds the wind turbine's power generation components, was expected to arrive in the province Saturday, while three new 45-metre-long blades were due to arrive at the Kent Hills wind farm today.
Voters in the heavily populated area around Toronto clearly matter more to the Liberals than people in rural Ontario, who had no say about the location of large energy projects in their communities, said Progressive Conservative Jim Wilson.
A portion of the wind energy generated from newly installed wind turbines located in PEI was wheeled through PEI and New Brunswick and sold to the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) via the international interconnection node in Keswick, N.B. The renewable energy certificates (RECs) that were generated from this transmission were sold separately to independent buyers located in the NEPOOL.
A second open house was held by Gengrowth pertaining to a wind farm they are proposing just north of Malden Centre but those who live in the area were ready to air their views as well. A group of area residents picketed outside the Amherstburg Community Church where the open house was held and held up signs and gave out pamphlets to any passing motorist that was interested.
The wind turbine planned for the Brant Street pier has been cancelled, after members of the city's Community Services Committee heard the costs would be prohibitive to proceed, and the benefits negligible.
The location of the wind farm in this area has been a point of contention for many crab fishermen who have voiced their concerns over the past year, such as Area A crab fisherman Itch Verne.
"The proposed first phase of the Naikun Wind Farm project will cover approximately 30 per cent of traditional crab fishing grounds in Hecate Straight," said Mr. Verne in a recent letter to Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn.
"Fishers will not be able to set gear near the area during or after construction. Phase 1 will severely reduce the fishing grounds, forcing fishers to be more concentrated in the remaining available area, resulting in less production per vessel, more trap loss and navigational hazards."
One of the world's leading developers of green energy announced Thursday that it will invest $55 million in construction of a 20-turbine wind farm on a marsh just outside Amherst. ...The 80-metre turbines, with 37-metre blades, will be built just west of the Trans-Canada Highway on land that Acciona and its partner, Wind Dynamics of Saint John, have rented from the Amherst Sod Co.
Nova Scotia Power and several firms have announced several wind projects for the province this spring. With Thursday's news, the power company has entered into purchase agreements that will see a total of 214 megawatts of power being generated in the province by 2010.
There were 634 positions at NGS when the first two boilers were shut down. ...The Nanticoke Generating Station is the largest coal-fired power plant in North America. Operations there are being wound down because the McGuinty government is committed to coal-free power generation in Ontario.