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A wind farm project planned for the North Shore of Quebec is putting the provincial government at odds with Hydro Quebec. The Innu first nation that lives in the region between Baie Comeau and Sept Iles has been promoting the Apuiat wind turbine project for several years.
Rob Scoffield, the managing director of QCE Canada, a wind turbine construction company claims his company is owed about $10 million for work over the last year on the project "Basically this whole thing stinks," he said in an interview. ...Algonquin Power and Pennecon had fallen behind on the project and have had cost overruns of about $90 million. It's a $400- to $450-million project now, he said.
“Finally, it’s final,” he said. “It’s been a 10-year struggle and this is the last one and I can tell you it’s a very good feeling because a lot of people have worked very hard for a very long time. There are still people working, but I’m told they are packing up and securing the (turbine) sites, so it should be over with. Of course there is still the decommissioning of the project and that should be interesting because to the best of my knowledge, there’s never been a wind project decommissioned in Ontario.”
WPD said it will seek to recoup CAD100 million (€65 million) from the Ontario authorities, but the new law may limit this claim. Worse news for the Germans is that the CETA agreement provides no protection: it is yet to be ratified by all 28 EU states.
Citing savings to ratepayers, Ontario has announced the cancellation of 758 renewable energy contracts, including several wind energy projects. ...All of the cancelled projects have not reached project development milestones; terminating the projects at this early stage will maximize benefits for ratepayers, the government claims.
Terminating the early-stage projects, which the government didn’t identify, would save electricity customers in the Canadian province $790 million, Ford’s energy minister, Greg Rickford, said in a statement Friday. Shares of clean-energy companies fell, including Pattern Energy Group Inc.
Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government is cancelling 758 renewable energy contracts, including one for a massive wind farm near London where area residents voted overwhelmingly against wind turbines but had them imposed on them by the former Liberal government.
The owners of the proposed 12-turbine Otter Creek Wind Farm north of Wallaceburg say they will not be using foundations that require pile driving, and will instead be using a spreadfoot system that requires a few metres of foundation depth. Boralex said the decision was made to appease members of the community who have expressed concern over pile driving.
MacRae couldn’t say for certain who would have to pay for the cancellation: electricity ratepayers or taxpayers. “It would be my assumption that would end up somehow on the ratepayers,” he said. “We just need to see what the government has in mind and who will foot the bill.”
Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) gave the final approval for the project during the election campaign in May. MacRae characterized the “notice to proceed” as a housekeeping document to confirm that the company had all its ducks in a row but the Tories are characterizing it as a breach of the convention that governments avoid big decisions during elections.
TORONTO — Upon the resumption of the legislature, the people of Ontario can expect to see urgent action to protect York University students from the ongoing labour dispute and repeal Ontario's cap-and-trade carbon tax law from the books, Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Government House Leader Todd Smith announced today.
Since last fall — October, November — those windmills belonging to Hydro have hardly been used at all. I've seen them maybe once or twice in operation," said Ramea Deputy Mayor Lester Gould. "We're not benefiting in any way, at all, from the windmills."
The PC incumbents of southwestern Ontario kept their stronghold of the area where two major issues were pushed in this election — wind farms and Highway 401 safety. On Friday, advocates for those issues said it's time for their MPPs to deliver on the promises they said they would.
When Gould asked Hydro NL when Ramea’s residents can expect their power bills to decrease, the company pointed to the generators as the issue. “They say they have to keep a generator running because when a surge is needed those windmills can’t provide the energy on short notice,” Gould stated. “So therefore we’re still burning diesel fuel, so the charges will remain as they are.”
A turbine project approved for western Chatham-Kent has been told by the province not to use a pile driving technique that some residents say ruined their water wells when other projects came to the area.
Chatham-Kent Essex MPP Rick Nicholls will have the full backing of the Ontario Progressive Conservative caucus when he introduces legislation Wednesday that targets wind farm developers.
“We’re very worried about these contracts that landowners are signing,” Bennett said during a March 8 meeting of the Action Surface Rights group and a similar presentation March 7 at the Alberta Grazing Leaseholders Association meeting in Brooks, Alta.
A citizen’s group based in Glenville, Minn., has been taking a keen interest in the issues raised over wind farms in Chatham-Kent.
After two years and no takers, Nova Scotia is poised to end its efforts to sell an idle wind turbine manufacturing plant in Pictou County, bringing to a close another failed government-backed industrial enterprise.
A meeting to update residents about the progress of the North Kent Wind farm on Thursday night didn't take long to become heated. The majority of residents in attendance wanted answers about what will be done regarding complaints about 16 water wells that have gone bad during the construction phase of the project.