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As turbine numbers have increased, rural residents once largely supportive of harnessing wind energy are expressing concerns ...“In each five year increment, starting with 1996, there’s been a 20 percent drop in the approval of the citizens for wind within our municipality. That leaves us at about 55 percent for, 45 percent against,” said Gavin Scott, senior planner with the Oldman River Regional Services Commission.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty right now on what programs might be rolled back, what incentives might be rolled back, so that creates not a great environment for investors,” said Binnu Jeyakumar, director with the Pembina Institute. “There’s a lot of wait and see. What we saw in Ontario was pretty disastrous for investments” in renewable energy, she added.
Senvion, the German company behind the Sumac Ridge turbine project in Kawartha Lakes, filed for insolvency just days before a Pontypool-area turbine failed on April 20. ...Financial sources had told Reuters that the Hamburg-based company needed at least 100 million euros ($112 million) in the short term to keep operating.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour has confirmed that the plant is in a “state of shutdown”, but there is still no word on whether the shutdown is temporary or permanent. The City of Windsor, which offered the company millions of dollars in incentives to set up shop in the city, is among those trying to get answers. However, city officials have not made much headway.
Hundreds of people are out of work after CS Wind, which moved to Windsor with great fanfare and $10 million in incentives, shut down its local factory. ...MacPherson said the explanation he heard for the shutdown was a lack of work after the province cancelled hundreds of renewable energy contracts.
Cancelling 758 renewable energy contracts—including Otter Creek– was one of the first moves of the newly elected Progressive Conservative party after they were elected in the spring of 2018. The project was expected to be built and commissioned by the end of 2019.
In a case which could have implications for the provincial government’s ambitious targets for renewable energy generation, the Municipal Planning Commission for the MD of Pincher Creek, which has one of the largest densities of wind farms in southern Alberta, rejected the proposed Windy Point Wind Project earlier this month after about 80 local landowners said enough was enough.
“There will be no project as long as Hydro-Québec is in a surplus position,” Legault told a news conference, where he was joined by Minister of Energy Jonatan Julien and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Sylvie D’Amours. The premier said the Apuiat contract would have represented a “potential cost” of $1.6 billion for Hydro-Québec, which estimates it has about 20 years’ worth of surplus energy.
As a first step, Northern Energy Capital erected a 50-metre meteorological tower at a location four kilometres west of the Kivalliq community last month. That tower will collect wind data over the following 12 months, to demonstrate that it makes economic sense to build wind turbines at the site.
The Nova Scotia government has given up on attempts to find a buyer for one of Atlantic Canada’s largest industrial sites. In a news release, Business Minister Geoff MacLellan says for more than two years “every effort” was made to find a buyer for the former DSME wind plant in Trenton without success.
Hall says the turbines were "pretty successful," though they never supplied more than a small fraction of Yukon's power — about one megawatt. That's about one per cent of Yukon's typical power usage in winter, according to Hall.
CAQ party members say the $600-million project will come at the expense of Hydro-Québec customers — and it may not be worth the reward at a time when the province has an energy surplus. ...Hydro-Québec says wind energy costs 10 cents per kilowatt hour, whereas other systems can produce electricity for as little as 2.9 cents per kilowatt hour. By 2026, it is estimated that Hydro-Québec will have nine to 13 billion kilowatt hours of surplus electricity per year.
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.