Wind farm proponent says he's baffled by seemingly contradictory positions on environmental issues, projects
Library from New Brunswick
A planned wind farm in the Bathurst, N.B., area was struck a major blow on Monday. City council withdrew an application for funding for the Chaleur Ventus Energy Project planned for Anse-Bleue.
The City of Bathurst is the leading partner in a proposed Acadian Peninsula wind farm that's drawn the ire of nearby residents. The city has sought provincial approval to borrow up to $20 million for the project about 56 kilometres northwest of Bathurst, but councillors won't talk about it.
Canadian utility Emera has proposed exporting power from 1.2GW of future onshore wind farms in eastern Canada via a subsea cable to Massachusetts, to help the New England state meet its mandated renewables target.
Indications are mounting, however, that green capitalism will not be able to meet all expectations. In courts around the country, complaints are mounting from wind park investors who haven't received a dividend disbursement in years or whose parks went belly up. Consumer protection activists are complaining that many projects are poorly structured and lack transparency.