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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.
“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.”
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.
St. John’s-based Beothuk Energy’s proposed $4-billion, offshore wind energy development for the southern tip of Nova Scotia is on the backburner two years after it was unveiled.
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.
The study, published in a recent edition of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, notes that fast-paced development and limits on local decision-making has resulted in strong opposition to wind projects. Those objections can be mitigated by the fair distribution and amount of area benefits, the authors write.
But when Parks Canada took over management of the 40-kilometre-long island when it became a national park reserve in 2013, the wind turbines were not functioning. ... the turbines were fully installed and running in 2006. “Unfortunately, technical problems continued due to the harsh conditions and the inability to adapt the technology to the operations of the other infrastructure at the site.”
“DSTN’s future prospects have not improved over the past year, and the domestic wind tower market is well below expectations,” explains Nova Scotia Business Minister Mark Furey. “Government has few options except to prevent the risk of further loss while ensuring all assets are returned to Nova Scotians.
The Nova Scotia government was aware three weeks ago that operators of the DSME Trenton wind tower plant intended to shut down, according to court documents released Monday.
Nova Scotia and Britain have announced plans to cut subsidies that encouraged small-scale renewable energy projects, amid worries that the support programs have been pushing up electricity prices.
A local group opposed to the proposed wind farm just outside of Amherst made clear during a meeting Wednesday night that the process is not community-based but, instead, First Nations based.
Glooscap Wind Field Inc. of Windsor has been penalized $3,250 for violating Nova Scotia securities laws. The community economic development corporation accepted responsibility for failing to provide annual financial statements to its shareholders from 2010 to 2012.
Renewable energy producers say they, not Nova Scotia Power’s parent company, should be the ones to build a wind farm if one is needed to back up Labrador hydro. “I don’t know why it wouldn’t be an open market,” he said in an interview Tuesday from Salt Springs, Pictou County. “Emera has no right to build its own blocks of power at potentially higher costs than independents can produce it for.”
Council later approved a new bylaw that increases the setback distance of an industrial wind turbine to the nearest residence of 1,000 metres (one km) from the previous distance of 700 metres. A maximum sound standard has also been set at 36 decibels as measured at existing dwellings.