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Ward 16 Councillor Heather Stauble and everyone fighting to keep industrial wind turbines out of Manvers Township suffered a devastating blow when their appeal of the Snowy Ridge wind park approval was dismissed. The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) which heard the appeal, issued the decision on Tuesday (Dec. 22), upholding the provincial approval issued to Capstone Infrastruture.
Two exhaustive years, two tribunals and one appeal. The digging, the paperwork, the questions and revelations that just maybe the ministries involved aren’t as neutral as they should be, and it’s finally over. Well, for now.
Ontario’s early round of wind-energy contracts became a lightning rod for political opposition, and angered many rural areas, with companies paid far more to generate power than consumers pay and control taken away from municipalities over where the highrise-sized wind turbines could be built. But under new rules, [firms] that get civic councils, land owners and First Nations on board get extra points.
Horizon Wind Inc. first proposed the controversial wind project in 2007 that would place 16 wind turbines at various locations in the south Neebing area of Thunder Bay. The project was first approved by the city council but with objections to some turbine locations. Legal actions by Horizon eventually paved the way for the project but not without continued objections by the residents. Due to delays, the feed-in-tariff contract signed with Ontario was canceled in 2014. The project is now officially off the books in Ontario. This denial document, issued on October 29, 2015, explains why.
Dave Hemingway is concerned property owners may be left on the hook for millions of dollars of wind turbine construction work that hasn't been paid for. ...The total value of the liens is over $32 million.
Under a 32-page agreement negotiated with NextEra Canada, Environment Canada can order the Florida-based wind energy giant to reduce wind farm operations in extreme weather that could jeopardize public safety. Following a call from Environment Canada to its operation centre in Juno Beach, Fla., NextEra has 20 minutes to "feather," or adjust, turbine blades back in Ontario so they won't contaminate radar readings, according to the agreement provided to The Free Press under the federal Access to Information Act.
"Unlike community benefit or vibrancy agreements that exist elsewhere in Ontario, these are being negotiated as a condition of a support resolution which will then benefit the proponent in receiving a contract from the provincial government. "It's no longer a goodwill measure, its a transaction. Money for support."
"This is a landmark decision that ignores the importance of biodiversity and shames both Canada and Ontario," a release from the APAI said. "Amherst Island is a very special natural refuge and turbines will create a very real risk to human and environmental safety."
In her letter of resignation, Elaine Brown pointed out the working group which started meeting in January, was formed as an advisory committee for Invenergy to share information on wind energy development. ...“The feeling is that Invenergy is not fully understanding the majority of Dutton/Dunwich citizens’ concerns and is accommodating a small percentage, the lease holders. The purpose of these community working group meetings seems not to be working."
STELLA – A controversial wind energy project for Amherst Island has received conditional approval from the Ontario government.
West Elgin council last week stood firm on its resolution from a year ago to remain a non-willing host to industrial wind turbines. ...“The strong opinions of the West Elgin people who returned forms against industrial wind turbines indicate that council should reaffirm our position of unwilling host and should not sign any agreements with RES,” Ford said.
The planning committee will hear on Monday about the concept for a 150-megawatt wind farm to be located between Garson and Falconbridge, and north of Highway 17.
Leamington is keeping its status as an “unwilling host” to wind turbine development.
The clock is ticking for municipal politicians in Addington Highlands Township to make a decision about their support for proposed wind energy projects.
"Kathleen Wynne has shown she has a tin ear when it comes to listening to the concerns of rural residents," said Santo Giorno, a member of the group We're Against Industrial Turbines, Plympton-Wyoming. "What she's doing is wrong, it's deceitful, it's dishonest and it's hurting rural Ontario."
A day after Finch & District Lions Club hosted a Wind Power Information Night in Finch, EDP Renewables Canada provided North Stormont residents with a community information evening in the Crysler Community Centre on May 7. But the English-only documentation and presentations by the American developer in francophone Crysler came off as a cultural faux pas by some observers at the event.
An industrial wind turbine project in southern Prince Edward County is losing its race against the Blandings Turtle. In a decision released Monday at noon, the Ontario Court of Appeal reversed a lower court ruling regarding a Renewal Energy Approval (REA) of the nine-turbine Ostrander Point industrial wind project.
After the meeting, a group of landowners and neighbours huddled to figure out they can do in the face of another multi-turbine project. Buurma is concerned wind companies are using a divide and conquer approach to convince landowners to sign wind leases.
The Mattawan wind farm may be dead, but Innergex Renewable Energy says that won’t affect its plans to put up to 60 wind turbines in Merrick Township, just north of North Bay.
The United Counties is getting nearly $1.7 million to pay for the reconstruction of a road that was damaged during creation of a wind farm. Settlement terms were finalized Monday between the counties,