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The province has given and loaned the business $56.3 million since mid-2010 to launch a new enterprise at the former TrentonWorks site to build turbine towers and make blades for windmills. But the market was soft and despite promises to build a workforce of 500, employment peaked at 220. This week, 31 employees at the plant were building nothing.
After more than a month-long hiatus, the Environmental Review Tribunal's hearing into the Amherst Island wind energy project resumed Monday. The tribunal began three days of hearings in Stella this week and included a tour of 16 points around the island.
Renewable energy developers – and those who regulate them – need to be more sensitive to the concerns of residents who are going to have massive wind turbines built near them, a group of Canadian academics says.
The province will delay a decision on new wind turbine projects until March, says the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
Dutton Dunwich Council passed a resolution at its regular meeting January 13, requesting that the Ontario government not sign any new contracts for wind power, and that it “not proceed with any related projects within our Municipality.”
Is Ontario generating less electricity from solar panels and wind turbines than it did years ago, despite billions in subsidies to the renewable energy sector? Statistics Canada data suggest so. ...the numbers coming out of Ottawa are simply wrong.
Ald. Betty Konc has requested a letter to be drafted from the Township of Wainfleet and sent to the Ontario Minister of Energy and the Deputy Minister of Energy.
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.
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.