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Wind farm gets ministry approval

Officials at the airport, which is owned by the Town on Collingwood on 158 hectares (392 acres) in Clearview, have fought the project from the start, saying turbine height will affect flight paths and pose a danger to pilots in inclement weather. “If there is a death of someone running into one of these turbines, I’m going to hold Kathleen Wynne accountable,” Wilson said.
12 Feb 2016

BRIGHTON: Province in conflict on Trenton windmill plant

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.
31 Jan 2016

Wind energy hearing picks up on island

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.
29 Jan 2016

Tribunal dismisses appeal against Snowy Ridge wind turbine project

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. 
23 Dec 2015

Gust of bids delays wind awards

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.
25 Nov 2015

Warning Against Wind Farm Liens

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.
28 Oct 2015

Wind turbine operators to curb operations in severe weather

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.
28 Sep 2015

Wind energy projects opponents try new tactic

"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."
20 Sep 2015

Hillier backs battle against wind projec

"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."
31 Aug 2015

Six walk out in turbine Working Group

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."
27 Aug 2015

West Elgin stands firm in its opposition to proposed RES Canada wind turbine project

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.
20 Aug 2015
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