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Wind farm project moving ahead slowly

A company hoping to make a windfall off Brock's high winds recently briefed township council on its progress.

Representatives from Air in Motion (AIM) PowerGen Corporation has met with council numerous times over the past year regarding its plan to establish a wind farm in the area.

Two of the company's representatives, Matt Ladner and Jim Wilgar, said AIM is analyzing data from two test towers in the area, which have been operating for most of the past year in Brock and in neighbouring Ramara Township.

There is still a long ways to go before a decision will be made about the future of the project, Mr. Ladner said.

"The data is obviously encouraging, but the most critical aspect is still unknown. We need the full scope of 18 months before we're going to make a decision," he said.

Should the results continue to prove beneficial to the company, they have plans of developing a wind farm across 2,000 acres in the Beaverton area -- to Port Bolster and Pefferlaw in the south and Gamebridge, Lagoon City and Brechin in the north.

According to Mr. Ladner, approximately 90 landowners have signed letters of interest in the projects, with the majority of the properties lying west of Regional Road 23.

"The boundaries are not going to change that much. The main strength of those lands is their proximity to the lake,"... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Representatives from Air in Motion (AIM) PowerGen Corporation has met with council numerous times over the past year regarding its plan to establish a wind farm in the area.
 
Two of the company's representatives, Matt Ladner and Jim Wilgar, said AIM is analyzing data from two test towers in the area, which have been operating for most of the past year in Brock and in neighbouring Ramara Township.
 
There is still a long ways to go before a decision will be made about the future of the project, Mr. Ladner said.
 
"The data is obviously encouraging, but the most critical aspect is still unknown. We need the full scope of 18 months before we're going to make a decision," he said.
 
Should the results continue to prove beneficial to the company, they have plans of developing a wind farm across 2,000 acres in the Beaverton area -- to Port Bolster and Pefferlaw in the south and Gamebridge, Lagoon City and Brechin in the north.
 
According to Mr. Ladner, approximately 90 landowners have signed letters of interest in the projects, with the majority of the properties lying west of Regional Road 23.
 
"The boundaries are not going to change that much. The main strength of those lands is their proximity to the lake," he said.
 
The proposal, titled the Simcoe Shores Wind Farm, would cover the shoreline of Lake Simcoe with anywhere from 20 to 50 turbines, taking advantage of the strong winds blowing off the water.
 
Responding to concerns from some members of council, he added the turbines would not have much of an impact on the rural nature of the properties.
 
"We work with landowners to put the turbines on the least impactful land. The diameter of most turbines is only 17 feet. It's a small footprint that takes up very little agricultural land," he said.
 
As construction costs are so great, the turbines would likely be in place for a minimum of 20 years.
 
"When you're putting up a $2-million tower, you'd like it to be for as long as possible," Mr. Wilgar said.
 
In addition to their meetings with township council, AIM representatives have also held a handful of sessions with local residents.
 
"We've done everything possible to avoid conflict," said Mr. Wilgar
 
In addition to the proposed Simcoe Shores project, the company is also actively developing a handful of other wind farms around the country, most notably the Erie Shores Wind Farm in western Ontario.
 
AIM has secured the wind power development rights to more than 13,000 acres in three municipalities along a 29-kilometre stretch of shoreline on the north shore of Lake Erie.
 
It is widely considered to be one of the most advanced wind farm projects in the province and was awarded a 20-year contract from the Ontario government for alternative energy generation back in December.
 
When finished, the Erie Shores Wind Farm will produce enough electricity to power 30,000 homes.
 
Township council have been invited to tour the facility at some point in the coming weeks, though no date has been set as yet.
 


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MAR 17 2006
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