Articles from Canada

CRA input needed for turbine taxes

At a committee of the whole meeting in Picton Thursday afternoon, council opted to wait for a ruling from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to determine if donations to help offset the legal costs of a pair of appeals qualify for official income tax receipts. The decision came after hearing from a pair of local residents the municipality could be liable for the taxes from the donations and also risk its ability to receive donations.
30 Oct 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 energy legal battle begins

"The Association to Protect Amherst Island remains adamantly opposed to the construction of turbines on Amherst Island and has appealed the MOECC decision to grant Renewable Energy Approval to Windlectric Inc. and plans to make application for judicial review of the application," APAI president Peter Large wrote in a letter to Loyalist Township. "The association also continues to explore all legal and political opportunities to stop the industrialization of Amherst Island."
23 Oct 2015

Province concerned about economic impact at Collingwood airport from proposed Stayner wind farm

"Based on the information reviewed, it appears there would likely be an operational impact on both the Collingwood and Stayner aerodromes,” wrote Joseph Szwalek, regional director of civil aviation, for the Ontario Region of Transport Canada ...it should be noted that  mitigation can result in a decrease in the usability of the Collingwood and Stayner aerodromes."
17 Oct 2015

For Pickens, Wind Claim May Be Last Power Play

Mr. Pickens and Mesa Power contend that the Florida company, NextEra, was granted exclusive access through private meetings with important government officials that ultimately tilted the bidding in its favor. The province of Ontario granted NextEra $3.8 billion in energy contracts. Mesa Power contends that $18,600 in donations that NextEra made to the ruling Liberal Party in Ontario before elections in 2011 had undue influence on the auction.
16 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

Fixing a bad law

The Green Energy Act (GEA) is the target of a proposed judicial review to be launched this fall. CCSAGE Naturally Green, a not-for-profit public interest corporation argue[s] the GEA tramples rights and freedoms, punishes rural Ontarians, contravenes statutes and conventions the province is bound to uphold, and, at its core, is fundamentally unjust.
26 Sep 2015

The Green Energy Act exposed

The committee’s message was that the province’s own regulatory apparatus, erected to safeguard the environment, nature, health and the electricity distribution system, was itself the problem. The province’s own protections discouraged investments in these projects. Developers need certainty. At each stage, a ministry bureaucrat could stall the process, creating delays that cost money.
25 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

City to appeal decision in Sumac Ridge wind farm legal action

The judge also ruled that the City passed the resolution in a deliberate attempt to keep the Sumac Ridge project from moving forward and that council used its municipal power in bad faith. On Wednesday (Sept. 9) Ward 16 Coun. Heather Stauble told This Week “There is no way you could get an industrial wind turbine down there; you can barely get a pickup truck through.” She said the road would have to be widened and realigned, including cutting all the trees and brush.
10 Sep 2015

Wind project opposition grows

"Amherst has the largest breeding population of the at-risk short-eared owl in southern Ontario," Wise said. "During the winter, Amherst supports the largest concentration of owl species of anywhere in eastern North America as far as we know. "We are all for green energy, but not at the expense of nature."
7 Sep 2015

Ministry expert admits he advised not to allow initial ‘kill, harm and harass’ permit

“From the beginning several years ago, we were astounded that the Ministry of Natural Resources would issue a permit that allowed development of a site as important to species at risk as Ostrander Point,” said Myrna Wood, PECFN president. “Over the years we continually have reminded the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Natural Resources that their responsibility to protect species at risk was being ignored by allowing development at Ostrander Point.”
5 Sep 2015

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