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To those whose homes and businesses would lie in the shadow of 11-story electric transmission pylons, the $1.6 billion New York Regional Interconnection is a project of unimaginable size and complexity. But the proposed 190-mile-long power line is simply the latest and greatest endeavor of one of Toronto’s premier energy-project financiers. He is Robert McLeese, and in his home country’s clubby energy circles, his surname conjures images of competency and success.
Scotland based Natural Power Consultants are doing some tests in B.C. for wind power generation, which could result in wind power farms in the province in the future. They have chosen locations at Peachland, between Vernon and Kelowna, Salmon Arm, Prince George and some spots in the Kootenays.
A Cape Breton company is considering legal action to recoup more than $300,000 in development costs after Nova Scotia Power Inc. cancelled a $14-million wind energy project the firm was building. "We met all of the terms and conditions of the contract," Neal Livingston, president of Black River Wind Ltd. of Mabou, said in an interview after a Halifax press conference Wednesday. Black River had an agreement to provide Nova Scotia Power with six megawatts of wind power, enough to provide electricity to several thousand homes. The wind power would have been generated by five turbines built in Inverness and Pictou counties.
Allan Kettles continued his whirlwind wind energy tour of Pincher Creek last week, following up an Oct. 23 Town council appearance with an Municipal District of Pincher Creek public meeting two days later. Kettles appeared at the meeting, put on by the MD’s Municipal Planning Commission, as part of an application to expand his Kettles Hill wind farm by another 55 turbines.
BLACK RIVER, Inverness County — A multi-million-dollar six-megawatt wind project has been cancelled by Nova Scotia Power Inc. Black River Wind Ltd. president Neal Livingston said Wednesday the utility cancelled the $14-million project that would have seen five turbines erected this fall and next year. He said a disagreement over the dollar amount of a $150,000 performance bond to be deposited to NSPI by his company was at the centre of the dispute. Livingston said he is considering legal action.
A Scotland-based company, which set up shop in Canada about a year ago, has its eye on a site near Prince George for a wind farm. Natural Power Consultants Ltd. is considering the top of Mount George near Stoner, about 30 kilometres south of the city, but whether one is built depends largely on how well the results from tests planned for next year turn out. NPC had already secured an investigative permit from the provincial government and intended to get a 50-metre tall wind-monitoring tower in place this summer, but had trouble with the access routes.
A Canadian company's plan to build electrical transmission lines might provide a way for Idaho National Laboratory to sell nuclear power someday, a lab spokesman says. TransCanada's NorthernLights project includes three electrical transmission lines in the Pacific Northwest by 2012, including two that would run through southeastern Idaho. The two high-voltage, direct-current lines — one from Montana, the other from Wyoming — would come together in southeastern Idaho and weave south to Las Vegas. They will carry energy from coal, wind power and other sources.
A surge of opposition has diverted a plan to put wind-powered turbines on the Point Pelee peninsula. Boris Vondrus of Advantis Energy confirmed on Monday his company will respect the wishes expressed quite passionately at a Saturday night public meeting and look for a more bird-friendly location for the turbines. “We think we can find a solution a lot of people will be positively pleased with.”
Soon the Fly Hills will be adorned with a 150-foot-tall pole that might lead to a new source of power for B.C. Natural Power Consultants Ltd., a Scotland-based company which set up shop in Canada about a year ago, will be putting up a metal meteorological tower in the Fly Hills west of town in the next four weeks. The tower, six inches in diameter and to be painted orange and white under aviation regulations, will measure wind speeds. “Right now we’re at the very, very early stages,” emphasizes Mark Rogers, business manager for Natural Power Consultants.
The Quebec Environmental Public Hearing Board has rejected a $350-million wind power proposal from a Toronto company that wanted to build an expansive farm in the province’s northeastern region. The board, known by its French acronym, BAPE, gave the thumbs down to Skypower’s plans, which would include the construction of 114 windmills in four communities bordering the St Lawrence seaway, near Rivière-du-Loup. The board, which held several hearings on the project, concluded Thursday that the turbines would ruin a picturesque view, threaten the region’s natural and wildlife heritage and threaten the agricultural economy.
The way of the future may not be what some locals are looking towards,at least not in their back yards. A public meeting on Thursday gave people the opportunity to check out the plans for a wind turbine in Port Blake,behind the water treatment plant. This is currently in a resource assessment feasibility stage. If implemented,it would be the first municipal water treatment plant to generate electricity from wind power.
An Ashfield-Colborne Wawanosh Twp. resident believes council and the planning department are not doing enough research to address concerns about health issues caused by wind turbines. Ernie Marshall presented to council, at their Oct. 17 meeting, two reports outlining health issues related to wind turbines. He said his greatest concern is the noise level from the turbines which is much higher than the level stated by EPCOR and it is causing him a great deal of distress. “The noise is not so much what you can hear but what you can feel,” he said.
Ontario will overtake Alberta as the wind-power capital of Canada by the end of the year, in part because Alberta doesn’t have enough transmission lines to connect new wind turbines to its power grid.
One of the biggest hurdles facing wind power developers is getting local permission to install the giant wind turbines. Some residents near proposed projects have voiced strong objections because of disruptions to the landscape or the noise produced by the turbines, prompting local municipalities to set rigorous standards for setbacks from property lines. In Ontario alone, several projects were postponed or cancelled this past summer because of delays in approvals and permits.
The 250-plus partner Bay Street law firm of Blake Cassels Graydon says the environment and zoning are two separate issues in Canadian Hydro Developers' quest for approval of 88 wind turbines in Amaranth and Melancthon.
Candidates for Amaranth council found themselves facing numerous questions about roads and wind turbine-related issues during an all candidates debate hosted by the Greater Dufferin Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday evening. More than 100 people turned out for the event, held in the basement of the municipal building.
Wind turbines could be coming to mountaintops in the Central Okanagan. A Vancouver company, Natural Power Consultants, has been given a licence to erect two 50-metre towers with wind-measuring devices on top of them. Both sites will be on Crown land – one on Buck Mountain, between Lumby and Kelowna, and the other on Kathleen Mountain, above Peachland.
A private energy company says it has moved a step closer to building three new wind farms in southern Manitoba after obtaining provincial Environment Act licences for the projects.
A Canadian company that proposes to construct a power line from Alberta to Great Falls through eastern Teton and Pondera counties is putting the cart before the horse, say farmers along the right of way. Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. of Calgary, Alta., sent letters on Sept. 21 to property owners along the proposed route stating that its agent, SNC Consulting, has the right under the state’s eminent-domain law to enter their lands to survey for a 230-kilovolt power line. Helena attorney Harley Harris signed the letters. According to state law, the right of eminent domain may be exercised for electrical energy lines, but it is silent on whether a private company that would benefit four wind farms has the same rights as a public utility.
A new wind power proposal is already seeing some opposition despite Leeder Resources being in the very preliminary stages. The company is looking at a section of land in Arran-Elderslie Township, near Arran Lake as well as along Bruce County Road 17, for a 30-megawatt wind farm. It has just begun a feasibility study and told Arran-Elderslie council the earliest possible completion date would be in 2008. Charles Edey, chief operating officer, said they don’t have exact turbine placements as of yet, but the target area is west and south of Arran Lake, near Burgoyne. Edey said the project was a result of some land owners coming to the company with the idea. Some land has been optioned, “we’re just waiting on wind tests.”