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A new 300-acre, six-turbine wind farm has been given a thumbs up by Municipality of Kincardine council. On Wednesday night, at the beginning of the public hearing for the 10-megawatt Cruickshank Windfarm just south of Somerhill Golf Course, the town planning department had recommended only five of the six turbines be approved. Through presentations by representatives from Cuesta Planning Consultants and owner Kevin Cruickshank, town council was convinced a 100-metre setback from neighbouring properties was sufficient for the sixth turbine. Most councillors agreed the smaller setback didn’t present a safety hazard and was an efficient use of the land.
Eight community-based energy development companies will spend $16 million over the next two years installing wind turbines in each community, it was announced Thursday. And five of these corporations have been given the green light by securities regulators to raise more money. The communities want to start producing green energy and using it in their own homes and businesses, said Dana Morin, general manager of Scotian Wind Fields, an umbrella organization representing a network of wind field corporations, which was formed in 2000. The one hurdle facing the corporations is being able to sell directly to buyers.
It is official. Pincher Creekers fully support the wind energy developments in the municipal district and many are not opposed to seeing more. Some 91 per cent of ratepayers in the Municipal District of Pincher Creek say that they approve of the wind energy developments in the MD and 62 per cent said that they did not have any concerns over the number of turbines in the area. The figures come fresh out of a new survey commissioned by council earlier in the year. In the survey, which was mailed out to some 500 MD ratepayers, people were asked to give their comments on what they thought about the development of the wind industry in the area. Just under 50 per cent of those given a survey, responded.
More wind turbines are being approved in Kincardine. The Kevin Cruikshank Wind Farm is getting a thumbs up from council. It's a new 6 turbine development over 300 acres on the west side of Highway 21 between Summerhill Golf Course and the village of Tiverton. The towers will also be visible from Kincardine's lakeshore B-line.
On behalf of a planning committee working with the Wind Power Inc. company, Elle presented a location in the north end of town. The location is serviced and is close to the future Wal-mart, which is likely to welcome recreation vehicles. The proposed turbine would be fully operational and most of the revenue would likely go back to Wind Power, with a small portion going towards maintaining an interpretive centre. Wind Power is one company interested in erecting the machine.
The fate of one effort to establish a wind power plant in Antigua has been called into question in the light of statements made by Minister of Works Wilmoth Daniel last week. For some time, Caribbean Windpower has been lobbying the government for permission to set up a wind power plant and the company’s Managing Director Bob Tillotson expressed surprise at Minister Daniel’s statement that those discussions had “come to nought.
The wind plants and smaller projects are likely to be hot issues in the Nov. 13 municipal elections.
A proposed project for wind turbines in Lake Erie off the shores of Leamington and Kingsville will not go ahead. Kingsville Mayor Nelson Santos was pleased by the decision made by the Minister of Natural Resources and said Wednesday night’s public meeting at Migration Hall has been canceled as a result. “For us, this is the appropriate decision,” said Santos following the announcement by MPPs Bruce Crozier and Pat Hoy Tuesday morning that the MNR will not allow the use of Crown lands in the bed of Lake Erie for the proposed project. “It’s a positive move, representing the wishes of the town of Kingsville and its residents,” he added. While Santos said they still support the use of green energy, he said they must find a more appropriate location.
Concerns with noise and health affects continue to be raised as Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Twp. council prepares their wind turbine setback bylaw. Township residents once again packed the council chambers on Sept. 19 to discuss the proposed setback requirements for wind turbines. The requirements include 400 metres from a residential building, a 600 metre setback from urban settlements and a setback requirement for roadways of 1.25 times the height of the turbine. Although council is in favour of the proposed bylaw, they deferred its passing to allow for more research to be completed and input from the public or ministry to be made. “We are leaving the setback requirements the same,” said Reeve Ben Van Diepenbeek. “In general, I think most people are pleased with the setback bylaw.” Mark Kernighan stated in a letter to council that they should not consider making the proposed changes anymore restrictive as it would be difficult for smaller farm lots to establish a wind farm.
A major wind power development in Town of the Blue Mountains is dead and Brookfield Power is blaming the town. Mayor Ellen Anderson wonders how you could cancel something that never started. Brookfield Power announced they will no longer be attempting a 49.5 megawatt wind power project in Town of the Blue Mountains. But Anderson says council never even received a proposal. The possibility of an application for 20 to 30 turbines on top of Blue Mountain caused intense controversy in the town.
An enterprise’s is projecting to establish windmills in the region to produce wind-generated energy. To aid its cause, the company has decided to pay a short one-day visit in the Gaspé for those who decide, including a delegation from de Roussillon MRC. Mayor Gilles Yelle of St.Isidore ; Pierre Largy, MRC secretary-treasurer and director general; Lyne Dansereau, MRC layout co-ordinator, and her adjunct visited the Gaspé windmill site last Wednesday. “It is costing us nothing,” said Dansereau. “The company invited us. We will see first-hand what it looks like. And we’ll take lots of photos,” she assured. Dansereau, however, refused to disclose the name of the firm involved.
Nearly 300 people attended a Leamington Council meeting Monday night to oppose a wind farm project for Lake Erie, that would see 59 wind turbines just east of Leamington marina. The total project proposes 119 wind turbines in Pigeon Bay, including locations just off Kingsville and Union. After hearing a presentation made by Kingsville’s Dr. John Lee, who is against the proposal, and a representative, Bill Climie, of Southpoint Wind Power, council unanimously voted against it. They then made several motions to send letters to different ministries, including the Ministry of Natural Resources, Oceans and Fisheries, Parks Canada, and local MPs and MPPs to ensure that all assessments and environmental concerns would be addressed prior to the installation of any wind turbine in the Lake.
Residents of the North Coast were given their opportunity to learn more about the Mount Hays Wind Farm project on September 14, and give their input and concerns about the development, during an open house hosted by Katabatic Power, the company that is proposing the development.
CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island is moving full steam ahead toward its goal of having 100 per cent of its electrical energy from renewable sources by 2015. Within the past two weeks, construction has begun on a 30-megawatt wind farm in the eastern part of the province. In addition, Summerside has announced the purchase of nine megawatts of wind energy and tenders have been called for the first phase of a wind-hydrogen village to be built in North Cape.
A wind turbine project presented to Amaranth council proposes to build turbines in the southern part of the municipality to provide discounted energy first to Orangeville -- and then Amaranth. Robert Younker, head of the Orangeville and Dufferin Wind Cooperative (Orange Wind), says he's hoping Amaranth landowners are willing to consider the project -- and the monetary incentives it would bring. The plan calls for 12 18-mW turbines on land in southeast Amaranth, where landowners receive a four per cent royalty -- roughly $15,000 to $20,000 a year. Younker also suggests that though the Orange Wind initiative, royalties will rise as the Ontario electricity prices go up.
Shoreline Beacon — Enbridge is pulling its wind power interests out of Saugeen Shores, for the foreseeable future. The 11 sites of the 121-turbine project within the municipality are no longer being looked upon as possibilities within the timeline of the project, so the company is proceeding with 120 zoned sites in Kincardine. “The bylaws passed (in Saugeen Shores) do not allow anyone to install a turbine on any lot, because the setbacks are too great,” said Bob Simpson, a general manager for Enbridge in Kincardine. “Public support is really not there, neither is it from council at this time.”
Kincardine News — The Enbridge Ontario Wind Power project is another step closer to becoming a reality. Municipality of Kincardine council approved 102 zoning bylaw amendments which will allow for the construction of 110 wind turbines on 102 lots, last Wednesday. Council’s approval of the zoning bylaws was met with outrage from Kathy McCarrel, spokesperson for the Windfarm Action Group (WAG).
Bruce County heard another objection to Enbridge's wind farm proposal for Kincardine. Ron Mattmer said controversy on county council and in the community over the 121-turbine proposal points to the need for provincial regulations on wind farms. He’s concerned about setbacks Kincardine council approved for the project last week and asked to see the county's file on the Enbridge project.
Talk of an east-west power grid for Ontario to import surplus power from Newfoundland and Quebec has a North Bay wind power consultant shaking his head at Queen’s Park. “It’s mind boggling why they don’t want to spend the money on transmission infrastructure here,” says Terry Wojick, president of Northern Wind Power. “Why are we (considering) transmitting from Labrador when we’ve got an abundance of potential in Northern Ontario?” Wojick was reacting to Ontario’s plan to open talks with authorities in Newfoundland and Quebec to examine how feasible it is to transmit hydroelectric power from Labrador into Ontario. Many of his projects in northeastern Ontario are being hampered by a restrictive provincially-imposed 50 megawatt cap on new electricity generation.
The Ontario Municipal Board is holding a public pre-hearing in Saugeen Shores today for the Canadian Auto Workers' proposed wind turbine. Town Clerk Linda White says the CAW wants to put a wind turbine on their property with a height that exceeds what the municipality's zoning by-law allows. She says the CAW wants the proposed wind turbine to be 75 metres high with 25 metre-long blades therefore the overall height would be 1-hundred metres.