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Scotian Windfields and Skypower have released the proposed locations for the 20 wind turbines to be built in the Rossway area-and their map shows 12 of the towers will be built on properties owned by Americans. The Digby Neck Wind Farm, scheduled for construction in 2009, was the subject of a presentation made by Barry Zwicker, CEO of Scotian Windfields, Nov. 10 at the Municipality of Digby's meeting.
The last significant planning barrier to Canada's biggest wind energy project is expected to be removed in little more than a week. Brookfield Renewable Power hopes its $600-million commercial wind farm in Lakeshore and Kingsville will get underway early next year. County council expects to pass final changes to its alternative energy zoning regulations at its next meeting. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is promising approval the day after.
The proposal is from SkyPower Inc. of Toronto, a company that has established wind turbine projects around the world. The firm wants to test the viability of two local sites for wind-powered energy generation. ...The two properties would have to be rezoned to allow the meteorological towers to be installed. Vanderdonk and his neighbours received official notification about the plan a couple of weeks ago. "There's a string of houses on 14th Line on both sides of Yonge Street," he says. "No one can figure out why they would put something so close to a residential area."
Wind power is easy to set up and creates no greenhouse gases. So why are so many communities rallying against them? ...Residents complain that straight answers are scarce, with towers designed to measure wind speed popping up across the valley, even as local officials say they have not received any applications for zoning bylaw changes. A community group called Save Our Skyline, or S.O.S. Renfrew County, has formed to fight at least four separate proposals along the Madawaska Valley. Two weeks ago, S.O.S. joined with 23 other local groups to create Wind Concerns, an umbrella organization dedicated to "protecting rural Ontario for future generations." Similar fights are underway across the rest of Canada.
A few details still need to be hammered down before a wind energy project near Arthur can get off the ground. On Monday, councillors here held a public meeting with representatives of Schneider Power to review its proposal for a 10megawatt windfarm northeast of Arthur - Part Lots 2 and 3, on Concession 2. The application before council was for a zoning bylaw amendment to allow the additional use of five commercial wind turbines to generate electrical power to be sold to the Ontario power grid.
A plan to build a five wind turbine facility northeast of Arthur could be moving closer to reality as Wellington North Council firms up new regulations governing the new technology. The Arthur Wind Farm Project is proposed by Schneider Power Inc. on a 350-acre parcel of farmland known as New Obelink Farms. Company President and CEO Tom Schneider attended a public meeting at council Monday evening to talk about the status of the plan. Schneider Power, according to Mr. Schneider, has done the necessary studies required by the provincial Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and has fine-tuned some of those plans as a township draft of regulations has been considered.
The Township of Madawaska Valley this week pledged that any decision of the future of wind turbines in the area would be made only after a full public discussion on the issue. Meanwhile, however, SOS (Save Our Skyline), a group of about 400 citizens opposed to the construction of wind turbines called on the township council to take a cue from a neighbouring council and impose a moratorium on the approval of any large-scale win project until more is known about their impact on the communities in which they are located. In mid-October, council for the Township of South Algonquin imposed a 10-year moratorium on approval of any wind turbine projects.
Mike Magnus says he hopes the latest discussion regarding the adjustments his company has made to the proposed wind turbine project in eastern Pictou County will allay local concerns and allow the major project to proceed. "We've taken all the comments to heart and have engaged folks to look at the changes," the chief executive officer of Shear Wind Inc. said Saturday, following the company's latest information session that attracted more than 100 people to the Lismore Community Hall.
The proposal for what would be Canada's largest wind farm ran into a surprising amount of flak at a planning meeting Monday, but still won a 6-4 vote from town council to move ahead. Brookfield Renewable Power hopes to win a contract from the Ontario Power Authority to start building its $600-million wind farm next year. ..."Why is it that you have to ruin the entire landscape of the county?" asked Robert King of Stoney Point. He said wind power is going to contribute relatively little to Ontario's future energy needs. "Our property values will go down," he said.
Chatham-Kent's largest wind farm to date received a nearly unanimous thumbs up last night. A council planning meeting was held for AIM PowerGen's Erieau-Blenheim wind farm, which will consist of 52 turbines. ...While most at the table believed the company met the test, Chatham Coun. Anne Gilbert called the project unfortunate for South Kent. "This is the most culturally sensitive vista in all of Chatham- Kent," she said. "I can't support this one. It isn't good planning."
No wind-powered energy projects will be approved in South Algonquin for the next 10 years, the township's council has declared. The declaration, which was supported unanimously by councillors, came last Thursday night following a council meeting considering a proposal to construct a series of wind-power turbines in the hills along the Highway 60 corridor. RES (Renewable Energy Systems) Canada wants to build 40 to 60 of the massive wind-power turbines in the area east of Algonquin Park. ...Stephen Cookson, development manager for the RES Canada project, said ...RES is confident that once the benefits of the project are understood by the community and council, "they will see it in a better light."
A St. Catharines developer who has partnered with Niagara Region to build a local wind farm has backed off threats to appeal new regional wind energy policies. Rankin Construction partnered with Regional council last year on plans for a $23-million, five-turbine commercial wind farm in Wainfleet. But Regional planners later unveiled new wind energy policies that company president Tom Rankin said could kill the joint project due to extra costs. In the past, an upset Rankin suggested the new policies could force him to abandon the project, or even appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.
The city committee that rejected Ottawa's first application for a residential wind turbine did so because the proposed location of the turbine is too close to neighbouring property lines, not due to its noise or visual impact. ...Zoning bylaws require that accessory structures to a house not exceed 4.5 metres in height and that their height must equal their distance from property lines. The committee rejected Mr. Findlay's proposal after a public hearing on Oct. 1, but only released its rationale on Friday.
A proposal to erect a 65-metre wind turbine near the peak of Grouse Mountain will be going before District of North Vancouver council Monday night. If approved, the tower will be visible from much of North Vancouver and other parts of the Lower Mainland. The 21-storey structure (34 storeys to the tip of the blade) is slated to begin operating at the top of Peak Mountain next to the Heaven's Sake ski run in 2009.
The city committee that handles requests for minor bylaw exceptions has ruled against an Island Park resident's application to put up a small wind turbine in his backyard. Graham Findlay, who lives at 70 Iona St., was asking the committee to exempt his turbine from bylaws governing the height of accessory structures and their proximity to property lines.
A city committee decided Wednesday to postpone its decision until at least Thursday about whether Graham Findlay should be allowed to install a power-generating turbine on top of a 10-metre pole in the yard of his home near Fisher Park. ...About 20 of Findlay's neighbours showed up at the committee meeting Wednesday to express their opposition to the turbine.
Shear Wind Inc. of Halifax has completed environmental impact studies for three wind generation projects it plans to build in Alberta. "This is an extremely important step in the development of our extensive cross-Canada wind development pipeline," company president and CEO Mike Magnus said in a release Thursday. The three Alberta wind farm projects are 200-megawatt Glenridge in southeast Alberta and 500-megawatt Coyote Ridge in southern Alberta, which will be developed in two stages, and the 100-megawatt Willowridge project in southwest Alberta.
A plan to build a 100-megawatt wind farm near Marathon has been approved in principle. Brookfield Power says the environmental assessment of its Coldwell Wind Energy Project is complete, now that it has managed to address some outstanding concerns about caribou migration corridors in the vicinity of Neys Provincial Park.
The message wasn't so much 'not in my backyard' as 'is this the best backyard' for the wind farm proposed by Schneider Power for a 115 hectare property between the 5th and 6th lines of Innisfil. More than 100 people turned out for the public meeting Wednesday to hear the company's application for official plan and zoning bylaw amendments that would permit a five-turbine wind farm on the land. So many attended that the meeting was delayed while town staff removed a partition wall to accommodate the standing-room only crowd. The comment portion of the meeting was also extended so those who wanted to comment could do so.
With many residents along the Gulf Shore opposed to the idea, a 17-turbine wind farm for the area was recently granted a development permit. Originally, the proposed Pugwash Wind Farm was planned with up to 30 turbines, but scaled back to 17 after concerns from some of the area residents. ..."By trying to move a few turbines back by a few hundred meters is not paying attention to what we are saying - that this affects the whole neighborhood, not just the immediate people."