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Two exhaustive years, two tribunals and one appeal. The digging, the paperwork, the questions and revelations that just maybe the ministries involved aren’t as neutral as they should be, and it’s finally over. Well, for now.
Ontario’s early round of wind-energy contracts became a lightning rod for political opposition, and angered many rural areas, with companies paid far more to generate power than consumers pay and control taken away from municipalities over where the highrise-sized wind turbines could be built. But under new rules, [firms] that get civic councils, land owners and First Nations on board get extra points.
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.
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.
"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."
Nova Scotia and Britain have announced plans to cut subsidies that encouraged small-scale renewable energy projects, amid worries that the support programs have been pushing up electricity prices.
"This is a landmark decision that ignores the importance of biodiversity and shames both Canada and Ontario," a release from the APAI said. "Amherst Island is a very special natural refuge and turbines will create a very real risk to human and environmental safety."
In her letter of resignation, Elaine Brown pointed out the working group which started meeting in January, was formed as an advisory committee for Invenergy to share information on wind energy development. ...“The feeling is that Invenergy is not fully understanding the majority of Dutton/Dunwich citizens’ concerns and is accommodating a small percentage, the lease holders. The purpose of these community working group meetings seems not to be working."
STELLA – A controversial wind energy project for Amherst Island has received conditional approval from the Ontario government.
West Elgin council last week stood firm on its resolution from a year ago to remain a non-willing host to industrial wind turbines. ...“The strong opinions of the West Elgin people who returned forms against industrial wind turbines indicate that council should reaffirm our position of unwilling host and should not sign any agreements with RES,” Ford said.
The planning committee will hear on Monday about the concept for a 150-megawatt wind farm to be located between Garson and Falconbridge, and north of Highway 17.
Leamington is keeping its status as an “unwilling host” to wind turbine development.
The clock is ticking for municipal politicians in Addington Highlands Township to make a decision about their support for proposed wind energy projects.
"Kathleen Wynne has shown she has a tin ear when it comes to listening to the concerns of rural residents," said Santo Giorno, a member of the group We're Against Industrial Turbines, Plympton-Wyoming. "What she's doing is wrong, it's deceitful, it's dishonest and it's hurting rural Ontario."
Joane McDermott, the spokeswoman of opposition group le Vent tourne, said it doesn't matter whether the promoter is aboriginal, British or otherwise — they don't want the windmills in the area. "We don't want a wind project on agricultural land. We don't want them near houses. We also don't want this surplus of electricity that will cost Quebec a fortune," McDermott said.
A day after Finch & District Lions Club hosted a Wind Power Information Night in Finch, EDP Renewables Canada provided North Stormont residents with a community information evening in the Crysler Community Centre on May 7. But the English-only documentation and presentations by the American developer in francophone Crysler came off as a cultural faux pas by some observers at the event.
An industrial wind turbine project in southern Prince Edward County is losing its race against the Blandings Turtle. In a decision released Monday at noon, the Ontario Court of Appeal reversed a lower court ruling regarding a Renewal Energy Approval (REA) of the nine-turbine Ostrander Point industrial wind project.
After the meeting, a group of landowners and neighbours huddled to figure out they can do in the face of another multi-turbine project. Buurma is concerned wind companies are using a divide and conquer approach to convince landowners to sign wind leases.
The Mattawan wind farm may be dead, but Innergex Renewable Energy says that won’t affect its plans to put up to 60 wind turbines in Merrick Township, just north of North Bay.
The United Counties is getting nearly $1.7 million to pay for the reconstruction of a road that was damaged during creation of a wind farm. Settlement terms were finalized Monday between the counties,