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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

May 29, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

To appeal or not to appeal: COVID-19 crisis buys province time to decide next move on Nation Rise

NORTH STORMONT – The COVID-19 crisis has delivered a dose of extra time for Jeff Yurek and the province’s legal machinery to consider appealing the May 13 court decision reviving the Nation Rise Wind Farm project in this rural township. The Ontario Superior Court (Divisional Court) ruled May 13 that Yurek, the Environment, Conservation and Parks minister, was wrong in revoking the project’s prior approval in December 2019 – a decision that stilled construction on the partially completed $450-million, 29-turbine development. In . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise developers prevail in court; Minister was “unreasonable” in cancelling project

BERWICK – Decried by opponents and celebrated by the developer, the Ontario Superior Court (Divisional Court) has reinstated Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for the 29-turbine Nation Rise Wind Farm in the Township of North Stormont, quashing the Environment minister’s abrupt cancellation of the 100-megawatt, $450-million project. EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. (EDPR) had appealed the December 2018 decision by Ontario Environment, Parks and Conservation Minister Jeff Yurek revoking the project’s REA. The minister had cited protection of bat species in his surprise . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario court strikes down move by Ford government to cancel massive wind farm project

An Ontario court has struck down a move by the provincial government to kill the partly-built Nation Rise Wind Farm southeast of Ottawa, quashing Environment Minister Jeff Yurek’s decision last year to block the project over his concerns about endangered bats. In its ruling, the Ontario Divisional Court said Mr. Yurek’s decision last December was “not reasonable,” and did not “meet the requirements of transparency, justification, and intelligibility.” Instead of returning the matter to the minister for reconsideration, the court . . . Complete story »

April 21, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise Wind Farm hearing reveals staggering costs of cancellation

The cost of tending to the already built pieces of the cancelled Nation Rise Wind Farm amounts to $100,000 a week, an Ontario Supreme Court hearing learned on Friday. The hearing was held after EDP Renewables, the owner of the project, asked the court for a judicial review of Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek’s December decision to revoke the renewable energy application approval for Nation Rise. It had been hoped the hearing would have taken place earlier . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Copper thieves target Bluewater wind turbines

WINGHAM, ONT. – Thieves with a thirst for copper are now targeting wind turbines. Sometime between Feb. 21 and 26, copper thieves stole copper grounding wires from seven wind turbine sites in the Municipality of Bluewater. Police say the thieves forced their way into the base of the turbines and then stole copper grounding wires. The value of the copper is about $1,400, but the damage done amounts to over $7,000. Police say the vast majority of these copper thefts are . . . Complete story »

January 13, 2020 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Andrea Horwath’s NDP putting political opportunism ahead of environment with Nation Rise spin?

Here’s an open letter to Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath and her party’s energy critic, Ian Arthurs. Ian, Andrea, I have talked to NDP MPPs as well as sending multiple information updates to your party pointing out the gaps, omissions, negative implications of the Nation Rise Wind project, other Ontario IWT projects and worldwide IWT updates. Now, following the revoking of the Nation Rise Wind project license, Ian, you are quoted as stating that the decision is “not supported by . . . Complete story »

December 21, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario faces court challenge over wind-farm’s cancellation

Builders of a nearly completed wind farm southeast of Ottawa have asked a judge to reverse Ontario’s cancellation of its operating permit amid mounting uncertainty about the future of renewable energy projects in the province. After concluding its turbines would harm local bat populations, Environment Minister Jeff Yurek revoked the Nation Rise Wind Farm’s permit on Dec. 4. That was just three months before they were to begin generating electricity: 16 of the planned 29 turbines were fully or partially . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm owner launches court challenge against Ontario government

Forty kilometres to the south of Ottawa, a once-bustling construction site of partially built wind turbines has ground to a halt. Nation Rise Wind Farm, nestled among dairy farms and fields of corn, was three months away from completion when Ontario Environment Minister Jeff Yurek cancelled it earlier this month, citing concerns over possible risks to local bat populations. The company behind the site, EDP Renewables, must lay off the 200 employees working on Nation Rise just before the holidays, . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario cancels nearly built $200M wind farm over threat to bat populations

Ontario’s Environment Minister has cancelled a $200-million wind farm south of Ottawa – one almost fully constructed – because the giant turbines pose a threat to nearby bat populations. In a Dec. 4 letter, Minister Jeff Yurek said he’s revoking the approval given to the Nation Rise Wind Farm, which has already erected a number of the 29 planned turbines in a rural area near the villages of Crysler and Finch in the Township of North Stormont. The surprising decision comes about . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Minister revokes approval for Nation Rise Wind Farm project; harm to bats key point

In a December 4 decision, an appeal of the Environmental Review Tribunal decision to issue a Renewable Energy Approval to Nation Rise Wind Farm GP Inc. has led to the project been revoked. Despite a full appeal of the Nation Rise wind power project by community group Concerned Citizens of North Stormont, which raised serious issues of concern about human health and the environment, and despite a final appeal and request for a Stay of construction, the 100-megawatt wind power . . . Complete story »

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