Wind Power News: Quebec
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
QUEBEC – Quebec is launching two new calls for tender for a total of 700 megawatts of wind energy, Premier Jean Charest said Friday. The first round for 450 MW is to be open to all wind energy developers while the second of 250 MW is designed to include members of First Nations communities. The announcement, which has been anticipated, is part of the government’s strategic energy plan to produce 4,000 MW of wind energy by 2015. About 1,057 MW . . .
After years of negotiations, the Mohawk community of Kahnawake signed a deal with Kruger Energy. The energy company plans to build 12 wind turbines in an area Kahnawake claims as its traditional territory. The company will pay Kahnawake $20,000 a year for 20 years and it will set up an annual scholarship. Kahnawake’s Grand Chief, however, says the deal highlights the recognition of Kahnawake’s right to the land.
DERBY — State utility regulators are allowing the Derby Line Wind Project application to be withdrawn, changed and resubmitted later, thwarting attempts by opponents to stop the project all together. But the Vermont Public Service Board said Monday that the developer will have to file a brand new application, present new arguments and expert testimony, and notify all abutting landowners and towns once again if he seeks a turbine on the Grand View Farm in Derby. Encore Redevelopment filed for . . .
[Victory for opponents of Encore Redevelopment's wind project: the developer has announced that it will not install a wind turbine on Smugglers Hill, but the struggle continues...] MAGOG – Victoire en demi-teinte pour les opposants au projet éolien de la compagnie Encore Redevelopment : le promoteur annonce qu’il n’installera pas d’eolienne sur les terres de la ferme Smugglers Hill, mais ne tourne pas les talons. Dans un communiqué émis hier, Encore Redevelopment assure qu’elle laisse tomber l’idée d’ériger une éolienne . . .
The Derby Line Wind Project is dead, for now. Developer Chad Farrell of Encore Redevelopment announced Friday afternoon that he has voluntarily withdrawn a plan for two large wind turbines on two Derby farms near the Canadian border, citing mounting costs and international controversy that threatened to overwhelm the resources of his firm and state utility regulators. Farrell said he will try to come back next year with a one-turbine project, focusing on the * But Farrell said he has . . .
“Our philosophy is to create harmony between the natural and built environments”: This is how Encore Redevelopment, the small company from Burlington who is causing big concerns near the Quebec border, defines their philosophy on the opening page of their website. Encore Redevelopment plans to build at least two giant wind turbines in close proximity to the border and the Town of Stanstead, Quebec. These 425-foot high industrial wind turbines are massive, in fact they stand 125 taller than the . . .
Local NDP MP Jean Rousseau has been ‘on the case’ when it comes to the controversial wind turbine project in Derby Line. According to a press release, last Thursday he met with Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird to discuss what actions to take concerning the wind turbines near the Canada-US border at Stanstead. The private meeting took place in Ottawa following a request by the Compton-Stanstead MP and his insistence during comments in the House of Commons. Mr. Rousseau . . .
DERBY LINE – An online petition is circulating geared to show the scale of opposition to the Derby Line Wind project. More than three hundred people have already signed the petition, according to the site change.org. The petition was created by “Citoyens de Stanstead,” and is called “Stop the Derby Line Wind Project.” Many Stanstead residents are in an uproar over the proposal to build two 420-foot plus turbines in Derby Line near the US-Canadian border. Opponents say the turbines . . .
La paisible municipalité de Stanstead est perturbée par la lutte de ses résidents contre l’installation de deux gigantesques éoliennes tout près de leurs maisons, sur les terres de leurs voisins américains. [Windmills of discord — The peaceful town of Stanstead is troubled by the fight of its residents against the erection of two giant wind turbines too close to their homes, on the land of their American neighbors.] « Ça ne passera pas, nous allons arrêter ça », promet Lynda . . .
After raising the issue for the second time in three days in the House of Commons, New Democrat MP Jean Rousseau (Compton–Stanstead) finally forced answers from the Conservative government, Thursday afternoon. This time, the Conservatives could no longer pretend they didn’t know what the MP was talking about. The news was mentioned countless times in the national media, and the MP asked to meet with the government in writing to discuss the issue. Rousseau’s question couldn’t have been clearer. “Last . . .