A big step forward for the Melancthon wind farm project.
Canadian Hydro, Executive Vice-President, Ann Hughes says they’ve been excused from doing an Individual Environmental Assessment on Phase 2 of the wind farm.
Hughes says an “individual” assessement would have looked at the wind farm on a per-parcel-of-land basis, not a general overview.
Hughes would not comment on how much time and money would have been spent on such a review.
Hughes says the next big step for the project are the Ontario Municipal Board hearings for Melanchton in late-July, and mid-September for Amaranth.
But for now, Hughes says they’re one step closer to completion for the 88-turbine Phase 2, which should add a couple more permanent, full-time jobs to the wind farm, aside from all the temporary construction jobs.
Hughes says the absolute maximum output of Phase 2 is 132 megawatts, but typically, given wind fluctuations, the real output is expected to be about 40 megawatts.
But Hughes adds Phase 1 has been turning out more power than the average for wind farms.
The decision to skip an Individual Envrironmental Assessment came Monday from the Director of the province’s Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch.
By Mark Douglas
21 March 2007
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