Enbridge Inc. (TSX: ENB) will start construction this summer on a major wind power project in Bruce County after the Ontario Municipal Board overruled resident objections arising from fears of noise and unsightliness.
The 182-megawatt project, one of the largest wind farms in Canada, is expected to be completed by the end of next year.
The OMB ruled in favour of the project this week and the Ministry of the Environment has indicated the development complies with its noise guidelines.
“We are extremely pleased to be moving ahead with a renewable energy project that further illustrates our commitment to sustainability and, at the same time, will help address the province’s electricity needs,” Al Monaco, president of Enbridge Gas Distribution, stated Friday.
Carol Mitchell, the Liberal MPP for Huron-Bruce, said in an Enbridge news release that she is “very pleased that there has been public input into this project and that it is now moving forward,” and Energy Minister Dwight Duncan added that “the McGuinty government is delivering on its promise to increase the amount of renewable energy in Ontario.”
Three dozen residents represented by the Windfarm Action Group appealed to the OMB to overturn the municipal rezoning allowing the development, but “the community has been firmly behind this project throughout the process and we have worked hard to listen to and address the needs of stakeholders,” said Bob Simpson, general manager of Enbridge Ontario Wind Power.
“The people of this area understand the value and importance of clean, renewable power and they have been extraordinarily supportive.”
20 July 2007
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