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Large wind turbine project slated for northeast Leamington  

Another large wind turbine project is being proposed for an area in northeast Leamington.

On Monday the project was outlined to councillors by officials from TranCanada, a company mainly involved in the oil business.

But its public relations official Chris Breen said it is involved in other wind turbine generating projects and a gas-fired plant at Milton.

The company will be bidding on 500 megawatts of power the province is seeking from renewal resources, and is expected to announce the successful project late this year or early in 2009.

Breen said the development, called the Romney Project, could see up to 75 turbines built. It has already found willing landowners covering 1,200 acres.

Deputy Mayor Rob Schmidt pointed out the Romney project covers three municipalities in two counties, Essex and Chatham-Kent.

And he told Breen TransCanada may be dealing with two or more development regulations.

Breen said they were prepared to work with the zoning and regulations of all three.

Schmidt did say that the area involved is considered by the county to be the best for wind turbine projects.

The area within Leamington defined as part of the project is roughly an area between county Rd. 37 and Kent Rd. 1, north of Mersea Rd. 8 to County Rd. 8.

Breen was told that Leamington, at this point, has not approved zoning regulations for wind turbines but they may be ready at the end of the year. Those rules would define where turbines would be allowed in relation to buildings and roads.

On June 25, the company will hold an open house at the Wheatley Legion to outline its proposal to area residents.

Leamington Post

18 June 2008

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