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Large wind projects need closer scrutiny, says Sault MP  

Credit:  By: Northern Ontario Business staff, www.northernontariobusiness.com 31 January 2011 ~~

Large industrial wind energy projects being proposed for the Algoma district in northeastern Ontario should be linked to a national energy strategy backed by research, retrofit programs, conservation, and new technology commitments, said Sault Ste. Marie MP Tony Martin in a Jan. 24 news release.

Martin announced he is bringing Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington to Algoma in late January to Batchewana and Wawa as well as to tour the coastline of the proposed wind farm sites. The Lake Superior Conservancy wants this area designated as a heritage site.

“Mr. Bevington has worked a great deal on a national energy strategy and also has a background in energy in the private sector,” Martin said in a statement. “It makes no sense to me to move aggressively on these wind projects opposed by many in the community until we’ve done due diligence on energy needs and the necessary related programs to help the environment and reduce our bills.”

“When New Democrat Leader Jack Layton visited the Sault earlier this month, we were in a home of a family that took advantage of the eco-energy retrofit program to save $200 a month on their bills and reduce C02 emissions by more than 8 tons a year. That is the type of program we need in a national strategy.”

Source:  By: Northern Ontario Business staff, www.northernontariobusiness.com 31 January 2011

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