Capital Power Corporation held a public meeting on May 25 at Brookside Public School regarding the company’s Kingsbridge II Wind Power Project. The open forum style meeting was set up to give information to anyone who wanted to drop in and learn of the progress of the project.
The project is being proposed for the township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh (ACW) and it would be located in the area bounded by Nile Road, Bruce County Road 86, Bluewater Highway 21 and Saratoga Line/Lucknow Line.
“We had our first open house in March of 2010, so we wanted another opportunity to come into the community with our project team to speak with the community members to let them know where we currently are with our project,” said Lori Wilson, consultation manager for Capital Power Corporation. “We want to get input and feedback on what our proposed plans are and answer any questions people have regarding the project planning.”
The proposed plan for the area would have a total maximum name plate capacity of 270 MW and may include up to 150 wind turbines located on privately owned lease land.
“It’s been a long time in the development of the project and there have been a lot of delays on the government side and I think that a lot of people are questioning what’s going on,” said Glenn Hubbers, business development manager for Capital Power Corporation. “So we thought we would take the opportunity to come out and talk about people’s questions and concerns.”
Hubbers said there have been a lot of consultations with the interested landowners on where the turbines will be located on their property. He also said that there are 90 interested landowners, but as of yet nothing has been confirmed.
“Because we recently released the layout to the public there will probably be a lot of questions tonight on the layout and the methodology on how the locations were chosen,” said Hubbers.
The main concerns for people against wind turbines are the issues of property values and health. Capital Power Corporation’s had third party studies on hand at the meeting for anyone who wanted to read them.
“We do have some information available tonight about property values where wind turbines are located for instance, so we do have that kind of information to share with the public tonight,” said Wilson.
Wilson wanted to add Capital Power Corporation tries to be part of the community by involving themselves with sponsoring local activities.
“We are very active in the community on a sponsorship level when we do have operations in the area,” said Wilson. “Beyond that there are our payments to leaseholders, the positive economic spin off from the project and we are creating many new jobs which is another positive.”
There are a lot of issues when it comes to wind turbines especially in Western Ontario at the moment but Capital Power Corporation believes that despite all of the issues, a renewable energy such as wind is the future.
“I think wind energy has to be the future,” said Hubbers. “In terms of what I think personally about wind energy and its benefits, it’s why I came to this company to work on projects like this one.”
More information on Capital Power Corporation or its Kingsbridge II Wind Project can be found at www.capitalpower.com.