May 11, 2012

Pay more for wind turbines

by John Divinski, 10 May 2012

It doesn’t happen too often but Armow resident Ashley Duncan received applause and a standing ovation from some Kincardine councillors after delivering her address on the pending Samsung/Pattern wind farm development in her area.

Duncan got right to the point, urging council to approve a building permit increase for turbines to 35 thousand dollars apiece – well above the normal going rate.

That works out to more than 3.4 million dollars.

She says if the turbine developers are going to move into this area, they usually have plenty of money behind them.

Duncan urges Kincardine to get its fair share with a hefty building fee.

She says Samsung/Pattern Energy is planning on 99 turbines in the Armow area, up from the last reported 95.

Duncan wants council to stand firm with the municipality-imposed setbacks for turbines, although any developer does not need to heed to anything but the Green Energy Act.

She also says communication between the company and area residents has dried up.

She says the Armow Citizen’s Group presented a series of what she calls reasonable questions and it’s been almost six months with no answers.

Kincardine councillor Ron Coristine agrees with the frustration of trying to get answers from the company.

Several council members empathized with Duncan’s request to make the companies pay but no action was taken on the matter.

Afterwards, Duncan said she made her presentation out of desperation because of no action from the company.

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