Plympton-Wyoming council has also voted to require that wind turbines within its borders be at least 2 km from homes. Ontario’s Green Energy Act took planning approval for renewable energy projects away from municipalities.
Suncor Energy and a citizen’s group opposing its Cedar Point Wind Power Project are taking their case to the public this summer.
Suncor has scheduled three public open houses in August about its plan to build as many as 62 wind turbines in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick Township.
The open houses are set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Camlachie Community Centre, Aug. 22 at the Forest Legion and Aug. 23 at Centennial Hall in Watford.
“Our intent will be to show a draft layout where turbines could be for the Cedar Point project, and to gather feedback about those possible, or proposed locations,” said Suncor spokesperson Michael Southern.
The group We’re Against Industrial Turbines – Plympton-Wyoming (WAIT-PW) is holding a town hall meeting July 31, 7 p.m., at the Camlachie Community Centre.
Member Ron Schenk said speakers will include a wildlife expert and Nikki Horton, a Blenheim resident who says her family has experienced health problems since a wind farm was built near her home.
Concern about the wind farm is growing in the community, according to Schenk, who said the group handed out all 500 of the first batch of anti-turbine signs it printed, and about one-quarter of its second batch.
“If you drive through Plympton-Wyoming have a look, because the signs are up.”
Suncor has a provincial contract to sell electricity from the proposed 100-MW wind farm. It held an earlier round of public open houses in the spring.
The current boundary of the wind farm “has been expanded a little bit” since then because of interest from landowners but the total number of turbines hasn’t grown, Southern said.
Suncor expects to hold another round of open houses, likely before the end of the year, and the start of construction on the wind farm will depend on the timing of provincial approvals, he said. “It could be as early as 2013.”
Schenk called the federal government’s recent decision to study the potential health impact of wind turbines “spectacular.”
Plympton-Wyoming is one of several municipalities calling for a moratorium on new wind farms in Ontario until an independent study is carried out.
“Why is there not a moratorium if we’re going to do an actual study?” Schenk said. “What’s the rush?”
Plympton-Wyoming council has also voted to require that wind turbines within its borders be at least 2 km from homes.
Ontario’s Green Energy Act took planning approval for renewable energy projects away from municipalities.
“That 2-km limit is not part of the contract we have,” Southern said. “We are certainly interested in talking to Plympton-Wyoming about that. “
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