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Turbine project reports ‘incomplete’: council

Prince Edward County council confirmed its objections and matters to be addressed with the 29-turbine White Pines Wind project proposed for Athol and South Marysburgh.

Councillors meeting Tuesday night agreed the “Final Report Heritage Assessment, White Pines Wind Project” by Stantec Consulting Ltd., was “incomplete until a revised heritage report(s) are received.”

Council also reviewed a report by Janice Gibbins, chair of the Prince Edward Heritage Advisory Committee and summary of concerns.

Council requests the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to ensure matters of concern identified in the Engineering Development and Works Commission report are addressed prior to, or as a condition of, any renewable energy approval for the project.

Council seeks additional approvals, permits and authorizations and a pre-development agreement for costs associated with project review, approval, construction, operation and decommissioning – including a security of $200,000 standby letter of credit for each turbine to ensure it is properly removed when no longer supplying electricity to the grid.

Wpd Canada is proposing to develop, construct and operate 29 turbines in a study area approximately 105 square kilometres generally bounded by Brummell Road/Bond Road to the north; Lighthall Road to the west; Gravelly Bay Road to the east and Lake Ontario to the south. The site plan also includes a northern study area intended to locate the interconnection line connecting the project to a substation to be built near the Picton Transformer Station.

The Ontario Green Energy and Green Economy Act was passed in May 2009 and decisions regarding renewable energy projects now rest with the province of Ontario. The Project was awarded an Ontario Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) contract with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) in May, 2010.

Construction is proposed to begin within six to 12 months following the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) process.

Click here for the full reports, submissions, maps and matters to be addressed.