A company that planned to erect three wind turbines between Singhampton and Dunedin says the project is now off the table.
Derek Tennant, president of Skyway 124 Wind Energy Inc., said the project, which had been working its way through the provincial approval process, has been scrapped.
“It was by mutual agreement with the OPA [Ontario Power Authority] and that’s all I can say about it,” he said. “We are disappointed by it but we agreed that it was the best thing.”
OPA spokesperson Mary Bernard would also not discuss details about what led to the termination of the project.
Skyway first announced its plans to pursue the project in May 2009. Tennant said the decision to cancel the plans became final about two weeks ago.
Assuming the company had got all of the approvals from the province, it planned to erect the turbines on leased land.
Local resident Jan Minduik was pleased to learn the company has abandoned its plans.
“Our group worked hard to educate the public on the negative affects of industrial wind turbines, which include excessive costs to our already high hydro bills, property value decreases from 25 to 40 percent of their value, [and] negative health affects on humans, pets, livestock and the industrialization of the rural landscape,” she said.
Minduik said the news about Skyway is “incredible” but added that “until all [wind turbines] are removed from the rural Ontario landscape this is a small victory.”
She said there are still 6,736 turbines proposed for Ontario.
“There are hundreds of Ontario citizens suffering from the ill effects of [wind turbines],” Minduik said. “The only thing green about [them] is the money wasted by our Ontario government to subsidize large corporations to install wind turbines.”
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