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December 10, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario cancels nearly built $200M wind farm over threat to bat populations

Ontario’s Environment Minister has cancelled a $200-million wind farm south of Ottawa – one almost fully constructed – because the giant turbines pose a threat to nearby bat populations. In a Dec. 4 letter, Minister Jeff Yurek said he’s revoking the approval given to the Nation Rise Wind Farm, which has already erected a number of the 29 planned turbines in a rural area near the villages of Crysler and Finch in the Township of North Stormont. The surprising decision comes about . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Minister revokes approval for Nation Rise Wind Farm project; harm to bats key point

In a December 4 decision, an appeal of the Environmental Review Tribunal decision to issue a Renewable Energy Approval to Nation Rise Wind Farm GP Inc. has led to the project been revoked. Despite a full appeal of the Nation Rise wind power project by community group Concerned Citizens of North Stormont, which raised serious issues of concern about human health and the environment, and despite a final appeal and request for a Stay of construction, the 100-megawatt wind power . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise approval revoked by Environment minister to protect endangered bats; developer threatening legal action

NORTH STORMONT – Citing “irreversible harm” to endangered bats, Jeff Yurek, Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, has issued a decision revoking the Renewable Energy Approval for the Nation Rise wind power project being built in North Stormont, near Ottawa. “Perplexed” by the minister’s “unprecedented” move it says has forced a halt to construction, developer EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. is now assessing “potential legal actions.” The minister’s decision – a copy of which has been obtained by NVN – was in response . . . Complete story »

December 10, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Province revokes approval for nearly-finished Nation Rise Wind Farm

The provincial government has withdrawn the renewable energy approval authorizing the creation of the Nation Rise Wind Farm. Environment Minister Jeff Yurek announced the decision in a letter to wind farm opponents, who had appealed the approval of the project to him. The withdrawal of the approval means the project will come to a halt, despite the fact the wind farm is largely complete, with several wind turbines erected and ready to begin generating power. Yurek said he decided to . . . Complete story »

December 6, 2019 • Ontario, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Why it makes sense to cancel wind and solar contracts in over-powered Ontario

The cost and source of Ontario’s electrical power has been a hot topic for years, but happily for the PC government, it had dropped from the headlines. That is, until Energy Minister Greg Rickford was forced to defend the cost of cancelling 750 wind and solar contracts. It ought to have been easy, because not going ahead with the extra generating capacity is the most rational thing the PCs have done on the electricity file. Ontario already generates more power . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2019 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Broad Mountain turbine opponents raise site concerns

SUMMIT HILL – Because she is concerned about climate change, Susan Gallagher told state environmental regulators that she welcomes alternative energy projects “if they are sited correctly.” But Gallagher and a procession of other speakers at public hearing on Wednesday wondered if Liberty Power picked the wrong site for its wind turbines. The company selected the top of Broad Mountain in Packer Twp. on the edge of a state game land and near the headwaters of eight high-quality streams as the . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2019 • Opinions, Prince Edward IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wetlands and wildlife need protection

When the 10-turbine East Point wind farm was proposed in 2006, a group of concerned birders and members of the Natural History Society and Island Nature Trust came together to discuss the best ways to mitigate and avoid bird mortality at East Point. The area is well-known as a hot spot for migratory birds. Thousands of birds funnel to the point for their southerly migration in the fall and enter P.E.I. at the point in the spring. The greatest numbers . . . Complete story »

November 26, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns grow over compensation payouts for Ontario’s cancelled green energy projects

Premier Doug Ford’s axing of more than 750 green energy projects has cost taxpayers $1.1 million in financial penalties so far, but with hundreds of companies yet to apply for compensation there are fears the $231 million earmarked this year won’t be enough. The $1.1 million is shared by 13 renewable energy firms – an average of $84,615 each – although the government agency that handles the contracts won’t provide details despite calls from opposition parties in the legislature for a review . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2019 • Editorials, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Green energy put us into the red

The real problem was that, as two Ontario auditors general reported over the years, the Liberals had no idea of what they were doing on green energy. Worse, they were either too ill-informed, or too arrogant, or both, to learn. Either way, hydro ratepayers will be paying for their blunders for many years to come. Complete story »

November 22, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Doug Ford ‘proud’ of decision to tear up hundreds of green energy contracts

TORONTO – Premier Doug Ford said Thursday he is “proud” of his decision to tear up hundreds of renewable energy deals, a move that his government acknowledges could cost taxpayers more than $230 million. Ford dismissed criticism that his Progressive Conservatives are wasting public money, telling a news conference that the cancellation of 750 contracts signed by the previous Liberal government will save cash. “I’m so proud of that,” Ford said of his decision. “I’m proud that we actually saved . . . Complete story »

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