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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

July 10, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise Wind Farm granted approval to continue project

A renewable energy approval was reinstated for the Nation Rise Wind Farm. This comes after EDP Renewables, the owner of the project, asked the Ontario Supreme Court for a judicial review. Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek had revoked the project’s REA in December, citing concerns over the potential impact on big brown bats, hoary bats and little brown bats – all on the Species at Risk Ontario List. The Nation Rise Wind Farm is largely situated in . . . Complete story »

July 4, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise Wind Farm opponents aren’t blowing away

NORTH STORMONT – A group of North Stormont residents said they will continue opposing EDP Renewables’ Nation Wind Rise Farm, which they deem harmful to their community. The project will see the completion of 29 wind turbines in the northern section of the township. Its timeline has been marred with controversy, opponents to the project slowed down its approval as much as they could, then appealed it to the Environmental Review Tribunal, then asked Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks . . . Complete story »

June 30, 2020 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

We do not consent

An open letter to: Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey, Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek. In September 2019, residents of North Stormont Township and abutting townships sent Eastern Ontario Health Unit medical officer of health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, as well as the premier, the attorney general, the ministers of health, environment, and energy a notice of non-consent. It was signed by people of all ages— children and adults. The people do not consent to any . . . Complete story »

June 27, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine project to proceed after citizens, minister, choose not to appeal judge’s ruling

CORNWALL – The Concerned Citizens of North Stormont, the main group opposing EDP Renewables’ Nation Rise Wind Project, has decided not to appeal the Ontario Divisional Court’s decision to reinstate the project’s Renewable Energy Approval. “After considering all of our options, this was the best possible outcome for CCNS,” said Margaret Benke, a representative of the group. “It is not our first choice since we have challenged the project for the past five years, but it is a realistic outcome, given . . . Complete story »

June 24, 2020 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Whitla Wind farm will be largest in Alberta after planned expansions

The Whitla Wind farm will become the largest in Alberta, according to new construction plan announced Tuesday by owner Capital Power, which said a second expansion will be rolled into work on an additional phase next year. The Edmonton-based electricity producer said Tuesday that it will build a previously unannounced third phase to the array of turbines that sit south of Bow Island, southwest of Medicine Hat. Combined with Phase 2, the work will add 151 megawatts of production capacity . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Minister and Concerned Citizens of North Stormont will not appeal court’s Nation Rise decision

NORTH STORMONT – The local group that tried to stop the Nation Rise Wind Farm has dropped their fight and won’t pursue a court appeal, clearing the way for the developer to resume construction on the partially completed half-billion-dollar project without the looming threat of an unresolved legal battle. The Concerned Citizens of North Stormont (CCNS) also report in a press release this morning that the Ministry of the Attorney General has indicated that Jeff Yurek, Minister of Environment, Conservation and . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2020 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine neighbour writes that he ‘deserves and requires answers and help’ on his well water issues

This was my recent letter to the mayor of North Stormont. Mayor Wert, I’d very much like an update on what is going on with my contaminated well water. It’s been a very long time since you attended my home on November 19th, 2019, as per the direction of MPP Jim McDonell, assuring me my well water issues would be looked after in front of my partner and three important friends also in attendance at my home that Friday evening – . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2020 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Decline in residential property values will hurt Nation Rise Wind Farm leaseholders, too

This is an updated open letter to the leaseholders of North Stormont, landowner participants in Nation Rise Wind Farm. Were you aware that: • North Stormont has marginal and unreliable wind yet EDPR expects to be paid a profit by Ontario regardless, even though Ontario has excess capacity already. • Wind Turbines are bad for the environment. They require new gas plants for backup as Water turbines and nuclear are throttled back because of excess capacity and cannot respond quickly . . . Complete story »

June 13, 2020 • Alberta, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Throwing caution to the wind turbines in Cypress County

Re: Cypress Wind hopes to lessen footprint during delay – Collin Gallant, June 9, 2020 A number of industrial wind energy projects have been proposed and/or approved in Cypress County which may have a devastating negative impact on local residents. The total number of turbines proposed exceeds 500 within the county. Globally, wind turbines produce power at about 30 per cent of nameplate capacity. Every one of these turbines will require near 100 per cent fossil fuel backup for times . . . Complete story »

June 10, 2020 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Cypress Wind hopes to lessen footprint during delay

Disruption in the global supply chain is cited as the cause for a one-year delay in building a major wind farm in southeast Alberta, but the company behind Cypress Wind says the time could be used to lessen the footprint of the facility that is still proceeding with the $250-million project. EDF Renewables was to begin construction of the 48-turbine facility – between Dunmore and the Cypress Hills – this spring, but hasn’t been able to order its preferred turbine . . . Complete story »

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