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Wind Power News: Ontario


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

February 22, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

U.S. company goes to court to enforce $28M damage award for Ontario ban on Great Lakes wind farms

The wind-power company that won a $28-million trade award over the Ontario government’s decision to kill its Lake Ontario wind farm is going to court to collect, it said Tuesday. Windstream Energy hasn’t been paid the damages an international tribunal awarded it at the end of September, the company said. The arbitration panel from The Hague gave Canada 30 days to fork over the compensation for Ontario’s sudden decision to stop wind farms in the Great Lakes in 2011, after . . .

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February 22, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind company owed $28M by federal government

TORONTO – A wind power company is going to court to try to get $28 million it is owed by the federal government over an Ontario offshore wind moratorium. Windstream Energy had a 300-megawatt project planned for an offshore wind project in eastern Ontario when the provincial government abruptly enacted the moratorium in February 2011. The company took its complaint to a NAFTA tribunal, which partially ruled in Windstream’s favour, awarding it $25 million in damages for unfair and inequitable treatment . . .

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February 17, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

An earful over turbine noise

The company that brought a four-turbine wind farm to Port Ryerse last year got an earful about noise levels at a community meeting this week. Boralex officials were on the hot seat Wednesday as 40 people from the Port Ryerse area had at them in a committee room at the Simcoe Recreation Centre. The occasion was a bi-annual meeting Boralex has agreed to have with its neighbours. Also attending were members of the Port Ryerse Community Liaison Committee. “It’s very . . .

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February 17, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Brant pulls plug on wind turbine projects

PARIS – Brant council wants to make clear that it is not interested in supporting wind power projects in the county. The corporate development committee has overwhelmingly supported a resolution that council will not support motions of support from any proponent seeking a FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) contract that would result in the construction of industrial wind turbines in the county. The resolution also calls on the county to request the Minister of Energy to undertake detailed studies and develop strategies to . . .

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February 16, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Tree-cutting penalty a ‘licence to cut’?

If trees are illegally cut in a woodlot and a fine of a few thousand dollars is handed out, is that enough to deter a landowner from clear-cutting again? That’s the question several Lambton County politicians are raising after learning the details of the penalty the county leveled at a landowner for removing more trees than permitted during the construction of a Cedar Point wind turbine in 2015. The high-profile case of clear-cutting – which involved an acre of trees . . .

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February 13, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario signals offshore wind moratorium will continue for years

Six years after Ontario abruptly imposed a moratorium on offshore wind projects, citing the need for more research, the government is signalling it will likely continue for several more years, even with all of its studies in hand. The moratorium has so far put the Liberal government on the hook for at least $28 million, and it still faces a trial next year on another $500-million lawsuit over the February 2011 decision. Both Windstream Energy and Trillium Power Wind had . . .

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February 10, 2017 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Taller turbines not a good thing

Re: Proposed wind turbines would be significantly taller (Chatham Daily News, Feb. 6) In this news item, Adam Rosso, Otter Creek Wind Farm’s director of development states the larger turbines were selected to “effectively reduce the use of the number of turbines…. due to public concerns.” But unless the Otter Creek developers cancel the remaining unused land leases, there is the inevitable public perception that this decision has more to do with having unused sites available for future expansion than . . .

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February 6, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind turbines will be significantly taller

The 12 wind turbines that are proposed for the Otter Creek Wind Farm, will be significantly taller than wind turbines already erected in Chatham-Kent. The wind farm, which is scheduled to be built north of Wallaceburg, will have Enercon E-141 turbines. From the ground to the top of the wind blades, the proposed wind turbines at the Otter Creek Wind Farm will measure 195 metres (642 feet). By comparison, the world’s tallest wind turbine in Germany is just under 230 . . .

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February 3, 2017 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

No reason why Otter Creek can’t do more tests

Regarding the Courier Press story, Otter Creek says there’s no proof that wind turbines are responsible for dirty water. The headline of that story captures the essence of what’s wrong with Ontario’s Green Energy Act. Rather than providing proof that their turbines won’t harm well water, the developers are quite content with casting doubt about harm because they know the government will approve their project if they can create the slightest hint of doubt… the precautionary principle be damned. This . . .

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February 2, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy project needs lakeside park

A popular lakeside park in Loyalist Township will need to be converted to industrial land for a wind energy project to go ahead, according to a rezoning application to the provincial government. Invista’s property along Bath Road is to be used by Algonquin Power subsidiary Windlectric Inc. as a marshalling yard for its Amherst Island wind energy project. The Invista property on the south side of Bath Road, however, is zoned for parkland, but the company applied to the Ministry . . .

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