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.
A judge has reserved his decision until an unspecified date in a case involving a Goderich area couple and wind turbines. Shawn and Trish Drennan were back in Goderich court today. Shawn Drennan explains they’re arguing for their right to pursue their claim that the K2 Wind Energy project violates their rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by causing harm to them. Drennan adds that same claim was denied by Divisional Court and in an environmental review hearing . . .
The opening stages of construction of the Amherst Island wind energy project are underway, much to the dismay of the residents who opposed the development. Workers are building footings for a new dock and a marshalling area on the island west of the village of Stella. Michele Le Lay, president of the Association to Protect Amherst Island, said the start of construction has come before all of the required permits have been secured and before efforts to stop the project . . .
Water Wells First wants C-K to withhold building permits for wind farm until Dover water issue dealt with
Water Wells First is calling on the Municipality of Chatham-Kent to wield power it doesn’t have in its effort to get action on water well concerns in Dover Township. During a media conference on Tuesday at Laurier Cartier’s farm in Dover, spokesperson for Water Wells First, Kevin Jakubec said Chatham-Kent could assist in having the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change investigate problems being seen with water wells in the area, by withholding building permits for a nearby wind turbine . . .
With the exception of the Amherst Island project, there was little happy news for Kingston-area wind energy proposals in 2016. Given conditional approval in 2015, Algonquin Power’s subsidiary Windlectric cleared one of the last major roadblocks to its Amherst Island wind project. After one of the largest Environmental Review Tribunal hearings ever, one that included 25 days of hearings in Stella, Bath and Toronto and testimony from more than 40 witnesses, an appeal to the project’s approval was dismissed in . . .
NEWSMAKERS 2016 – They went in with an outside shot, but no one would have put money on a group of residents putting a stop to a wind turbine development. While WPD Canada has been granted a remedy hearing to present how the company plans to mitigate its eight-turbine Fairview Wind project from affecting the local population of the little brown bat, opponents to the project still hope the Environmental Review Tribunal will revoke the project’s renewable energy application. The . . .
Huron East council has rescinded an earlier motion that declared the municipality an unwilling host for wind turbines. Mayor Bernie MacLellan made the motion explaining that he was not aware of any situation where declaring itself an unwilling host had been effective in preventing a municipality from being a host for a wind energy development. But, he pointed out, by rescinding the designation the municipality would be eligible for a Vibrancy Fund payment of 115-thousand dollars a year from St. . . .
Ontario will keep offshore wind turbines on hold despite being hit with a $25-million penalty under the North American Free Trade Agreement this fall for stalling a $5.2-billion Windstream electricity project in Lake Ontario near Kingston almost six years ago. The Environment Ministry said two recently completed studies for the government on noise and environmental issues show more research is needed, but the province will monitor a pilot project Ohio is allowing in Lake Erie. “The responsible choice is to . . .
A $200,000 donation from wind developers Suncor and NextEra is drawing fire. Lambton County announced in a news release that the owners of the Cedar Point Wind Energy Centre – Suncor and NextEra – would contribute $200,000 over four years to the Creative Counties Fund. The announcement listed over a dozen groups receiving money from the fund; but that wasn’t what was drawing the attention. Politicians and anti-turbine activists were questioning why the county accepted the donation at all. Plympton-Wyoming Mayor . . .
The 46-turbine Cedar Point wind power project in Lambton County killed more birds of prey during seven months of this year than allowed by its provincial approval. The wind project is owned by Suncor and NextEra in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores, and Warwick Township, and began operating in 2015. As part of its renewable energy approval, granted in August 2014 by Ontario’s Environment Ministry, the wind farm operator is required to conduct counts of bats, birds and raptors, also known as . . .
A wind turbine company will have a chance to prove its eight-turbine project won’t negatively impact the local population of the little brown bat. The Environmental Review Tribunal hearing the appeal of the renewable energy application for WPD Canada’s Fairview Wind project has ruled the company could have a remedy hearing. In October, the ERT determined the project’s proximity to the Collingwood Regional Airport, and the Clearview Aerodrome, constituted a risk to human health. It also found the turbines would . . .