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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.

July 24, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise wind farm appeal underway in Finch

Residents from North Stormont arrived by the dozens at the community hall Monday to watch the effort to halt a wind energy project that has already been approved for the area. Nation Rise Wind Farm Ltd. received a renewable energy approval in early May from the director of the Ministry of the Environment, Mohsen Keyvani, which allows the company to go ahead with plans to build wind turbines in North Stormont. Soon after the approval was given, a community group . . . Complete story »

July 24, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Cancellation of German-owned Ontario wind project prompts warning from Berlin

Queen’s University law professor Bruce Pardy said the Ford government is well within its rights to cancel a contract that was entered into by a previous regime. In a paper written in April, Mr. Pardy said a new government could terminate or amend all renewable power contracts through legislation and limit compensation to be paid unless the owner was a foreign company that was covered under the North American free-trade agreement or other trade deal giving investors recourse to dispute-settlement arbitration. For wpd, the Canada-European Union trade agreement does not provide redress because, while most of the deal’s provisions are in force, the chapter covering investors' rights requires ratification from all 28 EU members, which has not yet been done. Complete story »

July 18, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Interim wind turbine report released for Huron County

An interim report has been released on the health effects of wind turbines in Huron County. Health Unit officials began recruiting residents living near turbines in October of 2017. Epidemiologist, Dr. Erica Clark, says 105 eligible residents have consented to the study, so far, with only 40 having completed the Registration Survey. Results at this point show approximately 60 per cent of respondents report they have been bothered, disturbed, or annoyed by noise, vibration, light and/or sensations from turbines. Clark . . . Complete story »

July 17, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Otter Creek project among contract casualties

“The Otter Creek project was not in the best interests of the people of Ontario and specifically, of course, not for this community,” said Violet Towell, a spokesperson for the citizens’ group Wallaceburg and Area Wind Concerns. “That’s not to mention all the costs that are affecting our electricity bills and worsening energy poverty, so yeah, we’re very pleased we’re moving in this direction because we’ve had so many concerns,” Towell said. The cancellations don’t include the most controversial Chatham-Kent project, the 34-turbine North Kent Wind Project developed by Korean industrial giant Samsung and U.S.-based Pattern Energy Group. Already operating, the project spawned the formation of Water Wells First, a citizens group that remains active over concerns that vibrations from the construction and operation of the wind turbines have damaged private water wells in the area. Complete story »

July 17, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm project shelved

Good news for Wallaceburg area residents came Friday from Queen’s Park, as Premier Doug Ford followed through on his promise to cancel renewable energy projects in Ontario. In a release Friday, Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Greg Rickford announced ratepayers will benefit from $790 million in savings thanks to the government’s decision to cancel and wind down 758 renewable energy contracts, including the Wallaceburg Otter Creek Wind Farm project. “We clearly promised we would cancel these unnecessary . . . Complete story »

July 17, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Otter Creek officials evaluating options

While pondering the next course of action, officials behind the Otter Creek Wind Farm are expressing disappointment in the provincial government’s decision to cancel the project. Boralex stated it “acknowledges the decision” to wind down the 12-turbine, 50-megawatt Otter Creek project, which was to be located near Wallaceburg. RES Canada and Walpole Island First Nation were the other partners in the venture. “At Boralex, we’re committed to providing safe and reliable renewable energy. We are disappointed by the government’s decision . . . Complete story »

July 16, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Tories zap 200+ Southwestern Ontario green energy contracts

More than 200 Southwestern Ontario projects, including one of the most controversial wind farms in Ontario, are among the death toll of the new Tory government’s mass cancellation of contracts with renewable energy producers. The doomed projects, announced by Doug Ford’s government as it underlined its vow to cut electricity bills by 12 per cent, number 758 provincewide including proposed wind farms with highrise-sized turbines and several hydro-electric projects. Solar energy contracts, large and small, dominate the list of deals . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Tories kill controversial Dutton Dunwich wind project

TORONTO – Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government is cancelling 758 renewable energy contracts, including one for a massive wind farm near London where area residents voted overwhelmingly against wind turbines but had them imposed on them by the former Liberal government. The Tory government says the cancellations are part of its effort to reduce Ontarians electricity bills. Energy Minister Greg Rickford said the move will save provincial ratepayers $790 million – a figure industry officials dispute, saying the cancellations will . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario cancels wind, solar contracts as Ford moves on energy overhaul

Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government is cancelling 758 contracts with renewable power developers, as Premier Doug Ford moves quickly to reshape the province’s energy markets and fulfill a promise to reduce electricity rates. In announcing the cancellations, Energy Minister Greg Rickford said Ontario ratepayers would benefit from $780-million in savings. Those savings are over the life of the 20-year contracts or roughly $40-million a year, equal to 0.2 per cent of the $20-billion electricity market. “We clearly promised we would . . . Complete story »

July 13, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Otter Creek Wind Farm making turbine foundation changes

The owners of the proposed 12-turbine Otter Creek Wind Farm north of Wallaceburg say they will not be using foundations that require pile driving, and will instead be using a spreadfoot system that requires a few metres of foundation depth. Boralex said the decision was made to appease members of the community who have expressed concern over pile driving. Adam Rosso, director of project development for the Otter Creek Wind Farm project, said after doing research and analysis on other . . . Complete story »

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