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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.

January 15, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario town reignites opposition to wind farm after court overturns cancellation

Residents of an Ontario town still want the government to know they don’t want a wind farm after a court decision overturned a previous project’s cancellation. The community of North Stormont, Ont. has repeatedly asserted its unwillingness to host the Nation Rise Wind Farm, despite the previous Liberal government’s attempts. The project was cancelled in 2019 by Ontario Progressive Conservative Environment Minister Jeff Yurek due to concerns for local bat species, however this decision was reversed by the Ontario Superior . . . Complete story »

December 2, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Questions stirred up by inaudible sound waves

Can inaudible sound waves caused by wind turbines lead to adverse health effects? Nobody can really answer that question, North Stormont council has been told by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. “No conclusive statements are possible on wind turbines and infrasound in the absence of evidence,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis wrote in a letter to the municipality. Infrasound, also known as low-frequency sound, describes sound waves with a frequency below the lower limit of audibility, generally . . . Complete story »

November 13, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

IESO grants extension to EDP Renewable’s Nation Rise Wind Farm project

NORTH STORMONT – Work at EDP Renewable’s Nation Rise Wind Farm project is set to soon resume following a decision by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). The decision, obtained by the Standard-Freeholder, outlines that the IESO agreed to provide an extension to the project’s commercial operation date of June 17, 2021 and in doing so, provided EDP Renewables with additional time to complete it. The announcement by the IESO stems from a letter having been sent to various provincial officials . . . Complete story »

October 29, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine parts too heavy for Skyway Bridge will move through Bloomfield and Hwy 62

There’s no Santa Claus parade in Bloomfield this year, but residents may witness a procession of giant windmill parts leaving the County. The first of 18 trips to back the parts out of the County could begin Thursday on a new route. Though some residents saw windmill blades moving through this week, the remainder of the parts are too heavy to be taken over the Skyway Bridge while it is under construction. Council Tuesday night approved a bylaw authorizing permits . . . Complete story »

October 2, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Shut it down

An open letter to the Ontario government: I am a resident of Crysler. My new view from my bedroom window is of one of the Nation Rise Wind Farm turbines. Can any of you honestly say this is OK? Who will guarantee that our health is not in jeopardy? Who will guarantee our well water will not be affected? Who will guarantee we won’t hear the swooshing of those enormous blades or be affected by infrasound? Who will guarantee our . . . Complete story »

September 25, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Updated agreement for removal of turbines

An updated Road Users Agreement (RUA) for the decommissioning of industrial turbines in the White Pines Wind Energy Project in Athol and South Marysburgh is on its way for approval at October’s council meeting. Tanya Redden, the County’s construction supervisor, notes in her report at today’s committee of the whole meeting, that parties involved want decommissioning work to be started as soon as possible to avoid heavy loads during spring thaw when roads are more susceptible to damage. The Ministry . . . Complete story »

September 23, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

PEC to discuss decommissioning of WPD project

Councillors in Prince Edward County will be looking at a road agreement to facilitate the decommissioning of the WPD White Pines Project on Thursday afternoon. A road user agreement was put in place between the County and WPD when the wind energy project was approved but staff are seeking a revised agreement as the turbines begin to come down. The report states the same route that was used to haul in the wind turbine parts will be used for the . . . Complete story »

September 17, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

After eight-month lull Nation Rise spinning again

JOHNSTOWN – With about five weeks to go in the estimated time it’ll take to transfer remaining turbine components from storage at Port of Johnstown to installation site in North Stormont, manufacturer Enercon has apologized in advance for any inconvenience to local motorists. Because the tower sections and blades are so large and cumbersome, the delivery process via specially adapted flatbeds can be disruptive. In a notice, area residents were informed that by the last week of October, the storage . . . Complete story »

September 16, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Alleged contract breach cited in bid to scuttle wind farm

Opponents of the Nation Rise Wind Farm in North Stormont are taking a different tack in their battle to have the resurrected project cancelled once and for all. In a letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell and a host of other provincial officials, Ruby Mekker and Rainer Pethke claim that EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. (EDPR) breached its contract with the IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator). Established in 1998, the IESO is a Crown corporation responsible . . . Complete story »

September 9, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

North Stormont nixes fire suppression bylaw for turbines– for now

BERWICK – The majority of the North Stormont council voted in favour of receiving a report from its chief administrative officer (CAO) on Tuesday and in doing so, opted out of adopting a fire suppression bylaw for the Nation Rise Wind Farm project— for now. In his report, CAO Craig Calder told council he could not recommend a fire suppression bylaw, saying there isn’t enough evidence to warrant it. In addition, he said adopting one could lead to the bylaw being . . . Complete story »

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