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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


January 17, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Area First Nations weigh in on turbine project

Dutton Dunwich council is getting support from neighbouring First Nation communities in the municipality’s bid to block the proposed Strong Breeze Wind Project. Municipal council’s meeting agenda on Jan. 11 included correspondence from the chiefs of Oneida Nation of the Thames, Chippewas of The Thames First Nation and Munsee Delaware Nation. Deputy Mayor Bob Purcell said he had met with the band chiefs in December to initiate dialogue on areas of mutual interest and concern. “… the Oneida Nation of . . . Complete story »


January 16, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Bluewater considers revised deal with Nextera Wind Energy

Bluewater council’s tentative agreement with Nextera Energy will be discussed at Monday night’s council meeting. Mayor Tyler Hessel says council has some concerns with the Vibrancy Agreement as it’s currently proposed. Hessel says the current agreement is dramatically different from the original in that it offers a payment of $2,500 per kilowatt instead of the original offer of $3,500. As well, it includes a stipulation that Nextera is now able to terminate the agreement for any reason with 15 days . . . Complete story »


January 13, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm pile work set to start amid water worries

The Otter Creek wind farm proposed for north of Wallaceburg will begin installing and testing piles at three turbine locations starting next week. The pile testing makes residents in the Wallaceburg area nervous because many people believe pile-driving vibration in other areas in Chatham-Kent during wind turbine construction has led to a large number of water wells becoming black with turbid water and contaminated with heavy metals. Pile testing is set to take place outside of Wallaceburg at three different . . . Complete story »


January 4, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Residents now dealing with frozen tanks

Residents near the North Kent Wind project found themselves without their temporary water source over the holidays because of bitter cold temperatures, Several water wells in the project area –under construction by Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy – were clogged with sediments shortly after pile-driving took place for constructing the turbines. But Jessica Brooks, who lives on Brook Line with husband Paul, is now dealing with a frozen exterior tank, installed last summer as an interim solution. “New Year’s . . . Complete story »


January 3, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Clearview decision on wind turbines set precedent: pilot

Planes and wind turbines don’t mix. In August, the Environmental Review Tribunal upended the renewable energy approvals for a proposed eight-tower wind turbine project in Clearview after nearly a decade of protests by neighbours, and the objections of both township council and Collingwood because of the turbines’ proximity to the regional airport. In February 2016, the director of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change approved the REA for WPD Canada’s Fairview Wind project. Resident John Wiggins was first to . . . Complete story »


January 2, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Conservatives would change landscape in C-K

Nicholls noted the current Green Energy Act would be scrapped if Brown is permitted to govern Ontario. “We're not against green (energy), but it's got to be affordable energy,” he said. “We know the cost for these industrial wind turbines and the price that people are paying to subsidize these industrial wind turbines, is driving the prices of hydro up.” Complete story »


January 1, 2018 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

A Holiday season spent reading ‘worthless pile’ of turbine documents

Good morning, Ms. Wynne. First off, thanks for taking the time to read my last letter to you and getting back to me. That said, I still have not heard back from Mr. Ballard nor Mr. Thibeault, nor did you answer my two questions. I acknowledge that my last letter was a tad long and that you may not have had the time to read the whole thing, and as such I am re-asking my two questions and await your . . . Complete story »


December 28, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

‘Landmark’ wind farm in works for Henvey Inlet

An international energy company has secured $1 billion in financing to build the largest wind project in Ontario on a reserve south of Sudbury. Pattern Development revealed plans Tuesday to construct a 300-megawatt wind project located on Henvey Inlet First Nation Reserve No. 2 on the northeast shore of the Georgian Bay. Pattern Development and Nigig Power Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Henvey Inlet First Nation, are joint venture partners in the project. “This landmark project is a first on . . . Complete story »


December 24, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Chatham-area wind turbine fight could end up in court

After months of vigorously fighting a wind farm he and others blame for destroying their water quality, Peter Hensel acknowledges he’s running out of options. “I think the only avenue really left is a class action law suit,” Hensel said in an interview with Farmers Forum. “We’ve tried to settle it peacefully and everything else and nobody listens or cares,” he said. Currently under construction and scheduled to start producing power by February 2018, the North Kent Wind 1 farm . . . Complete story »


December 20, 2017 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Fighting words in Milford

Experience is something you get right after you need it. On the heels of a potent, jam-packed rally in Milford to implore the government to pack up its turbines and go home, the bitter aftertaste and lingering sting of feeling deceived and betrayed remains ours to mourn and avenge. When you think about it, the optics of investing in wind turbines can be construed as a patriotic opportunity to demonstrate support for green energy when better options may exist, but . . . Complete story »


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