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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.

June 2, 2020 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine topples, as does company’s relationship with college

The designer of an experimental wind turbine located near Medicine Hat College says an operational decision to lock them from spinning led to one shearing off in high wind on Sunday night. As well, the working relationship between the college and company appears to have ended. One of the distinctive blue, helical turbines laid on its side on Monday morning, separated from its base, while another was being girded by a forklift. Joel Goldblatt, head of Bluenergy SolarWind, told the . . . Complete story »

May 29, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

To appeal or not to appeal: COVID-19 crisis buys province time to decide next move on Nation Rise

NORTH STORMONT – The COVID-19 crisis has delivered a dose of extra time for Jeff Yurek and the province’s legal machinery to consider appealing the May 13 court decision reviving the Nation Rise Wind Farm project in this rural township. The Ontario Superior Court (Divisional Court) ruled May 13 that Yurek, the Environment, Conservation and Parks minister, was wrong in revoking the project’s prior approval in December 2019 – a decision that stilled construction on the partially completed $450-million, 29-turbine development. In . . . Complete story »

May 27, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

North Stormont Council loses appetite for continued Nation Rise battle, sees developer as ‘partner’

BERWICK – Should the province appeal a recent court decision that reinstated approval for the Nation Rise wind project, it won’t be at the urging of North Stormont Council. In a 4-1 vote, the majority rejected Councillor Roxane Villeneuve’s proposed resolution calling on Environment, Conservation and Parks Minister Jeff Yurek to appeal his ministry’s May 13 loss in Divisional Court and reaffirming the township’s status as an “unwilling host” of the 29-turbine Nation Rise development. With a prepared statement early in . . . Complete story »

May 20, 2020 • New BrunswickPrint storyE-mail story

RCMP investigating damage at northern wind farm

Police are investigating after several wind turbines at the Caribou Wind Park near Bathurst were damaged over the long weekend. New Brunswick RCMP say 10 turbines were damaged sometime between Sunday and early Monday at the wind farm located off Route 180 in Caribou Depot, about 50 kilometres west of Bathurst. Police said in a release issued Tuesday equipment was significantly damaged while the suspect or suspects tried to gain entry into the base section. Ultimately, three turbines were rendered . . . Complete story »

May 20, 2020 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Suncor suspends its wind project in Forty Mile due to COVID

Suncor’s Forty Mile Wind Power Project has suspended construction for the remainder of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Suncor released a revised 2020 corporate guidance for capital operating costs and production outlook on March 23, reflecting significant declines in crude oil prices and uncertainty surrounding the economic impact of COVID-19,” said Todd Andersen on behalf of Forty Mile Granlea Wind Limited Partnership. “As a part of the company’s revised capital expense budget, Suncor decided to suspend construction on phase . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise developers prevail in court; Minister was “unreasonable” in cancelling project

BERWICK – Decried by opponents and celebrated by the developer, the Ontario Superior Court (Divisional Court) has reinstated Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for the 29-turbine Nation Rise Wind Farm in the Township of North Stormont, quashing the Environment minister’s abrupt cancellation of the 100-megawatt, $450-million project. EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. (EDPR) had appealed the December 2018 decision by Ontario Environment, Parks and Conservation Minister Jeff Yurek revoking the project’s REA. The minister had cited protection of bat species in his surprise . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario court strikes down move by Ford government to cancel massive wind farm project

An Ontario court has struck down a move by the provincial government to kill the partly-built Nation Rise Wind Farm southeast of Ottawa, quashing Environment Minister Jeff Yurek’s decision last year to block the project over his concerns about endangered bats. In its ruling, the Ontario Divisional Court said Mr. Yurek’s decision last December was “not reasonable,” and did not “meet the requirements of transparency, justification, and intelligibility.” Instead of returning the matter to the minister for reconsideration, the court . . . Complete story »

May 5, 2020 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Looks like planned Whitla Wind Farm expansion will go ahead in 2021

Capital Power has ordered key equipment for its planned Whitla Wind Farm expansion – a key indication that work set to take place in 2021 near Bow Island will move ahead. The Edmonton-based company stated in its first-quarter financial report, released Monday, that it was performing well, though it expects power demand and therefore prices to be lower than were forecast in 2020. In a note on subsequent events, the company signed a 10-year contract extension with wind turbine maker . . . Complete story »

April 21, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise Wind Farm hearing reveals staggering costs of cancellation

The cost of tending to the already built pieces of the cancelled Nation Rise Wind Farm amounts to $100,000 a week, an Ontario Supreme Court hearing learned on Friday. The hearing was held after EDP Renewables, the owner of the project, asked the court for a judicial review of Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek’s December decision to revoke the renewable energy application approval for Nation Rise. It had been hoped the hearing would have taken place earlier . . . Complete story »

April 14, 2020 • SaskatchewanPrint storyE-mail story

Assiniboia residents fear construction project could bring COVID-19 to town

Assiniboia, Sask., Mayor Bob Himbeault says his constituents are concerned about the ongoing construction of a wind power plant that employs mostly out-of-province workers. There are worries the workers will bring COVID-19 into the town. He’s now sent a letter to the provincial government, asking them consider putting the project on hold. “We’ve been getting lots of phone calls and, really, I guess our first thought was, ‘Would it be feasible to postpone this project?’ and if it’s not feasible, . . . Complete story »

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