Dawn Euphemia’s “not a willing host” declaration prompts windco departure

Here from the Sarnia Observer, an account of the reasons behind wind power developer rpGlobal’s decisions not to proceed with its wind power project “at this time.”
Among the reasons cited, the fact that host community Dawn-Euphemia had declared itself “Not a Willing Host” to wind power projects.

A wind company has informed Dawn-Euphemia Township it’s not moving ahead with plans for a 32-turbine wind farm in the rural Lambton County municipality.
   Administrator-clerk Michael Schnare said the township received an e-mail recently from rpGlobal saying “they are not proceeding with the project at this time.”
   In July, Dawn-Euphemia council joined the list of Ontario municipalities declaring itself not a willing host to wind turbine projects.
   “They cited that as one of the reasons,” Schnare said about the rpGlobal e-mail, adding it also mentioned “the level of opposition in the community to the project.”

Some councils putting health and safety concerns ahead of developer dollars

Several municipalities in Ontario are taking a stand against wind power development out of concern for their citizens, reports the Windsor Star, in spite of the fact they may be risking revenue and largesse from corporate wind developers.

Cash-strapped Amherstburg council declared the town an “unwilling host” for wind turbine projects and is potentially turning away big bucks from future developers in property tax revenue and payments turbine operators make to towns per unit.
Lakeshore gets $100,000 in property tax revenue from its 120 wind turbines and will receive $4 million over 20 years in annual payments made by the wind turbine companies per unit to the municipality, said Steve Salmons, Lakeshore’s director of community and development services.
“It’s been a financial windfall for us,” Salmons said. “We also have $1 million in road improvements and repairs (developers made) that wouldn’t have gotten to.”
Lakeshore council is “open for business” when it comes to wind turbines. Salmons estimated the turbines will have a $7 million economic impact on the town including lease payments made to land owners. Amherstburg Coun. Diane Pouget is unconvinced by the financial benefits. “We don’t know what the health issues are associated with (wind turbines). We have asked for no further wind turbines to come into our community until we receive all of the (health) information.”
While the town may be passing up sources of revenue, Pouget said health and safety are a paramount concern for council. She said it was her understanding that Ontario pays the U.S. to take its power when it has generated too much, partly because there is no way to store renewable energy The federal government is doing a study on the health effects of wind turbine noise and results are due next year.

It is approximately 70 weeks until the next municipal election in Ontario.


OPA announces another ‘engagement’ opportunity

In what seems to be a never-ending string of “dialogue” and “engagement” this summer, the Ontario Power Authority announced yesterday that it will entertain (Okay, they didn’t use that word) comments on a new, competitive procurement process for “large renewable energy projects.”

Aside from the fact that they really mean POWER projects, this engagement activity comes well before the province actually has a new Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP).

The OPA introduces the new engagement opportunity:

The OPA is commencing the development of this new competitive procurement process for large renewable energy projects by engaging with stakeholders, municipalities and Aboriginal communities as outlined below. This is the beginning of the discussion about the new competitive procurement process. The OPA will be providing the Minister with interim recommendations by September 1, 2013, and it is expected that additional engagement activities will occur in fall 2013.

Meetings will be held beginning the week of August 12, and written submissions may also be sent. The deadline for all comments is August 21.

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Not much ‘local’ about Dufferin wind: editorial

Here from the Orangeville Banner, an opinion on Dufferin Wind Power’s heavy-handed moves to push forward with its wind power project.

Adding “Dufferin” to your corporation’s name doesn’t necessarily make you local.   
No matter how many times the wind farm developer claims to be, Dufferin Wind Power Inc. is no champion of the local community. At least that’s the way we see it.
If recent events are any indication, Dufferin Wind isn’t interested in playing nice with those local landowners it has so far been unable to buy out. It appears more interested in prying the land it needs for its 99 MW wind farm in Melancthon and 230 kV transmission line away from private landowners who have refused to sell.
It’s using the threat of expropriation, as permitted under the Green Energy Act, to convince landowners into signing deals. And if they don’t, Dufferin Wind will have the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) buy it by force. 
Read more at the Orangeville Banner, here: