Money lures farmers to sign up for Nation Twp wind farm

“If I didn’t sign, I would see the windmills without revenue”: cash crop farmer Marc Bercier

Not too many years ago, cash cropper and seed grower/processor Marc Bercier was actively opposed to green energy projects being proposed and built in his area, but this February he signed for a potential five windmills* and one substation to be located on his 1,700 acres.

“If I didn’t sign I would see the windmills without revenue,” said Bercier.

$15,000 per turbine, per year

Pointing to the 29 pages of documentation involved for his portion of the 10,000-acre proposed windmill project, Bercier noted how the negotiated sections on soil compaction, erosion and overall environmental protection were vital to him, considering that his farm is only just over the requires 500 meters from this village. [Editor: what? Do you mean from the project?]

The documentation showed that Bercier was promised $15,000 per windmill per year as a base price, with incentives for more power and compensation for anything that affected the surrounding land. The substation lease was $20,000 per year.

It’s a massive community project that seems to have the support of Nation Township Mayor Francois St. Amour. A January 20, 2014 council motion passed, stating it [council] “supports the application under the Ontario Power Authority’s Large Renewable Procurement Program.”

Ontario Farmer obtained documentation showing that, as of March, 2015, 165 landowners had been approached by the EWG windmill company, of which 128 had signed agreements and 37 were in discussion.

“They are all farmers,” said St. Amour, noting that the required setback distances from the windmills meant that a lot of land was involved per windmill.

As of mid-June, almost everyone of the former holdouts had signed up and joined, said Bercier.

The company had persuaded and signed up a local, prominent farmer who then went up and down the concessions promoting the project to individuals, said Bercier.

OFA “incredibly helpful”

… “yes, there are liens on the project,” said Bercier. However all lien documentation has been passed by his lawyer, alleviating all concerns as to affecting the farming operation, he said.

The OFA has been incredibly helpful in promoting the project, noted Bercier.

Spending $42,000 a year of hydro costs for his farm, “double what it would cost if I was in Quebec,” Bercier is well aware of the extra hydro costs the public pay to finance such green energy projects.

“We had an election, the Liberals won. The voters chose to pay for more electricity,” said Bercier.

By Ian Cumming

Ontario Farmer

June 23, 2015

*They’re NOT “windmills”!

 

 

Comments

John Vincent
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Damn right they’re windmills, with greedy farmers saying to hell with the rest of the population who didn’t vote to pay for more electricty (his non farming neighbours).
I’m suprised Ontario Farmer holds this up as something to be proud of. That’ll make sure i don’t subscribe to them again.
greed, its all about greed.

Barbara
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IWTs are windmills and NOT turbines. Just look-up what a turbine is.

Many may not know that wind and solar projects can be sold to other investors one they become operational.

The original developer takes the money and runs.

So where this leaves the host farmers as far as property liens are concerned should be looked at.

Wind Concerns Ontario
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So the ‘T’ in IWT stands for …? A turbine is any machine which takes energy and turns it into power.

S.H. B
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Don’t live near the area, but a similar proposal is coming to this area. They’ve already had some of their information meetings. This farmer will never sign a contract for wind turbines. Most who sign are truly uninformed, and greedy. They’re now offering blood money to those who live nearby and don’t sign so they’ll say everyone is in favour. Not taking that either. Rural Ontario sure as hell didn’t vote for the liberals. Power costs are driving industry out of the province and will bankrupt it.

Tom
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“Bercier was actively opposed to green energy projects” — then along came the dollars and guess what?
He’d sell his grandmother for a nickel – just like the rest of the greedy signees

Sommer
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I’m remembering the farmer in the TVO documentary ‘Big Wind’ saying something to the effect that when they were handing out “cookies”, of course he took them.

ScepticalGord
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Farmer Marc Bercier takes the “F you, Jack, I’m all right” attitude to a new level.

There would be mighty few IWTs*** in Ontario were it not for large landowners the likes of greedy low life lickers like Bercier.

***BTW, Barbara, we’ve been using the term IWT since at least 2008.
Can we resist the urge to further confuse the already confused by debating this non-issue this late in the game? Do we not already have enough on our plates?

And Tracy, when’s the train leaving for Estherville, New Brunswick? Sounds like you may have the right idea: get the hell out of this once great pre McGuinty / Wynne province.

Wind Concerns Ontario
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Ontario is a very unfriendly place for wind power development now; CanWEA and Big Wind are targeting other provinces, particularly Saskatchewan and BC. Manitoba has said, NO.

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