Rural residents vow long fight in Dutton Dunwich vs wind power contract

Flawed bid evaluation process is one of nine points as basis of the community’s continuing fight

Mayor Cameron McWilliam stands on the front steps of the Dutton Dunwich municipality offices in Dutton.
Mayor Cameron McWilliam: this isn’t right

St Thomas Times-Journal, March 22, 2016

A citizens’ group which has led the opposition to industrial wind turbines in Dutton/Dunwich says it’s ready to fight them at every turn, despite approval granted for a proposed for wind turbine farm in the municipality.
“At this point our primary objective is to seek the cancellation of this project and future inappropriate industrial wind turbine developments,” said Jamie Littlejohn, a spokesman for Dutton/Dunwich Residents Opposed to Wind Turbines.
Invenergy’s proposal for the Strong Breeze wind farm was approved recently by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and is seen as a crushing blow against Dutton/Dunwich, where 84% of people who responded in a poll two years ago were opposed to them.
Dutton/Dunwich council was also one of the earliest municipalities in Elgin county to declare itself an unwilling host to turbines.
DDOWT met last week after the announcement to review the situation and discuss strategy.
As a result, it formed a response based on nine key points.
Littlejohn said DDOWT will be doing everything to see that Invenergy’s proposal was properly presented to the IESO.
“This may be difficult due to the lack of transparency in the process,” Littlejohn said.
The citizens’ group said it also wants to challenge the political decision on Invenergy’s application and “flawed policy that led to this decision.”
DDOWT’s strategy is based not only on countering Invenergy’s plans, but challenging the philosophy behind the province promoting wind turbines as a green energy solution based on the environmental, health and economic damage they are inflicting on rural Ontario.
Littlejohn said DDOWT will also investigate what it believes are flaws in the IESO evaluation approach.

Read the full story here.

Points from the DDOWT news release:

DDOWT is going to:

1)      Do everything we can to make sure that the Invenergy proposal was properly presented and evaluated by the IESO. This may be difficult due to the lack of transparency in the process.

2)      Challenge the political decisions and flawed energy policy that led to this award

3)      Raise public awareness of the fallacy of the “green energy” policy of the current provincial government and the environmental, health and economic damage it is inflicting on rural Ontario.

4)      Investigate and expose the flaws in the IESO LRP-1-RFP evaluation process and the potential abuse by proponents including Invenergy.

5)      Publicize the impact of the current energy policy on all Ontario electricity rate payers

6)      Actively campaign for the removal of the current provincial government at the next election based on their disregard for the concerns of rural Ontario

7)      Vigorously fight the potential development of this project at every phase of the approval process including the Renewable Energy Approval, Environmental Review Tribunal and any appropriate legal challenges.

8)      Provide support for leaseholders and adjacent land owners to rescind agreements if there were any misrepresentations, undue influence, or coercion to seek support for the proponent (Invenergy)

9)      Work with Dutton Dunwich Council and represent the residents to respect the will of the community who overwhelmingly oppose this project.

At this point, our primary objective is to seek the cancellation of this project and future inappropriate IWT developments. Failing that, we will still fight to minimize the impact of this development, on our community, economy, and natural environment.

In short, we are going to oppose and challenge Invenergy and the IESO on every possible front!

Jamie Littlejohn and Ric Walford,

Spokespersons, DDOWT

Comments

Bert
Reply

We need to ad a # 10
Block the 401 both ways where the 401 enters the municipality of Dutton Dunwich ,until the IESO withdraws the approval of Invenergy’s Strong Breeze Industrial Wind.

Wind Concerns Ontario
Reply

This would not be effective. In the words of the Chief at Tyendinaga First Nation, where community members had been blocking the VIA rail line and area roadways, including one of two bridges to Prince Edward County, “I can’t stop people from doing what they’re going to do, but [when you take this type of action] at the end of the day all people remember is that you blocked a road.”

Sommer
Reply

This whole approval process is a demonstration of disregard for the concerns of rural residents.
Other communities have learned that these wind power stations sited too close to their homes and businesses are the result of government failure at every level. This government was unprepared. When informed of the serious problems it was intransigent and ignorant. Claiming to be oh so concerned about the environment, it has destroyed the environment for rural residents.
I fully appreciate the 10 points of resolve to oppose and challenge as declared by the spokespeople of Dutton Dunwich!
Communities where these projects were imposed must have a similar strategy to get rid of them and they desperately need the support of people throughout the province who fully understand the ridiculous reality they now face.
We have to work together.

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