Lambton Shores wants wind turbine plans examined by experts
Heather Wright, Sarnia this Week
LAMBTON SHORES – Mitt Romney may have binders of women, but Lambton Shores – his summer vacation spot – has binders of wind turbines. Suncor Energy has delivered its draft plan for the Cedar Point Wind Energy Project to Lambton Shores. Suncor has a contract with the Ontario Power Authority to provide 100 megawatts of energy from the 62 turbine development. About 24 of the industrial turbines will be in Lambton Shores. There will also be substations, a switching station and a 115 KW transmission line.
The company has to provide extensive documentation about the project to the municipality on everything from the placement of the turbines to studies on bird kills, the environmental impacts and the impact to the natural heritage of the area. The work fills three large binders.
Municipalities are given the documents to review before deciding if they support the project. New rules under the Green Energy Act give more weight to the municipalities’ opinions. Premier Dalton McGuinty recently reiterated when municipalities don’t support wind energy projects, they will move to the back of the line. But Lambton Shores’ administrators say they are not equipped to evaluate the technical data. Read article