Monthly Archives: May 2015
Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer
NextEra Energy is signing up landowners for a possible new wind energy project in eastern Lambton County and neighbouring Middlesex County. The company that built the 92-turbine Jericho project in Lambton, as well as projects in Middlesex, Huron and other Ontario counties, is developing plans for its Hardy Creek Wind Energy Centre in Warwick, Brooke-Alvinston and Adelaide-Metcalfe townships.
“We’ve got a base of landowners signed up,” said Ben Greenhouse, director of development for NextEra Canada. “We’re interested in signing more.”
The company has also approached municipal governments in the three communities as it prepares to bid under the Large Renewable Procurement process expected to award contracts for up to 300 MW of new wind energy generation in Ontario. “There is still a major hurdle for the project to overcome, which is getting a contract to sell power,” Greenhouse said. “The project is really in its infancy right now.”
Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator released final details for a request for proposals Tuesday, with a submission deadline of Sept. 1. NextEra is one of 42 companies that qualified earlier to submit proposals under the new procurement program. Greenhouse said NextEra is considering a 100-MW to 120-MW proposal for the Hardy Creek project, with a maximum of 50 to 60 turbines. Read article
Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer
Suncor is proposing another wind power project in Lambton County. The company says it’s planning to bid for a renewable energy contract with the province for a 60-MW Nauvoo Wind Power Project proposed for eastern Lambton’s Warwick and Brooke-Alvinston townships.
Recently, Suncor, along with project partner NextEra, began construction of the 100-MW, 46-turbine, Cedar Point wind farm in Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton Shores and Warwick. The company has scheduled public meetings in June for its new Nauvoo proposal.
“It’s very much in the early stages of the provincial process,” said Suncor spokesperson Jason Vaillant. “We’re looking to start the conversation with the community.”
Applications from companies seeking contracts to build up to 300 MW of new wind energy generation across the province are due to be submitted by Sept. 1 to Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator, with the successful bids expected to be announced late in the year.
NextEra is also working on a proposal for a 100-MW to 120-MW wind project in Warwick, Brooke-Alvinston and neighbouring Adelaide-Metcalfe Township in Middlesex County. Read article
Suncor has scheduled three public open houses for its 60-MW Nauvoo Wind Power Project proposal:
• June 22, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Brooke-Alvinston-Inwood Community Centre, Walnut Street, Alvinston;
• June 23, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Warwick Community Centre, Egremont Road, Warwick;
• June 24, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Adelaide-Metcalfe Township Hall, Egremont Drive, Strathroy.