Category Archives: Adelaide Project- Suncor
- Suncor’s Adelaide wind project was approved today: read more
- WPD’s Napier project approved last week: read more
- NextEra’s Adelaide wind project is almost done the appeal process. read more
- NextEra’s Bornish wind project’s appeal denied. read more
All the proposed wind projects in Middlesex County (above) have now been approved and will be under construction, if they aren’t’ already. That’s over 100 wind turbines. If you want to see what it look like, check these pictures out, or come out and see for yourself.
In Lambton county:
- NextEra’s Jericho wind up for final public comment: read more
- Suncor’s Cedar Point wind up for final public comment: read more
That’s another 130+ wind turbines.
Grand Bend? That’s another 111 turbines.
This is what Christmas looks like to many in rural Middlesex and Lambton Counties.
If you have 100 good ideas of how to stop the wind turbines, just implement 1 of them on your own. That makes a difference. Action is what is need!
Over the past five years there have been many questionable ‘meetings’ in the Adelaide-Metcalfe council chambers, especially when wind turbines are involved. For starters, the mayor and the deputy-mayor have close relatives who have signed wind option agreements, and they never declare a conflict of interest. Then there was the time the police were called to stop a resident from video recording the open meetings. Oh yes and when the CAO’s husband physically struck out at a resident taking a picture of them entering a closed meeting with Suncor. Items have been left off agendas, mis-reported in minutes…the list goes on, and frustration builds.
So to say the residents are skeptical, leery, untrusting of this council, is an understatement. And for good reason. Even the ombudsman’s office has had their fill of this council. With 6 “Best Practices”, and 3 “Violations” found in the last year and a half, this little township of 3000 is practically topping the province for infractions— beating out the big cities (oh yes, even London).
If a resident happens upon an improper closed meeting, it’s usually by fluke. And so it was with the most recent revelation with the Ad-Met council, when a closed meeting on January 25, 2012 was discovered in the “Municipal Correspondence” section of the wind developer WPD’s submission (See pg. 130). Yep, check those out for your local project!
The Township CAO/treasurer Fran Urbshott, was contacted by the office of the Ombudsman and an investigation has been initiated, as all but one of the township councillors and the mayor were there— a quorum present and the public was not invited, let alone notified….nor were minutes taken….the township has no record of the meeting, thankfully the wind company does. Read the rest of this entry
At the October 3, 2012 final public meeting for the Suncor Adelaide Wind Project, it became apparent that there was no Shadow Flicker information available for the public, most importantly for those who would be affected by it. Questioning the Suncor dude about this he said he could get me the information for a specific area if I requested it. I said, “Oh good, I’d like it for the entire project”.
Clearly they didn’t take me seriously. We wrote the company and requested it again. The response from Chris Scott was, “In regards to your request for a “shadow-flicker” map, as requested at the October 3 Open House, we are currently preparing our shadow-flicker study. We will be sure to contact you when the study is completed.”
Months go on, and we attend the Cedar Point Suncor meeting in early April and ask where the Shadow Flicker report is. The response from C. Scott is “OK”. OK WHAT??? We stick the voice recorders on until he says we’ll get the report by the end of the month.
And here it is, 6 months after I first requested it. Note, the Adelaide project documents have since been deemed ‘complete’ by the Ministry of Environment, and put of for 45 days of public comment. Yes, it’s complete even without the shadow flicker reports because the Green Energy Act removed the requirement for the wind company to provide a shadow flicker report to the public.
So if you are one of the persons who will receive 40 minutes of shadow flicker a day ( like some will in this project), you would never have known about this flicker until it happened. How incredibly considerate of this wind company, Suncor, eh?
Environmental Registry DUE MAY 30, 2013
Description of Instrument:
This posting is for a proposed Renewable Energy Approval by Suncor Energy Products Inc., for the Suncor Energy Adelaide Wind Power Project, proposed to be located in the Township of Adelaide Metcalfe, County of Middlesex, Ontario. This is a Class 4 wind facility with a total expected generation capacity of 40 megawatts (MW).
The proposed facility is considered to be a Class 4 wind facility under Ontario Regulation 359/09 (O. Reg.359/09) Renewable Energy Approvals under Part V.0.1 of the Environmental Protection Act. Applications for Renewable Energy Approvals are required to be submitted in accordance with O.Reg.359/09 for consideration for approval.
This comment period is for the public to review the proposal and provide comments and input directly to the ministry.
This proposal has been posted for a 45 day public review and comment period starting April 15, 2013. If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments, please do so by May 30, 2013 to the individual listed under “Contact”. Additionally, you may submit your comments on-line.
All comments received prior to May 30, 2013 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry of the Environment if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in this notice and reference EBR Registry number 011-8848.
Please Note: All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record. You will not receive a formal response to your comment, however, relevant comments received as part of the public participation process for this proposal will be considered by the decision maker for this proposal.
Dear Nextera, Suncor, Media and School Board trustees,
I am quite upset to see incorrect and confusing numbers reported in the media as to how many and how close wind turbines are to be from the schools in Lambton County. It is not the media’s fault.
Nextera, Suncor: I have reviewed wind project noise documents for 4 years – I should be competent in it by now. But I find I am tearing my hair out reviewing the documents, trying to find the exact noise, and distances turbines are to the schools in your projects.
Currently, my frustration stems from:
- The Bosanquet elementary school does not even have a Receptor ID on the project draft map.
- The hundreds of receptor ID’s are not numerically ordered in the noise chart – and I honestly can’t even find the school ID (or in this case, it’s neighbour’s, because it doesn’t have an ID).
- At the wind developer meetings, the schools are not even identified on the large maps. Security was called over when I wrote “school” on the map location for others to be able to see. How’s THAT for informing the public?? No wonder the media doesn’t know the true numbers… Read the rest of this entry
by Heather Wright, Sarnia This Week
Middlesex Lambton Wind Action is closely watching talks between Middlesex County and NextEra Energy. NextEra has several wind projects in Middlesex and Lambton County. It’s planning to build transmission lines to carry the energy created by the turbines in southern Ontario and it wants to build them on municipal and county right of ways.
NextEra recently went to Middlesex County Council to talk about the plan. Draft documents from the Jericho project, with 92 turbines in Lambton Shores and Warwick, show the transmission lines would also stretch into Lambton County. Lambton County Councilors recently gave county staff authority to negotiate with wind energy companies about access to county right of ways.
Esther Wrightman of Middlesex Lambton Wind Action says NextEra wants to build a separate line of polls to carry the energy being produced because Hydro One would not allow NextEra’s lines on their poles. In some areas, that could mean Hydro One poles on one side of the road and NextEra’s on the other.
“A good portion of our county roads will have poles on each side of the road,” she says. “You just double the chance of hitting a pole (in an accident) by putting poles on the other side of the road, too.” Middlesex County engineers have asked NextEra to come back to the county with plans from an engineer. Wrightman is pleased, saying the transmission lines will have a devastating effect on the landscape of rural Ontario.
“They will be running by people’s homes, near schools; it is very invasive, it is going to drastically change the community.” She’s also concerned about the infrastructure left behind “white elephants with transmission lines running down your road” she calls them, should the energy companies pull the turbines out of service. Read the rest of this entry
GREEN ENERGY: $700-million project completed
By JOHN MINER, The London Free Press
Completion of the biggest transmission line project in Ontario in 20 years clears an important hurdle for a series of massive wind turbine projects in Southwestern Ontario, including eight within 70 kilometres of London.
Completed six months ahead of schedule, the $700-million Bruce to Milton transmission project will allow electricity to flow from refurbished reactors at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, and from wind and solar projects that have received conditional contracts under Ontario’s green energy program. Read the rest of this entry
By JOHN MINER, The London Free Press
GREEN ENERGY: Don’t be fooled by the names of many of the massive wind farms sprouting up across Southwestern Ontario. There’s a local ring to them, but they’re actually owned by multinationals as far-flung as Calgary, Florida and China, to name a few. John Miner reports.
The names have a comforting, familiar ring — Adelaide, Bluewater, Goshen, Bornish. Jericho.
But if you’re looking for who controls the massive wind farms under development in this part of Ontario, you won’t find their head office anywhere close to their local namesakes.
While incorporated as separate companies with local-sounding names, the real control of these wind farms resides in Juno Beach, Fla., home to NextEra Energy, the third largest nuclear power company in the U.S. and the largest industrial wind company in North America.
NextEra Energy owns Florida Power and Light and NextEra Energy Resources, which owns NextEra Energy Canada. It, in turn, owns the planned Adelaide Wind Farm, as well as neighbouring Bornish, Goshen and Jericho.
It’s a similar story for much of the fresh wave of wind farms that have won contracts with the Ontario government. Read the rest of this entry
By Jonathan Sher, The London Free Press
Crowds no longer come to the general store Joe Wood’s grandfather built 107 years ago.
Most of its products are gone too, the rural locale west of Strathroy too far from suppliers. Now, Wood is surrounded mainly by guns and ammo at the store.
Mayor David Bolton still stops by mornings to share gossip and drink a diet Pepsi. So Wood knows something about the kerfuffle at the township office of Adelaide-Metcalfe, a provincial creation that joined two tiny hamlets and farmland into a new municipality with only 3,000 people.
This week, more than 100 residents came to council — that’s 1 out of every 30 residents, akin to 12,000 Londoners showing up at city hall.
Some carried signs and shouted for Bolton to resign.
Others carried generations of ties to the area and spoke of their concerns diplomatically.
All were there to fight for democratic rights that in recent weeks have come under question:
- Bolton twice phoned police to stop citizens from videotaping meetings. Police threatened an arrest the first time, but stayed out the second.
- Deputy Mayor Adrian DeBruyn voted to set fees for wind turbine permits, even though his son has signed 32 leases with a wind company.
- The township hired the mayor’s kids to shut off lights of a park and take away a few garbage bags.
- The husband of the township’s administrator threatened a woman snapping his picture outside a private meeting between Suncor Energy, members of council and landowners who have signed leases for turbines. Read the rest of this entry
Please share and encourage your friends and neighbours to attend!
Date: June 12
Place: Strathroy District Collegiate Institute, 361 Second St. , Strathroy MAP
1. Health: Noise/ Shadow Flicker/ Power Surges
Monica Elmes – Monica lives and farms near Ridgetown, ON surrounded by a 43 turbine (2.3 MW each) industrial wind project. She will relate how the wind development has changed her community and the health of her family and neighbours.
2. Electrical Pollution: Home/Farm/School
David Colling – A dairy farmer for 30 years in Ripley, ON, who has also been a dealer for Bio-Ag Consultants and Distributors since 1991. David studied Electrical Engineering at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, and currently uses his vast knowledge, throughout Ontario, to assess electrical pollution in homes, farms and businesses that are presently in the vicinity of industrial wind turbines.
3. Property Value: Real Estate
Doug Pedlar – Doug is a Broker of Record for RE/MAX Bluewater Realty in the Grand Bend area. Doug has many years as a respected realtor within the community, and will speak on the effects that industrial wind turbines currently have on property values, and how the industrialization of the local community will impact its residents’ property values.
Note: The Mayor’s dad has a wind lease with TCI Renewables and the Deputy Mayor’s son has 32 leases with NextEra. No, I didn’t type the wrong number….
More info on this fight at Ontario Neighbours United
At an Adelaide-Metcalfe council meeting, the mayor calls in the OPP, exercising his “power of Authority” to remove the videographer from a public/open meeting. the township did not have a bylaw that prohibited videotaping. At a previous meeting the council had discussed videotaping the meeting themselves, or asking videographers to write a letter of intent to council before a meeting that they want to tape. But no discussion was made this day. The mayor ambushed with calling the cops – no alternatives.
Some democracy that is… People- don’t let your democratically elected council run your township like a dictatorship!
By Heather Wright, Sarnia Lambton This Week
LAMBTON SHORES – Jim thought it would be a great way to secure the future of his family farm, but now the land lease he signed with Suncor Energy is making him feel anything but secure.
The Lambton Shores man, who asked us to protect his identity, is in the middle of Suncor’s Cedar Point industrial wind farm. The company wants to erect 62 turbines – half of those in Lambton Shores – to generate power. Not far from Jim’s farm, NextEra is preparing to build an industrial wind farm with 92 turbines.
Jim signed the land lease with Suncor nearly five years ago – long before he had researched any of the potential problems which people who live near the turbines are reporting. For him, it was a way to keep his family farm afloat.
“I said, ‘Well, to secure this for my grandchildren I’ll put that windmill on it. I don’t have to worry about the farm because the taxes will be paid for me.’”
Jim and several other landowners in Lambton Shores are coming close to a deadline in the leases which would allow them to opt out of the contract. Jim has decided not to sign on again saying the turbines “are unsafe, they’re not green and they’re going to bankrupt the province.”
But Suncor and NextEra are now swapping land leases and farmers like Jim are feeling the pressure to sign extensions to those deals are hoping to abandon.
Sarnia Lambton This Week has obtained a letter from Suncor Energy which explained the land lease swap to the landowners.
“Jericho and Suncor, by virtue of a Land Swap Agreement, have agreed to separate their projects and thereby maximize efficiency through an exchange of interests in certain optioned lands. Accordingly, certain lands that are currently held under option by Jericho will become part of Suncor’s renewable energy project and certain lands that are currently held under option by Suncor will become part of Jericho’s renewable energy project,” writes Chris Moger, surface landman for Suncor. “We believe that this exchange is in the best interest of both projects and all landowners participating in those projects.”
Marcelle Brooks of Middlesex Lambton Wind Concerns isn’t surprised by the move. “Quite a while ago, there was a free for all going on” as companies tried to option land from local farmers. “There really was not a plan in place…it was like whoever had the most leases in place was the winner – it was like Monopoly…you buy up everything.” Read the rest of this entry
Red Alert to everyone in Lambton and Middlesex Counties-!!
NextEra and Suncor are trying to swap wind leases. Important note- Farmers do NOT have to switch leases- and if they do they could end up switching to a much worse one that has damning clauses like NextEras current one below!
If you know anyone who has either a Suncor or NextEra contract in any of the projects : Adelaide (Suncor and NextEra), Jericho (NextEra), Cedar Point (Suncor) or Bornish (NextEra) make sure they know they could be signing these clauses!!
“Lessor grants to lessee a non-exclusive license for audio, visual, view, light, flicker, noise, shadow, vibration, air turbulence, wake, electromagnetic, electrical and radio frequency interference, and any other effects attributable to the wind power facilities or activity located on the leased lands or on adjacent properties (“effects of license”).The burden of the effects of license shall run with and bind the lands and every part thereof and benefit the lessee’s interest in the leased lands and such other lands that the lessee may have a real property interest in the leased lands and such other lands that the lessee may have a real property interest in from time to time and which form part of the project. If requested by the lesssee, the lessor shall execute and deliver to the lessee such separate and registerable transfer of easements which reproduce the terms of the effects license.”
” To the extent that (a) lessor now or in the future owns or leases any land adjacent to the leased lands; or (b) lessee leases or holds an easement/license or a lease over land adjacent to leased lands and has installed or constructed or desires to install or construct any power facilities on said land at and/or near the common boundary between the leased lands and said land, lessor hereby waives any and all setbacks and setback requirements, whether imposed by law or by any person or entity, including without limitation, any setback requirements described in the zoning by-laws of the county and/or provinceor in any governmental entitlement or permit heretofore or hereafter issued to the lessee. If so requested by lessee, lessor shall promptly, without demanding consideration therefore execute, execute, and if appopriate cause to be acknowledged, any setback waiver, setback elimination or other document or instrument required by any governmental authority or that lessee deems necessary or convenient to the obtaining of any entitlement or permit.”
Report from Adelaide Metcalfe, March 20, 2012: We came early- 5’oclock, just in case some councillors actually came early for the ‘preview’. We wanted to make sure there wasn’t a quorum happening, as this closed door meeting general public was not allowed in between 5:30-6:00 – only landowners with leases and municipal council to ‘mingle’ (see letter below). We took pictures of those who entered the building.
The only one who really minded the camera was Adelaide Metcalfe ”sunshine list” Clerk / Admin/ Treasurer’s (Fran Urbshott) husband. As the pictures attached show, Mr. Brian Urbshott came in, had his picture taken then hurled towards M. and swatted the camera out of her hand before it was away from her face— hence the pictures of the signs in a blur.
The last time his wife grabbed him from behind by the belt and pulled him away. You can see her holding him off in the last picture. Notice the Security guard hired by Suncor. He just stood there and watched.
So…why was Mr. Urbshott so upset? Why all the secrecy at this closed door meeting? Why was the husband of the CAO allowed into a meeting where the public was banned?
Date: March 20
Time: 6-9 pm
Place: Adelaide W.G. MacDonald Public School, 29059 School Rd., Strathroy MAP
Project Name: Suncor Energy Adelaide Wind Power Project
Project Location: Municipality of Adelaide Metcalfe, County of Middlesex
Dated at the Municipality of Adelaide Metcalfe this the 17th of February, 2012 Read the rest of this entry
By Nancy Powers Strathroy Age Dispatch
The ongoing issue about wind turbines has finally blow into Strathroy-Caradoc.
Councilllors debated the merits of supporting a resolution calling for the provincial government to place a moratorium on future wind turbine projects.
Ward 2 Councillor Larry Cowan raised the issue after council received a request from the municipality of Arran-Elderslie asking for support of their resolution regarding wind turbine.
The resolution was actually forwarded to Strathroy-Caradoc by Esther Wrightman, of the Middlesex Wind Action Group. The group is actively opposed to wind turbines.
“I sent the resolution to Strathroy-Caradoc because some of these wind turbines will encroach on their boundaries,” said Wrightman. “At the local high school for example.”
Councillor Cowan suggested Strathroy-Caradoc support a portion of the resolution that speaks to the moratorium.
“I’m very much opposed to wind turbines,” said Councillor Cowan. “And I feel we should support this request.” Read the rest of this entry
For those of you in Adelaide/Strathroy area, do look at Suncor’s “new” Adelaide map (more detailed than the one below) . It has the location of all the turbine projects in the township (minus White Pines) – Every turbine is mapped out. Not pretty.
Points to note—people in the North end of Strathroy are now in the “turbine zone”. Eg.: Turbines will be ~1000m to Buttery Creek subdivision. And a biggy–can anyone find the Strathroy HIGHSCHOOL on this map??? Yeah, it isn’t marked as a school, and just so happens to be less than 1500m from two turbines, and many more to the North. I’m getting kind of tired of all our schools being immersed in these turbine dead zones.
REA Application Documents
- Notice of Project Engagement and Draft Site Plan (PDF, 1 pp., 1,057 KB)
- Notice of Project Engagement and Draft Site Plan – Mail Out (PDF, 2 pp., 1,998 KB)
- Project Description Report (PDF, 38 pp., 1,712 KB)
- Draft Site Plan Report (PDF, 32 pp., 1,932 KB)
- Draft Site Plan Map (PDF, 1 pp., 1,697 KB)
Turbine opponents cry foul
WIND POWER: Adelaide Metcalfe council urged to repeal building fee
By DEBORA VAN BRENK, The London Free Press January 26,
Wind-turbine opponents are demanding Adelaide Metcalfe council repeal a new turbine-building fee it imposed unexpectedly and without notifying them.
The rural township west of Strathroy, where two companies are proposing to build 68 wind turbines, approved a $10,000-per-turbine fee at a Jan. 16 meeting.
Last month, scores of people attended a council meeting to ask the fee charged be even higher than that.
The issue was set aside so staff could learn what other municipalities charge.
“I was flabbergasted,” said activist Esther Wrightman, to discover from a councillor’s Facebook page that in one night council had proposed, debated, approved and passed into bylaw the new fees. “I didn’t believe it at first.”
She said she didn’t see the item on the agenda, otherwise she’d have attended the meeting.
“It just has to be repealed. I just can’t accept anything less than that,” Wrightman said. Read the rest of this entry
GREEN ENERGY: Adelaide Metcalfe is considering charging thousands of dollars a unit instead of the current $500
A plan to escalate fees for companies wanting to erect wind turbines in Adelaide Metcalfe has been deferred until politicians can determine if charging $10,000 per turbine would cover the potential costs.
The current fee is $500, which local politicians have said is far too low to justify the engineering costs and other expenses which the Strathroy-area municipality could incur as the massive wind machines are put into service.
A council meeting this week to determine how much more to charge — the proposal was $10,000 per turbine — drew scores of residents.
Many called for even higher fees, along the lines of the $40,000 some Ontario communities are charging.
One resident said $10,000 would be too low even to inspect one of the structures.
Council heard submissions for about two hours before sending the matter back to staff to look at whether Adelaide Metcalfe should be a leader or a follower in the fee battle.
“What really pleased me was the response from the community,” said Esther Wrightman, who recalled that she and her family felt alone in their opposition when they first started talking with council a year ago.
Two wind energy giants, NextEra and Suncor, are looking to build as many as 68 turbines in the rural community.
Although the province has been promoting its green energy strategy — and this week promoted a report that says wind turbines don’t have any direct health effects — opponents say turbines can produce low frequency noise, harm bird migration and reduce property values.
Green energy giants NextEra and Suncor plan to build as many as 68 wind turbines in the Adelaide Metcalfe area in two separate projects.
No date was set for Adelaide Metcalfe council to debate the issue again.
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A fee hike for turbines in Adelaide-Metcalfe is long overdue – right now a spinning, electrical machine that stands 500′ tall pays the same fee as a wood shed to our township – $500. The Twp is willing to raise it to $10 000 but that is still much too low, especially when looking at having over 120 of these machines operating here. To the residents in Adelaide-Metcalfe – please attend the meeting :
Adelaide-Metcalfe IWT Building Permit Fee Meeting
Date: Mon. Dec. 19
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Location: Adelaide-Metcalfe Council Chambers
2340 Egremont Dr., Adelaide MAP
Turbine fees could soar
WIND ENERGY: Adelaide Metcalfe considers upping building permit charge to $10,000 from $500 per unit
By DEBORA VAN BRENK, The London Free Press Dec. 6, 2011
Wind energy companies may have to pay sky-higher fees if they want to set up shop in Adelaide Metcalfe.
And the Strathroy-area municipality’s plan is only one of several ways turbine opponents and politicians are showing frustration with what they see as a lack of local decision-making power about green energy.
Charging a building-permit fee of $10,000 per turbine — the current fee is $500 — isn’t a cash grab and is intended to be a break-even plan, Adelaide Metcalfe Mayor David Bolton said Monday.
“Our fees are enough to cover our costs.”
An engineering review of a single turbine can cost $4,500, Bolton said, and that doesn’t include re-reviews or inspection costs. Adelaide Metcalfe has planned a public meeting on Dec. 19 about the proposed fee hike.
Bolton hopes the higher levy will be in place by January — well before any turbines are in the ground.
Green electricity giant NextEra Energy has applied to build 38 turbines in Adelaide Metcalfe; in addition, Suncor has prepared a draft plan to erect as many as 30 more turbines in roughly the same area, to a maximum of 154 metres (500 feet) high. Read the rest of this entry
In the spirit of “transparencey’ Suncor sent their proposal for another 30 wind turbines out.
They have submitted a draft Project Description Report of the proposed Adelaide wind power project (40 MW) to the Ministry of the Environment and are awaiting initial feedback. This document will change over time.
Just for the record (TCI, Suncor, NextEra, IPC and all the other wind companies that have so much interest in this blog) Adelaide-Metclafe township council passed a SECOND resolution asking for studies before wind turbines — this time UNANIMOUSLY:
Municipalityof Central Huron – requesting that the Province of Ontario declare a moratorium on all current and future projects for on-shore and off-shore development of wind energy facilities. Resolution was SUPPORTED.
Monday July 18 2011:
1. The municipality of Central Huron had a resolution that was circulated by AMO, that was asking again for a moratorium on wind turbine construction. I thought they would just ‘file’ it. But to my surprise it was voted on and supported unanimously!! I was so surprised in watching this, even though it had been voted on in Dec 2009 (but I have no idea who supported it). We’ve come a long way in 2 years…a LONG way.
2. Second item was wind turbine building permit fees. Right now our township asks for $500 flat for each turbine concrete base. Building official Jeff Denomy was asked by council how much inspection is involved with each turbine. He said each turbine takes about 3 inspections, but then noted when he talked to Lambton Shores Building Official Randy Lovie (where turbines are located), he was told that it wasn’t the inspection that took up time, it was “all the phone calls from people…after the fact.” That was left hanging in the air. Being a bylaw enforcer, I can only take that to mean “noise complaints”. Wow. Inspection – easy, but dealing with the mess afterwards, not so easy. Makes me feel sick just thinking about it.
$10/ $1000 for a turbine was what Jeff thought was reasonable. There will need to be a public meeting, I believe within the next month or 2, maybe. Kurtis asked if the public actually has a say, if council will change the number if the public asks for it. The answer was yes.
3. Kurtis was bringing the issue of an e-agenda up, again. He said he has asked Clerk/Admin/Treasurer Fran to do a report on e-agendas, but she never did. Fran said she gave a “verbal report”. She printed off agendas from other municipalities, didn’t pass them out to council members, never looked into pricing, pros/cons etc. Fran retaliated with “I’ve been here 15 years and have always done it this way and it has worked”.
It was pointed out that the e-agenda is actually very much a time saver (eg. You don’t have to number 150 pages of the agenda). It is also a HUGE benefit for the residents of the municipality. Kurtis said if a resident looked at the agenda today they may read the item that says “HATCH, public meeting” –nobody knows what any of that means or whether it is something they should attend. Or how about the building officials report: there were 30 items discussed during this meeting (including the wind turbine permit fee) and none of them were listed on the agenda – there was no way anybody would have known that there was a discussion on any of these 30 items. David asked if it would cost more, and Fran said “it WON’T cost anymore”. This is where things just clicked into place. It wasn’t a question of doing a report anymore, it was a question of whether council wanted an e- agenda today. Betty Ann enthusiastically voted in favour, as did Kurtis, and David as well!
Remember that horrible little chart I sent out at municipal election time? One of the questions to candidates was: “Would you support having an agenda available, before a council meeting, that includes digital copies of correspondence /background reports/pertinent links so the public can access this information before it is discussed and voted on?” Kurtis’ response was”I fully support the idea of having a full, detailed agenda well before the meeting. This allows the public to have the same knowledge coming into the meeting as the municipal council”
List of Projects Offered July 4, 2011
by Jonathan Sher, London Free Press
With an election looming, the Ontario Liberals have upped the ante on green energy — pushing ahead 25 wind and solar projects for Southwestern Ontario.
The projects announced Monday will produce enough electricity to power a city the size of Windsor, with wind and solar farms stretching from Woodstock to Wallaceburg and from Forest to near the tip of the Bruce Peninsula.
The more immediate jolt with the Oct. 6 election nearing is political: The ruling Liberals say green jobs will save the economy and the environment; the opposition Conservatives say the price of green energy is choking consumers and burdening business.
The London region is ground zero, with 200 solar projects, more than 180 wind turbines and a battle between farmers paid by energy companies and residents who say their health and quality of life have been harmed.
Agriculture Minister Carol Mitchell, the Liberal MPP for Huron-Bruce, has been a strong proponent for wind and solar and a lightning rod for opponents.
“This announcement (will further) strengthen our rural communities by creating jobs and cleaning up the air that our families breathe,” Mitchell wrote Monday in a news release.
But in Essex County, on a farm in Harrow just 640 metres from a wind turbine, Collette McLean says it’s Ontarians and their wallets that are being taken to the cleaners.
Green energy companies are being heavily subsidized to produce power through Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program, brought in by Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals in 2009, she said.
The 25 new projects are the latest to be offered contracts by the provincial government.
“It’s free money at (our) expense . . . How much longer can we put up with this as taxpayers?” she said.
The Liberals say new green energy is replacing dirty coal-fired power, but experts say that’s only half-true: Green energy reduces use of coal on high-demand days, but intermittent sources such as wind and solar can’t be used to close coal plants.
Ontario Power Generation’s Lambton station near Sarnia — its closing already twice delayed — is one of the coal-fired plants to be shut down in 2014.
The new wind and solar projects would tap into new power lines planned by Hydro One between Bruce and Milton.
Ontario Energy Minister Brad Duguid described the benefits in a news release: “These projects will create more good jobs for Ontario families and provide new, clean power for local communities to grow and prosper. Our efforts are transforming our electricity system, attracting investment, creating thousands of jobs and building a better future for our children and grandchildren.”
The projects will help attract about $3 billion in new private investment and will keep the province on track to create 50,000 green energy jobs by the end of 2012, the Liberals say.
But Tory energy critic John Yakabuski says most new jobs will be temporary construction work and the bill to Ontarians will be enormous. A Tory government would kill the FIT program, he said.
“Were going to insure the family budget is protected from Dalton McGuinty and his expensive energy experiments.”
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- 14 projects from Forest and Thedford to the Bruce Peninsula; eight west of London from Strathroy to Wallaceburg and three east of London.
- 19 wind farms will produce 1,018 megawatts of electricity; the largest will be in Thedford.
- 6 solar farms will produce 27.5 megawatts of electricity, the largest in Thorndale.
- Projects will tap into a huge expansion of power lines that connect Bruce to Milton near Toronto. FEED-IN TARIFF PRIMER
- Created by Ontario’s Liberal government in 2009.
- Ontarians subsidize producers of new electricity from wind, solar, biomass, biogas, landfill gas and water.
- Wind producers get 13.5 cents a kilowatt; solar 53.9 cents. The average price of electricity in Ontario this year has been 3.14 cents.
Well, I’d have to say that both North Middlesex and Adelaide-Metcalfe townships are a little less wind-turbine friendly with the election results in. Have a look:
Other Local townships facing Wind Turbine developments: