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By Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer Thursday, April 5, 2012
Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper says he welcomes a citizens’ group that’s formed to fight Suncor Energy’s plan for a 100 MW wind farm.
Plympton-Wyoming and neighbouring Lambton Shores could be home to up to 62 wind turbines proposed for the company’s Cedar Point Wind Power Project.
Several residents of Plympton-Wyoming formed We’re Against Industrial Turbines (WAIT) soon after Suncor announced it’s holding a public meeting April 18, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Camlachie Community Centre, said to Ron Schenk, WAIT’s communications director and a member of town council.
“I’ve encouraged groups to form,” Napper said. “I’ve always felt that it’s best fought by the people, rather than the councils of the day.
“There’s a lot of people power out there, and they’re not restricted by the Municipal Act on how they can meet. I think it’s great they’re forming this group.”
April 4, 2012 at 7:18 am | Blackburn Radio
In Plympton-Wyoming a new citizens group “We’re Against Industrial Turbines” or WAIT has been formed to oppose significant wind farms planned in that district. The group met this past weekend to elect a board of directors, and has begun fundraising effort and established a web site. www.WAIT-PW.ca
PLYMPTON-WYOMING – Suncor Energy’s plan to build a 100 MW wind farm in Lambton County has the potential to divide the community, a Plympton-Wyoming councillor warns.
Opposition to the Cedar Point Wind Power Project is growing in the municipality, said Coun. Ron Schenk.
“As the news gets out, more and more people are realizing what’s happening,” he said.
Suncor has public meetings scheduled for April 18 at the Camlachie Community Centre, and April 19, at the Forest legion hall on Albert Street. Both meetings are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“There will be officials there from Suncor to respond to questions and look at the various maps and displays with people,” said Suncor spokesperson Michael Southern.
He said the company is just beginning the public consultation process required for provincial environmental approval of the project, which was awarded a 20-year Feed-in Tariff power purchase contract last July by the Ontario Power Authority.
A draft project report Suncor has posted on its website says the Cedar Point Wind Power Project will have up to 62 wind turbines in an area stretching from O’Brien Road, north of Highway 402, in Plympton-Wyoming to just west of Thedford in Lambton-Shores.
The report says construction could begin in June 2013, with the turbines operating by the following summer.
Schenk said he’s not a fan of the project or Ontario’s Green Energy Act.
“I don’t like it because of the way it divides the community,” Schenk said. “It makes winners and losers of people.”
The winners will be landowners paid for having a turbine on their property, and the losers will be their neighbours who have to live with the turbines without any compensation, he said. Read the rest of this entry
By PAUL MORDEN, The Observer
If Ontario municipalities ever get back the power to approve green energy projects, Plympton-Wyoming will require that wind turbines be built at least two kilometres from neighbouring homes.
Mayor Lonny Napper said council recently voted to change the town’s zoning bylaw to reflect the new distance.
“I’m not sure,” Napper said, when asked about the municipality’s ability to enforce its new setback.
Ontario’s Green Energy Act takes zoning control over wind turbines and other renewable energy projects away from local councils. However, earlier this week Premier Dalton McGuinty said local governments will get more say over wind, solar and other green energy projects.
In 2003, the Plympton-Wyoming setbacks were established at 400 metres, Napper said.
“We wanted to update that because a lot of the companies that were coming in were making reference to that . . . although it didn’t make any difference today.”
Ontario requires a 550-metre minimum setback for wind turbines.
Plympton-Wyoming is the site of several wind farm proposals and, Napper said, “There are some that could be going soon.” Read the rest of this entry
By Heather Wright Sarnia This Week
PLYMPTON-WYOMING – Plympton-Wyoming says industrial wind turbine operators will have to put down a $200,000 deposit for each of the massive energy makers before any soil is turned.
It’s one of two new standards the township council passed recently in an effort to “protect our people,” according to Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper.
After the province passed the Green Energy Act, municipalities had very little say in where or how many industrial wind turbines would be erected in the territory. Suncor currently plans a 29 turbine project in Plympton-Wyoming, a move Napper is worried about.
In January, council passed the bylaw calling for the $200,000 deposit reasoning there had to be money available so the turbines could be dismantled if, in 20 years, the original owners abandon the machinery.
For Suncor, that would mean cutting a $5.8 million check to Plympton-Wyoming.
“We thought with all the companies coming in – we don’t know these companies – if the turbines have to be removed, it gives you some security,” says Napper. “We want the assurance that if some company comes in and puts up forty of them, (and) they’re gone – when they are worn out – what do you do with them? Read the rest of this entry