Weekly PEC wind turbine news — Mon, Nov 7, 2011
Sorry to have missed last week’s update. Following is an update of developments in recent weeks including updates on the Royal Road project .. Gilead in northern Ontario .. WPD White Pines .. Ontario’s call for input on the FIT program.
RECENT WEEKS (For a glossary of acronyms used, see http://wp.me/p1M8CZ-15)
Canadian Hydro Developers / Royal Road. Earlier this year, this company terminated its Royal Road wind project and, during the summer, sold two properties it owned in Athol. The purchasers are local residents believed to be willing to lease the properties to wind developers.
CanWEA annual conference. This conference, held in early October in Vancouver, attracted 2000+ delegates from 700+ companies / organizations. WPD sent 9 people including President Ian MacRae and Gilead sent two people including President Rob MacLean and Mike Lord, who gave a presentation titled Developing a meaningful stakeholder engagement plan: a case study.
Wind Concerns Ontario [corrected]. Following the Ontario election WCO’s President, John Laforet, resigned in order to seek gainful employment (he had been working full-time for WCO at no pay.) Ottawa resident Jane Wilson, a member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and editor of the recently published book Dirty business: The reality of Ontario’s rush to wind power, has been elected President of WCO.
Gilead Power’s projects. Still no announcement from MOE regarding the completeness of Gilead’s Ostrander Point REA application. Gilead has announced that its Lappe and Murillo wind projects (near Thunder Bay), will be delayed 4 and 5 years respectively until at least 2018, due to a lack of transmission capacity in the area. No word on progress on their Mica Bay wind project (near Sault Ste Marie), still at an early stage.
WPD Canada / White Pines. Recently, the company asked MOE for a one-year extension on its priority of turbine sites relative to new residential construction, which was immediately granted. The company has now commenced archeological and geotechnical studies on the private properties that it has optioned. No word on when the company intends to hold its first public meeting.
Ontario seeks input on the FIT program. The Ontario government is accepting input from the public during its review of the Feed-In Tariff program. For more information, see http://wp.me/p1M8CZ-aw.