Wind Turbine Updates

Wind Turbine Updates

Municipalities Call for Ontario to Make Municipal Support Mandatory

Resolution 155-16
Seventy-four municipalities have endorsed resolutions from Councils of either North Frontenac or Dutton-Dunwich that call on the Independent Electrical System Operator to include a ‘Municipal Support’ resolution as a mandatory requirement in the next procurement round planned for additional renewable energy. While the IESO process for the last procurement round was designed to opportunities for municipalities to express their concerns with the outcome, the end result was that 3 of 5 wind turbine contracts were awarded in municipalities that did not support the project. Shortly before the results were announced, Energy Minister Chiarelli had termed this type of outcome as ‘virtually impossible’. At the same time, projects supported by municipalities were not awarded contracts. According to Mayor Ron Higgins of North Frontenac, adding a requirement for the proponent to demonstrate municipal support for a project would allow municipalities to reflect the concerns of the residents in their communities. Based on his experience in the first procurement round, Higgins says that ‘the change would also force proponents to seriously address local concerns when developing these proposals, rather than just going through the motions’. Feedback published by the IESO shows that the current process was resoundingly condemned by municipal officials and community groups involved in the process as they showed little openness or transparency. According to one respondent, proponents intentionally misled, failed to follow the process defined by the IESO and used other methods to ensure the community was misinformed and had little time to respond. Municipalities across all of Ontario have supported these resolutions including Minister Chiarelli’s home municipality of Ottawa as well as municipalities in the ridings of Minister Jeff Leal and Liberal MPP, Grant Crack whose riding was awarded one of the 5 wind contracts in the last round. Concerns are not limited to southern Ontario with many municipalities in Northern Ontario also endorsing the resolution. The ERT decision this week revoking the MOE approval for the Ostrander Point wind turbine project points to the impact of missing local input into the process of awarding contracts and approving projects. Only after 2 ERT hearings and 2 sets of court hearings did the community finally succeed in ensuring that an area known for its population of Blandings Turtles, its importance as a bird migration route and the presence of endangered types of vegetation is protected from destruction by a wind turbine project. For a complete list of municipalities endorsing the resolutions see below.
For further information, please contact: Mayor Ron Higgins, North Frontenac, 613-479-2231


Mandatory Municipal Support Resolution

1. Adelaide-Metcalfe, Middlesex County
2. Alfred & Plantagenet, Prescott-Russell County
3. Amaranth, Dufferin County
4. Asphodel-Norwood. Peterborough County
5. Algonquin Highlands, Haliburton County
6. Arran-Elderslie, Bruce County
7. Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, Huron County
8. Bayham, Elgin County
9. Bluewater, Huron
10. Brockton, Bruce
11. Brooke-Alvinston, Lambton
12. Bruce Mines, Algoma District
13. Cavan-Monaghan, Peterborough
14. Central Elgin, Elgin
15. Central Huron, Huron
16. Chamberlain, Timiskaming District
17. Chatsworth, Grey County
18. Clarington, Region of Durham
19. Dutton-Dunwich, Elgin
20. East Ferris, Nippissing District
21. Elgin, County of
22. Essex, Essex County
23. Enniskillen, Lambton County
24. Gananoque, Leeds and Grenville County
25. Georgian Bluffs, Grey
26. Greater Madawaska, Renfrew County
27. Greater Napanee, Town of
28. Grey Highlands, Grey
29. Hastings, County of
30. Hastings Highlands, Hastings County
31. Havelock-Belmont-Methuen, Peterborough
32. Hawkesbury, Prescott-Russell
33. Hornepayne, Algoma
34. Howick, Huron
35. Huron, County of
36. Huron-Kinloss, Bruce
37. Kawartha Lakes, City of
38. Killarney, Sudbury District
39. Kincardine, Bruce
40. Lakeshore, Essex
41. Lambton, County of
42. LaSalle, Essex
43. Laurentian Hills, Renfrew County
44. Leeds and the Thousand Island, Leeds and Grenville
45. Lennox & Addington, County of
46. Madawaska Valley, Renfrew
47. Mapleton, Wellington
48. Magnetawan, Parry Sound District
49. Marathon, Thunder Bay District
50. McDougall, Parry Sound
51. McNabb Braeside, Renfrew
52. Meaford
53. Newbury, Middlesex
54. Mono, Dufferin County
55. Morris-Turnberry, Huron
56. Nairn and Hyman, Sudbury District
57. North Frontenac, Frontenac County
58. North Glengarry; Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
59. North Grenville, Leeds and Grenville
60. North Perth, Perth
61. North Stormont; Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry
62. Northern Bruce Peninsula, Bruce
63. Ottawa, City of
64. Perth, County of
65. Peterborough, County of
66. Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton
67. Prescott-Russell, United Counties of
68. Prince Edward, County of
69. Rainy River, Rainy River District
70. Ramara, Simcoe County
71. South Bruce Peninsula, Bruce
72. Southgate, Grey
73. Southwald, Elgin
74. Tillsonburg, Oxford County
75. Trent Lakes, Peterborough
76. Tudor and Cashel, Hastings
77. Tweed, Hastings
78. Val Rita-Harty, Cochrane District
79. Warwick, Lambton
80. Wainfleet, Niagara Region
81. West Grey, Grey
82. West Lincoln, Niagara
83. Zorra, Oxford

This page was last updated on July 22, 2016

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