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Prowind supplied Councillor Glenn Brooks with an update to the Marlborough wind “farm” project which is on the Councillor’s website. Here is the report:

Marlborough Wind Farm Up-date – North Gower:
“The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) launched the Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program on October 1, 2009 officially marking the beginning of the Ontario government’s long-term action plan for the development sustainable energy generation in the Province. Prowind Canada submitted an application to the OPA for the Marlborough Wind Farm on November 30th in the hopes of receiving a FIT contract by the Spring of 2010. If accepted, the Marlborough Wind Farm will enter into an agreement to sell the power from the wind farm to the OPA for $0.135/kWh over 20years.

The Ministries of the Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy and Infrastructure have also updated the regulations governing the processes of environmental impact assessment and planning approval for renewable energy projects in the Province. This has allowed Prowind to proceed with a more detailed design for the Marlborough Wind Farm, ensuring that it meets or exceeds Provincial regulations and accommodates stakeholder interests.

The Marlborough Wind Farm will be a 20MW facility consisting of up to ten (10) turbines spread over an area of roughly 10 square kilometres. Prowind has exceeded the minimum setbacks prescribed by the Province by placing turbines an average minimum distance of 820m (2,690′) from residences. The turbines themselves will be mounted on tubular towers potentially as tall as 140m (460′) with the blades each measuring approximately 50m (164′) in length. The targeted commercial operation date for the wind farm is Spring 2013.

Updated maps and other information will be available for download in the near future. Please visit our website for updates on the Marlborough Wind Farm project (http://prowind.ca/?page=projects-marlborough), or contact us directly at any time.”
 – Bart Geleynse, Prowind Canada Inc. – 613.258.6700 x 223 bgeleynse@prowind.ca

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This must have been supplied before the April 8th release date of the latest round of contract awards from the Ontario Power Authority because Prowind’s Marlborough project did NOT get FIT approval. (Beckwith also did not, but Brinston did.)  In fact, the Marlborough project is now on a waiting list for transmission capacity—according to our legal advisor what this means is, the project cannot move forward until additional transmission capacity is constructed.

Note that Mr Geleynse’s remarks to CBC reporter Steve Fischer on April 13th are also less than accurate: Prowind may have done their environmental assessment but it has not been”approved” by the Ministry of the Environment, and the company does not have a FIT contract, so discussions of a construction schedule are premature. Anyone listeneing to or reading the CBC story should NOT assume this is a “done deal” and that there is no point in opposing the project.

Do keep checking Prowind’s website at www.prowind.ca to view the project map. And keep up with the news across the province at http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com

To email the North Gower Wind Action Group: northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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The North Gower Wind Action Group recently sent out a news release to announce that we had hired an environmental law firm to advise on how to protect local residents regarding the Marlborough wind turbine development. Chair Gary Chandler was quoted as saying, “It’s a shame that Ontario citizens now have to hire lawyers to find out what’s going on in the wind energy development process, and to protect people’s health and property values.”

Why was this necessary? Because the process in Ontario leaves out municipalities, and citizens…we have virtually no say in the process and the approval process is completely focused on getting these developments up and running. The wind developers do their own environmental assessments and, although citizens have the opportunity to review and comment, and request that the Ontario Ministry of the Environment do its own assessment, not one project in Ontario has ever seen that happen.

It is true that Prowind is following the process, but if it was so great, why are more than 50 municipalities/towns protesting?

And we’ve seen the results across Ontario: noise injected into the environment, worst at night; vibration and “infrasound”; bird kills; and more.

Prowind responded with a letter to the editor of the newspaper in Arnprior, Ontario.  You can read it here:

http://www.emcarnprior.ca/20100326/editorials/Wind+farm+developer+responds+to+concerns

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