By Troy Patterson www.kincardinenews.com
The striction on electrical capacity has delayed Acciona Energy’s 80-megawatt Armow Wind Power Project.
But the company is moving ahead in preparation for when the “Orange Zone” restriction is listed, said Acciona’s Paul Austin.
“I know there is some anxiety with the Green Energy Act,” said Austin, who knows of the perception of companies “steamrolling local councils”. “We have no intention to develop that way.”
The company dissolved its 50/50 partnership in the Ripley Wind Power Project with Suncor Energy late last year and has applied to the Ontario Power Authority as a sole operator under the Feed In Tariff program. Austin said the project could range in size from 40 turbines if a two-megawatt turbine technology was selected, to as many as 54, 1.5 megawatt turbines.
Austin said Acciona isn’t known in Canada as well as its former partner Suncor, but it is the second largest provider of renewable energy in North America. The company manufactures turbines, plans projects, erects them and operates them, rather than subcontracting the different parts of the project, he said.
The company is in the midst of preliminary environmental studies and wind testing, as well as initial talks with aboriginal stakeholders. The company is also a partner with the Kincardine Airport Vicinity Mapping project, “to ensure the location won’t impact the local airport.”
Austin said they hope to organize open houses to engage the public next month. Through “community engagement and field studies” they hope to continue work on the project as they await a contract offer from the Ontario Power Authority, which was expected this year but could be longer.
“It’s very competitive,” he said. “I’m interested in meeting with the planning committee and council to keep the information flowing.”
The area spans 12,000 acres in Bruce Township and Kincardine Township, including the area west to east from Hwy 21 to Bruce Rd 1 and north to south from Bruce Road 20 to the North Line.