PECWA supports OFA call on government to suspend wind turbine development in Prince Edward County
The members of Prince Edward County Winegrowers Association have voiced their support of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s Position Statement on Industrial Wind Turbines released in January. Today a letter was sent to Premier Dalton McGuinty respectfully requesting that the province of Ontario suspend the development of industrial wind turbines in Prince Edward County Ontario until the conditions laid out in the OFA statement are met.
As the fastest-growing and second largest Designated Viticultural Area (DVA) in Ontario, there are over 30 wineries now open to the public. On average, these wineries produce less than 1,000 cases per year and do not sell through LCBO channels, relying on visitors to the County as their prime source of income. Prince Edward County (PEC) is one of Ontario’s top tourist destinations. Vacationers flock here from all over the world, in awe of the region’s natural beauty, Loyalist heritage and breath-taking scenery.
The proposed Ostrander Point and White Pines Wind Energy Projects which consist of 133-meter high industrial wind turbines, crane pads, foundations, substations, electrical lines and service roads pose a threat to the thriving ‘rural renaissance’ that has sprung to life in the County as the wine region has grown in reputation and numbers.
PECWA supports the municipal government’s economic development plan to attract new and appropriate businesses and small industry that are a suitable fit to our rural landscape. We believe that visitors who see the County for the first time in a positive light will return and set up residences or businesses here. The construction of large-scale industrial wind complexes seems counterintuitive to this plan.
Escalating concerns about industrial wind turbines have prompted the Ontario Federation of Agriculture to urge the province of Ontario to suspend further development until farm families and rural residents are assured that their interests are adequately protected. PECWA shares these concerns and looks forward to a positive outcome.
Full OFA position statement on industrial wind turbines.
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