HEATHER BOA Bullet News
BLUEWATER – A resident in the rural area of southwest Huron County says he will fight wind turbines until he is put in a cremation urn.
“We may not win all the battles, but doggone it, we’re going to win this war,” Dave Griffiths, of Bluewater Against Turbines, told councillors from the Municipality of Bluewater during a special council meeting to discuss three wind energy projects slated for the municipality. Numerous times during his five-minute address to council, his words were met with applause and a smattering of standing ovations from people who packed the auditorium at Stanley Community Complex.
In July 2011, three wind energy projects with a total capacity of 262 megawatts in Bluewater and area were among 19 wind energy projects awarded contracts under the Ontario Power Authority’s Feed-In Tariff Program in the Bruce-to-Milton transmission area. The projects will receive 13.5 cents per kilowatt hour of electricity produced in the 20-year contracts.
NextEra Canada, ULC proposes to build its 60-MW Bluewater Wind Energy Corp, with a total 37 turbines and its 102-MW Goshen Wind Energy Centre, with a total 63 turbines that straddle Bluewater and the neighbouring Municipality of Huron East. The draft layout locates 15 turbines in Bluewater. The projects, which are scheduled to be commissioned by year end 2013, will use 1.6-MW GE turbines.
Northland Power Inc. proposes its 100-MW Grand Bend Wind Farms, with up to 48 turbines. The project, which is scheduled to be commissioned approximately year end 2014, will use 2.3-MW Siemens turbines. Read article