Turbine maintenance companies sought

Chatham Daily News
ATLANTA – A Chatham-Kent economic development official is hoping to stir up business at a wind energy conference in the U.S. this week. Stuart McFadden, manager of business development, is in Atlanta for Windpower 2012. He said with the number of turbines in the municipality, he’s seeking interest from maintenance companies.

“We put them up, but we still have to take care of them afterwards,” he said on Wednesday. “They’re going to be up for 20 years, so that’s the type of businesses I’m focusing on.” Chatham-Kent made the trip as a member of the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance. McFadden said OCTA met with more than 35 companies, and that he himself met with 35.  Read article

25 thoughts on “Turbine maintenance companies sought

  1. McFadden should look for another line of work…Another carpetbagger, as far as I’m concerned, looking to make money off the wind industry A.K.A the taxpayers…Just my opinion..

  2. My question is why look for contractors in the States. I thought it was about jobs in Ontario??

  3. First they allow foreign wind companies to come in and fleece us out of our $$$$$ and now they are looking to employ people from the USA.

    Nice going Chatham-Kent. I thought your area of the province has one of the highest unemployment rates. 50,000 green jobs,eh? Yeah, and I’ve got some beach front property I can sell ya in Saskatchewan. And the sad part is the Chatham-kent rep. sounds all pleased and happy “by having met with 35 companies”. Where do these people come from? Ugh.

  4. ‘[excerpt] A Chatham-Kent economic development official is hoping to stir up business at a wind energy conference in the U.S. this week. Stuart McFadden, manager of business development, is in Atlanta for Windpower 2012. He said with the number of turbines in the municipality, he’s seeking interest from maintenance companies.

    “We put them up, but we still have to take care of them afterwards,” he said on Wednesday.’

    Questions?
    Stuart McFadden, manager of business development?
    $1600 tax dollars, Atlanta trip
    next, an Alberta trip is planned
    huh – and, ultimately who is responsible for these turbines?
    Confused? I am………………..
    I have to think about this for a while……………

  5. Stupid people in C-K still haven’t figured out that WIND is a SCAM !!!! When will these morons quit wasting our money??

    Maybe the leaseholders should hire McFadden to find a dismantling company… I hear Nextera is fleecing turbine hosts in the US…. should be happening here soon.

    • Most of the C-K people don’t even know who owns Pattern Energy Group LP and likely nothing about Samsung either.

  6. Why don’t the wind companies supply their own maintenance people? Doesn’t make sense to me.

    • Linda, The wind companies already have their own maintenance people. They have to in order to operate these things. All organized way ahead of time. A large number of the turbines are already up and running. Even if this guy did have an idea he is so late to the game it is ridiculous.
      You are absolutely right it is completely senseless.
      Bye the way I am from C-K. Can I have everyone’s pity?
      These kind of things are the regular way of doing things here.
      Should I send another letter to the editor or better things to do?

  7. North American WINDPOWER, June 4,2012
    “270 MW Wind Farm Planned For Ontario”
    Ontario Clean Tech Alliance/OCTA has plans for a $600M 270MW wind farm to be built by Pattern Energy Group Lp & Samsung renewable Energy Inc. 300 construction jobs & 20 permament jobs.
    OCTA, http://www.ontariocleantechalliance.com

  8. Chatham Kent is an embarrassment to the rest of Ontario. Selling out it’s electorate for a “pound of wind flesh”.
    If this idiot wants to “play the role” as being a business promoter, maybe he should pay for it out of his own pocket.!!!!
    All residents of Chatham Kent who “buy into” this most foul Council’s actions should be forced to live beside a wind turbine until they literally go mad!!!

    • Some think that $30M/job is ok. The public has been fooled into thinking there will be hundreds of jobs created by renewable energy projects and manufacturing. The MSM has gone along with this whole scam. Until a big hurt is put on the MSM this will continue to take place. Lots of newspapers are just getting by now as things are today and they can’t afford to lose many more readers.

  9. Just in case you were wondering!
    Re: Green Energy and Green Economy Act (Bill 150)

    Ontario – a member of ‘The Climate Group’
    Report December 2011
    pdf.pg.4 (6)
    Greening Our Energy
    ‘Our’ Green Energy Act continues to bring Ontario………..
    http://www.theclimategroup.org/_assets/files/States-and-Regions-key-commitments_December-2011.pdf

    Maybe – it’s time to cut the umbilical cord –
    Ontario near ‘economic death’

    The fact of the matter is –
    this is not what Ontario citizens expected – when they voted
    for Mr. McGuinty.

  10. Welcome to Cuckoo land
    Keeping an eye on the – Ontario Power Authority (OPA)

    Ontario Power Authority announces intention to sell Environmental Attributes
    ‘[excerpt] Numerous issues need to be considered by the OPA in embarking on this initiative. There is little understanding at this point of time what exactly the OPA owns as well as the quantity and quality of those “things”. Additionally, thought will need to be given to what mechanism to use for the sale of the products as well how they are registered, tracked and audited.

    One of the most significant limitations described by the OPA is the current position of the Government that EAs sold must be retired within the province of Ontario. Specifically, the OPA has advised stakeholders that EAs shall not be traded into other markets or used to offset emissions. The OPA is seeking information from stakeholders on how it is expected that such a limitation would impact the value of the EAs being sold. Stakeholders have pointed out that value would be negatively effected by such restrictions. It remains to be seen whether such input will result in a change of this position.

    It appears that the approach currently favoured by the OPA is to competitively procure a Program Manager to sell EAs on its behalf into the voluntary market over a time limited pilot period (proposed as being 18 months). Under this approach a single entity would procure a certain volume of EAs (a small portion of those held by the OPA) and share revenues for any EAs sold above the original bid/purchase price.’
    http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=b733c12e-6b74-4b08-ab64-e5dd69252ee4

    Get Rid of the OPA
    ‘[excerpt] NEXT STEPS

    It will be important for interested stakeholders to ensure that the OPA is aware of their thoughts and concerns as matters develop and to follow developments in the near future.’
    Again – Get Rid of the OPA

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