Council closes in on agreement with NextEra for wind farm

by David Meyer, The Wellington Advertiser
MAPLETON TWP.
There are still lots of details to work out, but councillors here have signalled their acceptance of the NextEra Canada draft wind farm agreement. Council held a special meeting on May 30 to go through proposed changes to the draft bylaw for the Conestogo Wind Energy Centre, which will feature ten wind turbines near Arthur.

Chief administrative officer Patty Sinnamon said the company had 90 days to reach an agreement with the township after handing in its traffic study. The special meeting was needed to get that completed by June 5, but she noted the company is still considering changes. Sinnamon said there would not be a bylaw just yet, but the work “would show NextEra is working towards an agreement. She said the company must show it is giving its “best efforts” to reach that agreement. Read article

32 thoughts on “Council closes in on agreement with NextEra for wind farm

  1. CAO Sinnamon and Public works director Larry Lynch don’t even know what companies they are dealing with in this project. There is no way Ontario Power Generation is responsible for stray voltage or any thing else concerning transmission lines or the project layout etc. – I assume it was actually Hydro One -which is a different entity to OPG .

    • Another local council that dosen’t know or dosen’t care who and what these renewable energy companies and their connections are all about.

  2. Boy oh Boy –
    A very special meeting 911 – where’s the fire?
    …….where’s the staff – to shed additional light?
    I guess – the meeting – accomplished the deed – to make NextEra –
    ‘look good’ – ‘working towards an agreement’
    The company must show it is giving its – ‘best efforts’

    Thank you Ms. Sinnamon – very trashy!

    ‘[excerpt] Chief administrative officer Patty Sinnamon said the company had 90 days to reach an agreement with the township after handing in its traffic study. The special meeting was needed to get that completed by June 5, but she noted the company is still considering changes. Sinnamon said there would not be a bylaw just yet, but the work “would show NextEra is working towards an agreement. She said the company must show it is giving its “best efforts” to reach that agreement.’
    http://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/index.cfm?page=detail&itmno=12485

    • What’s bugging me – still very trashy
      Without your help and guidance – where would we be?

    • The opening bell – how’s your stock doing?
      @ your fingertips – imagine yourself with less pain
      It must be a pre existing – medical condition

      Working within ‘The Charter’ – yes, The Charter
      Connestogo Wind Energy Centre
      Community Liaison Committee
      http://www.nexteraenergycanada.com/pdf/conestogo/PTWfinalTOR_2012FINAL.pdf

      Feeling the optimism?
      How much – and who’s footing the bill?
      Reality sinking in?

      Like pizza delivered to your door.
      If we don’t ‘love it’ – can we return it?

    • Freeze!
      Full credit – Deputy Mayor Paul McQueen – dopey dope
      ‘[excerpt] “Do we, as councillors, have time to go out and research these issues?” said McQueen.’

      Highlands to create wind turbine committee

      Grey Highlands council has narrowly voted in favour of creating a new green energy committee that will investigate the issue and provide information to council.
      Council approved the new group at its regular meeting on Monday, May 28. The new committee was approved in a tight 4-3 vote.
      Deputy Mayor Paul McQueen brought forward the idea and said council needs a group that is working on investigating the various green energy proposals that keep popping up in Grey Highlands.
      The Deputy Mayor suggested the new committee consist of some members of council, some municipal employees and members of the public. He said he wanted the group to have no official standing in order to research the issue and provide data to council.
      “I think there is an opportunity for a group to gather information to keep council better informed,” McQueen explained to council.
      The Deputy Mayor said green energy proposals keep showing up in Grey Highlands – often with council having no advance warning or notification of the proposal.
      “The onslaught of green energy projects on rural Ontario is huge. I think we can be criticized for not doing as much as we can,” said McQueen.
      The Deputy Mayor noted that members of council are often asked questions about the companies making green energy proposals in the municipality, but they often have limited information. He said in some cases council hasn’t even been aware of the ownership of the company’s making the proposals.
      The suggestion of a new committee didn’t sit well with some members of council including Mayor Wayne Fitzgerald.
      “I don’t think we need another group. There is always a chance for a lot of discussion at council,” said Mayor Fitzgerald, who said he didn’t think some of the information the committee would gather was that important for council to have.
      Councillor David Kell said he is concerned the new committee will be stacked with citizens against wind turbines.
      “Would it be formed with a group that is anti-turbine? Or would it be mixed with people that could look at it openly?” Kell asked. “We don’t have many decisions to make on wind turbines. That was taken away from us. It doesn’t matter if these companies have good finances or not. If they have a permit – they can build the turbines,” he said.
      McQueen said he was surprised that some councillors didn’t want information about a subject that they have to make decisions about.
      “Do we, as councillors, have time to go out and research these issues?” said McQueen.
      In a 4-3 recorded vote council accepted McQueen’s suggestion. Mayor Fitzgerald and councillors Kell and Dave Clarke voted against the new committee.
      http://www.simcoe.com/news/article/1369155–highlands-to-create-wind-turbine-committee

  3. It’s not hard to see why these councils are being duped. They’re way out of their league when dealing with these Multi-Nationals. First they’ve been force fed a huge helping of green, save the planet, malarkey by our own government and are now being flashed with a bit of gr$$n from wind companies.

    A Green Energy Committee, yep, to study what? They don’t understand. They have no choice. These companies have the blessing of Father McGuinty’s GEA, and soon with the bastardised environmental laws will do as they please. The council should instead be telling McGuinty as loudly and as forcefully as possible to “lay off” their township.

    These companies are all so intertwined it’s to the point it’s difficult to tell the Locals from the Globals or who you’re actually dealing with through whom. The bottom line in all this is the race to get at those gold plated subsidies. Use all means possible, no matter who or what gets trampled on the way to that trough.

  4. I think one has to look at “how” a Council is hijacked and is “guided” towards the inevitable outcome of disaster that is Wind Development. The first person who has the Council’s “ear” is the CAO and most of these non elected people are nothing more than representatives of the AMO and McGuinty’s brain washed and controlled reps dug deep inside the AMO like ticks on a dog!
    Secondly we notice any township that has an active “Professional Planner” on their payroll is basically “neutered” and nothing more than a “rubber stamp” for McGuinty’s edicts!
    Councils are made up of usually just hard working and at one time, probably “honest” people just like the rest of us. Once inside these Offices of power they are aggressively indoctrinated by the likes of the Good Roads Meetings and the daily AMO alert bulletins fed to the CAO who is always sitting nest to Mayor and Council like an overseer in a sweat shop!……………just look at his/her face the next time your inside a Council Meeting and see if you can notice the absolute disgust in their eyes for your actions to try and protect yourselves and your families from the harm they wish to do to you!
    One must KNOW their true enemies before you can DEFEAT them!

    http://thebiggreenlie.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/if-your-municipality-has-a-active-planner-working-there-you-must-hear-this/

    http://thebiggreenlie.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/is-your-ontario-municipalitys-development-plans-being-based-on-falsehoods/

    • Alabama Adopts First Official State Ban on UN Agenda 21

      Alabama became the first state to adopt a tough law protecting private property and due process by prohibiting any government involvement with or participation in a controversial United Nations scheme known as Agenda 21. Activists from across the political spectrum celebrated the measure’s approval as a significant victory against the UN “sustainability” plot, expressing hope that similar sovereignty-preserving measures would be adopted in other states as the nationwide battle heats up.
      http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2012/06/alabama-adopts-first-official-state-ban-on-un-agenda-21/

      Tell your council – enough!

      • And guys like Bernie & Ken thought they would never get caught!

      • Getting to know – what has infiltrated councils in Ontario
        and, they allowed it to happen.

        It’s the former International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives — formed in 1989 to build a worldwide movement of local action to achieve tangible environmental improvement. Its name has since been shortened to its acronym of ICLEI — and the world secretariat office is in Toronto.
        http://www.airwaterland.ca/article.asp?id=2035

        With Mayor Ford – a conservative – in Toronto – he’s certainly taken a beating.
        But, it was expected.

      • This should freak you out!
        Adults behaving badly – Ugh!
        October 2009
        30 global leaders sign declaration before next climate agreement

        Agreements reached at Summit send powerful message to negotiators in Copenhagen

        Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and United Nations officials today joined with 30 global leaders in Los Angeles, at the closing ceremony of the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 2 to sign a declaration committing to work together to pursue clean transportation and mobility, support national climate change legislation, include forests in climate policy development, acknowledge the need for adaptation efforts and recognize the role of subnational governments in the discussions on the next global climate agreement being negotiated in Copenhagen this December.
        http://content.undp.org/go/newsroom/2009/october/30-global-leaders-sign-declaration-in-advance-of-next-climate-agreement.en

        Can you imagine – waking up, and going to the mirror?

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