GREEN ENERGY: Don’t be fooled by the names of many of the massive wind farms sprouting up across Southwestern Ontario. There’s a local ring to them, but they’re actually owned by multinationals as far-flung as Calgary, Florida and China, to name a few. John Miner reports.
By JOHN MINER, The London Free Press
The names have a comforting, familiar ring — Adelaide, Bluewater, Goshen, Bornish. Jericho.
But if you’re looking for who controls the massive wind farms under development in this part of Ontario, you won’t find their head office anywhere close to their local namesakes.
While incorporated as separate companies with local-sounding names, the real control of these wind farms resides in Juno Beach, Fla., home to NextEra Energy, the third largest nuclear power company in the U.S. and the largest industrial wind company in North America.
NextEra Energy owns Florida Power and Light and NextEra Energy Resources, which owns NextEra Energy Canada. It, in turn, owns the planned Adelaide Wind Farm, as well as neighbouring Bornish, Goshen and Jericho.
It’s a similar story for much of the fresh wave of wind farms that have won contracts with the Ontario government.
Dufferin Wind Farm, a 100-megawatt (MW) project that will span more than 6,000 acres near Shelburne, was originally championed by 401 Energy Ltd., a company that prided itself on participation by local farmers and land owners. Read article