News Release – Survey Results – Jun 22
In a survey released today by the Elma-Mornington Concerned Citizens, residents of the area identified for the Invenergy Conestogo wind turbine project overwhelmingly rejected the project by 96% to 4%.
The survey was organized in response to a comment by Premier Dalton McGuinty indicating that he would be responsive to community input on renewable energy project such as wind turbines. Fifteen volunteers from the community group conducted a door-to-door survey of all residents living within the defined study area for the Invenergy Conestogo Wind Turbine Project over the period from June 7 to June 12. This time period immediately followed the two public information sessions run by Invenergy to explain their project to the community.
Response from MOE Doris Dumais
I am writing in response to your June 21st, 2012 email with regards to the applicability of the new FIT Point System to the Sumac Ridge Project. The proposed FIT 2.0 contracts and rules are awarded and administered by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA); the recent review of these proposed rules was lead by the Renewable Energy Facilitation Office (REFO) at the Ministry of Energy. The evaluation of the FIT contract applications (during the application period) are conducted by the OPA in four distinct phases:
Stage 1- Application Completeness
Stage 2 – Eligibility Requirements
Stage 3 – Ranking by Prioritization and Time Stamp
Stage 4- Connection availability and procurement limits
Each application that passed Stage 2 will be awarded a point score based on a prioritization process. FIT applications that have received the most points based on the above criteria (detailed in Section 6 of the Draft FIT 2.0 rules) shall receive a higher ranking. Project with a higher ranking, are more likely to receive a FIT contract.
The intent of the point score system is to prioritize FIT contract applications that have: community participation (i.e. local co-ops, local property owners); Aboriginal participation; received support of a municipality (in a form of a Municipal Council Support Resolution); Aboriginal Community Support; evidence of project readiness and etc.
The priority points ranking is based on a number of criteria including but not solely on municipal council support. FIT applicants may obtain points from the other criteria and by demonstrating project readiness and/or having community support and/or aboriginal support and etc. However, a proponent that does not have municipal council support may not have as many points or achieve a higher ranking than those projects that do have municipal support.
The proposed FIT 2.0 rules (and point system) do not apply to projects that have already been awarded a FIT Contract. In the case of the Sumac Ridge Wind Farm, a FIT contract has already been awarded. The proposed FIT 2.0 rules will only apply to FIT applicants that have applied previously but have not obtained a contract, and new FIT applicants/applications.
Further information regarding the proposed FIT 2.0 contract rules can be found at: http://fit.powerauthority.on.ca/comments-welcome-draft-fit-program-rules-and-contract