Questions persist about NextEra’s Bluewater project

By Susan Hundertmark, Seaforth Huron Expositor
NextEra’s Bluewater wind energy project hit a milestone on June 13 when it finished up its last required public meeting for its Renewable Energy Application, but those affected by the project were still looking for answers.

Jeff Allan came with his NextEra Energy contract for the transmission poles that would need to be erected on his property to get clarification about the terminology. “They told me it was a standard contract,” said Allan.

Allan took issue with a certain clauses that spoke of enlarging the area needed for the line or the construction of a facility. “How big is a facility?” asked Allan. “It looks pretty innocent from the surface,” he said of the contract.

He also took issue with the gag order that was included and hoped that NextEra would amend the contract. Approximately two of the 17 people Allan knows with contracts have already signed. “If everyone wanted to sign, I would too,” said neighbour and dairy farmer Gerhard Ritzema. “I’m going with what the community wants.”

Without signing, the lines could be erected on the road allowance or the contract holders could face having their land expropriated. Gerhard, his wife Heather, and their family milk 350 cows three times a day. They are concerned about stray voltage and how the transmission lines will affect their business.

“Our livelihood is at risk,” said Heather Ritzema. “We have to weigh those risks.” Read article

6 thoughts on “Questions persist about NextEra’s Bluewater project

  1. ‘[excerpt] NextEra would be constructing their own poles, but is still hoping to connect to Hydro One’s distribution assets.’
    So – maybe it’s not a done deal – yet!
    Ontario citizens – own the distribution asset – and we don’t need NextEra sucking our hydro –
    to support their scam…..investment.
    Stay tuned!

    • This deserves a re read:
      What’s finalized – and, what’s not?

      ‘]excerpt] In December, NextEra presented an early draft of the project, but since then the locations of the turbines and the location of the transmission lines have been finalized.
      While none of the locations of the turbines changed, they were placed based on the findings of the sound study. Only modifications to the infrastructure related to the turbines were moved, like the roads that would service the structures.
      Geneau said that NextEra is still working with Hydro one when it comes to the design of the transmission route. NextEra would be constructing their own poles, but is still hoping to connect to Hydro One’s distribution assets.’

      Did NextEra get their ‘permit to build’ – on an ‘incomplete application’?

      Note: It’s never complete – until the municipality deems it a ‘complete application’ –
      and then issues a building permit.

      Hey CAO – what’s up?

      • Yep, they host their ‘final’ public meetings with incorrect maps showing where the transmission lines are going. Just WHY should the public waste their time commenting on false maps and incorrect ‘final’ plans? What’s the rush Nextera/FLORIDA Power and Light? Why can’t you wait until you finally find enough people to sign up for transmission lines? Are the people not signing? Even $80 000 sums not hitting the sweet spot with the rural folk anymore? Are they slamming the door in your face? Yep– that’s my rural Ontario and I love them for it.

    • It might be better to let the company expropriate in case something goes wrong it will be easier to sue as you did not agree to the company taking/using your land to begin with. If you agree to have the company on your property it could mean you have agreed to any risks involved. You get paid either way.

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