County wants to see wind developer’s money

By Chris Halliday, Orangeville Banner
The county wants to see some money flow to its coffers, before it considers a rail corridor easement agreement with Dufferin Wind Power Inc.
On June 14, county council decreed the wind farm developer pay its legal fees incurred to date, and that Dufferin Wind Power Inc. also write a cheque for any costs it estimates may be sustained in the future.
“Let them pay the freight,” said East Luther Grand Valley Mayor John Oosterhof, whose request the cost of any future peer reviews conducted by the county be added onto the tally was granted. “They should cover the cost of the county looking at their venture and peer reviewing it to come up with a proper and informed decision.”
Dufferin Wind Power Inc., owned by a North American subsidiary of China Longyuan Power Group Corporation Limited and Farm Owned Power (Melancthon) Ltd., has asked permission to run a single pole hydro line along the county’s rail corridor from its proposed 100 MW wind farm in Melancthon to the Orangeville transformer station in Amaranth.
Two options to transmit electricity from the company’s planned 49-wind turbine project have been proposed. The first is a 33 km low voltage power line running through Melancthon, Amaranth and Mulmur to connect to the grid in Mono. The second would make use of the rail corridor. Read article

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