By Daniel R. Pearce, Simcoe Reformer
Norfolk’s elected officials have approved an agreement with a green energy company that will set the stage for the construction of 13 wind turbines east of Port Dover. The company, Capital Power, will be allowed to bury cable underground along county roads to transport wind-generated electricity to the provincial grid.
The deal will help pave the way for a massive wind farm that will start in Norfolk and extend across much of neighbouring Haldimand County.
Norfolk Mayor Dennis Travale reminded Tuesday night’s council meeting the county is powerless to stop the project despite opposition from the public. The province, he explained, decides where green energy projects go and town hall must go along with it.
“This council’s jurisdiction is about as high as a snake’s belly,” Travale said. “We are the child of the province, it’s as simple as that. They tell us what to do.”
Anti-wind turbine activist Stephana Johnston of Clear Creek called on council to take a different form of action: delay.
Johnston — who lives among a group of turbines she insists are making her sick — asked council to “defer” handing out permits Capital Power needs to proceed with the project.
While council can’t stop a green energy project completely, “you don’t have to do things as quickly as in the past,” she suggested. Read article