Wind developer files $475 million NAFTA claim over Ontario offshore moratorium

John Spears, The Star
A wind energy company says it wants $475 million in damages because Ontario’s moratorium on offshore wind farms has thwarted its project. Windstream Energy LLC quietly filed a notice last month of its intent to file a claim under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for lost profit.

Windstream wants to develop a 300-megawatt wind project in eastern Lake Ontario, off Wolfe Island. The company says it’s owned by a New York-based investment group. Its Ontario unit, Windstream Energy Inc., is based in Burlington. The Liberal government slapped a moratorium on all offshore projects in February, 2011, saying further study was needed on their impact on health and the environment. It has given no indication when those studies might be completed.

While dozens of projects were affected, Windstream says its Wolfe Island development is exceptional: Unlike most other projects, it holds a renewable power contract, called a feed-in tariff contract or FIT, from the Ontario Power Authority. Read article

10 thoughts on “Wind developer files $475 million NAFTA claim over Ontario offshore moratorium

    • Windstream Energy LLC NAFTA-Chapter 11-Investment filed Oct.17,2012. PDF Document:
      http://www.international.gc.ca/international >
      International Trade >
      Trade Negotiations & Agreements >
      Trade Topics >
      Dispute Settlement >
      NAFTA Chapter 11 Cases >
      Filed against the Government of Canada >
      Archives of Legal Documents, for the case details.
      Easier to just Bing/Google “Windstream LLC $475 million NAFTA claim”
      Lake Ontario people might want to see the case details.

  1. Holy crap! Wainfleet wants there to be an end to the “political interference”. There would be no wind scam industry at all if it was not for political interference. What audacity. Wainfleet, you produce nothing of value yet want to be paid nonetheless. You are too special!

  2. Sure,and rural Ontario wants them out and we will take 950 million. Why not just break the camels back.

  3. ‘[excerpt] A wind energy company says it wants $475 million in damages because Ontario’s moratorium on offshore wind farms has thwarted its project. Windstream Energy LLC quietly filed a notice last month of its intent to file a claim under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for lost profit.’

    Climate Change designer lawyers – @ your service.
    Windstream Energy LLC – keeping the word out = they’re pissed off.

    Hahahahahaha! ……………..’damages lawsuit’……………..’for lost profit’…………..
    Again – Hahahahahaha!

    Where’s the Love?………..very few leads in this case!

    • McGuinty is being bitten by one of the serpents he let out of Pandora’s renewable energy box. Gee, what a shame, and they are upset that they won’t be able to start sucking the life blood out of us as quickly as they would have liked? And how is it the turbines are safe near people but not in the water? Unrest in the snake pit, what a shame!

  4. The contract to purchase Siemens wind turbines happened AFTER the offshore moratorium. (I remember thinking at the time that purchase was either poor business decision or that there was escape clause.) Scary that Windstream is angling for relocation onshore, but how can switching to solar utilize the turbines it contracted for?? VERY poor business decision, or else Windstream must think that rest of us are morons to not guess that there’s an escape clause! (Latter, I’m sure)

    Unlike Trillium, which sued Ontario, Windstream first went the lobbying route, organizing LOON. They must now think that lobbying route won’t work. Change in expectations is coincident with McGuinty’s resignation?

    As retired biologist commented, “The plot sickens.”

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