Dufferin Cty Public Info Meeting on Transmission
Date: January 31
Place: Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex MAP
Wes Kellar, Orangeville Citizen
Dufferin County council has scheduled a public information session for Jan. 31 to review the findings of independent consultants with respect to the proposed 230 kV transmission line on the railway corridor from the 49-turbine facility proposed by Dufferin Wind Power (DWP) to the Orangeville transformer substation for connection to the provincial grid.
The county is in the unusual position of having intervener status in DWP’s application to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for permission to build a power line, and also having to participate in the Ministry of Environment’s Renewable Energy Approval (REA) process although it has no interest in the proposal to create a wind farm.
County CAO Sonya Pritchard explained in an interview that the two things go hand-inhand. And, in a report to the council, she said jurisdiction of the OEB is limited to matters of “price, reliability and quality of service, so some of the issues that are relevant to the County and the community will not be of any real concern to the Board.” She said the county’s lawyers responded to the OEB application with questions about “the form of the agreement proposed by DWPI, liability and risk issues” – generally issues that would concern the Board. The REA response, to be mulled by the council on Feb. 7 and submitted to meet the Feb. 10 deadline, would deal with other issues of concern to the council and the community.
Meantime, ahead of the Jan. 31 council presentation, a group calling itself Wind Resistance of Melancthon has scheduled a public meeting for Jan. 30 in opposition to the DWP proposal. It says it will present materials supporting “property devaluation, health effects of turbines and a transmission line from the turbines through Shelburne, and dirty electricity.” Read article