North American Windpower
Despite an Ontario judge’s dismissal of the case, Trillium Power is forging ahead with its C$2.25 billion lawsuit against the Ontario government, as the Toronto-based developer says the October 2012 decision contained errors in points of law and evidence.
“The reason that there are appeals courts is that sometimes, judges get it wrong,” John Kourtoff, Trillium’s CEO, tells NAW, adding that he does not anticipate a ruling before June.
The lawsuit centers around the government’s confiscation and cancellation of Trillium’s proposed 600 MW TPW 1 offshore wind project as a result of the provincial government’s February 2011 decision to place a moratorium on offshore wind. The developer says it was planning to install 120 wind turbines on a site 17 km to 28 km offshore in Lake Ontario. (Siting the project further from the shoreline alleviates much of the avian impact, because 93% to 95% of such incidents happen within 1 km of the shore, Kourtoff says.)
According to Trillium, the offshore wind moratorium was issued just one hour before the company was to complete a C$22 million financing deal for the project. Furthermore, Kourtoff says, Trillium’s out-of-pocket expenses for the project total C$5.3 million. Read article