Wainfleet Press Release
Approximately 50 elected leaders from municipalities across Ontario met this weekend in Wainfleet, ON at a strategic conference about the future of wind development in the province, with the hope that the new Premier will listen to their concerns. The group was brought together by ongoing concerns with the Green Energy Act and the impact renewable energy approvals are having on municipalities and residents.
The delegation decided to develop an organized group of municipal leaders, comprised of elected officials, to monitor information on the impact of wind development and act as an advisory committee to work with the province to address existing regulations.
Mayor April Jeffs of Wainfleet, who hosted the conference, feels optimistic that the new Premier will be open to consultation:
“We have sent a letter to the Premier expressing the need for collaborative decision-making on wind projects near municipalities. We believe there is an opportunity for municipalities and the provincial government to work together to develop an approval process that works for all involved. After years of community division and demonstrated problems with the Green Energy Act, we simply cannot stand by and let this continue” said Mayor Jeffs.
The conference involved presentations from legal experts, municipal leaders, a renowned and highly published health expert, and a Government Relations consultant who discussed at length the implications of wind development in close proximity to municipalities and residents.
Before the meeting commenced at 9am on Friday, the group was greeted by several dozen concerned citizens that demonstrated their interest in the work the municipal leaders were undertaking.
The municipal leaders who met this past Friday are continuing to organize and develop a unified position on wind projects. The province can expect increasing pressure to address their concerns in the weeks to come.
MEDIA CONTACT: Mayor April Jeffs, Township of Wainfleet, 905-899-3463 ext. 227 or email to email@example.com.