Amherst Island wind farm opposition persists at Algonquin Power public meetings

By Hollie Pratt-Campbell, Kingston EMC
Officials from Algonquin Power were in Loyalist Township last week to host public meetings regarding the wind farm they are planning to build on Amherst Island. Nearly 200 people came to the meetings, held Dec. 6 on Amherst Island and Dec. 7 in Bath.   The issue continues to be very controversial within the community, and the meetings drew a fair share of opposition in the form of protesters picketing outside the venues and people voicing their concerns within.   Read article

Unintended Consequences of the Flawed Green Energy Act (GEA)

An Opinion on Senator Runciman’s Motion for a Moratorium
Placing industrial-scale wind turbines in Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and major migratory flyways is proving to be a very bad idea. On November 30, Senator Runciman in his motion to the Senate, called for a moratorium on wind turbine development on the north eastern shores of Lake Ontario to prevent the destruction of birds and Important Bird Areas (IBAs).  The Senate unanimously supported him.  Senator Runciman and the Senate are to be applauded for shining a light on one of the serious shortcomings of the Green Energy Act. Continue reading

Amherst Island group rallies outside wind power meeting

By Danielle VandenBrink/QMI Agency, The Napanee Guide
A group of Amherst Island residents rallied outside of a public meeting in Bath on Wednesday, opposing the construction of a 33-turbine wind farm. Protesters held up signs and made their concerns heard as residents of the island and neighbouring Loyalist Township attended the second of two open houses intended to address concerns about the large-scale energy project. Continue reading

Cash won’t blow Amherst Island’s way

By Paul Schliessman The Whig-Standard

The politics of wind power are taking their toll on Amherst Island.

Islanders are deeply divided over the 75-megawatt project proposed for their community and Loyalist Township councillors and staff are feeling powerless in the face of provincial laws and regulations governing the project.

Now it appears the municipality will reap far lower revenues than most people expected — just $40,000 a year. Continue reading

Turbine opinions differ on Amherst Island

By Paul Schliesmann The Whig-Standard

Depending on whom you talk to, the proposed Amherst Island wind turbine project is either going to be an economic boon for the community or an environmental disaster.

Both opinions are already well entrenched within two community groups — the pro-turbine Citizens of Amherst Island for Renewable Energy CAIRE and the anti-turbine Association for the Protection of Amherst Island APAI. Continue reading

Amherst Island Project gets pact for power

By Tori Stafford, Kingston Whig-Standard

A group that has been fighting for four years against a proposed wind farm on Amherst Island got bad news yesterday.

“I’m very, very disappointed,” John Harrison, director of the Association to Protect Amherst Island said of yesterday’s announcement that the Ontario Power Authority awarded a Feed-in Tariff Program contract.

“I think such a project is inappropriate for Amherst Island.” Continue reading