NextEra takes questions during open house

durhamBy Laura MacDuff, The Post, Hanover
DURHAM – Emotions ran high in Durrham Tuesday evening during an open house organized by NextEra Energy, the largest generator of wind in solar power in North America, currently proposing a wind turbine development in West Grey. The first half of the open house was a drop-in, one-on-one conversation style meeting, typical of most open houses for previous wind turbine proposals.

The second half was different, a question and answer public forum, one and a half hours in length. Questions were written down and given to the moderator Sheila Willis, who orchestrated the meeting. The authors of the questions were not identified. NextEra hired security to be present at the meeting. A West Grey police officer was also present.

Fifteen landowners have signed contracts with NextEra in West Grey, explained Adam Rickel, project manager, however only 10 landowners will have wind turbines on their properties.

Questions, comments and outbursts erupted from the audience more than once to answers provided by NextEra. One of the first questions answered was in response to why NextEra needed security to be present at the meeting. Nicole Geneau, director of NextEra, said that employees and other people associated with the project have been threatened with physical harm and death. Therefore, to keep everyone safe, they employed security, she said.

Joan Osborne, a citizen concerned with the way NextEra handles wildlife near its turbine operations, handed out pamphlets regarding NextEra removing a Bald Eagle’s nest from a tree during construction of a road intended for use to construct a turbine. A question was posed asking whether the employees of NextEra had told their children about the bald eagle’s removal. Read article

West Grey residents and councillors question wind energy project

by Don Crosby, Mount Forest Confederate
West Grey residents opposed to a proposed wind turbine project east of Durham picketed outside the municipal administration building. Later about 70 of them packed the council chambers located in Durham. They came to hear officials with Florida based NextEra Energy update council on plans to build 10-14 turbines in the Priceville area. Continue reading

West Grey council eyes wind development

By Don Crosby, Owen Sound Sun Times
West Grey council wants to be ready to deal with a wind energy development that is quietly progressing without further public input or consultation with the municipality. “Right now we have some indication that NextEra may be going forward with their proposal which we saw two years ago. But from a municipal standpoint we’re no further ahead or haven’t had any more information from NextEra really than what we had two years ago,” Mayor Kevin Eccles said during a committee of the whole meeting on Monday.  Read article

West Grey Council brings sides together for wind meeting

Industry, opponents represented in meeting set for Thursday
Posted By Don Crosby Owen Sound Sun Times

Residents of West Grey and surrounding municipalities have a chance to learn more about industrial wind turbines and their effects on health, the local economy and property values.

Speakers at a meeting being organized by West Grey council later this week include a representative of Nextera, a Florida-based company that plans to build a dozen industrial turbines west of Priceville, a spokesperson for Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and Carmen Krogh, a retired pharmacist, as well as real estate agent and West Grey resident Mike McMurray. Continue reading