By Antonella Artuso, Toronto Sun
TORONTO – An Andrea Horwath government would give Ontarians a greater voice in wind turbines located in their community.
Currently, the provincial government, and not the local municipality, has final say in the location of a wind farm although project proponents must agree to consultations with the community.
“The question I have is why the government thinks the ends should justify the means on this stuff,” Horwath said. “Certainly, we need to be proactive and we need to encourage communities to be host communities for the wind farms.
“Having said that, I think communities deserve the respect of having some kind of participation, some kind of voice, some kind of opportunity to have a say,” she said.
Horwath wouldn’t commit to a local veto on projects, saying she will unveil her full position on energy renewables in her campaign platform launching at the end of the month.
However, she said wind projects should provide benefits to their communities.
The Ontario NDP would involve the public power generator, Ontario Power Generation, in the expansion of wind power, she said.
OPG is not permitted to pursue investment in non-hydro-electric renewable generation projects without the provincial government’s permission.