Don Crosby, Owen Sound Times
Opponents of wind energy in West Grey want the municipality to back up its recent decision to not be a willing host for wind energy by refusing to co-operate with developer NextEra, which has plans to build a wind farm near Priceville.
West Grey resident Orah Randall told councillors they should put their money where their mouth is and refuse to have any dealings with NextEra. Last month council passed a motion saying it was not a willing host for wind energy development. NextEra Energy is in the final stages of planning to build 14 wind turbines east of Durham and wants to hold its consultation meeting with council on Dec. 3.
“If we’re saying no we don’t want wind turbines, then I encourage council to stand by its no. Don’t consult or co-operate with NextEra,” Randall said during a presentation to council this week. Grant Pattullo said the 14 wind turbines near Priceville are just the start of what will eventually be many more in other parts of the municipality. He wants council to refuse to provide any services to NextEra such as renting municipal facilities for the company’s public meetings, or providing police protection for NextEra workers who have been threatened. Read article