By Jeff Bolichowski, The Standard
Wind turbines for the willing could be part of Ontario’s new premier’s approach to green energy. Premier Kathleen Wynne told reporters Thursday her government would not step back from green energy. But she said the voices of towns and residents must be heard as new projects go forward. “I have made a commitment that, as we go forward, the procurement processes need to take municipal and community input into greater account,” she said. She conceded some projects have already secured approvals. “I’m focused on the go-forward, how we make sure these projects are going to willing communities.”
The comments, made on a conference call with reporters from Hamilton and Niagara, come with wind turbines causing a stir in west Niagara. Residents both for and against a pending turbine project have swamped West Lincoln town council, while Wainfleet is facing legal action for seeking a larger distance between turbines and homes.
But Wynne said green energy will remain part of the agenda. “I want everyone to understand that I’m not backing away from green energy (and) clean, renewable energy,” she said. “The reality is that we are leaders in terms of North America. “We need to find a way to continue on that track.” Read article