London Free Press
Nextera Energy is seeking Ontario Energy Board approval to build a 15.7-km transmission line from Lambton Shores into neighbouring Middlesex County to carry electricity generated by its proposed Jericho Wind energy Centre. The 115-kilovolt line will run along Thomson line and connect a substation planned for west of Northville Road to one in Middlesex.
Florida-based Nextra Energy is currently awaiting provincial environmental approval for the 92-turbine Jericho wind farm it plans to build in Lambton Shores and Warwick Township. The company already has a contract to sell the electricity to the province and its application for a renewable energy project approval is under technical review by Ontario’s Environment Ministry.
“We anticipate that it will take about four months for the review to continue,” said Nextera spokesperson Josie Hernandez. “We should have a decision early next year.” Construction of the wind farm can move ahead at that point and should take about six months, she said. “By the middle to the end of next year, we should certainly be well under construction.” Approval of the transmission line is expected to take six to nine months, Hernandez said. Read article