Patrick Brennan, The Chronicle
A company which is proposing to develop wind turbines in Dutton/Dunwich has told the municipality it does not want to be part of any more public meetings on the subject it says have the potential to develop into shouting matches. Instead, Inver Energy says it would rather continue discussions on potential future wind turbines projects through a series of stakeholder meetings.
That was part of the news Administrator Laurie Spence Bannerman delivered to council last week as part of an update on where the municipality is going with wind turbines. Dutton/Dunwich finds itself facing circumstances similar to other municipalities on this. Groups of landowners in Dutton/Dunwich have signed leases to allow Inver Energy to erect them, but residents have spoken out opposing them.
The province’s Green Energy Act does not give municipalities any power to not allow wind turbines. It can only regulate secondary issues such as access off local roads. Neighbouring West Elgin has followed the lead of other municipalities in adopting a resolution it is not a willing host for wind turbines. Read article