Warwick Township council wants to know exactly what the municipality can expect to get out of Suncor’s Cedar Point Wind Energy Project. Suncor is planning to build up to 46 wind turbines in Lambton County as part of the project working its way through the provincial environmental approval process, and two of the potential turbine sites are in Warwick.
While another wind company planning a project in Lambton has said it will contribute set amounts annually to a community fund for the host municipalities, that hasn’t been Suncor’s practice. Warwick council thinks it should be. “We’re not a willing host to these things to start with,” said Mayor Todd Case. “It should be so many dollars that goes to the host community, period, and let the community decide how best to use those dollars.”
Officials with NextEra Energy, a Florida-based company proposing to build some of the wind turbines in its Jericho Wind Project in Warwick, have said it plans to contribute $3,500 per megawatt annually to funds that host communities can spend on parks, recreation facilities and similar projects. Case said Waste Management of Canada, the company that owns the Twin Creeks Landfill in Warwick, pays the municipality a set amount per tonne of waste trucked to the site and leaves it up to council to decide how to spend it. Read article