Suncor and rural township heading to court on wind turbine bylaw

suncorPaul Morden, Sarnia Observer
A court date has been set for Suncor Energy’s lawsuit against the Town of Plympton-Wyoming and its wind turbine bylaws. Lawyers for the company and the rural community that sits next door to Sarnia are scheduled to appear in the Superior Court of Justice in Sarnia, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m.

It’s the first court date scheduled for the lawsuit Suncor launched a year ago to challenge town bylaws aimed at wind energy projects. They include a requirement that turbines be built at least 2 km from neighbours, while Ontario only requires a 550-metre setback, and that wind companies pay a $200,000 deposit per turbine, to ensure they’re taken down at the end of their lifespan.

Suncor plans to build many of the 46 wind turbines proposed for its Cedar Point Wind project in Plympton-Wyoming. Suncor has a contract to sell power to the province and its project is currently working its way through Ontario’s renewable energy environmental approval process. Read article

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