London Free Press, Paul Morden
Wind turbine opponents say they’re feeling encouraged by Lambton County council’s decision to join the chorus of Ontario municipalities declaring themselves unwilling hosts for wind farms. County councillors passed a motion Feb. 12 joining approximately 80 communities making the declaration.
Lambton is currently home to only a few small wind farms, with a total of 14 turbines, but Suncor Energy and Nextera Energy are planning projects that would see a total of 138 turbines built in the northern half of the county. Suncor is also taking Plympton-Wyoming to court over bylaws aimed at wind projects.
Many rural politicians have been pushing back against the provincial government’s decision to take planning approval powers for renewable energy projects away from municipal councils. “Heading into that lawsuit with Suncor, that really really validates our fight,” Ingrid Willemsen, a member of We’re Against Industrial Turbines, Plympton-Wyoming, said about the county’s unwilling host declaration. Read article