The Sun Times, Don Crosby
WEST GREY – NextEra Energy Canada is turning to the court for help getting its wind energy development east of Durham off the ground. Allen Wiley, vice-president of development for NextEra Canada, said during an interview from his office in Florida that the company is taking legal action after West Grey turned down requests for entrance permits and delayed a decision on the company’s request to bring oversized and overweight heavy equipment over municipal roads and bridges.
NextEra is planning to erect 14 industrial wind turbines near Priceville. “Given the delays we’ve been incurring over the past better part of six months trying to get some of these things through, we’ve opted to go to court,” said Wiley.
“This is NextEra negotiating,” said West Grey Mayor Kevin Eccles, who was not surprised with the company’s decision. He said it’s not the first time NextEra has sought a legal solution to a disagreement rather than negotiate a settlement.
West Grey council on Feb. 17 turned down a request by NextEra for several entrance permits that would allow the company access from municipal roads onto properties where some of the wind turbines are to sited. Council also voted March 3 to delay approving a request by NextEra to move heavy equipment on municipal roads until there is an road-use agreement. Read article