Wellington Times, Rick Conroy
In the summer of 2002, Mayor James Taylor signed a bylaw that would mark the beginning of a conflict that continues to churn through this community 12 years later. It wasn’t exactly the County’s first brush with industrial wind turbines. Council had rejected an earlier project, by just a single vote, that would have seen industrial wind turbines raised over Hillier.
But the proposal by Vision Quest, a subsidiary of TransAlta, to build as many as 32 turbines between Royal Road and Army Reserve Road in South Marysburgh was different. In 2002, municipalities still had the authority to decide where, how many and even if such industrial wind energy projects would be built in its communities.
That all changed with the Green Energy Act in 2009—when municipal planning authority, many other regulatory safeguards and protections were taken away by the provincial government to ease the development path for the industrialization wind energy developers. Read article