NextEra: “We have to win the hearts and minds of the community by being nice”

Nexterror Bullies Canada IncGord Whithead, Regional County News
PARKHILL — Like it or lump it, a new crop is rapidly sprouting on the rich agricultural soil of southwestern Ontario. Owners of the land eventually will share in a harvest of the wind but the major immediate benefactors are construction companies, their suppliers, and local business operators.

Florida-based NextEra Energy estimates the construction value of its three projects now underway at a total $540 million, plus three more working their way through the approval process at $715 million.

Host farm owners are expected to pocket an overall $102.5 million over the first 20 years of the six wind centres’ operations, NextEra communications specialist Josie Bird told Regional Country News. Many are already receiving payments for the construction access roads and tower foundations being built on their properties. Once wind towers are “energized,” landowners’ payment amounts are guaranteed, no matter how variable the electricity output of the turbines on their properties, Bird noted.

Heading toward July, 2014 completion are the Bornish Wind Centre (45 wind tower generators) in North Middlesex Township, the Adelaide Centre (37 WTGs) in Adelaide-Metcalfe Township, and the Bluewater Centre (37 WTGs) in Bluewater Township. NextEra aims for construction starts this summer on the Jericho Centre (92 WTGs) in Lambton County, Goshen Centre (63 WTGs) in South Huron and Bluewater Townships, and East Durham Centre farther north in Grey County. Read article

20 thoughts on “NextEra: “We have to win the hearts and minds of the community by being nice”

  1. The headline on this story is so wrong on so many levels! This media outlet is obviously “hooked up” with Nexterror and the pariahs that call themselves “investors” (that includes the greedy farmers who signed leases). Strange way to win hearts and minds. Sue the hell out of mothers and Councils who are standing up for their neighbours and families!!!!
    This propaganda may work on Queen’s Park “psychopaths” but the honest, educated and hard working PEOPLE of Ontario….it’s an utter, disgusting INSULT!

    • I thought the article was factual….no lies were told and the reporter didn’t bad mouth anyone.

    • Factual? The reporter must be a PR person for NextEra. I guess by suing communities and individuals for standing up for their rights is how Next Era is trying to win the hearts and minds of the community. Factual would be telling the truth on how NextEra is running roughshod over every community in which they are building wind turbines. If the community does not go along, or object to NextEra violating local laws, NextEra sues the community. Without subsidies, none of these fossil fuel companies would be building these “green” energy projects. The only “green” in these projects are the money being made by the developers and politicians.

  2. The problem is that the vast majority people do not understand what is going on in Ontario regarding energy issues.
    Have posted some thoughts on these issues at Tom’s website.

  3. Sounds like they are using the same language and tactics as George Bush did in the second Gulf War (remember how America was going to win the Iraqi’s hearts and minds) We all know how well that turned out.

  4. So much for Nexterror to win our hearts they should of thought about that before they took the eagles’ nest down in Selkirk Ontario !! – and so much for helping our hydro costs – just got our bill in over $800.00 and that is not the barn!! – they are going to drive people out of this province!!!

  5. Farmers or should I say hosts have lost there full ownership and now host a parasite called Nexterror .They truly do not have owner ship,lost there ship and steering with two captains. Collision course ahead.

  6. This news article uses the phrase “harvest the wind” which is a good indication that the writer does not understand energy density.

  7. There’s no mention of the neighbours to these turbines and the potential for their adverse health effects or reduced property values due to close proximity to these industrial scale turbines. There’s not a word about the leaseholder’s legal vulnerabilities if things should go wrong.
    How is it that these critical issues were overlooked by this writer?
    Perhaps the suggestion that potential victims will just have to “lump it” is his way of acknowledging them.
    A massive, province wide class action lawsuit in defence of basic human rights is another option to “lumping it”.

  8. Ella,

    This Texas Supreme Court decision might be an issue with the Michigan PSC.

    If these IWTs can’t produce the power but are still going to be billed on consumer’s electric bills,this should be a public consumer issue?

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