London Free Press, John Miner
Dozens of wind turbines are coming to a stretch of Lake Huron shoreline boasting some of the most beautiful sunsets in the province. The Ontario Environment Ministry is giving the green light to a $380-million wind farm that will add 40 turbines in a 16-kilometre corridor along Lake Huron starting near Grand Bend and running north. Most of the turbines will be about a kilometre inland from the beaches.
The wind farm is opposed by some local residents who say turbines will be built too close to homes and cottages. “We hate it. We don’t want it,” said Ray Vlemmix, who owns a home near Grand Bend. The Grand Bend wind farm will place its turbines much closer to residences than Next Era Energy, another wind energy company that has several wind farm projects operating or planned for the area. Vlemmix said he expects the turbines will make the area less attractive for tourism.
Bill Dowson, mayor of the Municipality of Bluewater, said his council has had few direct dealings with Northland Power, the company building the Grand Bend wind farm. The municipality is already the site of about 40 wind turbines constructed by Next Era. Dowson said the municipality will gain financially from building permits and tax assessment from the Northland wind farm. Council hasn’t taken an official stand either for or against wind farms, he said. “It hasn’t been as stormy here at council as it has been in some areas.” Read article