Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer
Apparently the Wynne government didn’t hear Norfolk council last year when it declared itself “an unwilling host” for future wind farm development. Wednesday, the Ministry of the Environment gave the green light for a 10-megawatt turbine development in Port Ryerse. The project was initiated several years ago by UDI Renewables of Nanticoke and later sold to green energy giant Boralex.
The approval comes as a surprise to residents of Port Ryerse who oppose the project and members of Norfolk council who declared the county an unwilling host. Soon after she took over from disgraced premier Dalton McGuinty, Kathleen Wynne promised modifications to the Green Energy Act that would give municipalities a greater say in the placement of renewable power projects. Responding to the concerns of their taxpayers, dozens of Ontario municipalities declared themselves unwilling hosts for green energy development.
Some municipal politicians at the time – Norfolk Mayor Dennis Travale among them – expressed skepticism about the weight of this new-found input. It would seem this skepticism has been borne out. Read article