Three weeks ago OWR blew the whistle on how wind giant NextEra Energy was trying to weasel out of paying for the damage it had caused to roads in Adelaide-Metcalfe township (pop. 3000). On the Sept 15th Agenda there was an item in the Clerk/Administrator’s report detailing how NextEra was stonewalling and not answering calls for compensation for damages on Adelaide-Metcalfe roads caused by the NextEra construction traffic for 38 wind turbines this past year.
This is a council that refused to pass the “unwilling host” resolution, twice. That should win them points with the windies, right? – uh, uh – NextEra is more like an abusive partner; and, the Township, acting like the abused partner, decided to “out” NextEra’s callous behaviour resulting in the OWR post. Purely by coincidence (?), NextEra just happened to send an urgent letter to the Township the very same day (Sept. 15) as the OWR article was posted. In the letter, NextEra offers to pay $895,000 for for the damage to the roads.
Two days later on Sept. 17, the council met in a closed session to discuss the matter with its solicitor. Faced with repairs that probably well exceed NextEra’s guesstimate, and with municipal elections in the offing, the council made 2 resolutions:
Resolved that Council rejects the letter from NextEra Energy Canada dated September 15, 2014 and request that NextEra Energy Canada sign the Road Use Agreement, previously submitted for their approval and execution. CARRIED.
Resolved that, should NextEra Energy Canada not agree to the signing of the Road Use Agreement, a special meeting be set with Council and NextEra Energy Canada to discuss this matter. CARRIED.”
Oh oh, more complications – apparently there was NO road user agreement with NextEra – (there is one with Suncor) – and now the township is telling NextEra to sign something they really don’t need. Maybe they want a “Used-Road Agreement”.. kinda like a “Used-Car-With-Serious-Damages-Agreement”?
If there was ever going to be a fight, would it not have been better to deny the overload and entrance permits and halt construction? Now with the project built, NextEra simply dictates what it will pay – take it or leave it.
This is what happens to a “willing host” as once more NextEra affirms its status as – NEXTERROR.