NextEra comes to Bancroft – 150 wind turbines proposed

BancroftThe Whig, Elliot Ferguson
As many as 50 wind turbines could be erected in North Frontenac Township as part of a large wind energy project. NextEra Energy Canada is proposing to build a wind energy installation across two townships east of Bancroft. NextEra Energy Canada is among 42 companies approved to bid for an upcoming large renewable energy contract from the Ontario government.

The company is proposing to build about 150 turbines, with about two-thirds to be built in Addington Highlands Township in Lennox and Addington County and the rest to be constructed in North Frontenac Township, in the former townships of Claredon and Miller. The project is in its initial stages and the company is in the wind resource analysis stage, transmission connection evaluation and landowner discussions and agreements, said company spokesperson Ben Falella.

NextEra Energy is a large United States-based energy company, with retail and wholesale operations. Read article

25 thoughts on “NextEra comes to Bancroft – 150 wind turbines proposed

  1. It is so beautiful and wild in these areas. The wind companies have no regard for the birds and animals whose habitat they willfully destroy for profit. They are no better than the corporations destroying the rain forests of South America. These are our rain forests they are desecrating and devastating.
    I wonder how the view will be from Algonquin Park.

    • They don’t care at all. This is why I can’t understand WHY these enviro groups love wind projects! These parasites claim there is no significant wildlife in the area and there is more of the same local wildlife in a different direction of the province so no big deal.

      What kind of model is this? And when wind projects are literally going all over the place whom is looking out for our wildlife? Well simply put, no one!

      The MOE sure isn’t on their provinces side clearly the government that allowed protective laws to be erased isn’t doing a thing. We certainly are in it for ourselves and boy the table is not tipped in our favour.

      Where is the real protective groups for our environment? Look in the mirror.

      • Try this article for an answer to your question.

        Bloomberg, March 16, 2015

        ‘EU Slipping on Economic Competitiveness, Employers Say’

        “Renewable energy ‘we have much higher political costs in Europe,’ Beyrer said, citing renewable-energy-policies that cause ‘market distortions’ and environmental efforts that are out of sync with global standards. If the rest of the world doesn’t sign on to the EU’s ambitions for reducing emissions targets, he said it maybe time for Europe to ‘discuss our level of ambition’ to avoid economic damage.”

        http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-16/eu-slipping-on-economic-competitiveness-employers-say

        Environmental groups here are pushing to have Canada go along with the EU’s agenda. The costs don’t matter.

  2. They have already Desecrated the area along Lake Superior Heritage Coastline and have no respect but the colour of green as in money! It is time to unite and file a class action lawsuit to kick the Wind Companies and put this Liberal Government in JAIL! Greedy landowners sworn to secrecy taking money to allow this destruction and hypocritical Frist Nations drumming to their beat! Pathetic! and yes Devastating!

  3. “North Frontenac Coun. John Inglis asked if the township had any power to reject or deny the project. Not really, Falella replied, adding that it was in the company’s interest to gather as much local support as possible”.

    In other words: You cannot reject, deny, change, modify or make any disparaging remarks about this project … but we want you to support it, damn it.

    Most of the area in question is located in the supposedly protected Madawaska Highlands and lies in a Dark Sky Preserve. These idiots are about to ruin some of the most scenic, accessible wilderness in Southern Ontario.

    None of that will influence the greedy proponents nor the Ontario Liberal government, whose vacation homes are located in Muskoka, which of course, shall remain wind turbine free in perpetuity.

  4. Anybody buying this one?

    “North Frontenac Coun. John Inglis asked if the township had any power to reject or deny the project. Not really, Falella replied, adding that it was in the company’s interest to gather as much local support as possible”.

    Hey!
    Coun. John Inglis – please ask NextEra – for permission –
    to use the urinal.
    It may not be in – their best interest.
    Then what – Coun. John Inglis?

    It’s a fun question!

    • Nicole, Ben and Derek – found zero opposition!

      Now in wardrobe change……..
      and looking for
      – the Community Liason Committee
      Ugh!

      ‘[excerpt] NextEra has already secured lease-agreements for 10,000 acres from landowners in Addington Highlands, although the majority of the land where the proposed turbines would go is Crown Land.’

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      ‘[excerpt] Proposed wind farm project in North Frontenac seeks support from Council

      Three representatives from NextEra Energy, an American-owned energy supply company, made a presentation to Council on Monday regarding their bid to create a 150 turbine wind farm in North Frontenac and Addington Highlands.

      Nicole Geneau, Ben Faiella, and Derek Dudek from the company were there to explain what their company is hoping to do in the area, how the bidding process goes, and the timeline for the project. The proposal they made includes 50 turbines in North Frontenac and the balance in Addington Highlands. The company hasn’t decided what size turbines will be in place yet in North Frontenac but Faiella suggested that they would be around 2MW per turbine, therefore generating 100MW for NextEra in North Frontenac alone.

      The company set up 15 meteorological towers around the two townships just over a year ago and have been tracking weather data and wind activity. This information will be used to choose the best locations for the windmills as well as to help them project how much electricity can be generated at the sites. They weren’t able to comment yet on the specific locations of the proposed turbines but suggested that they might be off Buckshot Lake Road.

      The turbine specifications are still under review and so NextEra couldn’t provide specifics on tower height, length of blade, etc.

      The company hopes to create six to ten full-time jobs with the wind farm and intends to build a 5000 sq. ft. building, located within a 20-minute drive of the turbines.

      NextEra has already secured lease-agreements for 10,000 acres from landowners in Addington Highlands, although the majority of the land where the proposed turbines would go is Crown Land.

      NextEra has until the end of August 2015 to submit their bid and one of the determining factors in the selection process is whether the municipality is on board with the project. They hope to sign an agreement with the township saying that the North Frontenac Council support NextEra’s bid to create the wind turbine project. In the lead up to them signing an agreement with the township, they plan on providing an information session and community open house in late May 2015. The contract will be awarded by the end of this year. NextEra estimates that their project will bring an extra $146,000 in assessment taxation to North Frontenac Township.’
      http://www.frontenacnews.ca/north-frontenac-news/item/9220-north-frontenac-council-mar-16-15
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      Early stages?
      ‘[excerpt] They hope to sign an agreement with the township saying that the North Frontenac Council support NextEra’s bid to create the wind turbine project.’

      And nobody can do anything – it’s Ontario!

      • An extra $146,000 in assessment taxation?????? What about the depreciation caused by the turbines to the neighboring homes/property in the township?

      • Again!
        Early stages – to sign a Vibrancy agreement.
        My lips are sealed………………..
        hahahahahaha

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        ‘[excerpt] They hope to sign an agreement with the township saying that the North Frontenac Council support NextEra’s bid to create the wind turbine project. In the lead up to them signing an agreement with the township, they plan on providing an information session and community open house in late May 2015.’

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        Tra La La

        If I Knew You Were Coming I’d’ve Baked A Cake – Georgia Gibbs – 1950

        Dig right in!

      • Building a white picket fence –
        surrounded by –
        a dream –
        and welcoming year round
        – tasks……with forces!

        ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE
        (Mandated by the Council of the Municipality of North Frontenac)

        Promoting Green Energy:
        a. Conservation of resources and utilities
        .
        b. Renewable energy, etc.

        c. Municipal Office and Council Chambers to review renewable energy options.
        http://www.northfrontenac.com/assets/pdf/committees/ecodev/agendas/2015-03-18.pdf

        It’s hard to catch the devil – when it’s hidden.
        What a surprise – right before your eyes!

  5. Get yourself organized fast and show loud and clear opposition. Is there a First Nations band in the area who would support the opposition? We just won our fight against another company. Can give you some contact info if you want. Good Luck – nothing to lose by trying.

    • Jennifer…. If the truth be known, local farmers were “signed-up” loooooong before there was any word of IWTs coming to the neighbourhood. This is how these companies can lobby for new installations since they DO, sorta, have community support… at least as far as THEY’RE concerned. By the time you hear about the possibility of IWTs in your “back-yard”, it’s already a fait acommpli! Local farmers are approached well before any word gets out! Remember the “gag clauses”? That’s exactly how it worked in Haldimand County and we’re now living with in excess of 200 IWTs. BTW, at last count, 49 of the 200 are clearly visible from our home! GOOD LUCK!!

  6. I would hate to see these erected in the Bancroft area – it is such a beautiful spot – with wildlife galore – what a sin it would be to destroy this! Do we really need more of these turbines?

    • Everyone’s little spot is beautiful to them. No community should be sacrificed.
      Existing turbines should be removed if closer than 2 km from a home….which is about everywhere.

      • I fully agree! The turbines that are too close to our homes must come down!

    • Margaret, please follow Parker Gallant’s articles on the financial failure of this wind turbine debacle. He is a banking expert who fully understands that the rising energy costs in Ontario, because of these turbines, is going to devastate businesses, industry and people on fixed incomes. Money is being wasted by this government.
      Follow wattsupwiththat to see the scientific data that proves that the IPCC alarmist scare tactic was fraudulent.
      More than 100 predictions of catastrophic events have not occurred.
      The mainstream media is complicit in this cover-up.
      Check out the number of groups around the world who are actively opposing industrial wind turbines.
      They have ruined and are ruining so many people’s lives. The lawsuits will continue until victims are compensated.
      Get organized up there and say “No!” loudly and clearly.
      The environmental damage these wind companies do is unbelievable. Please do the research.

  7. Fight! Fight! Do all you can to stop this insanity. All the shoreline along Lake Erie and Lake Huron has already been destroyed. NextEra is the biggest bully, there is a reason why people in South-western Ontario call them NexTerror. There hasn’t been ONE day where any of the electricity produced by wind was used in Ontario. Each and every day Ontario exports at least double, most days way more, of what turbines are generating and most days we are giving this electricity away for free or even pay someone (Quebec and USA) to take it. People! Wake up! STOP IT! DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO STOP IT!

  8. Please tell anyone you know who is not aware of what has happened /is happening throughout Ontario because of the imposition of these industrial turbines on rural residents to watch this documentary.
    ‘Big Wind’ will be shown on TVO on Wednesday, March 25 at 9:00 p.m., Sunday, March 29 at 9:00 p.m., and Tuesday, March 31st at 9:00 p.m.

  9. Is there any Wind Warrior in the Lennox/Addington/Bancroft/Buckshot Lake Rd. area who has the time to call on the farmers in that area to update them on the Big Wind scam?

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