APAI was not successful in achieving Leave to Appeal.

Windlectric/Algonquin, the company granted approval to blanket Amherst island with 26, fifty storey turbines, has completed dock construction on Amherst Island and commenced dock construction on the mainland. Loyalist Township pproved the draft Operations Plan required by the Roads Use Agreement.     Contrary to commitments made at the ERT over 20 km of Island roads are being “reconstructed” with huge safety concerns.

The desecration of Amherst Island is unimaginable.  What Algonquin Power (AQN-T) and Windlectric Inc. say and what they do are vastly different.  No meaningful response to non-compliance is provided.

Call to Action
Please request Premier Wynne (premier@ontario.ca or 416-325-1941) and Minister Ballard (minister.moecc@ontario.ca or 416-314-6790) to cancel the project without penalty because of the company’s inability to achieve its Commercial Operations Date and because it’s absolutely the right thing to do.

We are being bullied AND we are resilient, tenacious, and absolutely committed.

Ontario Energy Board – Call to Action

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One More Time: Please Send An Email Today and Comment by Jan 5

Windlectric has applied to the Ontario Energy Board for Leave to Construct a 5.9 km 135 kV transmission line including a submarine cable, eleven up to 80 foot steel poles linking the transmission line across Front Road to the west of the school to a hydro substation on the Island and buried cable linking the transmission line to a hydro substation on the mainland. The OEB’s narrow grounds for considering the application are:

  • the interests of consumers with respect to electricity prices and the reliability and quality of electricity service
  • the promotion of the use of renewable energy resources in a manner consistent with the policies of the Government of Ontario
  • the form of agreement that Windlectric offers to landowners affected by the route or location of the transmission line

Please send an email to the Board Secretary at: boardsec@ontarioenergyboard.ca. Please copy protectai@kos.net. You must submit your name, address, and telephone number and refer to File EB 2014-0300. Include items 1 and 2 and then comment on one or more of the other items:

  1. ask for an oral hearing on Amherst Island so that the Board and the Applicant understand the reality of Island living and the high risks presented by the Windlectric Inc. application. This email request should be sent today!
  2. ask to monitor the application so that you are provided with all documents
  3. object to the application based on the significant differences submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change by Windlectric in its Renewable Energy Approval application and to the Ontario Energy Board in its Application for Leave to Construct
  4. point out that the project is not cost-effective based on the economic and risk analysis prepared by Dr. John Harrison
    convey that that wind turbines are costing Ontario consumers. Wind and solar power are providing less than 4% of Ontario’s power but account for 20% of what Ontarians pay, according to the Fraser Institute. The report suggests the Ontario government could prevent further electricity rate increase by halting all new hydroelectric, wind and solar projects. To reduce rates, the province could terminate, where possible, existing contracts between renewable energy companies and the Ontario Power Authority
  5. express your concern about the risk of interrupting the power supply to the Island, marine accidents, industrial accidents, spills, impact on groundwater, risk to schoolchildren
  6. support the Little’s request to reject or greatly alter the project so that their home is not surrounded by turbines, a hydro substation, a cement batching plant, a maintenance building, and significant heavy equipment and truck traffic.

See the full Application here.  See  APAI’s questions to inspire your comments: APAI_IR_Windlectric_20141205.
Laurie Kilpatrick excels as APAI’s Intervenor in this complex process

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