Divisional Court dismissed APAI's appeal of the Environmental Review Tribunal decision on Tuesday January 31, 2017. Counsel for APAI has submitted Leave to Appeal.

Windlectric/Algonquin, the company granted approval to blanket Amherst island with 26, fifty storey turbines, has commenced dock construction on Amherst Island. The Company has not submitted a Marine Safety and Logistics Plan required by MOECC nor has it submitted an Operations Plan acceptable to Loyalist Township. No acceptable Emergency Response and Communications Plan is in place. No Roads Use Agreement with the County of Lennox and Addington has been approved.

In its first weeks of work the company blatantly disregarded commitments to only use the Island ferry for dock construction, to not disrupt the ferry schedule, to give notice of traffic disruptions and to consult with Amherst Island Public School staff and parents concerning road safety by the school. Not a good beginning!

Construction also ignores a Road Use Agreement between the Township and Windlectric signed in October 2015. The Agreement stipulates that “Windlectric will host a Town Hall meeting to obtain feedback from the public and address concerns to minimize the level of disruption, disturbance and inconvenience to the Municipality’s residents.”

Call to Action

Please request Premier Wynne (premier@ontario.ca or 416-325-1941) and Minister Murray (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.

Project Description

Windlectric/Algonquin Power plans to blanket the Island with 37 fifty storey Industrial wind turbines. Imagine 37 TD centres in your neighbourhood all being constructed at once. If erected, the adverse consequences to Amherst Island’s unique environment and many species-at-risk will be significant and, we believe, irreversible.

The project threatens the celebrated biodiversity of Amherst Island and as many as 34 different species at risk known to rely on the Island’s natural environment for survival.

The Amherst Island Wind Turbine Project

How large is this project? How small is the Island?

Windlectric/Algonquin Power proposes to construct and operate a 56 – 75 megawatt industrial turbine project on Amherst Island with a total area of 66 square kilometres. The project includes up to 37 Siemens wind turbines. The turbines will be over 500 feet tall, the tallest in Ontario, and the speed at the tip of the blade can reach up to 275 kilometers per hour. Each of the turbines has a swept area (the area covered by the blades as they spin) of 10,000 square metres, almost 2.5 acres for each turbine. The 37 turbines will directly impact 92.5 acres of air space over the Island.

Permanent installations will include a 34.5 kilovolt underground and overhead electrical power line collector system, fibre optic data lines from each turbine and wireless technology for data communication, a transmission line, truck turnaround areas, a submarine cable from the mainland to the Island, an operations and maintenance building, permanent dock, a hydro substation, a switching station, a storage shed, cable vault areas, meteorological towers and access roads, some of which may require culvert installations.

Based on Google Earth measurements of the project site plan, an additional 26 km of new roads will be built to access the turbines. As these roads will be up to 6 meters wide, this equates to an additional 15.6 hectares of lost habitat. The 16.5 hectares does not take into account the habitat edging the road that is now compromised and of less value to the animals and birds at risk.

Each of the 37 turbines would require excavation and construction of a concrete platform of approximately 10 x 25 meters and a depth of up to 5 meters to be anchored into the bedrock.

Temporary components during construction will include staging areas for the turbines, access roads, meteorological towers, collector lines and transmission lines as well as staging areas, crane paths, a temporary dock, site offices, cement batch plant, central staging areas. In summary, the entire Island will be a construction area. Indeed, Windlectric/Algonquin Power calls the entire Island its project area.