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 has not approved the draft Operations Plan required by the Roads Use Agreement.  Windlectric has not entered into a Roads Use Agreement with the County of Lennox and Addington.   The company’s pre-construction study and Operations Plan note that Island roads with the exception of Front Rad do not have the load bearing capacity to support project traffic and equipment.  Island roads will fail!

In its first weeks of work the company caused a major power outage on the Island and a water emergency in Prince Edward County.  Restrictions due to fish spawning and grassland birds were blatantly disregarded.    Not a good beginning!

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.

 

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APAI Appeals to the Minister MOECC to save Amherst Island, a place of wonder

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November 13, 2017

Honourable Chris Ballard

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

Ferguson Block -11th Floor

77 Wellesley Street W.

Toronto, ON

M7A 2T5

Honourable Minister,

RE:      Association to Protect Amherst Island

            Appeal to the Minister MOECC Under Section 20 of the

            Environmental Protection Act on Matters Other Than Law

This is an appeal on “matters other than law”.  Accordingly, you are not bound by precedent nor by the efforts of counsel for the Approval Holder, Windlectric Inc., and counsel for the Government to limit your authority to consideration of errors or to the narrow test required at the ERT to demonstrate “serious harm to human health; or serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment”...

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Wind power big part of hidden hydro costs, says community group on Amherst Island —

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For immediate release

October 19, 2017

The planned wind power projects on Amherst Island and in neighboring Prince Edward County are among the costs that will raise Ontario electricity customers’ bills in the years to come, costs that are being hidden by the Ontario government, says APAI (Association to Protect Amherst Island).  

These wind projects must be factored into the hidden costs that will raise Ontario electricity customers’ bills in the years to come, costs that are being hidden by the Ontario government. According to Parker Gallant, “The Minister (of Energy) has an opportunity to save ratepayers $1 billion dollars in future rate increases by simply canceling the Amherst Island Windlectric project and the Prince Edward County White Pines project, to name two...

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PROVINCIAL AUDITOR GENERAL REQUESTED TO COMPLETE A FINANCIAL AUDIT OF THE AMHERST ISLAND WIND PROJECT

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STELLA- March 23, 2017  

Following the Ontario Energy Minister’s statement that there is a robust supply of energy for decades to come, the Association to Protect Amherst Island  (APAI) called on the Provincial Auditor-General, Bonnie Lysyk, to examine why the provincial Liberal Government is not exercising its right to terminate an expired wind turbine contract signed in February 2011 and save the Ontario taxpayers more than $500MM over the next 20 years. Windlectric, a subsidiary of Algonquin Power and Utilities Corporation, continues with plans to build a 75 MW wind project on Amherst Island that would produce unnecessary and expensive electricity costing  $140 per MWh.

Although Premier Wynne admitted that the “green energy” policy is a mistake and that the electr...

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Amherst Island: perfect example of why wind power can be a bad choice

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Parker Gallant Energy Perspectives January 29 2017

Thank you Parker for highlighting the folly of the Amherst Island Wind Project.

Cancel the contract Minister Thibeault 416-327-6758

Ontario’s Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault, at the launch of planning for the next Long-Term Energy Plan, said “We have a robust supply of all forms of energy for at least the next 10 years.” The month prior to the launch he announced the suspension of LRP II slated to acquire another 1,000 MW of renewable energy. His claim at that time was, it would save ratepayers $3.8 billion in electricity costs over the projected term of the contracts.

Cancel the contracts

Why didn’t he go further and cancel contracts that have not broken ground and saved billions more? Amherst Island’s “Windlectric” project, owned ...

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Today’s Power Outage Courtesy of Windlectric

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According to Hydro One staff the three hour power outage which left over 200 Island households without electricity on Saturday morning January 21 was caused by work carried out by Surespan, a contractor hired by Windlectric.

Windlectric committed to the Ontario Energy Board that the project would have no adverse impact on Hydro One’s customers. The company’s carelessness is unacceptable and placed the entire community at risk.

Windlectric has been requested to provide a full report, to update the Emergency Response and Communications Plan as required by the Township, to provide the Marine Safety and Logistics Plan required by MOECC, and to advise what company procedures and processes have been revised to ensure that the company addresses the basics of safety such that the community does no...

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Wind Energy Projects Lacked Power in 2016

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By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard
Monday, January 2, 2017 2:15:21 EST PM

With the exception of the Amherst Island project, there was little happy news for Kingston-area wind energy proposals in 2016.

Given conditional approval in 2015, Algonquin Power’s subsidiary Windlectric cleared one of the last major roadblocks to its Amherst Island wind project.

After one of the largest Environmental Review Tribunal hearings ever, one that included 25 days of hearings in Stella, Bath and Toronto and testimony from more than 40 witnesses, an appeal to the project’s approval was dismissed in August.

The Association to Protect Amherst Island’s (APAI) had appeal the project’s conditional approval on grounds that construction of the turbines would cause serious harm to human and wildlife hea...

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Turtles topple turbines as ERT revokes project approval

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County Live June 6 2016

The County’s Blandings turtles, and nature in general, are victorious in the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists’ more than six-year battle to protect the south shore of Prince Edward County.

The Environmental Review Tribunal in the Ostrander Point industrial wind turbine hearing has decided “remedies proposed by Gilead Power Corporation and the Director (MOEE) are not appropriate” and has revoked the Renewable Energy Approval for the nine turbine project.

“The tribunal decision says that no matter how important renewable energy is to our future it does not automatically override the public interest in protecting against other environmental harm such as the habitat of species at risk,” says Myrna Wood, president of the Prince Edward Count...

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WINDLECTRIC INC REDUCES THE NUMBER OF PROPOSED TURBINES ON AMHERST ISLAND

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REA - Amendment Modification 4 Report Appendix A-F_Page_002

More than two years after Algonquin/Windlectric Inc. submitted a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) Application to the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to develop, construct and operate a 33-36 wind turbine project on Amherst Island, the proponent has just published a 4th Modification to its original application. Algonquin/Windlectric announced that it proposes to use higher power turbines and to compensate by reducing the number of turbines to 26.

While the reduction of the size of the project is a welcome development, this decrease in the number of turbines does not adequately respond to the concerns of the community regarding the natural and cultural heritage...

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