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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WIND INDUSTRY TRUMPS PUBLIC INTEREST

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From this – view from the Little’s house on Second Concession

To This

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 

MOECC fails to enforce its own laws and regulations

The Association to Protect Amherst Island has filed an Appeal to the Minister requesting the Honourable Chris Ballard, Minister of Energy and Climate Change (MOECC) to revoke the Renewable Energy Approval issued in 2015 to Windlectric, a subsidiary of Algonquin Power Utilities.

APAI is asking the Minister to give precedence to the public interest rather than allowing the most expensive and unneeded wind turbine project in Ontarion to proceed on Amherst Island, which is absolutely the wrong place in Ontario to build such an industrial project.

APAI is asking the Minister to use his power under Section 20 of the Environmental P...

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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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Stop the Outrage – Write Minister Glen Murray re EBR 012-9749 re Contaminated Invista Lands

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Stella, February 6, 2017 

APPROVAL OF CHANGE OF LAND USE FROM PARKLAND TO INDUSTRIAL BY MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE CRITICAL TO FUTURE OF AMHERST ISLAND WIND PROJECT

After assuring the public repeatedly that all approvals were in place and starting construction of the Amherst Island wind project, Windlectric was advised by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) that the company lacks approval to use the contaminated Invista South Parcel lands designated as Parkland...

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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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Why Kathleen Wynne might tackle hydro delivery charges to cut electricity bills

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Alena Schram comments:

We here on Amherst Island are faced with high monthly bills. But in addition, we overlook the Ontario government’s folly: we look out on a hideous generating plant that produces virtually no energy, and are soon to have Dalton McGuinty’s infamously cancelled gas-powered electricity plant beside it. And if that weren’t enough the Liberals are ramming 26 industrial wind turbines down our throats, despite nearly a decade of protest. We are a small island. But we could soon be surrounded by three massive — and useless — sources of energy. And you the Ontario taxpayer will be paying through the nose for it all.

Premier hinting that next relief on electricity prices will help those who are struggling the most

By Mike Crawley, CBC News Posted: Jan 24, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last U...

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Windlectric fails to submit Marine Safety and Logistics Plan

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Amherst Island is served by the talented and professional crews of the Frontenac 11 ferry 365 days per year. The ferry is the lifeline for the Island. People work, children go to school, and the absence of services on the Island means that everyone shops and gets gas and attends appointments using the ferry. Most importantly, the ferry provides transport for ambulances and back-up fire equipment from the mainland. In this context, APAI has expressed its strong concern about the lack of a Marine Safety and Logistics Plan for the proposed Amherst Island wind project.

Technical expertise is required to simulate the barge and ferry schedules and conflicts and to present a Plan that addresses the high risk to the community and the environment...

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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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