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 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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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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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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Wind energy legal battle begins

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The Whig Owl

By Elliot Ferguson, Kingston Whig-Standard

Thursday, October 22, 2015 7:51:29 EDT PM
STELLA — The legal battle against a proposed wind energy project on Amherst Island has begun.

In a preliminary hearing last week in Bath, the Association to Protect Amherst Island and other groups opposed to the project applied for status at an appeal hearing set for late this year.

In late August, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change gave Windlectric conditional approval to build up to 26 wind turbines and a substation transformer on the island.

The work is to take between a year and 18 months to complete and is to produce up to 74 megawatts of electricity.

The preliminary hearing was meant to hear from groups or individuals seeking status at the hearing, identify the issues to be consi...

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Call to Action – Nature Canada and Kingston Field Naturalists seek support to stop turbine project on Amherst Island

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Kingston Field Naturalists Nature Canada
Dear Friend,

A 27-turbine wind power project proposed for internationally recognized Amherst Island, an Important Bird Area near Kingston Ontario, may be approved soon by the Ontario government.

The many Species at Risk on Amherst Island include birds (Short-eared Owl, Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Eastern Whip-poo-rwill, Barn Swallow, Golden Eagle, Least Bittern, and Red Knot), Blanding’s Turtles, and Milk and Ribbon Snakes.

Amherst Island has an international reputation as one of the most outstanding places in North America to see concentrations of northern owls and is an important stopover for bats on their migratory path across Lake Ontario...

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THERE ARE SOME CHANGES BREEZING THROUGH THE AMHERST ISLAND WIND PROJECT

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Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV
CKWS Newswatch
May 27, 2015 06:01 pm

WINDLECTRIC — THE COMPANY BEHIND THE GREEN ENERGY PROJECT –HAS DOWNSIZED THE NUMBER OF TURBINES IT WANTS TO BUILD ON THE ISLAND. BUT AS NEWSWATCH’S PAUL SOUCY FOUND OUT – REDUCING THE NUMBER BY 9 STILL ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH FOR RESIDENTS.

It’s been in the works since 2011 – and 4 years later the Amherst Island Wind Project is still in the planning phase.

Power company Windlectric has submitted another revised plan for the project, this time reducing the number of turbines from 36 to 27, but the turbines would be larger, creating the same amount of electricity. The new plan isn’t sitting well with those who live nearby.

“If you look at a map most of the homes are not impacted at all by this reduction...

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Evidence Submitted to the Ontario Energy Board

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115 Kv Transmission Line Depiction

115 KV Transmission Line Proposed to Energy Board – Depiction

Laurie Kilpatrick, acting as Intervenor on behalf of the Association to Protect Amherst Island, submitted evidence to the Ontario Energy Board showing why the application by Windlectric for permission to construct 5.9 km of 115 kV electricity line including submarine cable, hydro substations, eighty foot poles and related infrastructure should be rejected.

Kilpatrick advised that the construction schedule submitted by Windlectric fails to take into account many issues and is unrealistic, that the application to the Ontario Energy Board is premature given that the company’s application for Renewable Energy approval is under technical review by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and that the project is not econo...

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