Windlectric Inc. a subsidiary of Algonquin Power and Liberty Utilities blanketed Amherst Island with 26 fifty storey turbines. The desecration  is unimaginable.    Call to Action: Please request Premier Ford ( to cancel the project  because it’s absolutely the right thing to do.


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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. The project has been controversial from the start as Amherst Island is located on the migratory Atlantic Flyway and is globally recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and is acknowledged for the concentration of wintering hawks and owls but still, Windlectric plans to keep four turbines adjacent to the world famous Owl Woods.

Amherst Island is also on a migratory path for bats and, as such, meets the requirements of the April 2015 international agreement signed by Canada, the United States and Mexico, as a place where migratory bats are to be protected. Allowing a wind turbine installation on Amherst Island breaches this agreement.

The 4th Modification to the original proposal still does not address the myriad of study deficiencies previously identified by numerous stakeholders including the Association to Protect Amherst Island (APAI) and Loyalist Township. In April 2013, Loyalist Township’s Municipal Consultation Form stated: “The Township is concerned that the various studies provided lack the level of detail needed on a number of substantive issues to adequately assess the potential impact on municipal infrastructure and natural heritage and cultural assets on Amherst Island.” Two years later, Modification 4 does not provide any additional details.

The voice of residents expressing their concerns about the proximity of a proposed concrete plant, high voltage substation and high density truck route to the island school and community centre have not been heard. Furthermore, in none of the four Modification Reports produced by the proponent could the residents find an Emergency Response Plan, a Traffic Management Plan, a fully funded decommissioning plan, an acknowledgement that the noise level of some turbines will be non-compliant with the Ministry’s own guidelines or a plan to reduce shadow-flicker to the international norm.

For each Modification Report, MOECC’s regulations require that the proponent publish a Notice asking for public comments. Although the reduction of the number of turbines is a relief for some, there is a huge sense of frustration from the opponents of the project because, again, Windlectric failed to address the thousands of comments and, after more than two years, there is almost no sign that they will be considered.

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