March 22, 2016
YUREK QUESTIONS MINISTER ON
WIND TURBINES IN DUTTON/DUNWICH
QUEEN’S PARK – This morning MPP Jeff Yurek rose in the Legislature to question the Minister of Energy on the recently awarded industrial wind turbine project in the Municipality of Dutton/Dunwich, found in MPP Yurek’s riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London.
“This government has stated that municipalities will have a say in wind projects however; in this latest round of contracts this seems not to be the case. Minister will you explain to the municipalities in my riding why their views do not matter to this government?” questioned MPP Jeff Yurek.
On March 10, 2016 Invenergy was awarded a 60 megawatt project in the Municipality of Dutton/ Dunwich. The Municipality of Dutton/Dunwich had declared themselves an unwilling host for Industrial Wind Turbines after conducting a survey which showed 84 per cent of residents were opposed to a wind project.
On the contrary, the municipality of Malahide declared itself as a willing host and their project was denied. The government promised to listen to rural Ontarians but has failed to do so.
“It is unfortunate that this government has blatantly chosen to ignore the local voice on these projects. The approval of the Dutton Dunwich project is literally tearing this community apart. Unfortunately, this government continues to ignore the voice of rural Ontario,” concluded MPP Jeff Yurek.
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March 14, 2016
To those that oppose Industrial Wind Turbines (IWT) for Dutton Dunwich:
Please see the attached screenshot from the publically released Invenergy Strong Breeze Wind Project RFP document. On it you can see the sites where IWT are being planned. This map, as well as more detailed versions, can be found on pages 5-11 of the project web-site (link listed below).
As many of you know, it was announced last week that, despite a huge majority of our citizens stating their opposition to IWT in a referendum, the provincial government has approved a project for Dutton Dunwich. This is very frustrating news, considering all of the work we at DDOWT, and also your Dutton Dunwich Council have done, over the past 3 years, to voice opposition to wind turbines. However, all is not lost, and there are still steps that can be taken to oppose this decision.
Here are some things you can do to voice your concerns about this decision:
Premier Wynne - [email protected]
Minister Chiarelli - writ[email protected]
IESO - [email protected]
MPP Yurek = [email protected]
Dutton-Dunwich Citizens Disappointed about Wind Contract:
Press Release from DOWT, March 10, 2016
The Ontario Government has once again trod on the rights and wishes of rural Ontario. Despite Energy Minister Chiarelli’s statement last week that it would be “virtually impossible” for Industrial Wind Turbine projects to be built in areas without municipal support, the announcement today that 5 new wind projects were awarded by the IESO shows quite another story. At least half of those projects DID NOT HAVE support from their local Municipal government, including Dutton/Dunwich!
Today, the IESO announced that it awarded contracts to 5 companies for a total 299.5 MW of wind generation. These contracts will cost Ontario electricity users $65.4 Million annually or $1.3 Billion for the 20 year life of the contracts. This is additional electricity that the Province does not need; the power generated will be exported to the US for a rate below the cost of production, and will require other forms of power generation to be curtailed, also at a cost. The Dutton/Dunwich project of 57.5 MW, submitted by Chicago-based company Invenergy, will cost electricity users $12.5 million annually and $250 million over the 20 years, using the average contract price. We do not know what Invenergy actually bid for this project.
In Dutton/Dunwich, the Municipal Council voted two years ago to take a position of opposition to any IWT (Industrial Wind Turbine) projects in the municipality. This decision followed an extensive fact-finding mission, including a survey of the citizens, the results of which found that a huge majority (82%) of the citizens did not want IWT in the area. They were also one of the first, of what is today 62 Municipal Councils, to sign a declaration calling on the Ontario Government to put a stop to awarding contracts for IWT projects in rural Ontario.
A local citizen’s opposition group, called Dutton/Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines, or DDOWT, was formed shortly after they found out that a wind company was optioning local farmland. They have been very active in opposition efforts since then. DDOWT Executive member, Bonnie Rowe stated in response to this morning’s announcement, “Our DDOWT members are very disappointed with the IESO decision to award a contract for an IWT project in Dutton/Dunwich. Invenergy’s proposal was representative of a small minority of the citizens in our area who sought to benefit financially from this industrial project, yet they will do so at the expense of the majority of our citizens. We understand that some of the supporters of this project do not even live in this area. It is hardly fair that they can have a say in what will happen to our community, without actually being a part of it. Yet this is how the Ontario Government has designed the contract process. Rural citizens’ rights and wishes are being trod upon here. And we do not intend to take it without a fight.”
For more information on today’s IESO announcement go to: www.windconcernsontario.ca
Ontario has awarded contracts for five more wind farms
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