April 3, 2017 Category: Uncategorized
APAI continues to take all possible legal action to stop the ill-conceived Amherst Island Wind Project. In the meantime, please be an active steward of our community and Lake Ontario. The sunken barge and fuel spill in Picton Bay (and Windlectric’s deafening silence) has heightened our concerns about safety and compliance. If you know of a safety or compliance issue for the proposed Amherst Island Wind Project please contact the following. Only you can accurately report what you witness.
Emergency – Call 9 1 1
State your name, exact location and type of emergency. Remain calm, follow the operator’s instructions, and stay on the line until the operator advises you to hang up. Be prepared to signal first responders as to the location of the emergency if it is safe to do so.
Fuel Spills – Rep...Read More
April 3, 2017 Category: Uncategorized
Parker Gallant Energy Perspectives
Ministry of the Environment missing in action on Prince Edward County fuel spill
Hard to imagine how a wind power contract handed out by the Ontario Power Authority could have a negative impact on Prince Edward County miles away, but it has! The contract was awarded to a shell company (Windlectric Inc.) owned by Algonquin Power. The approval granted Windlectric is to erect 26 industrial wind turbines (IWT) each soaring over 500 feet high with a capacity of 74.3 MW on Amherst Island. When completed they would deliver unneeded surplus power intermittently and unreliably.
Needless to say, residents of Amherst Island have been fighting the IWT invasion...Read More
PROVINCIAL AUDITOR GENERAL REQUESTED TO COMPLETE A FINANCIAL AUDIT OF THE AMHERST ISLAND WIND PROJECT
March 24, 2017 Category: Uncategorized
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...Read More
March 3, 2017 Category: Uncategorized
STELLA, March 2, 2017
The Association to Protect Amherst Island (APAI) has requested the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) to reject INVISTA (Canada)’s Application for an Amendment to a Certificate of Property Use (CPU) to allow construction of the Amherst Island Wind Project mainland dock on contaminated land.
APAI submitted a report to MOECC produced by XCG Consulting Ltd, Environmental Engineers and Scientists detailing the reasons why MOECC should reject the Application to amend a Condition of the Certificate of Property Use that specifies that “the owner or agents refrain from using the property for any other use other than ‘Parkland Use’ ”.
APAI submits that INVISTA’s Application fails to address several key environmental risks, is incomplete, and lacks several...Read More
February 6, 2017 Category: Uncategorized
Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV
CKWS Newswatch February 06, 2017 05:48 pm
This open field on Lake Ontario faces Amherst Island – it’s the perfect spot for bird watchers and dog walkers to come spend time on a nice day.
But that could soon change – and there’s not a whole lot Loyalist Township can do about it.
Ric Bresee: “Loyalist Township needs to be more involved in the approvals and the requirements before such projects go forward. But this is just another example of how the Municipality has absolutely no options.”
The land is actually owned by Invista – which has an industrial park across the Highway.
As of now it’s zoned as parkland, but it’s looking to have the ‘Certificate of Property Use’ changed temporarily in order for Algonquin Power and its subsidiary Windlectric t...Read More
February 6, 2017 Category: Uncategorized
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...Read More
January 30, 2017 Category: Uncategorized
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 ...Read More
January 28, 2017 Category: Uncategorized
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...Read More
January 25, 2017 Category: Uncategorized
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...Read More
January 21, 2017 Category: Uncategorized
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...Read More