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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Closer Look at Wind Project

Clearview Township | by Mariane McLeod  

Public meeting planned in July about the proposed wind development near Stayner.

A closer look at the wind turbine project planned for Clearview Township is on the way.

WPD will hold a public meeting in July into its eight turbine project slated for the corner of County Road 91 and Fairgrounds Road.

The project has been proposed for a while, but WPD Canada says it has changed its plans somewhat because of concerns about the distance of the turbines from buildings that are nearby or are being built nearby.

At least one property owner has built a house close to the land where the turbines are being built. That property owner saying publicly, they built it specifically to delay the windfarm plans.

The president of WPD, Ian MacRae, tells Bayshore Broadcasting News, the plans have been adjusted to take the buildings into account, even though he says the Green Energy Act means the company didn't have to make those changes.

MacRae says the project is now entering the next phase of development, with public hearings slated for July.

He says after the public hearings, the Ministry of the Environment will have to approve the project, and construction can begin after that approval comes through.

MacRae says he expects work to begin in late 2012, with the turbines operational about six months after that.

When complete, the turbines will generate 18.4 MW of electricity.

The public meeting will be held July 13th at the Stayner Community Centre, from 5:30 PM to 8 PM.



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