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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wind Turbine in Port Elgin

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Council now happy about 250 foot turbine near CAW Family Education Centre.

Saugeen Shores is about to be home to its first wind turbine.

Council has learned the CAW Family Education Centre has applied for a building permit to locate an almost 250-foot turbine at their site at 115 Shipley Avenue.

The CAW won an Ontario Municipal Board hearing appeal on the issue and is now planning to move ahead with construction.

Vice Deputy Mayor Doug Gowanlock is disappointed with the CAW.

He says the recent provincial election shows rural Ontario is not happy with the current Green Energy Act and the effect turbines have on existing rural residents.

He says the CAW doesn't have to worry about that.

Their Certificate of Approval was granted prior to the September 24th, 2009 proclamation of the Renewable Energy Approval Regulation.

It means they don't have to adhere to the 550 meter noise setback.

One who could be directly affected by the CAW plan is Deputy Mayor Luke Charbonneau who has recently purchased property in the area.

He says he knew of the wind turbine development prior to the purchase of the property.

However, he says everyone knows where the town stands on turbine development and yet here we are, about to have one within the limits of the town.

Jim Bell -- the town's Chief Building Official -- says based on the support from the Ministry of Environment and assuming the correct paperwork and fees are submitted, the building department will be required to issue a building permit for the turbine.


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