NEC Opposes Wind Turbines
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 11:59 AMby
NEC Chair says he has concerns about approving wind farms on the Bruce Peninsula.
Some good news for opponents of wind turbines on the Bruce Peninsula.
The Niagara Escarpment Commission is concerned about the proposals for wind turbines on the Peninsula.
NEC Chair Don Scott says he can not see approving any turbines in the escarpment area.
Scott says they are not compatible with the aesthetics of the escarpment.
In fact, Scott says they would reject any application for a wind turbine -- just as they do for billboards in natural protection areas of the escarpment.
Unlike other areas of Ontario, where the provincial government has final say over wind development, the NEC can approve or reject applications in their planning area.
The agency also has commenting authority for projects proposed within one kilometre of the NEC plan boundary.
There are plans for as many as 275 turbines on the Bruce Peninsula.
Scott notes the province would need to build new transmission lines for those turbines, and that too doesn't fit within the aesthetics of the NEC plan.
Scott -- who lives in Wiarton -- says the Bruce Peninsula is unique and it needs to be protected.