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(ON) Lakeshore gives nod to wind turbines

The Windsor Star — September 11, 2012

LAKESHORE, Ont.  Council gave its consent Tuesday to a $350 million wind turbine project on land sandwiched between Highway 401 and County Road 42 outside of Belle River between County Road 27 and Gracey Side Road. Coun. Steve Bezaire voted against the motion in the 6-1 vote and Deputy Mayor Al Fazio declared a conflict.

Council members expressed frustration that they had no control over the wind turbine project as proposed by International Power Canada except to give it consent so that its application can receive an additional two points in a competition or oppose it. The company plans to file its application with the Ontario Power Authority to generate 100 megawatts of power in February.

Bezaire argued he didn’t have enough information to make a decision as International Power Canada had yet to determine where it would put the 40 wind turbines. A vote to defer the proposal failed.

“You could say these two points yield a lot of power but we have nothing to base it on,” CAO Kirk Foran said.

Steve Salmons, the town’s director of community development, said council’s support for the project was exceedingly important because competition was fierce for an energy contract with the province.

This project is three times bigger than wind turbine farms International Power Canada has built in Harrow and Stoney Point.

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