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Simcoe-Grey MPP’s bill would return local control to green energy projects

Madhunt.com — February 21, 2013

Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson has introduced private members legislation that seeks to return planning authority to municipal governments as it relates to renewable energy projects proposed in their communities.

Mr. Wilson’s bill, entitled Restoring Planning Powers to Municipalities Act, 2013, would amend the Green Energy Act, 2009, that exempted projects like wind and solar farms from municipal controls, and return those approvals back to local councils.

“One example of the urgency of this bill, is WPD Canada’s Fairview Wind Project that consists of eight turbines in Clearview Township on a flight path of the Collingwood Airport,” he is quoted in a press release issued this morning. “Given the Premier recently visited the area and has been briefed on the ridiculousness of putting industrial turbines as tall as the TD tower near an airport, I trust that the government will take the bill seriously and move to bring it into law.”

Mr. Wilson, House Leader of the PC Party, said they have been calling for a moratorium on industrial wind farm expansion since 2010, until further environmental and health impact studies are done.

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