Residents Tell PEC Council Cancellation of White Pines Windfarm Is Folly

Council declared a Climate Emergency and then did nothing

Last night several Prince Edward County citizens protested Council’s lack of progress in developing a plan to help mitigate the effects of climate change and protested Council’s stance as an ‘unwilling host’ for renewable energy development in the County in a climate emergency.

Here are their presentations:

“We will persist and we will continue to grow in numbers. We will never give up on the vision of one day having a wind farm in the County; and someday in the future to be able to boast proudly that we are a part of the movement forward.”— Jenn Ackerman

Ontario to compensate White Pines wind turbine developers for cancelled contract

One of nine wind turbines at White Pines Wind Project in Prince Edward County.One of nine wind turbines at White Pines Wind Project in Prince Edward County. Mike Postovit / Global News

The Ontario government has introduced a regulation laying out the plan for decommissioning the White Pines Wind Project in Prince Edward County, which promises the company contracted by the previous Liberal government to build the wind farm compensation.

READ MORE: Cancelling Prince Edward County wind project could cost over $100M, company warns

Last year, Ian MacRae, president of wpd Canada, the developer behind the project, told The Canadian Press that reneging on the contract would cost the government more than $100 million.

Wpd Canada had worked out a deal with the Liberal government in 2009, but in early July 2018, within a month of being elected, the Progressive Conservative government announced it would be backing out of the contract.

Although the White Pines Wind Project Termination Act came into effect in July 2018, on July 3, 2019, the provincial government passed a regulation that entitles wpd to receive compensation for “eligible costs.” MORE