Emotions are running high in North Perth and Perth East over a proposed wind energy project. Invenergy Canada hosted a public information meeting in Listowel last night and the message from many in attendance was very clear – “We don’t want you here!” Some similar sentiments were reportedly expressed the night before in Milverton. The format was suppose to consist of written questions answered by a panel of experts but it quickly transformed into a close to four hour heated, open debate. Concerns about the potential impacts on the health of residents and livestock as well as property values dominated much of the discussion.
Invenergy Canada Director of Business Development James Murphy assured the crowd all requirements under the Green Energy Project are being met and the plans are moving forward. The next steps include completing several environmental studies and other required reports. Company officials expect they will be complete by late summer and the next round of public information meetings will follow. It is expected to take about 6 months for the Ministry of the Environment to review the documents and then determine whether or not to issue a permit. The goal is to begin construction in late 2013 or early 2014.
Invenergy Canada is proposing to provide up to 69 Megawatts of renewable power generated by a maximum of 27 wind turbines. Officials indicate 12 property owners have signed leases for the estimated 160 to 180 million dollar project. The lay-out has yet to be determined but there have been suggestions of 3 wind turbines per rural block.
Informal “coffee” information sessions on the proposed wind energy project will resume on June 13th at 10 a.m. at Veky’s Restaurant in Listowel and 1 p.m at the Country Fellowship Hall in Dorking. A bus trip to Invenergy’s Raleigh Wind Energy Center in Chatham-Kent is also being organized. Registrations can be made at the sessions or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org