New Wind Project In Chatham-Kent Enters Final Approvals
McGuinty Government Increasing Clean Energy To Replace Coal
Ontario is another step closer to running on clean energy and replacing dirty coal-fired electricity.
A Renewable Energy Approval was issued this week for a Kent Breeze facility in Chatham-Kent. Eight wind turbines with a total capacity of 20 megawatts will provide enough energy to power 1,800 homes.
The updated Renewable Energy Approval process ensures:
- environment and human health are protected
- wind projects meet Ontario's 550 metre setback from homes and schools
- developers conduct extensive municipal, Aboriginal and public consultation
Increasing clean energy will help Ontario meet its climate change targets and is part of the province's Open Ontario Plan to build a clean energy economy that creates jobs and protects our environment.
- Phasing out coal in Ontario is the single largest greenhouse gas reduction initiative in Canada. It will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 megatonnes. This is the equivalent of taking almost seven million cars off our roads.
- In recent months, Ontario has attracted over $1 billion in private sector investment and created more than 1,400 jobs through clean energy investments.
- Since 2003, about 1,500 megawatts of renewable electricity has come online in Ontario, enough to power half a million homes, or the population of Guelph and London combined.
- Details on these projects can be found on Ontario's Environmental Registry under registry number 011-1039. Any resident of Ontario may request a hearing by the Environmental Review Tribunal within 15 days after the date the decision notice is posted.
- Find more information on Ontario's renewable energy process and community and public consultation.
- Read the Chief Medical Officer of Health's report "The Potential Health Impact of Wind Turbines" which concludes no direct link between wind turbines and adverse health effects.
“The negative health impacts of coal are well documented. By shutting down all dirty coal-fired generation and moving to renewable energy sources like wind, Ontario is becoming a world leader in the clean energy industry. Building more clean energy in Ontario means a sustainable, clean economy.”