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Two New Wind Projects in Central Huron

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Two New Wind Projects in Central Huron

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 two Westerhout wind projects located on local poultry farms, including a three-turbine and a two-turbine project. The turbines will generate 80 kilowatts. 

The updated Renewable Energy Approval process ensures:

  • environment and human health are protected
  • wind projects meet regulatory setbacks and noise limits
  • 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.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

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Quotes

“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.”

John Wilkinson

Minister of the Environment

“Wind projects like this one will bring investment and jobs. Central Huron is proud to be home to a renewable energy project that will power local homes with zero emissions.”

Carol Mitchell

MPP Huron Bruce

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