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
- 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 numbers 010-9858 and 010-9859. 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.”
“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.”