Tue October 8, 2013
Ontario's Niagara Region reviewing wind power
There may be debates about the value of generating electricity from the wind, but two major privately financed wind farms are starting a $50 million construction project any day just across the border in Ontario's Niagara Region.
Projects in Wainfleet and West Lincoln, Ontario have been very controversial, with strong opposition from local government and support from the provincial government.
The province supports alternative and nuclear energy to get away from burning coal to generate electricity and buys wind-generated electricity at a fixed price and has approved these projects to go ahead.
IPC Energy's Senior Project Manager Tom Lewis said the sites just off Lake Erie are good ones.
"Wainfleet is a rather good spot as is West Lincoln in Niagara but we are using a modern turbine that is built for a lower wind speed area to make up for that. But, it should be a very good project based on the productions we're anticipating," said Lewis.
Lewis noted the project still has to get the actual building permits but expects those will come quickly enough to start construction within days.
Lewis said the ten-wind turbines should be in place in their 450-foot towers by Christmas, with the project generating electricity early in the New Year. Together, they are supposed to generate enough electricity for 5,000 homes.