Government bill to terminate White Pines Wind Project passes first reading

The Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County is extremely pleased by today’s news that the PC government has introduced a bill that includes the White Pines Wind Project Termination Act. The bill easily passed the first reading of the PC majority legislature and is subject to two more readings at which time it will be on its way to becoming a new law.

The White Pines Wind Project Termination Act is retroactive to July 10, the date when MPP Todd Smith announced the government’s intention to cancel the Project as one of its top priorities. Once passed into law, the Act will terminate all wpd permits and revoke all approvals including the Project’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) contract and the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) that was issued to wpd three years ago today on July 16, 2015. The Act also includes decommissioning, specifically that: “wpd White Pines Wind Incorporated shall ensure that the White Pines Wind Project is decommissioned in accordance with regulations made under this Act or the Environmental Protection Act.”

While this comes as great news, celebrations are on hold as wpd carries on with construction. Reports were received today of horizontal directional drilling on Royal Road and rock saw excavation on Crowes Road for underground distribution lines as well as reports of a turbine tower being transported to the site.

Following a successful appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal, APPEC has been granted another court hearing. We will be back in court soon with our stay motion to get wpd to stop.

Read the full act here: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-2

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PEC Citizen Action Photo Op

The Citizen Action Photo Op that was held today at Bond Road and County Road 10 was a great success with 40 to 50 people involved. The joint citizen action only delayed the delivery of large wind turbine parts for a short period for the Photo Op. All local media was present. The objective was to demonstrate County citizen anger and dismay towards the IESO for issuing a Notice to Proceed (NTP) to wpd White Pines Wind Inc. after the election campaign was underway.

objections to the IESO approving the White Pines Notice to Proceed (NTP) application after the election was underway and contrary to government policy. The intent was not to halt the project but rather to send a clear and message to the Ontario Legislature of our dismay and objection. The group delayed the delivery convoy of large wind turbine parts for a short period for the photo op. The organizers clearly achieved their objective to send a strong message to Queen’s Park.

Here are photos from today’s event (credit Michael Lindon):

Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5, Photo 6, Photo 7, Photo 8, Photo 9, Photo 10.

1 minute, 21 second video: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ 63z7q7w6n45f3ss/White%20Pines% 20Protest%20July%2010.mp4?dl=0

 

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Black Tie with Blue Jeans Gala – Fundraiser for SSAF

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Black Tie with Blue Jeans Gala
Fundraiser for the South Shore Appeal Fund

Friday June 29, 2018, Waring Hall @ 7 PM

Come out for Fun, Food, Friendship and dancing to the Fabulous tunes of the Fade Kings. Cash bar available.

Draw prize of two executive class tickets to Europe. Live auction of Art by famous Canadian artists and Antiques.

Tickets $80.00 a person or $150.00 a couple.

Tickets can be purchased using PayPal or credit cards with the Buy Now buttons on the right sidebar on this page. If there are advertisements in the sidebar, please scroll down below the ads to find the Buy Now buttons.

Or in person at Royal LePage, 104 Main St, Picton or phone Gord Gibbins at 613-242- 9913. For catering purposes please purchase tickets before June 21.

For more information on draw prizes and auction items please click here. This list will be added to over time so please check back. Thank you for all the donations and sponsors click here.

NEW! NEW! – we have been asked by some who cannot attend if they can make a donation. Others have asked about the draw prizes. So for anyone who cannot attend we are offering a draw ticket for the “2 EXECUTIVE CLASS TICKETS TO EUROPE” for each $100 donation. Please contact Gord at 613-242-9913 or Gord.gibbins@optimumre.com

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Yard Sale coming soon – Saturday, May 26!

This year’s Yard Sale will be Saturday, May 26 from 8 am to 2 pm. The Yard Sale will be held at 13633 Highway #33 (Loyalist Parkway). We thank Bree of County Yum Club for offering their property again this year. We’re hoping for sunny skies and lots of people stopping by!

Donated items can be dropped off at the Yard Sale site before 8 am on the Saturday morning of the sale. Those unable to bring their items on Saturday morning can bring them to Royal LePage, 104 Main Street, Picton on Friday, May 25 between 4 pm and 7 pm.

It would be a great help if you could price your donated items beforehand.

For large items or other drop-off locations please email: contactus@appec.ca

Unfortunately, we cannot accept bedding, large appliances, clothing, safety helmets and baby equipment (toys, but not stuffed, are okay). All other items are much-appreciated.

It takes a LOT of volunteers to run a successful Yard Sale and we are counting on you for help.

  1. We need 4 or 5 volunteers for Friday night to sort, price and pack up items dropped off at Royal LePage, and to load your cars with the items to bring to the site Saturday morning;
  2. We need volunteers to be at the Yard Sale site on Saturday morning for 6:30 am to 8 am to help set up tables and put all the items out;
  3. We need volunteers to help in shifts during the Yard Sale;
  4. Finally, we need volunteers to help pack up everything at the end of the sale.

Please email me directly if you can volunteer for any of the times on Friday or Saturday: jcmleewis@kos.net

Thank you for your support in helping to make this our biggest Yard Sale ever!

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APPEC HOLDS WALK-A-THON FOR BLANDING’S TURTLES

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Quinte News covered the APPEC and PECFN sponsored Walk-A-Thon for the Blanding’s Turtles on May 1st.

It was a nice day for a walk and a group of approximately 50 people came out to South Marysburgh Tuesday morning to participate in a walk-a-thon to protest the wind turbine project in Prince Edward County. (click here to read the whole article).

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Blanding’s Turtle Walk-A-Thon – May 1, 2018

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Multi-million-dollar power contracts IESO style

Energy Sector Analyst Parker Gallant explains how the IESO could easily save rate-payers some significant future rate increases without impacting energy security, with a particular look at one recent project – wpd Canada Inc’s White Pines Wind Project in Prince Edward County – that completely defies all logic when it comes to one of their mission statements.

The following is an excerpt from Parker Gallant’s article. Or click here to read the whole article.

Or, how the IESO could have saved Ontario ratepayers more than $400 million by cancelling one wind power project, but didn’t.   …

So, the province has a surplus of power, and the costs of wind and solar have become more competitive. Why would the IESO then not seize upon the opportunity to deal with a high-cost industrial-scale wind power project, when they had the ability to cancel it due to non-compliance with the original contract? At the very least shouldn’t they have renegotiated the contract to reduce the impact on ratepayers?

They did neither.

The White Pines story is a curious exercise in contract law, to be sure. A successful appeal* to the Environmental Review Tribunal by the community group the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County** resulted in the project being reduced from 59.45 MW to 18.45 MW last fall. IESO could have simply canceled it because it was clearly unable to meet a condition requiring delivery of 75% of the capacity agreed to in the contract. At the very least, IESO could have renegotiated the terms of the contract to fulfill the Energy Minister’s claim that “renewables are increasingly competitive”.

But the IESO amended the contract for the reduced project, and granted waivers to the original conditions of performance, it was learned in a Belleville courtroom recently.

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