Todd Smith on White Pines Wind Termination
According to articles published in the Globe and Mail, National Post and Toronto Star over the last couple of weeks, wpd is distorting the story of the development of the White Pines Project by presenting itself as a victim of the impending legislation. In fact, Dr. Brosamle, CEO of Wpd AG, asked for reconsideration of the cancellation of White Pines, saying that cancellation was due to “no fault of its own”. Here’s an op-ed written by Gary Mooney and published in last week’s Times documenting ten major failings / faults of Wpd that justify cancellation of the project. You can read it here.
As previously reported, the new government passed the White Pines Wind Project Termination Act (WPWPTA) on July 25. In a statement made in the Ontario Legislature on July 25th, Todd Smith stood up and clarified the reasons for cancelling the wpd White Pines Wind Project and provided answers to NDP and Liberal critics as wells as these newspaper articles. It is highly recommended that you view Todd Smith’s speech in the Legislature by clicking here.
These are some of the facts that Todd Smith told the legislature about wpd and the White Pines Wind Project:
- Todd repeated several times the PC Conservative slogan “A Promise Made, Promise Kept”. and included a County slogan to “Keep the County Naturally Green, Turbine Free”.
- He responded to claims of damage to the reputation of the Ontario government for cancelling the wpd White Pines Wind Project.
- This government does not fear contractual chill within Ontario because wpd did not honour it’s agreements with the province
- Wpd missed milestone dates (2 years past long stop date)
- wpd’s inability to comply with the terms of its original Feed-In-Tarif (FIT) contract that required wpd to produce 75% of the original nameplate capacity. With the removal of wind turbines by the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) for environmental reasons and due to poor placement, only 9 out of the original 29 proposed turbines remained reducing the capacity from 60MW down to about 18MW.
- The IESO amended the power contract to support the new capacity without public consultation or notice
- To protect endangered species, wpd was charged 3 times by the Ministry of the Environment
- wpd’s continued non-stop construction during the Blanding’s Turtle Active Season (May 1 to Oct 15th) which was contrary to the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) Avoidance Measures and after telling the ERT it would not do so
- wpd’s defiance of the impending legislation by accelerating construction after the July 10th announcement to terminate the project even after they were advised by IESO it is in wpd’s best interest to stop construction immediately
- With the embedded solar capacity in PEC, there is a legitimate question that the County is already a net neutral municipality
- In April 2018, Todd had a conversation with the IESO and conveyed to them how important the wpd White Pines Wind Project would be to a new government and that it would likely be terminated if the PC Conservatives won the election.
- The IESO issued the Notice to Proceed (NTP) on May 11th, 2 days into the election campaign and in violation to the caretaker convention. This is highly irregular and counter to government policy
- Todd also named some of the many County residents that have been involved in the fight for many, many years
- wpd’s consistent disrespected for local opposition and with APPEC’s legal action / appeals
- wpd and the government at the time ignored the fact the Prince Edward County declared themselves an Unwilling Host.
- With the Ostrander Point Wind Project terminated by that ERT due to environmental reasons and in protection of endangered species along the Prince Edward County South Shore, wpd and the government at the time ignored the conclusions of the ERT and kept on with legal action for wpd White Pines Wind causing County residents enormous costs to fund the legal appeals. The government at the time and wpd should have known it would not end well with White Pines as the project got significantly reduced.
- There was a referendum in South Marysburgh where 90% voted against having wind turbines
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It is with great pleasure that APPEC announces the termination of the White Pines Wind Project. Bill 2 was passed into law late yesterday afternoon following the third and final reading and the proclamation of royal assent. Councillor Steve Ferguson has let us know that WPD has informed the municipality that there will be no further construction and that they are securing the sites and making them safe.
We greet this news with joy – and a big sense of relief. It has been a long haul to this point. We congratulate our new provincial government for acting decisively to cancel a Project which should never have received a Renewable Energy Approval in the first place, much less been permitted to be in development for almost a decade after failing to meet one milestone date after another.
We are exceedingly grateful to MPP Todd Smith, Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Government House Leader, not to mention our elected representative, for his instrumental efforts in bringing about the cancellation of the White Pines Wind Project. Todd’s speech in the legislature yesterday was very moving, and he even personally named many of the wind warriors involved for years to keep the County turbine free. To quote Todd: “a promise made is a promise delivered”. Special thanks is also owed to Mitch Heimpel for his efficient assistance in communicating our concerns with the White Pines Wind Project at the provincial level.
We are also grateful for the longstanding support APPEC has received from our Mayor and Council. A heartfelt thanks to Councillor Steve Ferguson for his tireless efforts on our behalf.
Lastly, we have APPEC members and other allies to thank for standing with us for so many years, and for their enthusiastic support of all our efforts. Fundraising will need to continue but the battle has at last been won!
We are looking forward to turning the page and moving forward together as a community.
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
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 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.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- 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;
- 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;
- We need volunteers to help in shifts during the Yard Sale;
- 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: email@example.com
Thank you for your support in helping to make this our biggest Yard Sale ever!
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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).