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:

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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: 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

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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:

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:

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).

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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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APPEC Report on APPEC vs. IESO and WPD – January 29, 2018

APPEC Report on


Belleville Superior Court

January 29, 2018


Mr. Justice Stanley Kershman presided over the hearing of final submissions at the Belleville Courthouse. The turn-out was excellent with Mayor Quaiff, Councillor Ferguson, Wind Concerns Ontario President Jane Wilson and about 75 County residents attending. In fact, the Court Clerk was forced to find a larger courtroom to accommodate the crowd.


APPEC Final Submissions 
Eric Gillespie began by pointing out that this case raises broader public policy issues of access of information from the IESO.  On June 12, 2017 APPEC contacted the IESO for information about the status of WPD’s FIT contract.  The IESO indicated in its reply that it could not disclose this information, citing confidentiality.  Mr. Gillespie argued that this information should have been disclosed for the following reasons: (1) the IESO describes the FIT program as a standardized, open and fair process; (2) APPEC and Ontario communities are affected by the FIT Program; and (3) the information APPEC was seeking, and the IESO withheld, could not have been confidential at all as it was ultimately disclosed to the Court in November 2017.

Mr. Gillespie clarified that contrary to what the IESO contends, this is not about how to interpret clauses in the FIT contract.  The clauses are negligent misrepresentation, in that APPEC was led to believe that the generation capacity of the White Pines project could not go below 75% of the generation contracted for in 2010, when the FIT contract was signed.  The central issue for APPEC is that information that became known to the IESO was not made publicly available.  The IESO had a choice, when it became clear that WPD could not meet the 75% condition in the contract.  It could have said that things had changed, that WPD’s FIT contract would need to be amended, that WPD was in default of contractual milestone dates, etc.  Mr. Gillespie noted that it’s what the IESO and WPD did with their choices that has brought us here today.  WPD’s first public announcement that it was proceeding with the 9-turbine project was September 21, 2017.  The IESO informed Councillor Ferguson that it had agreed to amend the FIT contract on October 12, 2017.  APPEC only obtained the information it had sought in June when the IESO disclosed it to the Court on November 30.

IESO and WPD Closing Submissions and APPEC’s Reply
Alan Mark, IESO’s legal counsel, criticized APPEC’s “assumption” that it has some right to insert itself into the contractual relationship between the IESO and WPD.   Mr. Mark stated that any rights are owed exclusively to WPD, the IESO’s contractual partner; there’s nothing in the statutory framework that gives APPEC “the right to anything”. Mr. Mark went on to suggest that a contract is just a statement at a point in time with no guarantee that it won’t change in the future and members of the public don’t need to know about that either.   Mr. Mark added that “with all respect to APPEC, APPEC is just made up of members of the public that feel strongly about wind power projects.”

Mr. Mark indicated that the IESO has made no representations to APPEC at any time, so it could not have made a negligent representation. When Judge Kershman asked whether APPEC’s allegation is that the IESO made a representation in 2010 that the Project would not be able to proceed if the project’s generation capacity fell below 75%, Mr. Mark responded that this isn’t the case APPEC is making.

Mr. Mark noted a statement in the Skypower Decision that the FIT contract is a bilateral commercial contract between two parties. Mr. Gillespie noted that in the same Skypower Decision, Judge Nordheimer rejects this characterization of the FIT program, and says that the suggestion that this is a commercial nature entirely and not a matter of public policy is fictional.

Mr. Mark said that APPEC had all the information it needed and ignored this information at its peril.  In reply, Mr. Gillespie asked why APPEC would base its ERT appeal rights on a complete unknown, i.e., would the IESO amend the FIT contract, or not?

Patrick Duffy, legal counsel for WPD, also took up the argument that APPEC had no right to insert itself into the contract between the IESO and WPD. Mr. Gillespie replied that if that was so, then why did the IESO make FIT contracts available on its website for public viewing in the first place? Mr. Duffy stated that the terms “open” and “transparent” only apply to FIT Program Applicants, not to members of the public to which Mr. Gillespie replied that we still have not been told what there was about the information APPEC sought that was privileged. Mr. Duffy noted that FIPPA (Freedom of Information and Privacy Act) is the law that applies to disclosure.  However, Judge Kershnan reminded Mr. Duffy that Mr. Gillespie had already noted in his submissions how long the FIPPA process takes. Mr. Gillespie also noted that there was nothing in any of the other Party’s materials about FIPPA.

Mr. Gillespie concluded by noting the right of County residents to natural justice and procedural fairness. The IESO has not told the whole story to the community that will be affected by the White Pines wind project.

Justice Kershnan thanked the Parties and stated that he would reserve his decision. The hearing was adjourned at about 5:30 p.m.


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ERT Hearing on Feb 12, 2018 – Cancelled

The Tribunal granted motions from WPD White Pines Wind inc. and the MOECC Director with reasons to follow. The ERT decision was to strike APPEC’s Notice of Appeal in its entirety and dismiss the appeal. We are still waiting on the Tribunal to provide the reason.

As a result, there will be no ERT meeting on Feb 12, 2018 as previously scheduled.



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Upcoming Court and ERT dates/times/locations

APPEC legal action against the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and WPD White Pines Wind Inc. will be heard on January 29, 2018 at the Belleville Court House starting at 2:00 pm.

Additionally, the hearing dates for the APPEC appeal to the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) have been confirmed as follows:


Pre-hearing Conference 
January 24, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sophiasburgh Town Hall, 2771 County Road 5, Demorestville.

The purpose of the Pre-hearing Conference is for interested persons who would like speak at the hearing to apply for status either as a Party, a Participant or a Presenter.  Please click here if you are interested in finding out more about seeking status at the hearing and click here to view the ERT Notice of Pre-Hearing Conference.

ERT Main Hearing     
February 12, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sophiasburgh Town Hall.

The most effective way of showing the Superior Court and the Tribunal of the level of community concern with the White Pines wind project is with your presence.

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