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Mayor says there were too many “issues” and not enough municipal control. Samsung’s proposed agreement demanded all building permits, access to roads and virtually everything they needed, in return for payments of $180,000 per year for the wind power project. Each of the 56 turbines would have netted Samsung $775,000 per year, under the government’s Feed In Tariff subsidy program.
The community held a meeting a few weeks ago, featuring a local Realtor who said property values in Southgate would disappear, and University of Guelph economics professor Ross McKitrick, who said wind power is expensive and ineffective as a reliable source of power.
Here is the news story.
Samsung Project Dead
Thursday, April 3, 2014 8:28 AM by
Southgate Council votes against the wind project with unwilling host status.
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(Southgate) – The large wind turbine project in Southgate has apparently been stopped.
Mayor Brian Milne says the Samsung, Pattern Energy project needed willing host status from the Township to move ahead.
At last night’s meeting, Milne says Council voted unanimously to stop the wind project by declaring itself an unwilling host.
Milne says there was no way the township could resolve a number of issues it had with the project, without more control.
He says it was apparent the project would tear the community apart.
Samsung needed willing host status to move ahead with its 50 turbine, 120-megawatt wind farm proposal.
Milne applauds the Province for giving them that out clause, and the ability to say no.
But Milne wishes the Province gave them site plan control.
Instead, he says council had to say yes, with no conditions.
He says just three weeks ago Southgate was in the process of considering being a willing host.
But Milne says that was only if they could come to terms on a agreement on a number of issues — which included a good neighbour policy and issues around health and property values.
But Milne says they couldn’t come to those terms, and they had no choice but to stop the project.
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Is this “out” clause available to other municipalities? Doesn’t seem so, given that +90 are unwilling hosts but still fighting.
The Energy Minister and Premier keep saying that community approval will be important but that there will still be no “veto.” This was a different case as Samsung has a giant, secret contract with the government to supply power and they are looking for places to do that. For some reason, they now have to have a municipal resolution of support. What’s interesting about Southgate is that the Township has done a complete about-face; the Mayor and Deputy Mayor were both very “pro” wind power.
It remains to be seen what happens next. One resident there has leases for over 20 turbines—he’s not likely to just say bye-bye to that kind of money. And he is a Councillor.
By the way, it is 82 municipalities with a formal resolution now; the universe of vulnerable municipalities isn’t that big, we must be getting close to having all of them. The government has a “green light” for Eastern Ontario.