City documents show that wind and solar power projects and battery storage are due for completion by 2025. Where are they? Rural residents want to know.
August 1, 2022
Community group Ottawa Wind Concerns has asked its followers to contact the City of Ottawa to request transparency on several renewable energy projects.
In an email today, the group asked citizens to demand transparency from the city, with the following request:
“On page 45 of the Energy Evolution action plan is the statement that a project is to be undertaken in the electricity sector between 2020 and 2025, which requires specifically the installation of:
150 megawatts of solar power generation
20 megawatts of wind
20 megawatts of hydro and
20 megawatts of electricity storage.
Given that these are substantial projects for the City and will require procurement of land as well as environmental studies in order to obtain approvals, we are asking the City of Ottawa to release information NOW on where these projects will be located, who will be the operators of the facilities, what contract terms are for setbacks from homes, noise limits, decommissioning, and fire and aviation safety requirements as well as what cost-benefit analysis is being done to confirm the climate change benefits of these projects.
In short, we are asking for opportunities for full public engagement with regard to these power generation projects.
As the deliverable date for these projects is less than three years away, we ask that public disclosure and engagement begin as soon as possible.”
The power projects are significant, says Ottawa Wind Concerns Chair Jane Wilson: “For wind power, the 20 megawatt requirement could mean seven or more industrial-scale wind turbines,” she says. “That will be a significant impact on a community and on the people who will be forced to live nearby. The power generators do create noise pollution and have other potential impacts on the environment such as the risk to wildlife, and the loss of important woodlands and other features.”
Wilson says there is no news on the 2025 power projects, but residents want to know they will be notified and included.
“The last time this happened,” says Wilson, “the project was presented as a ‘done deal’. That cannot happen again.”
A 20-megawatt wind power project was proposed for North Gower in 2008 but ended when the proponent, a small firm out of Germany, failed to meet requirements of Ontario’s Large Renewable Power procurement effort in 2014. The turbines were to be 600 feet tall and would have been near hundreds of homes and the village school. Almost every citizen in the area signed and petition which was presented at City Hall.
The local chapter of Ontario Landowners has also asked members to contact the City of Ottawa to demand transparency.
Ottawa Wind Concerns is an incorporated, not-for-profit group, with a membership list of several hundred residents of rural Ottawa communities and other stakeholders. We are a community group member of the Wind Concerns Ontario coalition.Our goal: a safe environment…for everyone