In a move that surprised all of us on Amherst Island, Ian Baines’ company, WindStream, was awarded a contract under the Ontario FIT program to supply power to the Ontario grid for a fixed price of 19 cents per kw-h, about 5 times the current wholesale price. Plus escalators over the years. Who is WindStream? From their web page, they have 5 employees. One is Ian Baines and another is his wife. Yet somehow they now control 48,000 acres of Lake Ontario. Nice work, if you can get it.
Reverse Chrono ListingFebruary 11, 2011.
This was either a very good or a very bad day, depending on your viewpoint. For Windstream, it was very bad. Ontario announced a moratorium on offshore wind energy projects, including Shoals. I wrote more about the moratorium
at windfarmrealities. Since Shoals has a contract to sell power to the OPA (to date the only offshore project that does) it affects them directly. The Kingston Whig-Standard had this article
] about their reaction.
February, 2011. The developer issued a jobs and economic impact report. I critiqued that report at windfarmrealities. It is curious that the number of turbines doesn’t agree with the IESO report, below.
November 8, 2010. The IESO has published the System Impact Assessment Report, which details how the turbines and substation will be connected to the grid. The main news out of this report is that the project will use 100 3.0MW Vestas V112 turbines. They have 55-metre blades.
September 5, 2010. John Harrison submitted his comments on noise propagation over water and how Ontario yet again sets inadequate setbacks.
July 27, 2010. We finally have a picture of the Wolfe Island Shoals project. A Canadian company named Ortech has apparently been named project manager. They also have a second web site. At a recent conference in Cleveland they gave a 35-slide presentation on the Shoals project. If all you’re interested in is the turbine placement, here is a small picture.
If you want a bigger picture (3.8mb!), click here. I also have the complete presentation in powerpoint and open office formats – go over to my windfarmrealities.org site and look for the appropriate “wi-shoals” files, way at the bottom. They are very large, 20mb.
June 29, 2010. Several weeks later Murray prepared a longer report for Council. It runs 16 pages, of which only 5 are his report and the last 11 are the recently proposed Ontario regulations for offshore projects. One question that should be on everyone’s mind was asked by Council: At the June 28, 2010 meeting, Council asked how a company like Wolfe Island Wind Shoals could negotiate to secure 48,000 acres of the lake bed, without going through a public process.
Murray’s Project Description, 5.5mb
June 15, 2010. Loyalist Township, which includes Amherst Island, is potentially the closest local government to the project. The Township Council is thus pretty interested in what WindStream is doing. The Township planner is Muray Bickel, and he has prepared this report for Council.
Project Description, per Loyalist Township, 1.7mb
April, 2010. It didn’t take long for folks to respond. Here’s a list of articles about the project. Unfortunately, the newspapers removed the articles and I hadn’t yet gotten into the habit of creating backup copies. So I’ve removed the links. Maybe they can still be googled, if you are interested.
- April 28, 2010: Project to Cost $1.5B
- April 23, 2010: Gone With the Wind Power
- April 21, 2010: Unanswered Questions
- April 20, 2010: Towers, Towers Everywhere
- April 17, 2010: Regulations Needed
- April 15, 2010: Uncharted Territory
April 8, 2010. The OPA offered contracts to buy power from 184 large projects. Among them was The Wolfe Island Shoals Wind Farm, for 300,000MW capacity and somewhere around 100 turbines, yet to be decided.