September 20, 2008. The new Gaia-Algonquin partnership, named Windlectric Inc., made a presentation, 0.3mb to the Council and to a large number of attendees. This part of the meeting lasted a total of maybe 30 minutes. April Meyer of Algonquin was the only proponent presenting; unfortunately her PC wasn’t working so she had to borrow a printed copy of the above linked presentation so she could give it. I was there; some of my notes:
- They have 55 options signed.
- They won’t have any details, like turbine sites, until after the open house on Oct 5.
- The OPA has a gag order in place on all responses to their recent bid openings, so nobody can talk about just how big the project will be. UPDATE – I read through the OPA RFP and there’s no mention of a gag order in it (at least not on the responders – the OPA does have restrictions), except for prices. I’m betting that they just don’t want to talk specifics right now, and don’t want to admit it, so they put the blame on the OPA.
- They will be using turbines in the 1.5 – 2.5mw range.
John Harrison representing CPAI addressed the council. His main points were that CPAI will vigorously oppose the project, by:
- Raising health issues for anyone within 1.5 km of a turbine.
- Raise any issues relating to damaging nature – especially birds and bats.
- Use Provincial, Federal and International rules, regulations and treaties to block the project.
- He provided 3 reasons why he thought CHD pulled out:
- Environmental issues
- The strong opposition from Amherst Islanders.
- The marginal wind resource.
Kevin Archibald then addressed the council (and the audience as well) in his impassioned style, reviewing a number of reasons why this project is a bad idea.