I attended the Niagara Region Wind Corporation’s (NRWC) Open House at Smithville District Christian High school on Tuesday night. The information session was held voluntarily by the NRWC – It is not one of the public meetings required with the Renewable Energy Approval Process (REA). http://is.gd/vrgPxg
Up for discussion was a 230 Megawatt Class 4 Wind Turbine Proposal likely affecting six Municipalities: Haldimand County, West Lincoln, Wainfleet, Pelham, Lincoln, and Grimsby. The cost of each one of these potentially 500′ high turbines is speculated to be as much as $3 million dollars.
Although the exact location of all of the properties leased to date is not known yet, the intent is likely to build the turbines in Haldimand County, West Lincoln, Pelham and Wainfleet – and to have the transmission lines running through West Lincoln, Lincoln, and Grimsby. Click here to see the Notice of Proposal: http://is.gd/eqp5pO
I spoke to representatives from Stantec (Consultants for the REA process), and Hatch Ltd. (Engineering), primarily about Lincoln being contained within the Transmission Line Interconnection Study Area. At this point NRWC is waiting for word from Hydro One who will recommend the best route for the 115 KV lines to run to reach the proposed transformer station in Grimsby. The hope is that the lines will run on existing poles, but that is yet to be determined.
The NRWC will deal with each of the municipalities through which the lines are proposed to run in order to deal with issues such as capacity, impact on the right-of-ways etc.
Two public consultations are required under the REA process and the goal is to have the first this September (one in each of the six municipalities) to present the Project Description Report.
Following that, technical studies will look at the design, construction, operation, and potential decommission of the turbines, the location of turbines, access roads, collector and transmission lines etc. and to complete all requirements under the REA. It is expected that this will take twelve to eighteen months during which time there will be a second public consultation.
In order to meet the deadline under the Ontario Feed in Tariff program (FIT), the project must be operational by 2014.