Turbine tussle whips up
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Ottawa’s not known as the windy city, but within a few hundred kilometres of Parliament Hill’s Peace Tower, hundreds of wind turbines are being proposed for small communities where big developers hope to make an even bigger windfall.
Ottawa has largely been spared from the fuss and fury of wind power projects, but among the 29 Eastern Ontario proposals on the books at the environment ministry, three projects are within city limits, while many more are just beyond the outskirts.
According to the ministry, Richmond, Galetta and a third Ottawa location are in the pre-submission stage as they await renewable energy approval applications. Other sites include Carleton Place, Mountain, Dundas, North Dundas and Eganville.
Another proposal to build about eight turbines, each 626 feet tall, in North Gower is in the planning stages.
“It’s a quiet community, but that will change when we become a giant power-generating factory. It will change the quality of the village and quality of life here forever,” said North Gower resident and Wind Concerns Ontario president Jane Wilson.
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