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Amherst Island Wind Project

This page summarizes developments in the application, approval, and planning process of the proposed Algonquin Power/Windlectric wind turbine project for Amherst Island. For information prior to 2015, please follow the link at the bottom of the page.

February 2017

February 21: Letter from Loyalist Township to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change providing comments on Invista Canada Application to Amend Certificate of Property Use
February 8: A revised Draft Operations Plan was received from Algonquin Power Co, as linked below:

February 6: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power Co. providing review and comment on Algonquin's fill permit application

January 2017

January 27: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power Co. advising of the Township's noise by-law.
January 20: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power Co. responding to December 23rd submission
January 18: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power Co. regarding the planned construction of the mainland dock site
January 12: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power Co. acknowledging receipt of their submission of December 23
January 3: Four documents were received from Algonquin Power Co. at 8:30 p.m. on December 23, as linked below:
December 2016

December 21: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power Co. regarding the Draft Operations Plan
December 20: Response from Loyalist Township regarding mainland dock permit
December 16: Response from Algonquin regarding mainland dock permit
December 15: Letter from Loyalist Building Dept to Algonquin regarding building permit issued for mainland dock construction
December 2: Executed Copy of Terms of Access re: 5485-5493 Highway 33, Bath
December 2: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power Co. attaching minutes from January 2013 town hall meeting
December 1: Revised Terms of Access with respect to Algonquin Power Co.'s application for entrance permit at 5485-5493 Highway 33, Bath

November 2016

November 14: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power Co. regarding detail missing from the Draft Operations Plan
November 8: Temporary Road Closure granted to Algonquin Power Co. of a portion of Dump Road on November 15, 2016
November 2: Response to Algonquin Power Co.'s application for entrance permit at 5485-5493 Highway 33, Bath
November 2: Temporary Entrance Permits (2) issued to Algonquin Power Co. for the north and south sides of 6400 Front Road
November 1: Notice of Commencement of Construction

October 2016

October 28: Excavation Permits 2016-02 and 2016-03 issued to Algonquin Power Co.
October 28: Project Newsletter No. 4
October 24: Loyalist Township provided the attached response to the draft Operations Plan.
Mid-October: Windlectric delivered a draft Operations Plan for Construction of Amherst Island Wind Project. It is linked here (in two parts, due to file size):
Part 1 of Draft Operations Plan for Construction
Part 2 of Draft Operations Plan for Construction
October 5: Comments from Loyalist Township re: draft Geotech Workplan 2nd Submission

September 2016

September 14: Workplan, Geotechnical Investigations 2nd Submission

August 2016

August 29:

Ontario Municipal Board Decision - Dismissal of Appeal by Bruce Caughey regarding Proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 31
August 29:
Costs incurred by Loyalist Township in regard to the above appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board
August 3: The appeal of this project, filed in 2015 by the Association to Protect Amherst Island, was heard before the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) over a period of twenty-five days between December 4, 2015 and June 7, 2016. On August 3, 2016, the appeal was dismissed. The attached decision was delivered by Justin Duncan (ERT member) and Robert V. Wright (ERT vice-chair).

June 2016

June 9: Correspondence received from the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority regarding the Permit Application for Proposed Upgrades to Travelled Roads on Amherst Island.

May 2016

May 19: Comments from Loyalist Township re: revised draft Emergency Response & Communication Plan
May 19: Project Newsletter No. 3

April 2016

April 26: Table compiled by Algonquin detailed their actions based on Loyalist Township's comments re: ERCP
April 26: Revised Emergency Response and Communication Plan
April 11: Justice H. Sachs issued the attached decision, in response to the Association to Protect Amherst Island's application for judicial review of the Director of Environmental Approvals’ decision to issue a Renewable Energy Approval for this project.
April 6: Project Newsletter No. 2 - April 6, 2016

March 2016

March 17: Project Newsletter No. 1
March 9: Comments from Loyalist Township re: draft Emergency Response & Communication Plan
March 9: Comments from Loyalist Township re: draft Wind Farm Drawings
March 1: Comments from the County of Lennox & Addington re: draft Traffic Management Plan

February 2016

February 4: Comments from Loyalist Township re: draft Traffic Management Plan

January 2016

January 27: Comments from Loyalist Township re: draft Geotech Workplan
January 26: Windlectric - Community Benefit Agreement and Windlectric - Road Use Agreement - have been signed by all parties (linked copies are unsigned).

December 2015

December: Workplan, Geotechnical Investigations

November 2015

November: Traffic Management Plan

October 2015

October 26: A report was presented to the regular Council meeting which summarized the results of three draft agreements received from Algonquin Power. These were the draft Haul Routes map, draft Road Use Agreement, and draft Community Benefit Agreement. All three were posted for public comment in September, and comments were accepted by the Township until Monday, October 19, 2015, at 4:30 pm.
October: Emergency Response and Communication Plan

September 2015

September 8: The Association for the Protection of Amherst Island filed an appeal of the Renewable Energy Approval for the Windlectric project on Amherst Island.

August 2015

August 24: The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change issued a Renewable Energy Approval to Windlectric Inc. for a wind turbine project on Amherst Island. 

July 2015

July: Drawings Collector System (17 MB)

For information prior to 2015, please follow this link.