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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 2017, please follow the link at the bottom of the page.

March 2019
March 29: The following documents are the respective decisions arising from the October 2017 arbitration between Windlectric and Loyalist Township, and from the May 2018 arbitration between Windlectric and Loyalist Township.

January 2019
January 15:
At their regular session on January 14, Council received a staff report summarizing the Post-construction Study submitted by Algonquin Power Co. Staff will provide to Algonquin Power Co., a response to the Post-construction Study, no later than January 26, 2019. The study is linked below.

Residents who wish to provide feedback on the contents of the study may do so, no later than January 21, 2019, by emailing the Engineering Technician.
 
August 2018
August 16: Public Road Post Windmill Construction Deficiencies

July 2018
July 5: Letter to Algonquin Power Co. from Loyalist Township regarding road and culvert deficiencies

February 2018
February 22: Letter to Algonquin Power Co. from Loyalist Township regarding road safety concerns
February 14: Loyalist Township - Wind Project Construction Status Newsletter

December 2017
December 11: The road allowance surveys for Front Road and South Shore Road have been completed, including peer review.

November 2017
November 28: An updated schedule has been provided for oversized load deliveries on the mainland. Tower sections only will be moved in 2017. No moves will be made in winter storm conditions. More information is expected in the new year regarding the balance of deliveries.
November 22: Algonquin Power has provided a schedule for the movement of oversized loads within mainland Loyalist Township. [Schedule removed, see revised information above]
November 13: A portion of the road allowance surveys committed to as part of the Operations Plan have been completed, including peer review. They are linked herewith:

October 2017
October 30: Notice of Dewatering for Construction Site Activities
October 5: Construction Activity Map - October 10-October 21
October 5: Construction Activity Map - October 5-October 14
October 5: Algonquin Power has provided notice that construction of the Windlectric project will commence on October 5.

September 2017


September 21: Algonquin Power provided answers to questions posed by the APAI in two letters dated August 11 and August 21, 2017.
September 20: Algonquin Power has provided answers to the questions that were provided by means of open microphone at the Public Information Session on September 6.
September 20: Algonquin Power has provided answers to the questions that were provided via email and by means of question cards at the Public Information Session on September 6. Please note: property addresses mentioned specifically in the question cards and emails have been redacted by Loyalist Township staff throughout this document.
September 20: Algonquin Power has provided information to Loyalist Township with respect to their communications with Tri-Board Transportation regarding bussing on Amherst Island. Please note: cell phone numbers, personal phone numbers, and email addresses have been redacted by Loyalist Township staff throughout this document. (Sept 22: At the request of Limestone District School Board, some additional information regarding scheduling was removed by Loyalist Township staff as well.)
September 18: Loyalist Township provided additional comments to Algonquin Power with respect to the Pre-construction Study Version 5.
September 15: Loyalist Township issued fill permits to Algonquin Power as follows: September 15: Loyalist Township issued comments to Algonquin Power on the following fill permit applications: September 14: Loyalist Township provided preliminary comments to Algonquin Power with respect to the geotechnical borehole investigation report dated August 29, 2017.
September 13: Loyalist Township has issued the following fill permits to Algonquin Power.
September 11: This afternoon Algonquin Power has provided additional updates to sections of the Pre-construction Study.
September 11: Algonquin Power has updated several sections of the Pre-construction Study. Other schedules not referenced remain unchanged since their last submitted version. September 8: National Bank has advised of a change of their address with respect to Windlectric Inc. requests for payment.
September 8: Algonquin Power has a submitted Road Allowance Surveying Tracking Report, as well as several new documents as insertions into the Pre-construction Study V5.

September 6: Section D of the Pre-construction Study, Pre-construction Preparatory Work, contains a series of drawings beginning with the designation "MR". Algonquin Power has provided the August 29th version of these drawings to Loyalist Township bearing the stamp and signature of the professional engineers who have worked on the respective drawings. PDF copies are linked herewith:
August 2017

August 31: On August 24 & 25, Loyalist Township provided comments to Algonquin Power with respect to fill permit applications they have submitted.
August 30: A revised draft Pre-construction Study was received from Algonquin Power. Version 5 of this study is posted herewith in its entirety.
August 24: Notice from Cambium Inc. of a Water Taking Activity
August 23: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power, with final comments on the Pre-construction Study - July 21 submission and preliminary comments on the Pre-construction Study - August 17 submission
August 18: As outlined in the attached letter from Algonquin Power to Loyalist Township, Windlectric discovered errors in the drawings submitted on August 17 for South Shore Road and Intersections.
August 17: Revisions to numerous schedules that comprise the Pre-construction Study were received from Algonquin Power this morning, as linked below. Other schedules not referenced remain unchanged since their last submitted version.

 
August 9: Revisions to numerous schedules that comprise the Pre-construction Study were received from Algonquin Power in late July, as linked below. Other schedules not referenced remain unchanged since their last submitted version.

July 2017

July 21: A revised draft Operations Plan was received from Algonquin Power, as linked below, along with the revised Schedules 9 and 21. Other schedules not referenced remain unchanged since their last submitted version. July 20: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power, with comments on the draft Operations Plan Revision 7

July 20: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power, with comments on the draft Operations Plan Revision 6
July 20: A revised draft Operations Plan was received from Algonquin Power, as linked below, along with the revised Schedule 3 and the newly added Schedule 21. Other schedules not referenced remain unchanged since their last submitted version.

July 18: A revised draft Operations Plan was received from Algonquin Power, as linked below, along with Schedules 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, and 17, which reflect the recent changes. To view schedules that remain unchanged since the previous draft, kindly refer to the May 4th submission.


June 2017

June 15: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power with comments on the draft Pre-construction Study, Revision 1
June 14: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power with comments on the draft Operations Plan, Revision 5
June 12: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power, approving Fill Permit 2017-04 for Mainland Recreational Road
June 12: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power, approving Fill Permit 2017-03 for Invista South Parcel
June 5: Letter from Loyalist Township's solicitor to Algonquin Power's solicitor responding to the Notice of Arbitration

May 2017

May 31: Notice to Arbitrate and accompanying letter from Algonquin Power's solicitor to Loyalist Township
May 29: Letter from Algonquin Power to Loyalist Township, with respect to the Loyalist Township staff report dated May 25, 2017
May 23: Algonquin Power posted an updated draft Marine Logistics Plan on their website on May 3. 
May 15: Letter from Algonquin Power to Chris Raffael (MOECC), seeking assistance in finding resolution with Loyalist Township on the draft Operations Plan
May 15: Letter from Algonquin Power to Loyalist Township, seeking a decision of Council with respect to their most recent draft Operations Plan submission
May 15: Notice of Special Council Meeting, to be held on May 29, 2017. Written comments to Council may be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Click here to submit comments via email.

May 11: A revised Draft Pre-Construction Survey was received from Algonquin Power Co., as linked below:

May 4: A revised Draft Operations Plan was received from Algonquin Power Co, as linked below:
 
April 2017

April 24: Letter from MTO to Algonquin Power with respect to permitting requirements and permitting timelines when applying to move oversized deliveries
April 20: Due to an administrative oversight on the part of Loyalist Township staff, several schedules were omitted when the draft Operations Plan Submission dated March 28 was posted to this site. They have now been linked below. See schedules 9 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19.
April 13: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power with comments on the draft Operations Plan Revision 3
April 7: Letter from Loyalist Township to Alqonguin Power with comments on their draft Pre-construction Study

March 2017

March 30: Algonquin Power's Marine Logistics Plan was recently posted on their website.
March 29:
A revised Draft Operations Plan was received from Algonquin Power Co, as linked below:
March 28: An application for a fill permit was received from Algonquin Power, with respect to their Central Laydown Yard. (13 MB)

March 16: Letter from Algonquin Power to Loyalist Township, addressing the concerns raised in the Township's letter of January 20 regarding the draft Operations Plan

March 14: Further to Algonquin's submission of March 10, an updated Geotechnical Report was provided, which replaces Section B - Existing Conditions Evaluation.

March 10: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power approving their Application for Fill Permit (Permit 2017-02)

March 10: A draft Pre-construction Study was received from Algonquin Power, as linked below:

February 2017

February 24: Memo from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power discussing the process to apply for a temporary noise by-law exemption 
February 22: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power approving their Application for Fill Permit (Permit 2017-01)
February 21: Letter from Loyalist Township to Algonquin Power responding to the Draft Operations Plan Revision 2, dated February 7
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:


For information prior to 2017, please follow this link.