Amherst Island Wind Project - 2016 and Earlier
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 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 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 14: Workplan, Geotechnical Investigations 2nd Submission
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 9: Correspondence received from the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority regarding the Permit Application for Proposed Upgrades to Travelled Roads on Amherst Island.
May 19: Comments from Loyalist Township re: revised draft Emergency Response & Communication Plan
May 19: Project Newsletter No. 3
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 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 4: Comments from Loyalist Township re: draft Traffic Management Plan
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: Workplan, Geotechnical Investigations
November: Traffic Management Plan
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 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 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: Drawings Collector System (17 MB)
For information prior to 2015, please follow this link.
January 7: Status of Windlectric Inc. Renewable Energy Approval
Municipal Consultation Form
Letter to Windlectric Inc.
Letter to the Ministry of the Environment, copied to MPP for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington
Letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne
October 22: At the regular meeting of Loyalist Township Council, the Director of Planning & Development presented a report outlining the actions that have been taken to date in Loyalist Township on the subject of renewable energy.
The report and its various appendices are linked here, in PDF format. Report, October 15, 2012 re: Past Municipal Actions - Renewable Energy
Appendix A, containing:
- August 20, 2008 Staff Report - Official Plan policies
- Official Plan Amendment No. 18
- Ministry of Municipal Affairs Approval letter - OPA No. 18
- Ministry of Municipal Affairs Approval letter - OPA No. 18 in force and effect
Appendix B, containing:
- October 10, 2008 letter of Reeve - Wind Turbine Noise & Health
- Staff Report (September 25, 2008), resolution and letter regarding Wind Turbine Noise and Health (October 14, 2008)
Appendix C, containing:
- February 23, 2009 Staff Report - Bill 150 (Green Energy & Green Economy Act) March 3, 2009 and
- March 27, 2009 Letter to Ministry re: Bill 150
- May 25, 2009 Staff Report - Green Energy Act - Bill 150 resolution and letter
Appendix D, containing:
- June 29, 2009 Staff Report - Draft Content of Renewable Energy Approval Regulations
- July 2, 2009 Staff Report - Ministry of Natural Resources - Draft Approval and Permitting Requirements Document for Renewable Energy Projects
- Council resolutions on the above
- Letter ro Ministry of Environment dated July 20, 2009
- October 14, 2009 Staff Report regarding approved Renewable Energy Approvals Regulation (359/09);
- November 25, 2009 Staff Report regarding proposed OPA rules relative to Feed-in Tariff
- Letter and Resolution related to November 25, 2009 report
- September 10, 2010 Staff Report re: Offshore Wind Additional Area
- Resolution and letter related to September 10, 2010 report
Appendix E, containing:
- Resolution of Prince Edward County
- Resolution of Grey Highlands
- Resolution of Town of Thessalon
- Resolution of Wollaston Township
- Resolution of Mulmur Township
- Resolution of Municipality of Clarington
Appendix F, containing:
- June 29, 2010 Staff Report - Rules for Offshore Turbines
- Letter and resolution related to June 29, 2010 report
- September 10, 2010 Staff Report on Ernestown Windpark Inc.
- Council resolution and letter regarding September 10, 2010 report
Appendix G, containing:
- February 20, 2012 Staff Report on Possible Opportunity for Changes to REA
- Council resolution and letter related to February 29, 2012 report
Appendix H, containing:
- Delegation - John Harrison and Flicker Effect
- Resolution and letter resulting from Harrison delegation
- September 28, 2012 Staff Report on Wind Turbines in Proximity to Amherst Island Public School
October 9: Council received correspondence from Amherst Island property owners (variously dated from March – July 2012) regarding the proposed Amherst Island Wind Project and directed that letters opposing the project (33 individual letters and summary of 116 ‘form’ letters) and one (1) letter of support be sent to Windlectric/Algonquin Power, the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Energy. A draft report, re assessment of social and economic impacts of the proposed project, was also received. Council thanks all residents and property owners who wrote to Council expressing their views on this issue. See attached document for more details.