Prince council wants to knock wind out Green Energy Act - The Sault Star - Ontario, CA
The full article is available at The Sault StarWhen Prince Township Coun. Amy Zuccato takes aim against the Green Energy Act, her council colleagues don’t joke about tilting at windmills.At Zuccato’s urging, they agreed at February’s regular meeting to adopt two resolutions that target the negative aspects of wind energy and underline the goal of many municipalities to regain their voice in deciding whether renewable energy projects are built within their boundaries.
Municipalities lost that voice with the passage of the Green Energy Act in 2009, and the first resolution council adopted gives notice to the Ontario government that Prince Township wants it back.
“I think the power should be given back to the municipalities, given all the negativity surrounding the windmills,” said Coun. Ron Amadio.
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... before the building of the wind farm in 2005, he attended open house meetings, where he was assured he wouldn’t see any turbines from his Prince Lake home.
“I see 17. And we hear them ... Where they’re going to put them, it’s going to affect other people, so I think we should try to do whatever we can and make it known we want to be involved in the process,” Chambers added.
“There’s adverse health effects tied to the windmills, so having more of them isn’t going to be a good thing for the residents of Prince,” Zuccato said.“And I don’t want to see more trees cut down for putting eight more up.”
“The township does benefit from the tax dollars from the windmills,” said Lamming. “But we don’t benefit if there’s health aspects.”