Friday, June 15th was dubbed Global Wind day and the Environmental Registry was active on it - issuing Renewable Energy Certificates for both the "Grand Renewable Energy Park" in Haldimand County (more reason to support Haldimand Wind Concerns), and the enormous South Kent Wind project in Chatham-Kent. It was not a good day for the Boblink and Eastern Meadowlark in Haldimand County, or Manitoulin Island.
There is now a draft policy in the comment stage, regarding the use of public land for, presumably, private renewable energy projects.
011-5914 Grand Renewable Wind LP/Grand Renewable Wind GP Inc.
A Renewable Energy Approval (REA) has been issued to Grand Renewable Energy Wind LP to engage in a renewable energy project in respect of a Class 4 wind facility consisting of the construction, installation, operation, use and retiring of a wind facility, with a total name plate capacity of 148.6 megawatts (MW). The wind facility will be connected to Hydro One’s distribution system.011-5719 South Kent Wind LP
This Class 4 wind facility, known as the Grand Renewable Energy Park, is located in Haldimand County.
A Renewable Energy Approval (REA) has been issued to South Kent Wind LP to engage in a renewable energy project in respect of a Class 4 wind facility consisting of the construction, installation, operation, use and retiring of a wind facility, with a total name plate capacity of 270 megawatts (MW). The wind facility will be connected to Hydro One’s distribution system.011-5781 Permit for activities with conditions to achieve overall benefit to the species
This Class 4 wind facility, known as the South Kent Wind Project, is located generally between Highway 401 to the north and Lake Erie to the south, and from the Town of Tilbury east to the Town of Ridgetown, in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.
The proposal to construct and operate a wind facility and solar facility has the potential to adversely affect Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark and their habitat. The proposed permit conditions would provide benefits that exceed the adverse effects on Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark.011-6555 Notification of Northland Permit for an Overall Benefit
Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark are listed on the Species at Risk in Ontario (SARO) List, in Ontario Regulation 230/08 of the ESA, as Threatened.
This introduces an application by Northland to do what Samsung was approved to do in the approval re: 011-5781 (above)
011-6005 Renewable Energy on Crown Land Policy
A draft Renewable Energy on Crown Land policy has been developed to provide updated direction on how the government will manage Crown land to support Ontario’s renewable energy needs while balancing the social, economic, and ecological interests of the Province...
The first three objectives of the draft policy focus on where (location) and how (process) the Ministry will make Crown land available for renewable energy development. The Ministry will look to government energy plans and programs when deciding where to make Crown land available for renewable energy. New application processes will be established using up front criteria. The draft policy represents a fundamental shift from previous approaches, where the Ministry accepted applications across the province, to a more coordinated and focused approach better aligned with government energy objectives....
The summary of Environmental Registry postings on Global Wind day is taken from Wind 'Em Up Day: Spin Baby Spin"