November 19, 2012
By Peter Hendra, Kingston Whig-Standard
KINGSTON – A group that opposes the proposed building of wind turbines on Amherst Island hopes a letter to the provincial government will discourage it from approving a wind project planned for the island.
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., through its subsidiary Windlectric Inc., is planning to erect 33 to 37 wind turbines on the island, each of which would stand 50 storeys high, that would generate 75 megawatts. The project is awaiting approval from the Ontario government.
In a letter dated Nov. 15, Peter Large, president of the Association to Protect Amherst Island, states that the “unique, bio-diverse” island wouldn’t be a suitable for an “industrial-scale wind-turbine complex” because it is, among other reasons, an important migration stop for a variety of endangered birds.