March 19, 2013
WEST GREY – An external lawyer working for NextEra Energy told West Grey council Monday evening during question period that imposing large fees for bonds associated with the construction of wind turbines is, in his opinion, unlawful.
West Grey was served a letter on Friday describing lawyer Justin Necpal’s argument against a bylaw passed Monday evening outlining amendments to include fees associated with the construction of wind turbines.
Councillors John Eccles and Don Marshall were the only councillors that voted against the bylaw.
“This is, respectively, unlawful for three reasons,” said Necpal.
He explained the bylaw conflicts with “provincial regulatory regimes for the development of green energy and renewable energy projects in Ontario.”
Necpal said the Green Energy Act, passed by the province in 2009, has the “predominate purpose” of promoting renewable energy sources and green energy. He added that the Ministry of Environment is the sole authority for approving green energy projects in Ontario.