Province seeks opinions on big Eastern Kings wind project

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Wes Sheridan

The P.E.I. Energy Corporation is holding a public meeting this week to discuss a proposed 30-megawatt wind farm for the Hermanville and Clear Springs area of eastern Kings County.

Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs Minister Wes Sheridan says government's policy on wind development is very clear.

“We want community approval before we would ever proceed with any future wind projects. This public meeting is the first step in that process, and we will consider any and all feedback from all the residents in the Hermanville and Clear Springs area before making any final decisions.”

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 24, at St. Margaret's Hall on the Northside Road (Highway 16) between 7-9 p.m.

Sheridan will chair the meeting and will invite the general public to offer their views on the proposed project. Technical details about the project will be provided and the benefits for landowners and the community at large will be outlined.

The meeting will also include a presentation from the Northeast Community Alliance (NECA). NECA is a group of community and business leaders in eastern Kings County with a common interest to promote socio-economic development in the region. Because the Hermanville wind farm is in a non-incorporated region, a possible role for NECA is to facilitate and support the engagement of the community in planning and activating the community benefits afforded this wind development.

“I welcome the opportunity to provide information to the community about NECA, and to discuss a process that would engage the residents of the area in prospects that would promote economic development in the area, and in northeastern Kings County in general,” said Steve Cheverie, NECA chairman.

In addition to this initial public meeting with local residents, the P.E.I. Energy Corporation will also meet with landowners directly affected by the development, as well as with nearby seasonal residents.

Organizations: NECA, P.E.I. Energy, Northeast Community Alliance

Geographic location: Hermanville, Clear Springs, Eastern Kings Northside Road Northeastern Kings

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  • Jean MacDonald Selines
    July 24, 2012 - 23:30

    The meeting was held and there were lots of folks present who even the permanent residents did not recognize. Who were these people? I wonder why they were present. Amazingly the powers in charge stated that only permanent residents would receive notification of the project. Interesingly I am a summer resident, I own property and I pay my taxes. And yet I still have not received notification that the wind farm will be in my backyard. I am vehemently opposed to these gargantuen structures. They are an eyesore, they lower property values, displace wildlife and create a noisy and ugly visual blight. If you do any research there are also a number of studies being done that are showing negative health effects. Of course a study is being done by Health Canada. Why is PEI insistent on putting the people of Hermanville and Clear Spring and surrounding communities in jeopardy without waiting for the results of this study?

  • HOT AIR?
    July 24, 2012 - 08:42

    Maybe since theres a big study now federally that PEI is rethinking in view of what the outcome of the study may be. I think the study goes to 2014. Then making it look like they actually are asking the public their opinion when in fact it is a shaky thing to probably proceed with now.? It would be a slippery slope if the study turned up proved health hazards and PEI went ahead with the building of them knowing there was a study and choosing to ignore it IMO.

  • hot air?
    July 23, 2012 - 21:45

    Since the federal govt is doing a study now on Canadian health concerns in relation to wind turbines why would we proceed with more until it has been studied?

  • have nots spend like drunken sailors
    July 23, 2012 - 14:33

    These kind of foolish wasteful expenses are why the rest of Canada is sick of PEI. Imagine that Newfoundland (a have province) turns down this tripe yet PEI goes in head first and borrows another 4 million dollars to do it. PEI is disgraceful and our dear leader has destroyed our pride. When you go out west, tell them your from New Brunswick and you will get hired quicker.

  • chris cross
    July 23, 2012 - 12:01

    Absolute hog wash coming from this Goverment, - can't they hear themselves, --- and they think we believe they want to hear from us. - Well, Ghiz and Sheridan and all the rest of you spineless sheep, - call a referendum in Plan B and the HST, - if you really want our opinion, - but you are too scared, you are. Because you know you are stuffing something down out throats that we will be gagging on for many lifetimes. Further, since the Feds are doing a study on windmill locations, it would be prudent to hold off on any more of the kind, --- tend to your business and provide services, never mind being inventive, you don't have the brains. Leave us be and don#t do any more damage until we can throw you out. PS : hope the people in Kings County tell tou where you can go with your public meeting, can#t be trusted anyway, they will do what they like, example: Plan B

  • XComa
    July 23, 2012 - 10:53

    I think pretty near every community should have a Wind Turbine or several. Community Center, Fire Station, Churches, less fortunate Families all could have their Power provided or discounted... With regards to Net-Metering, the 'Renewable Energy Act' and Regulations need to be changed. As they are now, one is not allowed to Share Energy Generated and the 'Credits' Expire. Meaning it is set up for 'self-suppy' and there are No Payouts. One cannot Generate an Income while Generating Energy. Allow Sharing and/or Payouts from Energy Generated. Then the Income from the Wind Turbine could be used to pay for other needed services or development within the Community... I think every Community should be moving towards being more self sufficient and less dependent. At very least people working together more often.

  • Independant
    July 23, 2012 - 10:21

    How do the people of PEI Other than the folks who own the land for windmills benefit from having windmill's on PEI? The energy is shipped to New England and sold and PEI buys back the power from NB at the highest price in Canada. Why would PEI not get a discount on their kilowatt usage for shipping the energy off island? This is because these wind farm's are private industry owned and are looking to make profits. The only thing Islanders gain is a small amount of tax dollar's from the Private owned company's.

  • voter
    July 23, 2012 - 09:58

    it is a great government we have -- always being so open and forthright -- we are very lucky to have such amazing peoiple take time out of their charmed lives to bow down to the lowly pei peasants we are -- thank you -thank you- thanks you --i am sure you will find presents and patronage plums under the table !!!! hehehe !!! AM I EVER GLAD I DIDN'T VOTE LIBERAL !!!

  • Where was public input offered with the Geo lottery?
    July 23, 2012 - 09:42

    Public opinion eh? .....where was that request when Plan B, HST or this new $4 million investment in Geo lottery happened? .....the PEI provincial government is about as interested in hearing public opinion as I have of investing in the Liberals. They just don't care about us at all, only themselves. Paying lip service does not cut it.... when is the next election?

  • big wind
    July 23, 2012 - 09:24

    big wind coming to Eastern Kings... picture of Wes Sheridan. Coincidence?

  • Donnie
    July 23, 2012 - 08:55

    They want community approval? Since when? Not on "Plan B" or the HST that's for sure.... Only on projects they think they will receive approval on I suppose....

  • what about federal review of ill effects
    July 23, 2012 - 08:53

    The Federal government is just beginning a review of wind farms, would it not be prudent to await the findings. The northside at Hermanville will be ruined and the high and mighty of Charlottetown (the center of the world) could not care less as long as they get some of the money in thier pockets, greedy pigs. SHERIDAN HAS YET TO SHOW ANY INTEREST IN LOCAL INPUT.

  • Seriously..
    July 23, 2012 - 08:37

    If wind farms are such a wonderful idea, why doesn't Sheridan want them in his own riding? Oh, yes, they are an eye sore, health hazard and ultimately ruin a picturesque community for the sake of the few dollars the government will give the residents. They are a cash cow for the government at the expense of people's community. Residents, BEWARE when dealing with this government! Fight for what is rightfully yours. In Eastern Kings, it was recognized that the "financial incentive" package that amounted to $80/year per resident was certainly not worth the hassle. I'm sure you'll be offered more (maybe double?) because there is so few of you, but it is your community and you will have to deal with the turbines for many, many years.