Green light for wind project

Darrell Cole
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Three turbines to produce six megawatts under COMFIT program

The multi-million-dollar Sprott Power project is going to have a neighbour. A partnershp of Mi'kmaq communities and Wind4all Communities has had an $18-million COMFIT project approved for the marsh at the end of the Fort Lawrence Road.

AMHERST – Sprott Power is about to have some company on the marsh near Amherst.

The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, via Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqun Negotiations office, received approval Tuesday for a wind project under the Community Feed-in Tariff Program. Benefits will be shared within the local community and Mi’kmaq communities throughout Nova Scotia.

The $18-million six-megawatt project will be developed by KMK in partnership with Wind4all Communities and represents 18-months of planning for the project that could be operational by later next year or early 2014.

“It has been a very long process and we’re very excited to be move moving forward,” Austen Hughes of Wind4all Communities said. “With the announcement we can really start to move the development work forward.”

Hughes said the project will include three turbines and be located at the end of the Fort Lawrence Road near the 31.5-megawatt Sprott Power project that went online earlier this year.

“This COMFIT approval from the Department of Energy not only speaks to the quality of our Amherst project but, more importantly, it speaks to the value and significance of our partnership with the KMK and Mi’kmaq,” said Hughes.

He said the company is working on getting environmental approval and has been working with the Municipality of Cumberland and the surrounding community. The project was submitted to the Department of Energy last September for approval.

“Through the Amherst project, the Mi’kmaq will become long-term and knowledgeable partners in the renewable energy sector,” said Chief Gerard Julian, co-chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. “As project owners, we will be expanding our ability to continue to preserve Nova Scotian resources and protect the environment for generations to come.”

The province has supported the Mi’kmaq renewal energy project development by providing $200,000 to create a Mi’kmaq Renewable Energy Strategy and $2 million for a Mi’kmaq Major Resource and Energy Fund.  Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq and the province will hold a renewable energy seminar on Nov. 21.

The 2010 Renewable Electricity Plan introduced the COMFIT concept to help provide a secure supply of clean energy at stable prices, build community support for renewable energy projects and create jobs.

“COMFIT offers Nova Scotia an opportunity to become a leader in renewable energy,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “In addition, renewable energy projects such as this will help the province move away from dirty fossil fuels and towards our legislated goal of 40 per cent renewable energy by 2020.”

Eligible groups receive an established price per kilowatt hour for projects producing electricity from certain renewable resources. Projects can include wind, biomass, in-stream tidal and run-of-the-river hydroelectric developments. Eligible groups include municipalities, First Nations, co-operatives, universities and not-for-profit groups.

More than 25 community-based groups have submitted more than 100 locally based energy development projects. The province expects 100 megawatts to be producted through COMFIT.



Organizations: Sprott Power, Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi, Department of Energy Major Resource and Energy Fund First Nations

Geographic location: AMHERST, Nova Scotia, Fort Lawrence Road Cumberland Nova Scotian

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  • concerned
    September 20, 2012 - 11:55

    TO JACK FROST,Go sit under one when the wind is bloweing 60 or 70kms per hour,,see how long your picnic lasts than,,ive done it and i can gaurantee you that you would change your tune.And than think about liveing next to a couple over the winter months when the wind speed is constantly up there!im sure than that you would see what all the oposition is about.

  • Cheryl La Rocque
    September 19, 2012 - 15:28

    Nova Scotia, Ontario and other Canadian provincial Governments have adopted wind energy as a renewable energy source. Researchers across the globe in countries including the U.K., U.S., New Zealand, Australian, Netherlands, Germany, and Canada documents some individuals living in the environs of wind turbines report experiencing physiological and psychological symptoms, reduced quality of life, degraded living conditions, and adverse social economic impacts. Some families have abandoned their homes or negotiated financial agreements with wind energy developers. ---- Many people are not aware of this. "Wind turbine noise is a reported cause of these effects; however, some commentators suggest sound from wind turbines does not pose a risk of any adverse health effect in humans," said Ontario researcher Carmen Krogh. "These competing claims can confuse authorities responsible for establishing noise guidelines." An Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal considered a wide body of evidence including expert testimony and found wind turbines can harm humans if placed too close to residents. The Risks must be understood to ensure guidelines protect human health. Krogh presented -- Evidence including peer reviewed literature, case reports, freedom of information documents and expert testimony at an international InterNoise conference in New York in August 2012, which supports the conclusion -- "wind turbines, if placed too close to residents, can harm human health," said Krogh. It is NOT about NIMBYism as some people have stated --- IT IS about being prudent and cautious to ensure protection for everyone. Abusive comments and nasty attitude towards people who are at a disadvantage and who may be suffering from the effects of Low Frequency sound and infrasound is not acceptable, Nor is Slander towards the native community. It is evident many individuals still believe that what they cannot see, feel or hear may not cause them harm... well.... this is not the case becuase approxiately 10 to 16 percent of adults are affected by low frequency sound and this is substatiated by research around the globe... dedicated scientists and researchers are examining this issue.

  • Mr. Chow
    September 19, 2012 - 09:45

    We'll I have to look at some positive that there is some more turbines being built. I still look at it this way. The ones that "Sprott Power" was going to build would have helped out with money to business in "AMHERST". They would have helped with the environment. But I guess since these turbines are further away from Amherst its not a big deal. It's kinda funny we are are coming into a election year in a few weeks. I see the signs all around for the same bunch of people. But these same people "KILLED" jobs that would have came here. "KILLED" money that would have came to this town. But its ok lets bring them back in to power for what green christmas gnome house and a concrete park. Jack Frost is right I went up to one of the turbines when it was running. All I heard was some whooshing sounds. I really hope they are able to build more and everyone in Amherst stop complaining about it.

  • Jack On The Rocks
    September 19, 2012 - 05:51

    I'm sure this project will benefit the overpopulated Mi'kmaq community in Amherst...Probably on some land used to belong to them?????

  • Jack Frost
    September 18, 2012 - 17:20

    If they can't put more turbines on the Tantramar Marshes without rabid opposition, then we really are in big trouble. Spent an hour a few hundred feet from one this summer and had lunch, and you might hear a gentle whooshing that is hardly a health concern. NIMBY has gotten out of control to the point of absurdity.