On the border where North Stormont Township meets both The Nation Municipality and Russell Township, towers of steel rise up as crews for EDP Renewables work to have the Nation Rise Wind Farm finished and ready to go online by the end of the year. The 100-megawatt wind farm has been the subject of controversy with the local council declaring the community “an unwilling host” for the project, which was approved by the previous Wynne Liberal provincial government. The project escaped the massive cancellation by the present Ford Progressive Conservative of many of the alternative energy projects, many of them wind farms, which were approved by the Wynne government as part of its Green Energy program.
On the border where North Stormont Township meets both The Nation Municipality and Russell Township, towers of steel rise up as crews for EDP Renewables work to have the Nation Rise Wind Farm finished and ready to go online by the end of the year. The 100-megawatt wind farm has been the subject of controversy with the local council declaring the community “an unwilling host” for the project, which was approved by the previous Wynne Liberal provincial government. The project escaped the massive cancellation by the present Ford Progressive Conservative of many of the alternative energy projects, many of them wind farms, which were approved by the Wynne government as part of its Green Energy program.

Wind turbines tower above North Stormont skyline

Gregg Chamberlain
EAP
Wind turbines have now become part of the skyline of North Stormont Township, where it borders Russell Township and The Nation Municipality.

The 100-megawatt Nation Rise Wind Farm project nears completion as several of the last towers rise up, waiting for their fan-blade attachments, followed by connection to the Ontario Power Grid. The Nation Rise Wind Farm is owned by EDP Renewables, a Portuguese company which specializes in alternative energy projects. Company officials expect to have it online and producing energy to sell to Ontario by the end of this year.

“We plan to have commercial operation by the end of 2019,” stated Tom LoTurco, EDP Renewables’ director of development for Canada and Eastern U.S.

The Nation Rise project has been about seven years in development for EDP Renewables. Work began first in 2012 with construction of a 60-foot meteorological tower in the North Stormont area. A second 100-metre-tall tower was later erected, following which the company, through its subsidiary, EDPR Canada, contacted and secured agreements with 70 local landowners, both individuals and families, for access to a total of 12,000 acres of land, to serve as sites for more than a dozen wind turbine towers, along with a substation and other support facilities.

The project has been a source of controversy with a local citizens group filing a legal challenge against the project but failing to gain support from the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal. North Stormont Township council has also approved an official declaration that the municipality is “an unwilling host” for the wind farm project.

 The Nation Rise Wind Farm is one of the few “green energy” projects that escaped cancellation, earlier this year, by the present Ford Progressive Conservative government. During his election campaign, Doug Ford promised to cancel many of the alternate energy projects approved by the previous Wynne Liberal government.

The Eastern Fields wind power project, proposed for The Nation Municipality and Champlain Township, was one alternate energy project which was cancelled.