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At the Town of the Blue Mountains second public meeting on renewable energy on January 14/06 Jones Consulting Group presented a report on renewable energy options in which it was recommended on page 15 "that the town approve an Official plan Amendment that would permit wind energy facilities in most land use designations, subject to detailed policies and submission requirements which would be intended to minimize land use impacts" (click here to view a copy of this report).
The Executive of the BHCC has considerable concern about the degree of permissiveness for large scale wind energy developments, such as that proposed by Brascan Power Wind for the Town of the Blue Mountains, which is implied in this recommendation. Consequently we sought, and were granted an audience with the Mayor and Council on February 27/06 at which Mike Young and Peter MacGowan presented our report which documents our concerns on this issue. Click here for a copy of our report. For the minutes of the Council meeting click here.
Click here to see our letter on this issue submitted on February 26/06. Click Exhibit B and Exhibit C to see the attachments referred to in the letter. Please be aware that these are large files and may take some time to download on a dial-up connection.
Our supply mix submission can be accessed by clicking
The Supply Mix Advice Report published by the Ontario Power Authority is referred to in our submission.
Two reports were attached to this submission which can be accessed on the internet. These are:
"The Cost of Generating Electricity" published by the Royal Academy of Engineering (User Name and password not required, just wait)
"Wind Report 2004" by E.ON Netz manager of the transmission grid in Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony (approx. 1/3 of Germany)