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Rules foil ventures, says wind association

A majority of “construction ready” wind projects in Ontario won’t goforward if the province passes regulations that keep wind turbines aminimum distance from residences, roads and railway lines, warnsCanada’s wind energy association.

A majority of “construction ready” wind projects in Ontario won’t go forward if the province passes regulations that keep wind turbines a minimum distance from residences, roads and railway lines, warns Canada’s wind energy association.

“The net effect is that 79 construction-ready projects representing 2,591 mega­watts would either be rendered immed­iately non-viable or would require a complete ‘back to the drawing board’ redesign,” said association president Robert Hornung.

The association is concerned about two rules — one that would require turbines to be 550 metres from residences, and the other that would require turbines to be 120 metres or more from roads, rail­way lines, and property lot lines.

 
 
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