The County of Vermilion River is not supporting a proposed wind power project, that would see around five wind turbines developed in the municipality.
During a council meeting Tuesday, Reeve Darryl Watt said information relating to the E.ON Climate and Renewables Grizzly Bear Creek Wind Power Project was accepted, but councillors didn’t agree with the resolution.
“We couldn’t see what it had for the community or the province in general,” he said. “I think there were some questions raised by council members that I don’t feel were adequately answered to mitigate their concerns about the project.
“There was a fair bit of a public push against the project, I can’t speak for all of council, but council voted against supporting the project.”
Through the project, it was proposed up to 50 turbines be installed — only four of five of them being located within the county’s boundaries, southwest of Vermilion.
The company requested a letter of support during the June 10 meeting, and council at that time made a motion to bring the information back to its policy and priorities committee meeting for discussion. After delaying discussion at the June 24 meeting, the final decision was made a month later on July 22.
The community in general didn’t want this project to be established in that area, Watt said.
Watt said this decision was based only on this specific project, not on wind power in general.
“We’ve had a number of other projects brought before council, but no decision has been made on them and no further work has been done on them, either,” he noted.
“There wasn’t concerns about the specific locations, there was just a concern in general in the aesthetics in the area.”
Watt added the county had spoke with other municipalities where turbine systems had been installed and there wasn’t a “real comfort level” on the outcomes.
“We just didn’t see there was a benefit to the municipality or to the society in general that justified the outcomes by installing these things,” he said.