Despite Angry Majority in Dutton Dunwich Wind Turbine Company Pushes Ahead
After trying to deal with a hall filled with angry Dutton Dunwich citizens, at a
town hall meeting Invenergy held in July 2015 to talk about their Industrial Wind
Turbine plans, the Chicago-based company is trying to save themselves some hassle
this year. Taking the coward's way out, Invenergy is holding open houses this week,
as a way to meet their mandatory requirements for "Community Engagement" for their
proposed Strong Breeze Wind Project. Despite this supposedly calmer format, they
may find that the 84% of Dutton Dunwich citizens that voted NO in a referendum in
2014, are still strongly opposed and very upset!
In March 2016, the Province of Ontario, through the Independent Electricity System
Operator (IESO), awarded Invenergy a contract to build up to 20 Industrial Wind
Turbines in Dutton Dunwich, despite strong opposition from the local Municipal Council.
The Ontario Liberals' Green Energy Act had removed the democratic rights of Municipal
Government to have a say in the development of renewable energy projects. In September
2016, the Energy Minister announced that Ontario had enough electricity production
to meet needs for a decade, and they were suspending further Renewable Energy contracting
– this did not however apply to the contracts they had just signed 6 months before,
three of which were approved in Unwilling Host communities, North Stormont and The
Nation in eastern Ontario, and Dutton Dunwich.
The citizens' opposition group DDOWT, Dutton Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbines,
has been an active advocate for the majority of DD citizens since 2012, opposing
this Strong Breeze project in numerous ways.
DDOWT and their supporters will be demonstrating at the open houses, at the Dutton
Community Centre, 1 Scotland St., Dutton on March 23rd, 2-4pm, and March 24, 6-9pm.
MPP Jeff Yurek, MP Karen Vecchio, other local politicians and recent new local partners,
have also been invited to attend to show their support. DDOWT Executive member and
local farmer, Jamie Littlejohn states, "I believe we should do everything we can
to preserve our planet with environmentally sound protocols, but the citizens of
Ontario have been misled, misinformed, and lied to by corporate and political initiatives
of greed. Projects such as Strong Breeze stand behind the cloak of environmentalism
as they destroy municipalities and ultimately our province. This insanity has to
DDOWT Executive, and community resident Dave Congdon adds, "We hear from local citizens
frequently. They are angry that our provincial government has allowed this to happen.
Their concerns run the range of issues from this project costing so much to produce
electricity we don't need, to worries about our local bird and bat population, the
health of people that have to live near the turbines, and the damage this unwanted
project is already doing to our quiet, friendly rural community. I think these angry
folks will be out to the public meetings in numbers. And members of a new supportive
partner group will also be attending."