Transport Canada revokes turbine removal order for 99-MW GDF wind farm
Wind farm in Ontario. Author: John Vetterli. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic
Dec 12, 2014 - Transport Canada has cancelled an order for the removal of eight turbines from France-based GDF Suez SA’s (EPA:GSZ) 99-MW Erieau wind farm in Ontario, the Chatham Daily News said Wednesday.
The federal transport agency earlier this year insisted that the turbines near the Chatham-Kent Municipal Airport be removed for safety reasons. According to Transport Canada then, the machines exceeded height limits on lands at the airport, which are subject to the airport zoning regulations. The turbines had to be removed by end-2014.
Now the turbines can stay as it has been proved the airport is safe, the Chatham-Kent municipality’s mayor Randy Hope told the daily. Transport Canada is discontinuing the enforcement action.
According to the report, municipal officials and Transport Canada will early next year discuss how to avoid similar issues in the future.
The Erieau wind farm consists of 55 Vestas V90/1800 turbines. It has been generating power since May 2013.
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