November 13, 2012
Trillium continues offshore wind fight
Trillium Power Wind Corporation is appealing a motion filed by the Ontario government in relation to the cancellation of near-shore and offshore wind projects.
The offshore wind development organization has served its Notice to Appeal regarding the Rule 21 Motion decision delivered by Justice Robert Goldstein last month.
The Trillium Power Notice of Appeal cites both errors in points of law and evidence in the decision rendered in October. The Government of Ontario filed the Rule 21 Motion in response to Trillium Power’s suit regarding the Province’s cancellation of all near-shore and true offshore wind projects in February 2011. At that time Trillium was well advanced in developing a number of projects located between 10 and 120 kilometres offshore in The Great Lakes.
Trillium says the offshore wind potential of the Great Lakes is “immense” and says conservative estimates indicate offshore wind as a $250 billion industry over a 10-year period.
Trillium contends that true offshore wind developments, appropriately sited from the mainland, should be given a fair opportunity to follow Ontario’s existing environmental regulations and complete a comprehensive series of studies, reports and public consultations so Ontarians can make an informed decision on their renewable energy opportunities.
Trillium says its proposed TPW1 far-offshore wind site, located in the centre of Lake Ontario, beside the international border with the United States, is recognized as the most optimal offshore wind location in the Great Lakes.
“The development of TPW1 would jump-start the creation of several thousand Ontario-based sustainable manufacturing jobs, over $1.6 Billion in private sector investment in Ontario and generate between 420 MW and 600 MW of clean, reliable, non-risky and stable-priced electricity for the benefit of all Ontarians,” says Trillium.
Toronto-based Trillium says it remains poised to work with the provincial government to find a non-litigious solution to the present situation.
Trillium says it “believes that an open and frank discussion regarding Ontario’s far-offshore wind resources has the possibility of leading to a carefully crafted, long-term and sustainable plan that meets both the spirit and objectives of Ontario’s successful Green Energy and Green Economy Act.”
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