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Three wind power projects studied in region

NEWS/ REGION — Wind energy may be a controversial topic but there’s no lack of interest in the Thompson-Nicola region.

WindThree prospective wind turbine projects are in the works for the mountains in the Merritt area. One is 30 km. southwest of Merritt, a second is 70 km. east, and the third 23 km. west.

The proponent is Enerfin Development B.C. Inc., a company looking at wind power projects in several parts of the province.

It has asked for investigative licences so it can study wind data in the region. Those licence applications have been referred to the Thompson-Nicola Regional District for information. At this point, the projects are in the information-gathering phase, and a detailed report will be submitted to the regional board later.

“I don’t know why these projects are still coming to the board,” wondered regional director John Sternig, adding that the province has a surplus of power.

Fellow director Jessoa Lightfoot of Lytton wondered why there is no “industrial scope” on the issue of enforcement against the noise caused by wind turbines.

“I’m prepared to keep an open mind and see what happens,” said Kamloops director Marg Spina, who recently toured a wind-power project that provides power for the city of Ellensburg in the state of Washington.

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1 Comment on Three wind power projects studied in region

  1. Gary Fong // May 9, 2014 at 10:06 AM // Reply

    “I don’t know why these projects are still coming to the board” Are you kidding me? This guy needs to be removed from his position. Having wind power come online means renewable jobs for decades to come and realistically, if more renewable energy is added to the grid, it would lead to the removal of fossil fuels elsewhere. The interior should be embracing any sources of renewable energy for the region, rather than pursuing some piece of sh*t mine within city limits that will turn the landscape desolate. I’m tired of the bullsh*t fossil fuel oriented thinking of the small interior towns of British Columbia.

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