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