Majority of Islanders support Hermanville and Clear Springs wind farm
By Anthony Capkun
August 13, 2012 – Back in July, EBMag reported Prince Edward Island Energy Corp. would hold a public meeting to discuss a proposed 30MW wind farm for the Hermanville and Clear Springs area of eastern Kings County. Today we’ve learned PEI Energy Corp. received support from a majority of the community, and will proceed with wind development.
“We have spoken with landowners both in favour of, and against, this project,” said Wes Sheridan, finance, energy and municipal affairs minister. “We had individual meetings with people who owned property in the proposed development area, and held a largely attended public meeting in order to give everyone a chance to provide their feedback. After weighing everything we heard, we are confident in our decision to move forward with a development that will mean so much to the area, and to Islanders as a whole.”
PEI Energy Corp. will continue with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) initiated earlier this year.
“Under the PEI Energy Accord—and in keeping with our 10 Point Plan on Wind Energy—our government committed to adding 30MW of publically owned wind power by 2013,” said Sheridan. “It will also mean a great deal to the community of Hermanville/Clear Springs, who will benefit not only from the economic spinoffs during the construction and operational phases, but from the more than $300,000 annually that will be provided to nearby landowners and the community at large.”
Following a formal request for proposals (RFP), government is in negotiations with suppliers to build and supply turbines for the project.