The TREC/ LakeWind project is in jeopardy again. Share this news with your networks!
After the Ontario Government announced the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program in September 2009, TREC/LakeWind was quick off the mark to get a FIT application submitted under the initiation period. Our hopes were high for finally moving this landmark project forward. With excellent wind resources, land leases in place and significant Renewable Energy Approvals completed, TREC was optimistic about out chances to secure a contract.
The transmission upgrade in the area was pending but regular review of the connection capacity demonstrated there would be room for our project; we thought we had it made.
Alas, it may not be! The latest reports on grid capacity show the local transformer station has been downgraded in capacity, leaving too little room for LakeWind and with it dashing the hope for LakeWind powering the winds of community power change any time soon.
At a time when anti-wind sentiment is at almost hysterical levels and the need for a showcase of community involvement and benefit is desperately needed, our chances may be completely eroded. The TREC/LakeWind team is grappling with the consequences and is grateful if you share this news with your networks.
With almost $1 million invested (between community support and sweat equity), we’re not giving up with out a fight, but we need your support. Watch this space for future updates.