Cost to taxpayers of Ford government decision to cancel wind farm still unknown - 2019-07-11
TORONTO—A year after the Ford government scuttled an under-construction wind farm in eastern Ontario, the half-built site is still standing and the project's owner and province remain locked in negotiations on compensation — despite promises the decision would not cost taxpayers.
It was last July that then-government house leader Todd Smith announced the immediate priorities for the first Progressive Conservative government in Ontario in 15 years. The cancellation of the White Pines Wind Farm in Prince Edward County, which falls in Smith's riding, was among the three items pushed through in an omnibus bill once MPPs returned to the legislature later that month.
The project, owned by wpd Canada, would have seen nine wind turbines installed and producing energy to the grid by the fall. Instead, it was cancelled with four turbines fully installed and the five others at various stages of construction.