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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Monte Sonnenberg, "Natural gas generating station gets OK from Haldimand," Simcoe Reformer, December 19, 2008.

[Replacing coal with natural gas, 2 big nukes in the queue. Sounds like a moderately backward Liberal plan for 1980. Where are these guys going to get the big credit? From us? More bailout band-aids for more bad ideas? Is this the market for the new muscle cars Buzz Hargrove announced so breathlessly in 2006? For an interesting perspective on that, check out this report by Laurie Graham (Quicktime version) back on Valentine's Day 2007. 30 mpg was not bad--in 1975.

30 megawatts of wind-generated electricity is half-assed to the max. Does this qualify as extremism? How are they going to limit their CO2? Do they calculate they are far enough above sea level they don't have to worry? What kind of vehicle is going to move them to work? Same ol', same ol', piled higher and deeper. Get serious Nanticoke. Build green infrastructure, neighbourhood by neighbourhood if necessary. If the economy continues in the direction it seems hell-bent to take, unemployed folks will have plenty of volunteer time to spend on smaller, more appropriate local green projects--hopefully with an assist from the govt and all those socially responsible corporations we hear so much about. Instead of spawning a new generation of airborne garbage, why not use the auto industry's pent-up re-tooling energy to build something that will still be worth having a hundred years from now? BTW note this particularly retro brand of wishful thinking comes our way thanks to that NAFTA spirit. -jlt]

An American firm took an important step this week toward the construction of a large natural gas generating plant in the Nanticoke Industrial Park.

Monday, Haldimand council agreed to amend its official plan to allow CPV Canada Development of Braintree, Massachusetts, to build a 1,200 megawatt generating facility on a 200-acre parcel on Haldimand Road 55.

"It's enough to power 360,000 homes," Haldimand Mayor Marie Trainer said yesterday. "That's a lot of energy. Hopefully, we'll become an energy hub with a little bit of everything."

The land in question is located on Walpole Concession Road 4 between U.S. Steel Canada and the Imperial Oil refinery. Monday's approval was an important one, but there are many more hurdles to clear before the sod is turned.

"We're hoping to have this facility on line, if we're successful, by 2013," said CPV vice-president Duncan McEachern, spokesperson for the project. "We've got a lot of work to do. We continue to communicate with the community on an ongoing basis as to where we're at."

CPV has yet to set a budget for the project. At full capacity, the facility is expected to create 30 full-time jobs and generate 30 per cent as much hydro as the 4,000 megawatt Nanticoke Generating Station to the south. The McGuinty government intends to close the coal-fired plant by 2014.

CPV has 7,000 megawatts of clean power under management in the United States and proposals for another 5,000 megawatts in Canada.

Now that it has zoning approval for the Nanticoke project, CPV needs the permission of the Ontario Power Authority to sell power to the provincial grid. That wouldn't be hard to do because the proposed plant is located next to the transmission corridor serving the Nanticoke Generating Station.

Craig Manley, Haldimand's general manager of planning and economic development, says CPV also needs to complete two environmental assessments.

One involves the creation of a pipeline to bring water from the Nanticoke water treatment plant beside the Nanticoke Generating Station to the site three concessions to the north.

As well, an environmental assessment will be required for a dedicated pipeline bringing in natural gas from Hamilton. The proposed route for this pipeline is the transmission corridor running north from the industrial park.

CPV has optioned land belonging to farmers Don and Doug Mattice. Plans for the station feature four natural gas turbine generators and four heat-recovery steam generators connected to two steam turbines. A facility of this sort would run 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Two other major energy projects in Nanticoke are being investigated.

Oct. 31, Bruce Power of Tiverton announced plans for a $30 million, three-year environmental assessment on 2,000 acres of land west of U.S. Steel Canada. Bruce Power is exploring the possibility of locating two nuclear reactors in this location.

As well, Tribute Resources of London announced plans to install 30 megawatts of wind-generating capacity on 1,800 acres, also in the industrial park.

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