Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wpd Canada/REpower's announcement is premature and should not be endorsed by the Government.

This is in regard to the outrageous plan to announce the sale of turbines for projects without the projects being approved on December 17th (see invite below)...that includes the wpd Sumac Ridge project over in Manvers. And as you will recall, Wind Works did the same thing for area projects including the two Manvers projects as well as the Millbrook project.

Invitation to press conference

Announcement of multi-million dollar investment in Southern Ontario and contract signature for 105 MW of wind energy

REpower Systems Inc. and wpd Canada, a wholly-owned subsidiary of wpd Europe, will be officially signing a contract for the delivery of 52 MM92 turbines for six wind farms in Ontario. The wind farms have a combined total of 105 MW of installed capacity and will be located in the counties of Simcoe, Middlesex, Prince Edward, Dufferin, Wellington and Kawartha Lakes. As a result of this agreement, REpower has committed to a multi-million dollar investment in a manufacturing facility in Southern Ontario in order to meet the 50% domestic content requirement of the Green Energy Act. This investment will result in the creation of 175 sustainable jobs, with the potential to increase as business grows.

December, 17th 2012
10 am

at the
Royal Fairmont York, 100 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3
the press conference will be followed by a celebratory reception

At the conference you will have the chance to learn more about the investment and its impact as well as the cooperation between REpower and wpd from

• Helmut Herold, Managing Director of REpower Systems Inc.

• Ian MacRae, Managing Director of wpd Canada

We are also expecting representatives from

• The Ontario Ministry of Energy,

• The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation,

• The German Embassy,

• The German-Canadian Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

The Minister of Economic Development and Innovation, Brad Duguid, as well as the German Ambassador, Mr. Werner Wnendt, have been invited to the event.

Please let us know

by December 14th 2012, 12 pm if we have the pleasure of seeing you at the event by sending an email to

About REpower

REpower Systems SE, a wholly owned subsidiary within the Suzlon Group, is one of the leading manufacturers of onshore and offshore wind turbines. The international mechanical engineering company develops produces and markets wind turbines with rated outputs of 1.8 MW to 6.15 MW and rotor diameters of 82 meters to 126 meters for almost any location. The company also offers a comprehensive portfolio of service and maintenance packages. With more than 3,000 employees worldwide the company headquartered in Hamburg can draw on the experience gained from the manufacture and installation of about 3,800 wind turbines around the world.

The Canadian subsidiary REpower Systems Inc. has been incorporated in Montreal, Quebec in 2007. Since 2010 the company is also represented in Ontario with an office in downtown Toronto. Today the subsidiary counts more than 100 employees. With the installation of more than 200 wind turbines totaling more than 400 MW of installed capacity in Quebec, 2012 is going to be a record year for REpower in Canada. In Quebec, components are provided by factories in Matane, Gaspé and New Richmond. Within the next 2-3 years, REpower will deliver its turbines to wind farms in Ontario and Quebec for an installed capacity of more than 1,200 MW.

About wpd Canada

Based in Mississauga, wpd Canada currently employs a growing staff of Ontario professionals including engineers, legal, accounting, environmental compliance and communications. wpd Canada has been awarded 6 wind energy contracts with a capacity of 111 MW, and is actively developing other projects in Ontario and other provinces. wpd Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of wpd Europe, the market leader in renewable wind energy in Germany and active in 18 countries with 850 employees around the globe. As a member of the wpd family, we are able to draw on the expertise of our colleagues around the world, as well as the financing and purchasing power of our parent company to the advantage of our projects here at home.

Below ... this is Councillor Stauble's response to the invitation sent to City of Kawartha Lakes councillors. She was also on Goldhawk Talks Back yesterday.

This is the link to her interview:

-----Original Message-----
From: Heather Stauble []
Sent: December-16-12 6:51 PM
To:;; Minister of Environment Jim Bradley;
Subject: Wpd Canada/REpower's announcement is premature and should not be endorsed by the Government.

Wpd Canada/REpower's announcement is premature, undermines public confidence and should not be endorsed by the Government.

This announcement by wpd/REpower is misleading and premature. Statements such as the projects "will be located in".. and "awarded 6 wind energy contracts" are misleading and distressing to those who have been lead to believe that there is an objective review, approval and appeal process in place.

Wpd has not received approval for many of these contracts. They have Feed -in -Tariff (FIT) contracts which are conditional on approval by the Ministry of the Environment...very different from approval.

Announcements such as this one suggest that these projects have a pre-determined outcome. They undermine the public's confidence in the Government and the Ministry of the Environment's ability to review these projects independently and objectively and the likelihood that their concerns will be heard at any point in the process.

The projects in the City of Kawartha Lakes have not even been posted on the Environmental Registry for public comment let alone approved by the Ministry of the Environment. If these projects are approved they may very well be appealed through an Environmental Review Tribunal.

Bottom line: Announcements suggesting approval where none exists should not be allowed or endorsed by the Government.

Heather Stauble
Ward 16
City of Kawartha Lakes