Construction activities on Nation Rise Wind Farm have been stopped as a result of the unprecedented decision issued by the Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to revoke Nation Rise’s Renewable Energy Approval (REA).
On May 14, 2020, EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. (EDPR) announced that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) has reinstated the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for the Nation Rise Wind Farm. In its reasons, the Court stated that “this is a case where the Minister’s decision is not reasonable and does not deserve deference. The decision does not meet requirements of transparency, justification, and intelligibility, as the Minister has failed to adequately explain his decision.” The Court concluded, “this is a rare case in which the Minister’s decision should be quashed and the decision of the ERT should be reinstated.”
Updates can be found on the project update website accessible below.
Development of Nation Rise Wind Farm began in 2012 with the construction of one 60 meter meteorological tower. Since then the EDPR Canada development team has constructed an additional 100 meter meteorological tower and secured more than 12,000 acres through land agreements with approximately 70 local individuals and farming families.
The EDPR Canada Development team presented the Nation Rise Wind Farm project to the municipality of North Stormont on October 9th, 2012 and February 17th, 2015. Members of the project team have also been present at the Crysler Farm and Seed Show. An open house information session was held May 7th, 2015 with over 200 area residents in attendance.
The EDPR team is continuing public outreach through our next open house information session to be held in the fall of 2016. See our Communications Engagement Plan (English or Francais) for more information.