Officials with the Otter Creek Wind Farm project are “disappointed” by the decision to cancel their project, which was planned for north of Wallaceburg.

“Boralex acknowledges the decision made by Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Greg Rickford to wind down the LRP1 contract of the Otter Creek Wind Farm project (OCWF),” the company said in a statement sent to the Sydenham Current.

“Otter Creek Wind Farm is a 50-megawatt wind power project which has been selected by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) as part of the Government of Ontario’s plan to integrate more renewable energy into the province’s power grid.”

The company added: “At Boralex, we’re committed to providing safe and reliable renewable energy. We are disappointed by the government’s decision to wind down the LRP1 contract of this project which is meant to create made-in-Ontario electricity and made-in-Ontario jobs,” said Patrick Lemaire, Boralex’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “At this point, Boralex will evaluate its options in regard to this project.”

The project, developed by Otter Creek Wind Farm Limited Partnership, is a partnership between RES Canada, Walpole Island First Nation and Boralex, and was expected to be built and commissioned by the end of 2019 in the northwestern area of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, near the town of Wallaceburg, the company said.

“Boralex believes that wind power generation has provided safe and renewable energy to Canadians for over a decade in Ontario,” Boralex officials stated.

“We will continue to work constructively with our neighbours, communities and the government to power Ontario’s future together.”

The company said for more information about the project, visit www.ottercreekwindfarm.ca.

For more details and reaction, see our story from Sunday: Plug pulled on Otter Creek Wind Farm project

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