The province's cancellation of the Nation Rise Wind Farm in North Stormont has been quashed by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. (EDPR) has announced.
At the same time, the court has reinstated the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for the 29-wind turbine, 100-megawatt wind energy project.
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.”
Given the Court’s decision, EDPR is eager to recommence construction of the Nation Rise Wind Farm.
This delay has resulted in unnecessary expenditures to-date, at a time when governments and businesses should be focused on reducing costs and restarting the economy, the company says.
“EDP Renewables stands behind the benefits of the project and its commitments to the local community,” said Miguel Prado, EDP Renewables North America CEO. “We look forward to the Nation Rise Wind Farm stimulating the local economy in the Township of North Stormont, United Counties of SD&G and the Ottawa region.”