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Agenda - Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Agenda - Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

(11) OTHER BUSINESS (12)

(11) OTHER BUSINESS (12) IN-CAMERA (a) (b) Tree By-law – Report No. CR-14-12 Violation Status – Report No. CR-15-12 –to be provided at the meeting. ADJOURNMENT

To: Chairman and Members of the Authority Date: October 17, 2012 Re: Niagara Region Wind Corporation Proposal - Wind Farm – Report No. 50-12 The purpose of this report is to respond to a request from the Board at the September 2012 meeting for a report on the NPCA’s jurisdiction respecting the subject project/proposal. Niagara Region Wind Corporation (NRWC) is proposing to develop, construct, and operate the 230 megawatt (MW) Niagara Region Wind Farm within the Townships of West Lincoln and Wainfleet and the Towns of Grimsby and Lincoln within the Niagara Region and within Haldimand County. The primary components of the project include 77 wind turbine generators (80 potential locations identified) each with a rated capacity of approximately 3.0 MW. The collection system uses 34.5 kilovolt (kV) overhead and underground lines to bring power to the centrally located transformer substation. Turbines are grouped into eight circuits which each bring power (and data via fibre optic lines) to the transformer substation where the voltage is stepped up from 34.5kV to 115kV by means of two transformers. A 115kV transmission line then transports power to the tap-in location where the Project is connected to the Hydro One Networks Inc. (HONI) owned transmission line, south of the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) in Lincoln. Power from this Project will be conveyed along the existing HONI transmission line to the Beach Transformer Station in Hamilton. Other Project components include an operations and maintenance building and access roads with culverts installed, as required, at associated water crossings. Temporary components during construction may include storage and staging areas at the turbine locations, crane pads or mats, staging areas along access roads, delivery truck turnaround areas, construction laydown areas and crane paths. A map showing the proposed turbine locations and primary transmission line is included as Attachment #1. Staff has completed a preliminary review of the proposed locations and identified which sites/works will require NPCA approval pursuant to the Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation, O.Reg 155/06. In all staff has identified that 62 locations will require permits from this agency. Staff‘s preliminary review comments are included as Attachment #2. A number of questions where raised at the September meeting in relation to the construction of a north south transmission line along the Mountainview Road allowance in the Town of Lincoln. A map showing this line is included as Attachment #3. With respect to this component, questions were raised as to whether NPCA could compel studies with respect to potential impact to wildlife if the transmission line is installed above ground. Staff would advise that we have no regulatory jurisdiction over the installation of an above ground conduits/wire. To the contrary, should the proponent decide to install an in ground conduit, NPCA clearance would be required for some of the watercourse crossings which intersect

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