Toronto Hydro Corporation announced today that Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. (“TH Energy”) has officially received final approval from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to build a wind research platform (anemometer) in Lake Ontario, approximately 1.2 km offshore.
The platform has been designated for a location off the coast of the Scarborough Bluffs, just west of East Point Park, which will test the viability of wind energy.
In a press release, Ward 43 Councillour Paul Ainslie called the Scraborough Bluffs platform “simply a bad project.”
“I am not supporting this project for several reasons,” added Ainslie. “Economically, the project will cost millions of dollars to the taxpayers for very little return. Environmentally, the visual pollution the anemometer will bring to the area will be immense as the purpose for the testing if positive will be to introduce over 60 wind turbines to the Lake Ontario bed at the foot of the Scarborough Bluffs”.
Construction of the platform will begin the week of October 26, whi is expected to take one month to complete.