By Nancy Kelly
Berwick’s chief administrative officer says it is a relief to have plans for a wind power project out in the public domain.
The Alternate Resource Energy Authority (AREA), created earlier this summer by the towns of Berwick and Mahone Bay, plans to construct a wind farm on land south of Windsor. The project was presented Sept. 24 to council members of the Municipality of West Hants.
“From what we heard from John Prall, the presentation was well received by the council,” said Don Regan. After attending the session in West Hants, Prall, who sits on town council, Berwick Electric and serves as chairman of AREA, returned to Berwick in time to report to Berwick’s committee of the whole meeting.
Berwick and its electric commission have been chasing other suppliers of electricity since 1998, Regan said.
We have been looking for better, greener and cheaper sources of energy. Don Regan, Berwick CAO
“We have been looking for better, greener and cheaper sources of energy,” he said, adding the wind power project in West Hants “gives us options to develop other suppliers.”
The financing piece for the $25 million project is still in the works, with the provincial government carrying out its due diligence respecting AREA’s request for a borrowing authority.
Mayor Don Clarke, who has served on Berwick Electric since 1997, is well aware of the effort it has taken to get the project to its current point.
“It’s been an evolution and been a long time coming, but we feel we have gotten ourselves a pretty good deal.”
He is confident the wind project will help stabilize rates for Berwick Electric customers.
“We will be masters of our own destiny.”
Regan confirmed the remaining members of council are also behind the new venture.
“There is no dissent on council whatsoever,” said Regan, who encourages Berwick Electric customers to follow the project’s progress online.