Otter Creek Wind Farm is a wind power project located in the northwestern area of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, near the town of Wallaceburg. When completed, the project will have a generating capacity of up to 50 MW and include:
- Wind turbines
- Access roads
- A substation
- A collector network
- A possible transmission line
The exact number of turbines and the locations of these components has yet to be determined.
On March 9, 2016, as part of its Large Renewable Procurement I (LRP I) process, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) of Ontario awarded the project a contract to supply renewable energy. For more information on the IESO LRP, you can visit the IESO website.
On March 8, 2017, the project submitted its Renewable Energy Approval application to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).
The Project is being developed by Otter Creek Wind Farm Limited Partnership (Otter Creek), a partnership of Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES Canada), Boralex Inc., and Walpole Island First Nation.
Information about the project can be found in this section. Please visit this page often for updates.
Community Engagement Centre
Otter Creek Wind Farm welcomes members of the public to drop by and meet members of the Development Team to learn more about the project and ask questions and voice concerns.
Starting March 14th, the Community Engagement Centre will be open every second Tuesday from 10am – 3pm, and also by appointment.
February 6th, 2017
Public Meeting Panels
Information panels from the second Public Meeting held on January 30th 2017 are available.
November 30th, 2016
Notice of draft REA Reports and Second Public Meeting
A Notice of draft REA Reports and Second Public Meeting is now available.
June 7th, 2016
Notice of Project and Public Meeting
A Notice of Project and Public Meeting is now available.
August 27th, 2015
Public Meeting Panels
As requested by some of the community members on the Public Meeting held on August 25th 2015, information panels are available.
August 5th, 2015
Notice of public community meeting
A public community meeting will be held in August to consult and inform the community. For more information about this meeting, please refer to the notice.
Draft REA Reports
- Construction Plan Report
- Decommissioning Plan Report
- Design and Operation Report
- Appendix A: Project Location and Sound Receptors
- Appendix B: Noise Assessment Report
- Appendix C: Hydrogeological Assessment and Effects Assessment Report
- Appendix D: Property Line Setback Assessment
- Project Description Report
- Appendix A: Legal Descriptions
- Wind Turbine Specifications Report
- Site Investigation Report
- Records review Report
- Evaluation of Significance Report
- Appendix A: Staff Qualifications
- Appendix B: Investigation and Evaluation of Significance Surveys
- Environmental Impact Study
- Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan
- Appendix A: Mortality Monitoring Forms
Water Bodies Reports
- Water Body Report
- Water Body Assessment
Archaeology and Culturel Heritage Reports
- Heritage Impact Assessment
- Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment Report
- Stage 2 Archaeological Assessment Report
- Appendix A: Stage 2 Artifact Catalogue
- Stage 2 Archaeological Assessment Additional
Draft site plan reports
Public Meeting Display Boards
Draft Project Description Report
Site Considerations Reports
Community Engagement Plan
To consult and inform all the stakeholders, a community engagement plan has been developed. It provides a description of the consultations that will take place during the LRP I. Moreover, in case the project should be award a contract, the community engagement plan provides a high level overview of the long-term consultation plan, includind the consultation that will take place during the Renewable Environmentale Approval (REA) process.
Meeting Summary Report
Otter Creek Wind Farm Limited Partnership (Otter Creek) is a partnership of Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES Canada), Boralex Inc., and Walpole Island First Nation.
RES Canada is a Qualified Applicant in the IESO Large Renewable Procurement Process. As one of the top renewable energy, transmission, and energy storage companies in Canada, RES Canada provides services in development, engineering, construction, and operations. Since 1982, the RES Group of companies has constructed more than 145 utility-scale projects in 10 countries, including nearly 9,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy and energy storage projects.
Boralex develops, builds and operates renewable energy power facilities in Canada, France and the United States. A leader in the Canadian market and France’s largest independent producer of onshore wind power, the Corporation is recognized for its solid experience in optimizing its asset base in four power generation types — wind, hydroelectric, thermal and solar. Boralex ensures sustained growth by leveraging the expertise and diversification developed over the past 25 years. Boralex’s shares and convertible debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols BLX and BLX.DBA, respectively. More information is available at boralex.com or sedar.com.
Bkejwanong First Nation, also known as Walpole Island, is located near Wallaceburg, Ontario at the mouth of the St. Clair River. Bkejwanong is home to some of the most diverse wetlands, oak savannas, and tallgrass prairies of the Great Lakes region and encompasses six islands that have been occupied by the Ojibwe, Potawatomi and Ottawa peoples for thousands of years.
For more information about the partners, you can visit their websites.