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May 13, 2007
CAW Family Education Centre gets wind turbine
The CAW has won the right to install a wind turbine at the Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, after a 20-day hearing by the Ontario
Municipal Board (OMB) ruled in favour of the project.

Initially turned down by the Town of Saugeen Shores, the OMB found that the wind turbine wouldn’t have a significant impact on
surrounding residents and would fit well with the province’s renewable energy plan.  The 100-foot, 600 kilowatt turbine is expected to
produce enough electricity to offset the centre’s power usage by 75 to 80 per cent.

“We want to demonstrate to other institutions such as schools and factories that this is a do-able project and is a worthwhile way to
reduce emissions,” said Dean Fowler, Director of the CAW Family Education Centre.  “We also hope to use it as an education tool for
our students to show them what is possible.  Over 10,000 CAW delegates come to the centre every year.”

The turbine will be set up on the field north of the centre’s parking lot and may be completed as early as 2009.

Source:  CAW NewsNow
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