Summerside honoured for energy programs

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Brock Carlton, CEO of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), left, and Claude Dauphin, first vice-president of FCM, present Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart with a 2013 Sustainable Communities Award for the city’s wind farm and Smart Grid Pilot Program. submitted photo

SUMMERSIDE – The Canadian Federation of Municipalities honoured the City of Summerside Thursday, for its energy initiatives at the 2013 Sustainable Communities Awards in Windsor, Ontario.

The city received the award for its wind farm and Smart Grid Meter Pilot Program.

“I was very pleased to hear about the award,” said Coun. Frank Costa, chairman of the city’s electric committee. “I was pleased for the city, particularly Greg (Gaudet, director of municipal services), our former Chief Financial Officer Malcolm Millar and our former Chief Administrative Officer Terry Murphy. They and the former council, when they looked at how do we enhance the electric infrastructure in the city in our generating capacity? They looked at putting up windmills and it has had a real benefit for the city.”

Costa said the work of city staff and elected officials hasn’t gone unnoticed by other municipalities.

“The neat thing about this award is we’re being recognized by our peers – other municipalities,” he said. “The award was based on industry standards that they saw the windmills and the Heat for Less Program as pretty strong initiatives that meet industry standards. People worked hard to get that so they’re being recognized.”

Along with being environmentally friendly, the program helps control power costs.

“There’s no question that the windmills have helped the city generate power which has been a cost-savings to the city for not having to buy power,” Costa said. “Our residents benefit from that. The Heat for Less Program has benefits.”

All members of council support the Smart Grid Program but there has been debate over who should actually be handling the fibre optics involved.

“I think the only difference of opinion in the council is whether it should be looked at by the private sector,” Costa said. “It is a good program but it’s whether we should be into it It’s who should be delivering. It’s that sense of private versus public, ownership and delivery.”

Costa said there is no question the windmills enhance the generating capacity of the city. “It’s a green energy. We’re fortunate that we own the electric company. So, people look at how do we enhance that capacity and the windmills have been fantastic for that.

“I think a lot of the other municipalities are looking at ‘how do we do that?’ but they may not have an infrastructure to work from,” he said.     

Organizations: Canadian Federation of Municipalities

Geographic location: SUMMERSIDE, Windsor, Ontario

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Recent comments

  • Billy Mack
    February 18, 2013 - 08:51

    I am so glad they used our money from parks, recreation, and all the really important things we should expect because my electric bill is so cheap it almost pays to live in this dying town being run by overweight no brained scum.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    February 16, 2013 - 11:48

    Where does the Canadian Federation of Municipalities get its money to conduct these programs. Much like similar organizations in other countries this federation was set up up and is controlled by the United Nations under Agender 21 to promote its "GREEN, SUSTAINABILITY, SUSTAINABLE GROWTH ETC ETC. lies. You know the lies I am talking about. Global warming is a lie. All the new science says so. Canada has signed onto the CARBON TAX system. Thats right, another tax soon to be levied on us. Some say even flatuence from cows could be taxed. I know it sounds silly but it is true. To find out more Google Rosa Koire or her movie BEHIND THE GREEN MASK. You can watch the movie on youtube if you do not want to buy it. It will open your eyes to the truth.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    February 16, 2013 - 11:37

    John Curtis is right, they are bad for your health and the new studies prove it. Here are a few links; ;;; just a few, there are many more. Again, our government does not do its due diligence in protecting us from the world. Islanders used to be known as hard working God fearing good people. Now as a result of our governments failed economic policies we have once again become cannon fodder for the new monarchy. If you do not know what I am talking about look it up lest history repeats itself again.

  • John W.A.Curtis
    February 15, 2013 - 12:02

    Ontario and Quebec have wind farms. Former Ontario Premier McQuinty used Denmark as an example for wind farms. Denmark had windfarms off shore than when the windfarms were moved onshore People in Denmark were having the same bad health effects as people in Ontario. . The research is being conducted by the federal government. I have problems with my memory, I can't provide more details as to where I had this information

  • somesense
    February 15, 2013 - 11:39

    John can you provide a link to this research?

  • Summerside Taxpayer
    February 15, 2013 - 07:42

    These photo sessions are an effort by Mayor Stewart to divert attention from the real problems. It is no secret the Smart Grid issue is alive and well in Council with his arranged last tie vote costing us the taxpayer millions of dollars. I am reading in disbelief Councillor Frank Costa praising the very ones who have put the City in debt well over 90 million dollars. Thanking them for their great work( past CAO Terry Murphy and past Finacial Director Malcolm Millar). Lets not forget these two were key players in the give away $2.1 million dollars of taxpeyers money for a failed concert and neither on held accountable. Instead both left with hefty packages for their parts in thie massive cover up. The Mayor accutually thinks he is doing a great job. He and his Deputy Mayor Bruce MacDougall's favourite sayin " What me I didn't do anything wrong" Please stop the continued BS. People are on to all of you.

  • John W.A. Curtis
    February 14, 2013 - 17:24

    Research is showing windmills are a major cause of health problems and illinesses in people

  • What did it cost?
    February 14, 2013 - 17:20

    $50 million or more? Would they even tell us if we asked? Better lock up the trophy Bas, in case Beyonce comes back to rob us again.