Interest in green energy high in Masset

  • Nov. 22, 2002 8:00 p.m.

Masset residents are extremely interested in “green” energy options which could replace diesel generated electricity.
About 60 residents attended a meeting Tuesday (Nov. 5) to talk about the wind energy feasibility study to be done by Uniterre Resources Ltd. and the village of Masset.
Uniterre is the company which is trying to build a wind farm off Rose Spit to produce electricity for the mainland grid.
However, after talking to the village of Masset earlier this year, the company agreed to also take a look at the possibility of generating wind power to produce energy here on the islands.
The people who attended last week’s initial meeting raised issues like the need for a transparent consultation process, the desire to involve local experts, the desire to look at overall energy needs on the islands and not just the north end, consideration of future power needs, consideration of a wide range of ownership options and financing strategies and exploration of partnerships with other island groups, according to a press release from the village of Masset.
More public meetings will be held to explore these issues in detail once the final funding agreement is signed, the press release said.