The Municipality of Eastern Kings received a development application from the PEI Energy Corporation for a proposed expansion of the East Point wind farm, CAO Ron Coffin has confirmed.

“This is not a surprise. It’s something we’ve been expecting,” Mr Coffin said.

“It’s a general application,” he said. “That’s been what we’ve been anticipating.”

No decision has been made yet on whether to approve the application, with or without additional information, conditions or changes to existing municipal bylaws. Eastern Kings Community Council met in camera following the monthly council meeting on Tuesday, June 11 to allow council to brainstorm on current issues.

“An in camera meeting is just that,” Mr Coffin explained. “No decisions can be made; it’s just a time for the council to discuss matters as detailed in our agenda.”

Mr Coffin said the application includes information for consideration to determine if the wind farm expansion meets the community’s development bylaws.

“The application is provisional in that it is not specific to the actual locations for proposed sites. There are a number of environmental reports that PEIEC is working on and hopes to be able to provide. That’s something PEIEC is still working on,” Mr Coffin said.

Heather MacLeod, with PEI Energy Corporation confirmed the application last week.

“Aside from that, we’ve been continuing with all the other aspects of wind farm planning - turbine selection, turbine placement, Environmental Assessment studies, et cetera,” Ms MacLeod said.

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