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Councillor Kelly's Statement on Selection of Homesteaders and Galetta Side Road for BESS Location

Updated: May 15

May, 9, 2024


Today I was very disappointed to learn that, despite Ottawa City Council rejecting a Municipal Support Resolution for this project in December 2023, the IESO have selected a site at the corner of Homesteaders and Galetta Side Road for a Battery Energy Storage Facility.


During committee and Council meetings I adamantly opposed this particular project based on the lack of meaningful consultation, many unanswered legitimate questions, feedback from residents, as well as the sheer scale of this proposed project and the land it could affect. I heard very clearly from the community that they were very uncomfortable with what they were hearing.


The community’s position on this project has not changed and neither has mine. You can find my previous comments on this project here: Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Decides Not to Support BESS Proposals in West Carleton-March (clarkekelly.ca)

 

I will be speaking with everyone involved in this application along with my council colleagues to determine the next steps that I will take. I can assure you that I will do everything in my power to see that the community’s desires are reflected in any final decision.


I will be providing updates as I learn more and determine next steps. If you have questions in the meantime, please reach out to Clarke.Kelly@ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2475.


Best regards,


Clarke Kelly

City of Ottawa Councillor

Ward 5 - West Carleton-March


 



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