U.S. company goes to court to enforce $28M damage award for Ontario ban on Great Lakes wind farms
Ottawa Citizen

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By David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen, February 21, 2017

The wind-power company that won a $28-million trade award over the Ontario government’s decision to kill its Lake Ontario wind farm is going to court to collect, it said Tuesday.

Windstream Energy hasn’t been paid the damages an international tribunal awarded it at the end of September, the company said.

The arbitration panel from The Hague gave Canada 30 days to fork over the compensation for Ontario’s sudden decision to stop wind farms in the Great Lakes in 2011, after urging companies to come and build them. But the Permanent Court of Arbitration doesn’t have direct enforcement power for its decisions — it can’t order a bank to hand over money from a government account. For that, Windstream needs a Canadian court’s co-operation.