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Citing savings to ratepayers, Ontario has announced the cancellation of 758 renewable energy contracts, including several wind energy projects. ...All of the cancelled projects have not reached project development milestones; terminating the projects at this early stage will maximize benefits for ratepayers, the government claims.
Terminating the early-stage projects, which the government didn’t identify, would save electricity customers in the Canadian province $790 million, Ford’s energy minister, Greg Rickford, said in a statement Friday. Shares of clean-energy companies fell, including Pattern Energy Group Inc.
Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government is cancelling 758 renewable energy contracts, including one for a massive wind farm near London where area residents voted overwhelmingly against wind turbines but had them imposed on them by the former Liberal government.
The owners of the proposed 12-turbine Otter Creek Wind Farm north of Wallaceburg say they will not be using foundations that require pile driving, and will instead be using a spreadfoot system that requires a few metres of foundation depth. Boralex said the decision was made to appease members of the community who have expressed concern over pile driving.
MacRae couldn’t say for certain who would have to pay for the cancellation: electricity ratepayers or taxpayers. “It would be my assumption that would end up somehow on the ratepayers,” he said. “We just need to see what the government has in mind and who will foot the bill.”
Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) gave the final approval for the project during the election campaign in May. MacRae characterized the “notice to proceed” as a housekeeping document to confirm that the company had all its ducks in a row but the Tories are characterizing it as a breach of the convention that governments avoid big decisions during elections.
TORONTO — Upon the resumption of the legislature, the people of Ontario can expect to see urgent action to protect York University students from the ongoing labour dispute and repeal Ontario's cap-and-trade carbon tax law from the books, Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Government House Leader Todd Smith announced today.
“Cap-and-trade and carbon tax schemes are no more than government cash grabs that do nothing for the environment while hitting people in the wallet in order to fund big government programs,” Ford said in a statement Tuesday. “I promised that the party with taxpayers’ dollars was over and that this would include scrapping the cap-and-trade, carbon tax slush fund.”
Premier Doug Ford has officially revoked cap and trade — and is now starting to wrap up initiatives funded by the doomed program.
The city is dismantling a series of recently-erected 10-metre-high wind turbines along the Lake Ontario shoreline amid fears they could fall on beachgoers.
Kroker says plans for the wind farm have been in the works for years but the sizable turbine model was not disclosed until the summer of 2017. The towers have never been tested in North America. “There are no real studies on a tower this size when it comes to health effects and, for a lot of our community members, that’s the big sticking point.”
While there was agreement on stage about the need to de-carbonize the planet’s future sources, Tinker offered a caution to not write off certain sources of energy, including nuclear, in getting there and a reminder that even so-called clean sources of energy come with a cost.
Since last fall — October, November — those windmills belonging to Hydro have hardly been used at all. I've seen them maybe once or twice in operation," said Ramea Deputy Mayor Lester Gould. "We're not benefiting in any way, at all, from the windmills."
The PC incumbents of southwestern Ontario kept their stronghold of the area where two major issues were pushed in this election — wind farms and Highway 401 safety. On Friday, advocates for those issues said it's time for their MPPs to deliver on the promises they said they would.
Doug Ford’s PCs say they’d scrap the Green Energy Act, slap a moratorium on new energy contracts and try to renegotiate existing ones if they can. They’d also restore local decision-making over the projects. Adams say he agrees with the PC plan to scrap the legislation, but said it’s deeply intertwined now with how Ontario’s power system works and the PCs haven’t explained how they’d replace it.
When Gould asked Hydro NL when Ramea’s residents can expect their power bills to decrease, the company pointed to the generators as the issue. “They say they have to keep a generator running because when a surge is needed those windmills can’t provide the energy on short notice,” Gould stated. “So therefore we’re still burning diesel fuel, so the charges will remain as they are.”
Peterborough-Kawartha Progessive Conservative candidate Dave Smith said he doesn't think any more solar or wind farms should be added in Ontario. "We do not need them," he said at an all-candidates' debate in Lakefield on Wednesday evening. "We produce 50% more electricity than we can actually use."
Opposition candidates call for a halt of wind turbine development after Chatham-Kent residents complain that green energy ruined their wells WALLACEBURG — Water Wells First, a grassroots group of about 60 families based north of Chatham, has struggled over the last two years to convince the provincial Liberal government that the area’s wind farms are ruining their well water, but to no avail.
A Huron Wind Vestas V80 1.8MW turbine was damaged by high winds off Lake Huron north of Tiverton on May 4, 2018. A worker at a neighbouring facility captured the image of the tip of the turbine blade broken and dangling from the structure.
Citizen groups continued their effort to convince the Ontario government to ensure wind farm developers abide by the latest noise modelling guidelines.