Articles filed under Energy Policy from Canada

The tide turns

Those complaining that industrial wind turbines are making them sick and forcing them from their homes are no longer on the margins. Their numbers are growing. Their voices are becoming louder. The glow that folks once felt in supporting renewable energy is wearing thin once they learn that generating really expensive, poor quality electricity is ruining their neighbours' lives.
27 Jul 2012

Ottawa takes new interest in the health effects of wind energy

The Harper government, an ardent defender of oil sands extraction, is taking a keen new interest in Ontario voters' concerns that wind power generation may be harmful to humans. ...Ontario's Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty has run into resistance from rural landowners over wind turbines - opposition that may have cost him his majority in the last election.
12 Jul 2012

The ugly side of wind power

Ontario's Green Energy Act is stacked in favour of wind developers. Its authors seem not to have cared about basic rights. They just bash ahead despite evidence that turbines provide little in the way of jobs, reduce property values, make some homes unsaleable, affect the health and social well-being of locals and kill migrating birds and endangered species. Our descendants here in Prince Edward County will inherit a devastated local economy, landscape and way of life, not to mention an increasing (province-wide) financial burden to pay for wind-company profits.
6 Jul 2012

Why greens go in the red: How wind turbines and solar panels are making us poorer

We'll get the old "bait-and-switch." The "bait" will be that money extracted from us through higher energy prices will go towards improving the environment and to help "the poor" cope with higher energy costs. The "switch" will be that most, if not all, of the new revenue will go down the black hole of general revenues to pay for anything the government wants.
21 Jun 2012

The sorry lessons of green-power subsidies

By the end of 2013, Ontario household power rates will be the second-highest in North America (after PEI), and they will continue to accelerate while they level off in most other jurisdictions. Even more alarming for Ontario's economic competitiveness, businesses and industrial customers will be hit by almost $12-billion in additional costs over the same period.
29 Apr 2012

Ontario lowers premiums for wind, solar power; gives local councils more say

The Progressive Conservatives blame the "massive subsidies" for creating what they call a gold rush in Ontario's power system. "The feed-in-tariff, the green energy program, has created a huge economic bubble, and we know that all bubbles will one day burst," Hudak said. "You can't power a 21st century economy based on when the sun shines and the wind blows."
18 Mar 2012

Locals skeptical of wind talk

Shortly after the premier delivered his speech, he made a promise to give municipalities more say on green energy projects. He told reporters the province will "do a better job in terms of incorporating the local perspective on this" when it completes a review of its feed-in-tariff program for green energy projects by the end of March.
29 Feb 2012

Wind turbines McGuinty's Waterloo?

"Further be it resolved that if the (one-year) moratorium (on wind turbine developments) is not announced prior to the start date of the conference, that all municipal officials in attendance ...shall leave the room immediately when the agenda reaches the point that the premier or his designate addresses the conference, in a show of solidarity to once again demonstrate our frustration, anger and disappointment over their complete and total mishandling of the Green Energy Act. and Industrial Wind Turbines in particular."
18 Feb 2012

Health and noise complaints must be addressed; OFA asks for suspension of FIT contracts

The situation regarding Industrial Wind Turbines (IWT) has become untenable. The proliferation of wind turbines across rural Ontario has seriously polarized our rural communities. Residents not engaged in turbine developments have been pitted against neighbours, over concerns with health impacts and quality of life issues. IWT development currently preoccupies the rural agenda.
25 Jan 2012

FIT review brings uncertainty to Ontario's wind energy market

As a result, Ontario's renewable energy future is, yet again, in a state of uncertainty. Fortunately, projects that already have an existing FIT contract with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) will not be subject to the new rules and pricing. Over the past month and a half, the OPA and Deputy Minister Fareed Amin, tasked with spearheading the FIT review, have held numerous consultation sessions.
3 Jan 2012

Smitherman plugs back in to green-energy debate

But he also implicitly acknowledges that he moved too aggressively on some fronts. And one of his related recommendations will deservedly get a lot of attention. Nothing has fuelled more green-energy opposition than the decision to strip municipalities of their decision-making power when it comes to the placement of wind turbines. Liberals have long contended that doing so was necessary ...But Mr. Smitherman now sees the need to assuage what he called "unsettling circumstances in some municipalities."
27 Dec 2011

Liberals' green energy strategy blasted by auditor

Ontario Auditor General Jim McCarter found billions of dollars in solar and wind projects were approved without appropriate oversight, including and regulatory and planning procedures. ...The controversial Samsung deal, which will pay $110 million over 20 years over and above the already hefty FIT premium in exchange for $7 billion in investment, was done with "no formal economic analysis ... to determine whether the deal was prudent."
6 Dec 2011
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