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Ontario's government signed an electricity deal with an American company to build a wind farm at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, froze the project, and then wanted to treat its decision like an uncontrollable act of God to get out of the contract, an international panel found in a ruling saying such behaviour is not OK.
It’s one dismaying chapter in a much larger story about the profound ineptitude with which Ontario’s energy file — from gas plants to hydro prices to the sale of Hydro One — has been handled.
Ontario’s government signed an electricity deal with an American company to build a wind farm at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, froze the project, and then wanted to treat its own decision like an uncontrollable act of God to get out of the contract it signed, an international panel found in a ruling saying such behaviour is not OK.
On Friday, Dec. 2, promised to ask Premier Kathleen Wynne to withdraw her support for the Nation Rise wind farm project. The project would see wind farms constructed in North Stormont and South Nation. Representatives from both areas say they do not want the wind farms and have thousands of signed petitions to back them up.
In yet another sign of the crisis caused for many in the province by soaring electricity rates, the Ontario Association of Food Banks says the fallout is putting the squeeze on the basic needs of many. “If people have to choose between keeping the lights on and going hungry, they go without food,” Carolyn Stewart, executive director of the association, said ahead of Monday’s release of the group’s Hunger Report 2016. Soaring hydro costs have become an Achilles heel for the Liberal government, which took a costly plunge into green energy in 2009.
The poll suggests the issues Ms. Wynne has spent most of her time on – building transit and fighting climate change – are low on voters’ priority lists. Infrastructure investments was the top issue for just 4.8 per cent of respondents, and the environment clocked in at 4 per cent.
Last week’s high winds and blowing snow may have resulted in closed schools and numerous fender benders throughout the County, but it was small in comparison to what occurred in the Town of Ontario.
“Municipalities should have the right to deny these projects from coming into their area if they don't want to support them. 1,800 signatures is quite a large amount for that area of our county,” said Yurek.
The biggest unreported story in the Ontario media, despite all its talented investigative journalists, is the destruction of rural Ontario by massive wind “farms” and solar projects.
Amherst Island is an idyllic place: rolling meadows dotted with heritage buildings, narrow carriage roads lined by the largest concentration of historic dry stone walls in Canada. The population of 400 year-round residents expands to 1,000 in the summer, but the island located west of Kingston in Lake Ontario, because it is a 20-minute ferry ride from the mainland, has largely resisted the encroachment of developers.
Carriveau notes that most of the province’s turbines are at the mid-life point of what is generally considered to be a 20-year life cycle. Many are also operating under provincially guaranteed power purchase agreements that also expire at the 20-year mark. “These guys are really interested in knowing what’s going to happen on the other side of the power purchase agreements.”
Untethered by accountability to its voters and deaf to its ministries’ advice and counsel, provincial Liberals have made a terrible mess of the energy supply system in Ontario. It will take decades to fix. It has squandered billions of dollars chasing schemes unworthy of a Nigerian postmark. ...Meanwhile, it has made a select group of developers very, very wealthy.
Five years after issuing a moratorium on offshore wind projects, the Ontario government says it still doesn't have enough information to decide if the ban should be lifted.
Five years after Ontario pulled the plug on offshore wind installations, including a 130-turbine project in Lake Ontario, a NAFTA tribunal has ordered the province to fork over $25 million in damages plus $3 million in legal costs to Windstream Energy LLC, kicking up gusts of mixed reaction from environmentalists and trade activists.
Members of Water Wells First have been pointing a finger at the Municipality of Chatham-Kent for what they feel is a lack of concern over issues with several water wells in the former Dover Township located near wind turbines.
A company that planned a huge offshore wind farm in Lake Ontario says it has been awarded more than $25-million in damages, because the Ontario government cancelled its project. ...A hearing was held in front of a three-member panel convened by the Netherlands-based Permanent Court of Arbitration in February.
The Environmental Review Tribunal has stalled a wind turbine project, ruling it would cause harm to both human health and the environment.
In an 87-page decision, ERT hearing officers Dirk Vanderbent and Hugh Wilkins stated the appeal of the renewable energy application for WPD Canada’s Fairview Wind project met the test for potential harm to human health with respect to the operations at the Collingwood Regional Airport and Clearview Aerodrome.
Under the terms of the mediation, property owners will be given baseline testing before the construction of any turbines and will receive groundwater and ground vibration monitoring in each of the first three years of operation.
At least two proposed multi-turbine wind farms in Grey-Bruce are now on hold due to the province's decision this week to suspend signing new contracts for large-scale renewable energy projects.