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The government of Ontario has known there are serious health issues experienced in industrial wind projects.
The demise of White Pines is a vivid symbol of Ontario’s emerging energy policy, which turned hostile to renewable sources of power after Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives were elected in 2018. Mr. Ford has blamed “these terrible, terrible wind turbines” for soaring electricity prices, and said he’d rid the province of every single one if he could. ...The government’s abandonment of renewables stems partly from the high costs Ontario paid to become an early adopter under the Liberals, who passed the Green Energy Act in 2009.
A year after the Ford government scuttled an under-construction wind farm in eastern Ontario, the half-built site is still standing and the project’s owner and province remain locked in negotiations on compensation — despite promises the decision would not cost taxpayers.
"The Green Energy Repeal Act eliminates a piece of legislation that introduced disastrous changes to Ontario's energy system that led to rising electricity rates for families and businesses," said Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Greg Rickford. "By repealing this act, we're restoring planning decisions to municipalities that were stripped by previous government and ensuring local voices have the final say on energy projects in their communities."
Infrastructure minister Monte McNaughton said: "Well-connected energy insiders made fortunes putting up wind farms and solar panels that gouge hydro consumers in order to generate electricity that Ontario doesn’t need. "Today, we are proud to say that the party with taxpayers’ money is over."
The Green Energy and Green Economy Act, which the Ford government announced Thursday it would officially cancel, was one of the most monumental government follies of our time. It was a hydra-headed monster of regulations and fiat that bludgeoned Ontario’s rural communities, stripped Ontario’s municipalities of every right to the slightest participation in their own planning, placed a darkling pall over the manufacturing industry, and imposed the highest electricity costs in all North America on some of Ontario’s lowest-income citizens.
The growing backlash to Canada’s climate push reflects a number of changes, experts say. Those include widespread anger in Ontario as electricity prices soared in recent years, driven in part by a shift to renewables; worries about the economy amid a brewing trade war; and the rollback of U.S. climate policies under President Donald Trump, which could draw energy investment away from Canada.
“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.
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.
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."
We can save Ontario ratepayers billions of dollars by tearing up the green energy contracts that are playing a part in harming our economy, costing us manufacturing jobs and pushing people into poverty.
But the environment ministry appears to have abdicated its role as regulator, and relies instead on self-regulation by the multi-billion-dollar wind power industry. What is the reason behind these social, economic and environment costs that so moves the Ontario government to keep pressing ahead with this problematic program? I don’t know. The government is not answering.
McCarter found 30,000 of those jobs were in construction, lasting only one to three years, and the government had failed to take into account studies in other jurisdictions showing that for each job created through renewable energy, two to four were lost in other sectors of the economy, because of higher electricity prices.
Acchione said the province is wasting the power through a practice called “curtailment.” It means that when the province’s hydro generators produce power consumers don’t need, and it can’t be exported, they have to dump it. ...“The numbers...show that Ontario’s cleanest source of power is literally going down the drain because we’re producing too much of it.”
Only in Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario would we still be spending money we don’t have, to build wind farms few people want, to generate electricity we don’t need.
He said hydro costs are being driven up by long-term contracts that pay high prices to producers of renewable energy. Many of those contracts were signed with wind energy producers in Southwestern Ontario, home to the province’s largest wind farms and largest number of wind turbines. “I think they should cancel some of these contracts and not just extend them,” said Macartney.
Thibeault says the government must move away from setting targets for specific types of energy – such as wind, solar, hydro and nuclear – and should instead focus on implementing a system in which energy producers compete for electricity contracts. "...allocating the precise mix of technology types has largely been arbitrary and led to sub-optimal siting, uncompetitive prices, and heightened community concern.”
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.
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.