Articles filed under Energy Policy from Canada
Recently, I've been reading up on Alberta's oil sands development because that's going to be a huge issue in determining Canada's response, or lack of one, to reducing man-made greenhouse gas emissions. But anyone who believes this means the rest of us can self-righteously look down our noses at Alberta, doesn't understand the science or the reality. In Ontario, for example, Premier Dalton McGuinty can't call out his Alberta counterpart, Ed Stelmach on the oil sands, until he shuts down Ontario's coal-fired electricity plants, a promise he's been breaking since first making it in 2003.
Regulators have put a big question mark over the province's strategy to tap run-of-river hydroelectric and wind power projects to meet growing electricity demand while cutting greenhouse gas emissions. A complex 236-page ruling by the B.C. Utilities Commission found B.C. Hydro overestimated future demand and rejected the basis for its call for independent power projects under its Clean Power initiative.
Shares in a bunch of Canadian green energy companies slumped on Tuesday after a surprise regulatory decision created uncertainty about the future of dozens of clean power projects being developed in the West Coast province of British Columbia.
The Oxford County Federation of Agriculture is adding its voice to those calling for a freeze on wind-farm developments in this county. The federation voted to forward the request to the county at its monthly meeting in Woodstock Thursday. The requested interim control bylaw would prevent any wind farms from being built within the county. There are two currently being proposed in the county ..."We didn't initially support the (not-in-my-backyard) people, but maybe there's a valid reason why they don't want it in their backyards."
A majority of "construction ready" wind projects in Ontario won't go forward if the province passes regulations that keep wind turbines a minimum distance from residences, roads and railway lines, warns Canada's wind energy association.
Oxford wants to ensure it still has a say in the development of alternative and renewable energy projects, such as the two wind farms proposed within its borders. Council gave its consent to community and strategic planning office staff to submit its comments to the Ministry of the Environment on the Green Energy and Green Economy Act regulations.
A majority of "construction ready" wind projects in Ontario won't go forward if the province passes regulations that keep wind turbines a minimum distance from residences, roads and railway lines, warns Canada's wind energy association. ...more than three-quarters of 103 advanced-stage wind projects will likely be affected if the new rules are enacted.
You knew it was going to happen at some point. All those efforts at producing electricity without creating greenhouse gases were going to backfire. ...It would be naive to think that green energy ventures were going to run perfectly. But did scientists and public officials not think this through at all?
Has anyone ever interviewed any of these protesters, asking for their reason to take time off work and travel to these sites to protest? And in spite of these existing +13,000 German wind turbines, not one single coal-fired power plant became shut down. ...George Smitherman's attitude and gag-order, abrogating municipal councils' democratic mandate to act in the best interest of all citizens remains despicable!
Adams believes so-called "green" energy decisions by governments are best made by paying attention to such old-fashioned ideas as democracy, due process and paying for the real costs of electricity. This as opposed to turning the energy market into a giant casino where governments arbitrarily decide winners and losers among energy producers and consumers by cabinet decree, after consulting with favoured environmental groups and renewable energy industry lobbyists.
Although Ontario municipalities are still learning the details regarding their role in future ‘green energy' projects throughout the province, Scugog councillors have commented to the province on the potential impact to rural lands from a new provincial act that may also exempt the township from the decision-making process when it comes to planning renewable energy developments.
About now, Neal Michelutti and two colleagues at Queen's University are receiving responses to a survey about wind turbines on Wolfe Island, which sits in Lake Ontario near Kingston. They want to find out whether, as many suspect, the turbines rob people of sleep and hearing, or cause stress, skin rashes, headaches, high blood pressure or a host of other ailments.
By 2015, new wind-power developments will double the amount of wind energy produced in Canada. But as government investment in wind power has increased, opposition has risen in tandem. Local and provincial legislators are finally acknowledging opponents' growing concerns, but they certainly aren't putting the brakes on development.
The winds of dissent are blowing across southern Ontario, buffeting the dreams of entrepreneurs hoping to cash in on elevated support for renewable energy. "There's a lot of controversy about it coming out now," said Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture president Dave Riddell in a recent edition of the Alliston Herald newspaper, when asked to comment about prospective wind energy projects.
The province is proposing a one-window approvals process and standardized requirements for renewable energy projects.
Dissent is roiling the Liberal government with MPPs ignoring Premier Dalton McGuinty's edict that "NIMBYism" will not be tolerated to stop green energy projects. In an unusually brazen protest, three Liberal MPPs tabled petitions in the House this week with thousands of signatures opposing wind turbines and gas-fired power plants in their ridings.
The list of areas where the government has chosen to exert the force of law over the persuasion of education is becoming legion, including but not limited to smoking, cellphone usage and, most importantly, wind power. Ontario Energy and Infrastructure Minister George Smitherman reinforced the position Monday. "We passed a law, and the law does not create an opportunity for municipalities to resist these projects just because they may have a concern," he said.
Billions of dollars in upgrades to Alberta's power transmission network will hit consumers in the pocketbook. The province's electrical operator says the average consumer will see power bills go up by $8 a month to pay for the first phase of projects, which have an estimated price tag of $8.1 billion.
Ontario could become a North American environmental leader, but municipalities can't stand in the way of wind power. That was the message Tuesday from Ontario Energy and Infrastructure Minister George Smitherman as he toured a hydroelectric plant here. Smitherman, also Ontario's deputy premier, praised Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. for its operation of the eight-megawatt plant.
Ontario's new Green Energy Act passed third reading in the Legislature Thursday by a vote of 59 to 13. And it's fair to say that never in the field of legislative conflict was so much ballyhoo and promise hustled through so quickly with so little input from so few. ...And now we get to find out who was right, for better or for worse. Probably, it will be some of each. It's the size of the portions that is in question.