Articles filed under Energy Policy from Canada

Ontario paid $1 billion to dump excess electricity in 2013, NDP claims

In 2012, the Council for Clean and Reliable Electricity published a paper stating that Ontario consumers subsidized out-of-province electricity buyers to the tune of $1.2 billion over the previous three years. While it costs 8.55 cents a kilowatt hour to produce electricity in Ontario, excess power was sold to five neighbouring jurisdictions — Michigan. New York, Minnesota, Manitoba and Quebec — for 2.65 cents/kwh, Tabuns said.
20 Jan 2014

Ontario tilts against wind turbines as costs spiral: Cohn

To understand how much the Liberals miscalculated, it’s worth looking at another report that preceded this one. Prepared for influential clients in the energy industry by global consulting firm IHS-CERA, the title of this private study says it all: “Too Much, Too Fast — The Pace of Greening the Ontario Power System.” It treats our wind turbines as a case study on how greening the power system can plunge it into the red. A cautionary tale for international clients, the report would have been essential reading for provincial energy planners as they looked for the light at the end of our wind tunnel:
10 Dec 2013

Citizens battle government, corporations over wind power projects

The Ontario government is refusing to hear testimony from experts on noise and safety in an ongoing Environmental Review Tribunal, according to motions presented to the appellant. Last week, the Environment ministry and power developer NextEra filed motions to deny testimony from witnesses at an appeal launched by Esther Wrightman, a citizen of the Middlesex area. The ministry and developer are objecting to testimony from medical doctors, a professional engineer with expertise in noise measurement, an acoustician with knowledge of the effect of environmental noise and infrasound on human health, and real estate appraisers.
15 Oct 2013

Wynne admits wind turbines, cuts to horse racing hurt Liberals in rural Ontario

Premier Kathleen Wynne admitted Tuesday that the Liberal government's moves to cut funding to the horse racing industry and allow industrial wind turbines to dot the landscape may not have been the right ones for rural Ontario. ...The premier was greeted by anti-wind power protesters as she rode a float in the opening parade at the huge agricultural fair.
17 Sep 2013

Green energy forcing ratepayers into the red

From Germany to Spain and Ontario to British Columbia, taxpayers are waking up to the fact that their power bills are going straight up. A major reason? Poorly thought out - some would say hopelessly naive - energy policies that encouraged an explosion of highly subsidized solar, wind, biomass and hydro projects, all in the name of saving the planet from evil fossil fuels. some cases, these policies have led to an increase in carbon emissions.
16 Sep 2013

Wind power falls short of targets

Production problems aren't new. NB Power documents show the utility has failed to receive expected amounts of wind power every year since the first turbines came online in 2008 and now routinely budgets to receive less from the farms than they are supposed to produce. ...Currently, New Brunswick has 113 commercial windmills grouped in three separate locations, all of them installed between 2008 and 2010.
24 Jul 2013

Energy Minister Chiarelli spins wind message

Martine Holmsen, manager of communications for IESO, said wind power would make its biggest contribution to the grid during winter and the shoulder seasons. But on Thursday morning (demand and generation vary hour to hour) wind at 62 megawatts (MW) was producing 0.26% of demand of 23,210.
19 Jul 2013

Legal challenge prompts West Grey to rewrite fee bylaw

The fees range from posting $100,000 performance bond for each turbine during the 20 year projected life of the machines, to $50,000 deposit for a peer review of reports generated in the renewable energy application process. Other security deposits include $50,000 for use of a municipal roadway by heavy equipment during installation and maintenance of the turbines.
9 Jul 2013

Wynne's wind fiasco; Website explains the real story of electricity generation in Ontario

Because wind is so inefficient, the only way to make it economically viable is to do what the Liberals have done. They're forcing us to pay inflated prices for it on our hydro bills, for 20 years, and forcing us to buy wind power first, even though we don't need it, because Ontario has an energy surplus, due to its beleaguered manufacturing sector. This means we dump less expensive (and "green") hydro power, for example, or sell it at a loss to Quebec or the U.S., to pay for wind.
6 Jul 2013

McGuinty's green-energy ‘vision' begins to fade

With the bulk of Ontario's baseload electricity capacity coming from emissions-free nuclear power, commissioning massive amounts of wind and solar energy at guaranteed sky-high rates was a dubious idea from the get-go. With energy surpluses galore, idling nuclear reactors so an overloaded electricity grid can accommodate intermittently produced renewable energy is costing Ontario dearly as it exports unneeded wind power at a fraction of what it pays for it.
27 Jun 2013

Just call them the Fiberals

Anxious to put a good face on their climb down on green energy, the Liberals touted a so-called $24 per year saving on the average hydro bill as a result of the fact they will now be spending $3.7 billion less of our money on green energy. Your hydro rate isn't going to drop by $24 compared to what it is now. All it means is that, theoretically, going forward, your bill will be $24 less than the even higher number it would have been under the original Samsung deal.
23 Jun 2013

Ontario slashes green energy deal

The province's change of heart is partly a response to the backlash over that arrangement - which made electricity bills more expensive ...It is also the latest sign of turbulence in the green-energy industry after the global recession reduced the need for power and an uncertain economy made less costly conventional electricity more attractive than pricey renewables.
20 Jun 2013

Province blows off wind megawatt goal

While Manitoba's neighbours are building turbines like gangbusters, Manitoba's policy-makers are letting wind power breeze on by. The province is in the seventh year of an unofficial moratorium on turbines, part of a policy change that has quietly wafted in, replacing a pledge to build 1,000 megawatts of wind power by next year.
18 Jun 2013

New Energy: a bill for $ 8 billion

This is taking into account all these factors that arrive at a figure of 14.14 cents for the cost of a kilowatt-hour produced by the wind industry. This is the most expensive energy in all categories: two and a half times the price of that produced by the central Hydro-Quebec, which he estimated at 5.55 cents per kilowatt-hour.
17 Jun 2013

Too little, too late

Most worrying was that while promising to give municipalities more say over where turbines are constructed, that power won't be bestowed until hundreds, perhaps thousands, more industrial wind turbines are erected on Ontario's skyline. This is because projects already navigating the approvals process are unlikely to be subjected to the province's new process.
7 Jun 2013

Province announces overhaul of FIT program for renewable energy projects; Officials doubt new MOE process will help

"It remains to be seen just how, or if, this new direction will have any impact on Pattern and Samsung's project, which already has Feed-in-Tariff approval," Clarke said. "Going forward, if there will be a more inclusive process that engages municipalities, that's fine, but what does it mean for current projects?" ..."The devil will be in the details."
5 Jun 2013

Ontario ends controversial FIT programme

Ontario is dropping its feed-in tariff (FIT) programme and will change its local content regulations for wind and solar farms following the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that they contravened international trade law. Energy minister Bob Chiarelli, announced on Thursday that the province will develop a competitive procurement process for renewable energy projects larger than 500kW in size.
31 May 2013
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