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Instead of its Ontario Power Generation monopoly, Canadian Taxpayers Federation national director Derek Fildebrandt said the province should "abandon hare-brained eco-schemes" such as wind turbine and solar power. "We're paying the price of government for trying to ... tell the people what to do," he said.
Since McGuinty came to power residential electricity costs have gone up 60 per cent and the government has finally acknowledged we will see at least another 46 per cent over the next few years. ...Because of its variable and intermittent generation, wind energy will never provide more than a relatively small portion of Ontario's electricity needs.
With provincial elections slated for 6 October next year, the opposition Progressive Conservative Party [www.ontariopc.com] is threatening to substantially revise and possibly even scrap the FiT should it win. "It is clear than wind has become a political issue in Ontario" admits Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).
What a mess. Years of dreamy plans for renewable solar and wind energy, expensive conservation plans, unfulfilled promises to close coal-burning stations, and a belief that Ontarians can always reach deeper to pay for hydro rate increases have led to massive rate increases and knee-jerk rebate programs.
Hydro Quebec, NStar and Northeast Utilities are working on the Northern Pass project with the Patrick administration's support. Project organizers say the new line could provide another 1,200 megawatts of hydro electricity, enough to power nearly a million houses. The project is still in early engineering and study phases, with the goal of wrapping up in 2015, the Northern Pass website says.
From smart meters, to the Green Energy Act, to the Samsung subsidy, electricity bills are skyrocketing. When you add in the impact of the HST and other rate increases, the annual cost of electricity bills for Ontario families is set to increase by another $732 per year by 2015, according to the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. Premier McGuinty is running Ontario's hydro system in a way that is unsustainable.
With the market for wind shrinking, Denmark's Vestas, the world's largest wind-turbine company, recently announced it is closing five production facilities in Denmark and Sweden and laying off 3,000 workers ...The coming collapse of the renewables industry - largely a creature of backroom lobbying for government favours by multinationals - is also evident on this side of the ocean.
As many as 1,700 green energy jobs in southwestern Ontario are to be announced this week, according to Queen's Park sources. The announcements are part of an energy policy blitz as the provincial Liberal government tries to take the offensive on the energy file.
Ballard began to voice his objections to the project and the lack of public input, starting with Haldimand County staff. He learned the County has no input into energy projects that are approved under the Green Energy Act. Under Part II of the act municipal by-laws can't prevent or restrict designated renewable energy projects.
The appeal is based chiefly on the issue of serious harm to human health from both noise and low-frequency sound. The appeal raises numerous issues including the MOE's apparently admitted inability to predict, measure, or assess noise levels; the lack of regulations for low-frequency sound; and the seemingly double standard that permits wind turbines to be sited closer to project participants than non-participants.
The shrillness and sheer emptiness of the McGuinty Liberals' arguments on the energy file has been revealing in recent weeks. It is, I think, a measure of the desperation the provincial government is feeling less than a year away from an election. They realize the anger and resentment they've stirred up in rural Ontario, where they have unleashed their industrial wind energy experiments.
Federal MP Larry Miller is again wading into provincial politics by slamming Ontario's Green Energy Act and supporting a call for a moratorium on wind farms pending a "proper" study into the health effects of giant turbines. "I've just been inundated. Everywhere I go, people want to know my stand on the windmill issue," the Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Conservative MP said Friday in an interview.
Premier Dalton McGuinty would like everybody to believe that his government is leading a green revolution with its wind power policies. McGuinty's motives are clear: he wants to appear green and putting up wind turbines is something "green" for him to point to. However, just because the Premier says they are "green" doesn't mean they are green.
The Green Energy Act has wobbled on the way toward its goal of replacing coal-fired electricity in the province with clean, renewable energy. ...The Liberals conceded that the 1 per cent rate increase promised a little over a year ago was wildly optimistic, and that the hike would be 7.9 per cent annually for the next five years.
Ontario Energy Minister Brad Duguid announced a 20-year, $87-billion public and private investment in the province's energy system that will double average consumer electrical bills in that time period
Energy Minister Richard Brown admitted Tuesday a deal to cut electricity rates for P.E.I. consumers could cost as much as $220 million, adding to the province's debt. Brown made the admission after being pressed on the numbers in the legislature by energy critic Mike Currie.
The bill was killed without debate - the first time in at least 70 years that the Senate has killed legislation from the Commons without a hearing, according to parliamentary experts.
The policy goals and intent of the Green Energy Act may well come undone under the withering glare of disaffected and angry consumers. Thus, there's an urgent need to begin the process of reducing the largesse provided to those who have become adept at securing private benefits -albeit under the convenient disguise of green - at the expense of the captive consumer.
Ontario's new electricity advisory panel makes little room for consumers - even though consumers are paying for it all in more ways than one. Here is the latest report by former Canadian banker Parker Gallant.
Peter Mertens said there must be more discussions about the potential health impacts of generating wind energy. One of 110 delegates at a symposium organized by the Society for Wind Vigilance, Mertens said, "We have to take the politics out of this now and we have to get the science to the fore-front."