Articles from Ontario

Ottawa pursues Ontario’s failed energy policies as ex-Premier admits mistakes: Expert

Wynne said she was warned that the province was taking on a lot of debt and that energy prices would go up, but she didn’t take it “seriously enough.” A C.D. Howe report published in June 2021 says the cost of Ontario’s electricity system rose from $12 billion in 2006 to $21 billion in 2019, while demand fell 10 percent over the same period.
7 Jan 2022

Wynne's epiphany on costs of green energy comes too late

In Ontario under McGuinty and Wynne, their now-scrapped Green Energy Act contributed to a doubling of electricity prices in a decade, cost hundreds of thousands of jobs in the manufacturing sector and increased energy poverty. That occurs when families have to struggle financially just to heat, light and power their homes, weighing those costs against other necessities such as rent and food. According to two Ontario auditors general reports, the Liberal government, ignoring the advice of its own experts, overpaid $9.2 billion for green energy.
5 Jan 2022

Industrial wind turbines once again demonstrate their unreliability

Perhaps as a UK website “Net-Zero Watch” recently suggested to the UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Todd Smith should take heed and do as they recommend and; “compel wind and solar generators to pay for their own balancing costs, thus incentivising them to self-dispatch only when economic.” Ontario’s electricity sector needs to rid itself of the costs of IWT’s unreliable and intermittent supply so now is the time to bring in some new regulations to stop the bleeding!
30 Dec 2021

Wind turbines: manmade wonder or blight?

Despite its high-tech wizardry, turbine design has two major drawbacks. First, they are ugly — at least when compared to a pristine rural landscape. A spinning turbine is an affront to the esthetic sensibilities of anyone who looks at one with other than an engineer’s eye. Worse, from an environmental standpoint, these things are killers. While there is little chance of danger to people, flying creatures have plenty to fear. Bats and birds are killed by the thousands across the world by wind turbines. Our efforts to make them silent make turbines efficient killers.
6 Aug 2021

Nation Rise Wind Farm opponents say IESO has broken Ontario law

Ruby Mekker, in a letter on Monday to officials including Terry Young, interim president and CEO of the IESO, said the approval of the commercial operation date for the Nation Rise project “is illegal,” that the IESO has been provided with proof of adverse health effects, proof of mechanical/electrical issues with turbines, and proof of lack of commissioning. Mekker, in the email addressed by herself and Residents of North Stormont, said the “IESO was put on notice that the residents did not consent. It is illegal in Ontario to knowingly harm people per the Health Protection and Promotion Act. . . with the approval IESO is now on notice that they have broken Ontario law and are liable for any and all consequences.”
23 Jun 2021

IESO grants extension to EDP Renewable's Nation Rise Wind Farm project

The decision ...outlines that the IESO agreed to provide an extension to the project’s commercial operation date of June 17, 2021 ...The announcement stems from a letter having been sent by a group of North Stormont residents opposed to the wind farm project alleging that EDP Renewables was in breach of contract with the IESO, having passed its initial commercial operation date deadline.
12 Nov 2020

After eight-month lull Nation Rise spinning again

JOHNSTOWN – With about five weeks to go in the estimated time it’ll take to transfer remaining turbine components from storage at Port of Johnstown to installation site in North Stormont, manufacturer Enercon has apologized in advance for any inconvenience to local motorists.
15 Sep 2020

Nation Rise Wind Farm opponents aren't blowing away

In order to oppose the continuation of the project, Mekker, along with other residents, sent a Notice of Non-Consent to the Government of Ontario’s attorney general, premier, and Yurek, outlining they did not consent to the project. A similar notice had been sent in 2019. Mekker said her opposition to the project was based on a multitude of factors, including long-term health issues she said windmills create for residents living near them. In addition, she said the cluster of wind turbines being erected exposes North Stormont residents to infrasound, low-frequency noise, vibration, and shadow flicker.
4 Jul 2020

Turbine neighbour writes that he ‘deserves and requires answers and help’ on his well water issues

My well water issues have not resolved themselves, Mr. Mayor. Rather they have become increasingly worse. It’s very clear you’re using the COVID-19 as a way to push the wind farm agenda through, while looking the other way on the damage already caused by its construction in the area I live.  My stress level, frustration, the lack of support you promised, ...lack of water to shower, cook, clean, needing to buy all my water to drink and cook with, as per the Ottawa Health department’s multiple test results I’ve had done through the government is crazy.
17 Jun 2020

North Stormont throws in towel in wind farm case

The majority of council — 4-1, voted against a motion presented by Coun. Roxane Villeneuve during a May 27 council meeting that would have labeled the township as an unwilling host of the project. Council has, twice before, approved a resolution indicating it was not willing to host a wind farm project.
4 Jun 2020

'Issue Fatigue'

Most North Stormont council members have apparently had their fill of tilting at wind turbines, rejecting a motion from Councillor Roxane Villeneuve last week calling for the township to remain opposed to the recently resurrected Nation Rise Wind Farm, as well as any other similar projects in the future.
3 Jun 2020

What the death of Ontario’s green energy dream can teach other provinces about the challenges ahead

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. 
1 Jun 2020

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