Cancel the contracts, Minister Thibeault (we’re asking again)

It’s been quite windy the last few days in Ontario, as it often is in the fall. Temperatures have been mild, too — all that stacks up not only to a beautiful fall but a very expensive few days for Ontario’s electricity customers, already hard-hit by their power bills which are the fastest rising in North America.

Parker Gallant has done the analysis on a single day last week, November 10, which he says points out everything that is wrong with Ontario’s electricity policy. Too much power produced when we don’t need it means cheap exports to our neighbours and more expense for Ontarians.

Here’s an excerpt from his recent blog posting:

November 10th serves as a perfect example of what’s happening to electricity customers in Ontario: that day, the government’s electricity policy shows we reward huge corporate wind power developers and it also highlights the intermittent nature of power generation from wind — it is out of phase with demand.

November 10 should be the basis of a message to the Minister of Energy, Glenn Thibeault on the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) program: Ontario should cancel both the LRP I contracts awarded last April and cancel the now “suspended” LRP II process.  The Minister has already admitted our electricity supply is more than adequate for the next 10 years (“robust” in fact, he says) so acquiring more wind generated power (and solar) should be immediately suspended. It does nothing other than drive up the costs for “average” households.

The $9.4 million of ratepayer dollars handed out November 10 neither reduced emissions nor provided useful electricity. Time for a complete overhaul of electricity policy in Ontario, starting with those contracts and the LRP process.

When the subject of cancelling contracts (which is government’s right) comes up, the immediate response from the influential wind power lobby is that to do so will incur lawsuits, and wreck Ontario’s reputation in the business/investment world. The fact is, anyone knows that building your business on a subsidy program is not good planning; it’s also true that the Ontario government included “off-ramps” in the latest contracts, so that it could change its mind if the power is not needed, and pay out the power developers’ documented expenses.

Here are the details for the five contracts awarded by the IESO last spring.

Project name Capacity MW 20-yr cost $ Max payout liability $
Otter Creek 50 218 million 500,000
Romney Wind 60 261 million 520,000
Strong Breeze 57 250 million 515,000
Eastern Fields 32 139 million 464,000
Nation Rise 100 436 million 600,000

Source: data from IESO contracts

So, in the case of Strong Breeze, for example, in the community of Dutton Dunwich which resoundingly expressed its Not A Willing Host status but got a wind power project anyway, the government could get out of a $250-million contract by paying, at most, $515,000. Similarly, Nation Rise, in another unwilling host community, could be cancelled for a maximum liability of $600,000 and save Ontario electricity ratepayers from having the $436 million cost added to their bills.

Let’s go farther! Among the projects with Renewable Energy Approvals (REAs) but not yet operating, are the much contested White Pines in Prince Edward County and the Windlectric project on Amherst Island, both of which are in legal battles and both are in danger of not meeting their contracted Commercial Operation date. Cancelling them would save a lot of wildlife and also save Ontario electricity customers almost $1 billion.

Mr Gallant says that November 10 is emblematic of what’s wrong with Ontario’s electricity policy; we add, why buy more power Ontario doesn’t need and inflict more damage on the natural environment and Ontario’s rural communities, when the answer is so simple.

Cancel the contracts, Minister Thibeault.

Comments

Pat Cusack
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Crazy to say the least!

Parker Gallant
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I totally agree the contracts should be cancelled and the cost is nominal. The $400 million we are spending annually on trying to get people to conserve could be utilized and the payouts would only make a small dent in the number of those $3/4 dollar coupons they hand out to entice us all to buy LED bulbs!

Barbara
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Check out LEDs and harmful effects on human eyes. However, they are good for many applications.

Barbara
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This AMA Report also includes the effects of sleep disturbance.

Barbara
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Journal Of The Canadian Academy Of Child And Adolescent Psychiatry, Fall 2014

Scroll down to: ‘Current State of Sleep Health in Canadian Children and Adolescents’

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4197518

More on this topic online.

Barbara
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Review Of Optometry

Wait for search results:

‘Seeing Blue: The Impact of Excessive Blue Light Exposure’, April 15, 2016

Scroll down to: ‘Impact on Refraction’

Article covers the use LEDs in schools.

http://www.reviewofoptometry.com/search/?q=blue%20light

notinduttondunwich
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I’m at a loss and can’t get this one answered…. if the government has an “off ramp” built into thier contracts with the wind companies and they exercise thier right to exit the contract with the wind company…. are the leaseholders relinquished of thier responsibly to the wind companies as well and if not why and for how much ??????

Bonnie Rowe, Sec/Treas. DDOWT
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Dutton Dunwich Opponents of Wind Turbine (DDOWT for short) is in total agreement with this call to cancel the LRP-1 contracts. To sign our current on-line petition to the Premier, send an email to info@ddowt.ca. Thank-you for keeping up the pressure Wind Concerns Ontario.

notinduttondunwich
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Yes please sign the D.D.O.W.T. online petition it not only helps DD but other municipalities fight the IWT projects…. it sends a clear message to the premier that we will not tolerate any more of her shenanigans…..

notinduttondunwich
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Almost 3000 MW per hour give away today kids!!! Merry xmas NY And Michigan. …
You are right Ole Katty Wynnd. … it was a “mistake”…
A real big mistake Katty……..

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