Wind Concerns Ontario cleared of all accusations on election finances

Wind Concerns Ontario received a letter from Elections Ontario today from Director Maria Martins, advising us that following a full investigation, which WCO cooperated with at every step over the last 20 months, the conclusion is that the organization did not contravene the Election Finances Act of Ontario.

The complaint was lodged by Toronto activist Jude MacDonald, and pertained chiefly to a billboard purchased by a community group in Ontario that featured the WCO (then) URL, and images from news media on our website.

We are pleased that the this matter has concluded, and that now, all our members and member community groups can continue our advocacy work to inform the public on the potential negative effects of industrial wind power generation on human health, the natural environment, and Ontario’s economy.

Jane Wilson, President
Parker Gallant, Vice-president
Wind Concerns Ontario
windconcerns@gmail.com

Citizens’ group files appeal of ERT decision

The Government of Ontario via the Ministry of the Environment and wind power developer Gilead Power (a.k.a. Ostrander Point Power) filed an appeal of the Environmental Review Tribunal decision that revoked approval of a power project on Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County.

Community group, and Wind Concerns Ontario member, APPEC or the Alliance to Protect Prince Edward County, has also filed an appeal of the decision. APPEC is filing on the grounds of human health, and specifically that the Tribunal made an error in law by “failing to apply the appropriate standard of proof” and by not finding a causal link between the proposed project and that the project will cause “direct or indirect serious harm to human health,” according to documents filed with the courts last week.

“This is another expensive legal undertaking,” said APPEC Chair Henri Garand in a message to members. “An appeal on health applies to every Ontario wind project.”

For more information, visit APPEC’s blog site.

Interactive tool lets you build Ontario’s power system

Cold Air energy blogger Scott Luft has developed an interactive tool that lets you play with various scenarios to create a power system for Ontario.

The interactive tool is here and lets you try different supply mixes.

Fr the rest of the post, including more information on Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan, which Ontario residents are currently being invited to comment on, is here.

Ontario has its own interactive tool for planning the supply system, the difference being that changing supply results in more or less “pollution” while Cold Air’s tool lets you see how much your dream system will actually cost Ontario ratepayers.

What an interesting premise? A power system built on the most competitive, economical sources of power!

Amherst Island residents demonstrate at Wynne fundraiser

Residents fighting the planned destruction of Amherst Island by a wind power development travelled several hours through Eastern Ontario yesterday to let their views be known to Premier Kathleen Wynne as she arrived for a Liberal Party of Ontario fundraising event in Perth, Ontario.

With signs proclaiming “Save Amherst Island” and “STOP the wind scam” the Amherst Island citizens lined a roadway leading into the Civitan Centre.

Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington MPP Randy Hillier was there too, lending support and addressing the crowd. “The message is clear, save Amherst Island!” he said.

Amherst Island is a significant Important Bird Area and has an endangered species of owl, as well as the Blandings turtle which caused an Environmental Review Tribunal to revoke approval of a wind power project at Ostrander Point in nearby Prince Edward County. (That decision is now under appeal by the wind power developer and the Ministry of the Environment.)

The Heritage Canada Foundation recently listed Amherst Island among the Top Ten endangered places in Canada, due to the wind power development.

For more information on Amherst Island and the community group, see the link under WCO member groups, right.

Private sessions on Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan

Here, from The Toronto Star on Friday August 2 (page B5—inexplicably, there is no link to this story online), is a story by Business writer John Spears, on how the consultations on Ontario’s much-needed Long-Term Energy Plan are rolling out. Note: we have it on good authority that the so-called public consultation sessions are dog-and-pony shows with a set of posters from the masses to view.

Private sessions for industry insiders, public sessions for everyone else: That’s how Ontario’s Energy Ministry is conducting consultations on its long-term energy plan.
  The consultation rolled into Toronto Tuesday and Wednesday this week, one of eight stops around the province.
  Energy bureaucrats were reviewing the plan, published in 2010. The plan sets targets for how much of the province’s power should come from nuclear plants, gas-fired generators, hydro stations or other renewable sources.
  An invitation-only session in the afternoon–closed to the public–drew about 100 industry insiders, according to one participant. They were clustered into discussion groups, each headed by a ministry official.
  The public session at The Intercontinental Hotel on Bloor Street West in the evening was less formal, with ministry officials standing by information displays to answer questions or field comments.
  About 50 people turned up for the session, most with some connection or longstanding interest in the power sector. Two, who didn’t volunteer their names, were employees of CANDU Energy; another was an employee of the Town of Whitby, scouting for industry intelligence.
  Brendan Costelleo is a third-year student in nuclear engineering at University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
  “I’m curious what’s going to happen when the Pickering reactor shuts down,” he said. That’s due about the end of the decade; the province is still considering whether to build two new nuclear units to offset it.
  Audrey O’Handley of Whitchurch-Stouffville and Rita Bijons of Toronto were looking to promote low-carbon, community-based energy projects.
  They were happy to be able to speak directly to senior Energy ministry officials, but weren’t sure how feedback from the public was being recorded, as no one was visibly taking notes.
  Information about the review of the plan is available on the Ministry of Energy website.

Ontario power in July: demand down, price up. Does this make ANY sense?

For those who are interested in drilling down into the finer points of Ontario’s power system, specifically supply and demand, take a look at the analytical blog, Cold Air, and the most recent posting, here.
http://morecoldair.blogspot.ca/2013/08/15-up-first-look-julys-electricity.html

A snippet:

Here’s a striking monthly change:  If you value the Ontario portion of the market as the hourly demand at the Hourly Ontario Energy Price plus the overall total for the global adjustment, you’ll find, based on the IESO’s estimate of a $593.7 million, that July’s total Ontario market value rose $10.2 million from June, while the total electricity demand rose 1.7 million MWh.

That makes the incremental cost of the additional supply required in July less that 7/10ths of a single cent/kWh.

 Which is nonsensical: the highest demand months are the lowest cost months only because of extraordinarily poor market design.

CBC: Liberals ‘stung’ in by-elections

This story from the CBC reports on the meaning of the results of the five by-elections held yesterday, and has links to actual election results.

Byelections are, in the words of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, both “unpredictable” and “tough for government.”
“They’re… a pretty risk-free way for people to send a message to government.”
It turns out Wynne was right on all counts. The byelections were tough and voters did send a message to the Liberals.
Wynne remains premier but her Liberal party — battered by the ongoing gas plant scandal and the misspending of millions of taxpayer dollars at eHealth and Ornge — is licking some new, though not necessarily fatal, political wounds.
Five Liberal strongholds and two wins to show for it: Toronto’s east-end Scarborough-Guildwood and Ottawa South.
Three losses: Etobicoke-Lakeshore, London West and Windsor-Tecumseh.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/08/02/pol-ontario-byelection-analysis-fisher.html

Kathleen Wynne is still Ontario's premier but her Liberal party — battered by the ongoing scandals — is licking some new, though not necessarily fatal, political wounds after Thursday's byelections.

400-plus fill Sarnia theatre to hear the bad news about wind power

August 1, 2013–More than 400 people gathered at the Imperial Theatre in Sarnia last night to hear a panel of guests discuss the effects of the Green Energy Act on Ontario, and specifically, the damage done by the Ontario government’s rush to expensive, unreliable wind power.
    Organized by We’re Against Industrial Turbines of Plymptom-Wyoming (a WCO member group), the meeting featured wind power activist and former turbine neighbour Barbara Ashbee-Lormand, WCO VP Parker Gallant, University of Guelph economics professor Ross McKitrick, SWEAR’s Dave Hemingway, and Middlesex-Lambton resident Esther Wrightman. Wrightman is being sued by U.S. energy giant NextEra for posting a video of staff removing a tree and Bald Eagle nest, and for repeating on her blogsite the community’s nickname of “NextTerror.”
    Parker Gallant told the crowd what’s really in their electricity bills, and how much Ontario’s rush to renewables–mostly wind–is costing everyone. Nuclear is responsible for 56% of the power we use and costs about 45% of Ontario’s costs, while wind produces just 3% (actually less) and costs 6%. Electricity bills have gone up dramatically, Gallant said, and the trend will continue as more solar and wind come online.
    Economics prof Ross McKitrick told the audience that Ontario’s Green Energy Act has cost 10 times what it would have cost to retrofit Ontario’s coal plants to provide cleaner power.
    Esther Wrightman recounted her legal battle with NextEra; at one point, she was having trouble adjusting the microphone and quipped, “I’m more comfortable with a bullhorn.”
    A story prior to the event appeared in the Sarnia Observer: http://www.theobserver.ca/2013/07/31/liberal-candidate-wants-municipalities-to-have-green-energy-veto

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Wind energy town hall meeting planned

Wind energy town hall meeting planned | Sarnia Observer:

A public town hall meeting that three area anti-wind turbine groups are holding July 31 in Sarnia will feature presentations on how wind energy impacts energy costs, as well as the people and wildlife living near them.
The 7 p.m. town hall meeting at Sarnia’s Imperial Theatre on Christina Street is being hosted by We’re Against Industrial Turbines — Plympton-Wyoming, Conservation of Rural Enniskillen and the Middlesex-Lambton Wind Action Group.
The agenda includes a video presentation by economist Ross McKitrick, as well as presentations by retired banker Parker Gallant, Orangeville area resident Barb Ashbee-Lormand and Esther Wrightman, a Middlesex County anti-wind activist being sued by Florida-based Nextera Energy.
Nextera’s application for provincial environmental approval to build its proposed 97-turbine Jericho Wind farm in Lambton Shores and Warwick Township is available online for public review and comments at www.ebr.gov.on.ca.

Continue reading at the Sarnia Observer

Twenty lies the Liberals told you

From Lorrie Goldstein…

Twenty lies the Liberals told you | Column | Opinion | The London Free Press:

Picture from source article

13. “We will shut down Ontario’s coal-burning plants by 2007”: The Liberals still haven’t closed them, now promising to do so in 2014.
14. “We will bring clean, renewable energy to Ontario”: Under the Liberals, wind and solar power are producing minuscule amounts of unneeded, unreliable, inefficient and expensive electricity, which has to be backed up by fossil fuels. This will, according to the Auditor General, cost Ontarians billions of dollars extra on their hydro bills, for decades to come.
15. “We will bring stability to Ontario’s electricity market”: See above.
16. “We will respect the views of rural constituents by giving their MPPs free votes”: If that was true, Liberal MPPs wouldn’t be responding to furious complaints from their constituents about having industrial wind turbines rammed down their throats with form letters.
17. “We will ensure that all developers play by the rules”: Unless they’re wind developers, where the Liberals took away the rights of local citizens to oppose wind projects.”

Continue reading at The London Free Press