From powerhouse to empty house: Wynne government energy policy

Ontario’s mismanagement of the power sector is causing business to flee, consumers into poverty, and disastrous social costs for rural communities

London Free Press, February 8, 2016

By Jim Merriam

Premier Kathleen Wynne (Antonella Artuso/Toronto Sun)
Photo: Toronto Sun

It’s to be hoped the Fraser Institute didn’t spend much money on its recent study of the fiscal performance of Canada’s premiers.

Every resident of Ontario able to sit up and take nourishment — probably including Wiarton Willie last week — has known the study’s conclusion for a long time: Premier Kathleen Wynne is doing a lousy job of managing Ontario’s economy.

Wynne, with the help of her predecessor Dalton McGuinty, has reduced Ontario from a powerhouse to an empty house.

On almost every file Wynne’s government is found wanting if not severely under water, to borrow a phrase from the mortgage industry.

The worst is energy. The cost of power in the province has forced industries to close and some families to choose between heat and groceries.

A columnist in a Toronto newspaper recently suggested the heat-vs.-food statement is an exaggeration. He should spend a few minutes listening to clients at food banks in rural areas. But I digress.

Much of the high cost of power is associated with renewable energy production.

A new study from the University of Ottawa confirms what we’ve been saying all along: Ontario brought in wind energy with a “top-down” style that brushed off the worries of communities where the massive turbines now stand.

Stewart Fast, who headed the study, said, “It was a gold rush, basically.” Since those involved kept details secret to avoid giving their competitors an edge, residents didn’t know what their neighbours were planning.

“That is really the worst way to go about something that you know is going to have a big impact on landscape and people,” he said.

In defence of renewable energy, we keep hearing from our urban cousins how much money farmers are earning by allowing turbines on their land. Although true on the surface, there’s much more to that equation, said Jane Wilson, president of Wind Concerns Ontario.

Just one question is the impact of the presence of a turbine on the farm owner’s financing. …

Read the full story here.

Comments

Grant Church
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She’s unfit for office. Give her the boot. She was behind that Sudbury bribery scandal even if she wasn’t charged.

Melanie Burns
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We need a new gov’t. Apparently, Trudeau’s tactic of promising to undo everything the conservative gov’t did got him elected…. well my vote goes to the first party that promises to undo EVERYTHING the Wynne/McGuinty liberals have done. This province is seriously broken and for the first time in my life I am in total despair and fear of living here.

Barbara
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WindPower Monthly, Dec.11, 2015

‘Gamesa to build Mexican project for Volkswagen’

Gamesa will install 65 2MW low wind turbines at the La Bufa wind farm in Mexico. To supply two Volkswagen plants at Puebla and Silao.

Wind projects to be completed by the end of 2016.

http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1376615/gamesa-build-mexican-project-volkswagen

This is the kind of information that Ontarians need and can understand.How many turbines and what size are needed to supply an auto manufacturing plant with electricity and where the IWTS can be located.

There is more information on this on the internet. This is practical information.

Barbara
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Google: ‘Marathon Capital Announces the Successful Equity …’, Dec.3, 2015

The MPG La Bufawind farm has 20 yr. PPA with “VW Mexico”.

When fully built the wind farm will supply over 60% of the power required by the VW plant in Puebla and one of the largest auto assembly plants in the world.

MPG/Mexico Power Group.

People in Ontario are only supplied with how many homes a wind project will supply and not how many IWTs are required to supply a manufacturing plant?

Barbara
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The San Diego Union-Tribune, Sept.12, 2013

‘Wind prospectors delve into Mexico’

Mexican regulations allow:

Same price for electricity transmission regardless of distance.

Allows a set number of gigawatt hours into the grid and a company/user has a year to take the power. Allows for the use of intermittent wind power supply.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2013/sep/12/wind-prospectors-delve-Mexico

A couple of comparisons between the Ontario “wind prospectors” and the Mexican “wind prospectors”.

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