More community involvement needed in energy planning says Ontario gas plant report
Recommendations from the recent Committee Report on the cancellation (and billion-dollar expense) of two natural gas power generation plants contains some interesting recommendations, as Parker Gallant points out in a recent post on the Energy Probe website.
The government, however, is continuing on its course of installing power plants in communities regardless of whether they want (or need them).
Here are the recommendations as they relate to wind power projects in Ontario:
A lot of talk about “community engagement” and “consultation” but the fact is, draft content of the new Large Renewable Procurement Request for Proposal process shows that nothing has changed: if the government and Big Wind decided you are going to get a huge wind power generation project, then you’re going to get one.
“Consult with” local municipalities does not mean the municipalities get to say “no.”
“Multiple opportunities for engagement”–the new process allowed for several public meetings but then Big Wind complained—now the requirement for public meetings pertaining to utility-scale wind power projects is down to ONE.
The report also includes this quote from Premier Kathleen Wynne (our emphasis):
A new siting process is needed, alright—but we’re not going to get one, as Ontario launches its new procurement process on March 2, for high-impact, low-benefit, invasive, utility-scale wind power and power Ontario doesn’t need. And for which no cost-benefit analysis has ever been done.
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