New wind power bids surface as deadline looms

Ontario has 300MW available for contracting this year: proposals are now well over 800 MW. Who wins? What's certain: everybody (except the developers) loses
Ontario has 300MW available for contracting this year: proposals are now well over 800 MW. Who wins? What’s certain: everybody loses (except the developers)

As the September 1st deadline approaches for proposals to build new wind power generation projects in Ontario under the Large Renewable Procurement program for renewable energy, more projects are coming to light each week.

S.W.E.P., a partnership of W.E.P. North America and Scotian Windfields, has proposed three new projects in Chatham-Kent, and one in Haldimand County.

NextEra and Suncor have projects planned for Lambton County.

NextEra is also proposing a 150-MWQ project in the Land O’Lakes area (North Frontenac and Addington Highlands—North Frontenac just declared itself Not A Willing Host June 10th), and RES Canada is rumoured to be bidding in that area as well.

In Eastern Ontario, developers EDP and Invenergy (based in Portugal and the U.S., respectively) are proposing more than 150 MW of capacity, despite the fact that the IESO has stated there is no capacity in that area.

Also not worrying about capacity issues are EDF (150 MW) in Prescott-Russell with its St-Isidore project (Casselman area) and again, RES Canada is rumoured to have a proposal forthcoming.

Once again, there has never been a cost-benefit analysis for this program. Ontario has a surplus of power with no increase in demand forecast. Wind power is a high-impact, low-benefit form of power generation.

 

 

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