Ontario cancels “disastrous” Green Energy Act

Protesters march in Picton, Ontario over a large wind power project. Goodbye, GEA (Photo Wind Concerns Ontario]

September 20. 2018

The new Ontario government has cancelled the Green Energy Act in an announcement today, ending so-called “sweetheart” deals for expensive renewable energy that hiked consumers’ power bills and brought hardship to Ontario rural communities through forced industrialization.

Wind Concerns Ontario has long advocated for cancellation of the act which promoted large-scale wind power projects, without any cost-benefit or financial analysis, as was recommended to the McGuinty-Wynne governments by two Auditors General.

“This is the first step in the unwinding of the terrible damage done to our quiet rural communities,” said president Jane Wilson. “We know that the Green Energy removed democracy for our towns, hamlets and villages and forced upon them huge, noisy power generators that had enormous environmental, social and human impacts. Those impacts are still being felt as people are living with the noise and vibration, enduring endless sleepless nights and a range of harmful health effects from exposure to turbine noise emissions.”

The government News Release follows:

 

 Ontario’s Government for the People Introduces Legislation to Repeal the Green Energy Act

Municipalities to have final say on new energy projects

 

September 20, 2018

 

TORONTO — Ontario’s Government for the People is delivering on its promise to repeal the Green Energy Act, 2009, Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure, announced today.

The original Green Energy Act led to the disastrous feed-in-tariff program and skyrocketing electricity rates for Ontario families, and took away powers from municipalities to stop expensive and unneeded energy projects in their communities. Under the last government energy rates tripled, hurting families and driving manufacturing jobs out of Ontario.

“The Green Energy Act represents the largest transfer of money from the poor and middle class to the rich in Ontario’s history,” said Minister Rickford.

“Well-connected energy insiders made fortunes putting up wind-farms and solar panels that gouge hydro consumers in order to generate electricity that Ontario doesn’t need.” Minister McNaughton added. “Today we are proud to say that the party with taxpayers’ money is over.”

The ministers announced that the government has introduced legislation that, if passed, will fully strike the Green Energy Act from the province’s books. This will include repealing provisions that stripped away the power of local municipalities to block unwanted wind and solar farms.

“The Green Energy Act allowed the previous government to trample over the rights of families, businesses and municipalities across rural Ontario,” said Minister McNaughton. “But we believe the people of Ontario should have the final say about what gets built in their communities.”

The proposed legislation would give the government the authority to stop approvals for wasteful energy projects where the need for electricity has not been demonstrated. This would put the brakes on additional projects that would add costs to electricity bills that the people of Ontario simply cannot afford.

“One of the first actions your government took was to cancel 758 expensive and wasteful energy projects as part of our plan to cut hydro rates by 12 per cent for the people of Ontario, saving $790 million for electricity customers,” said Minister Rickford. “The days of sweetheart deals for energy insiders and unpopular projects forced on local municipalities are over.”

QUICK FACTS

  • According to the Ontario Energy Board and the Independent Energy System Operator, wind and solar added $3.75 billion in costs to electricity bills in 2017.
  • Wind and solar represent just 11 per cent of total generation in Ontario, but reflect 30 per cent of Global Adjustment costs that are borne by electricity customers
  • In 2017, 26 per cent of electricity generated from wind and solar was curtailed, or wasted. This is electricity that Ontarians paid for, but didn’t need or use.

 

 

Natasha Demetriades

Communications Branch

natasha.demetriades@ontario.ca

416-327-3855

Available Online

Disponible en Français

 

Comments

Bernie Cusack
Reply

Thanks be to God!
Pat Cusack

Jean McPhail
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So grateful that our government that we elected is doing what they said they would do. Thanks for listening to the people. What a welcome change.

Segue C
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Thanks be to all wind warriors across the globe and @fordnation “The ministers announced that the government has introduced legislation that, if passed, will fully strike the Green Energy Act from the province’s books.” Let it be so…

Shirley Teasdale
Reply

Thank you for keeping this promise and helping us to protect the beautiful Bruce Peninsula and its people from having to live with some 300 industrial wind turbines. We are grateful.

Stan Thayer
Reply

Wow! Sheesh! Yeah!
I can’t even write a comment!
Stan the power man

Doug Corner
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Just got back from Prince Edward County where they are so thankful that the disastrous wind turbine project was halted. Congrats to the Ontario government for putting a stop to this lunacy.

Andre Lauzon
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Thanks to all who fought incessantly for so many years. Now thanks to the PC government for their courageous actions to bring back democracy to Ontario.

The Green Energy Act was nothing but a slush fund for the Liberals. May they all roast on a solar panel.

Wind Concerns Ontario
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This is not over. The new Act simply removes the potential for wind power projects to go forward as they did before, unfettered by the inconvenient wishes of communities and their municipal governments who might be concerned about impacts on health, the environment and the economy. But there is more work to be done to help the people who are living with wind turbine noise emissions every day, and who have been ignored by the McGuinty-Wynne governments, relying on predictive modeling and flawed noise regulations as “protective” mechanisms. This is not over.

Patti Kellar
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Thank you so much for all of your hard work. I think I’m in shock. This is great news. You are right though, it isn’t over.

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