Ontario suspends Large Renewable procurement

September 27, 2016

Moments ago, the Wynne government announced it is suspending its controversial Large Renewable Procurement program for sources of power such as wind and solar.

“Ontario will immediately suspend the second round of its Large Renewable Procurement (LRP II) process and the Energy-from-Waste Standard Offer Program, halting procurement of over 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar, wind, hydroelectric, bioenergy and energy from waste projects. …

On September 1, 2016, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) provided the Minister of Energy with the Ontario Planning Outlook, an independent report analyzing a variety of planning scenarios for the future of Ontario’s energy system. The IESO has advised that Ontario will benefit from a robust supply of electricity over the coming decade to meet projected demand.”

Wind Concerns Ontario (and two Auditors General for Ontario) has been saying for years that a cost-benefit analysis of the renewable energy program was never done, and should have been.

“Now, the impacts of this program are clear,” says President Jane Wilson.”We have unsustainable and punishing rises in electricity bills for the people of Ontario, with a corresponding rise in rates of energy poverty, while there is no evidence of any environmental benefit. In fact, there are widespread concerns about the damage being done to the environment from this high-impact form of power generation.”

Wind Concerns Ontario says that in addition to suspending the Large Renewable Procurement program, contracts for power projects not yet under construction need to be cancelled immediately.

“The government admits it has adequate power,” Wilson says. “There is no need to continue this assault on Ontario citizens, on our economy, and on the natural environment for little or no benefit.”

 

president@windconcernsontario.ca

Comments

Lynda
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Hip hip hooray! Finally she has seen the light.

Segue C
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The only light Wynne has seen that between her seat and her popularity ratings.
NB the “green” blah blah blah is still there and the extreme left agenda will still be pushed with all the usual lies and corruption.

We may even see more “making whole” of crony corporatists since there was no lasting negative from the gas plant shifting shaft.

Segue C
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The only light Wynne has seen that between her seat and her popularity ratings.
NB the “green” blah blah blah is still there and the extreme left agenda will still be pushed with all the usual lies and corruption.

We may even see more “making whole” of the Lib crony corporatists since there was no lasting negative from the gas plant shifting shaft.

Lynda
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Play it again Sam….ha ha…sorry I couldn ‘t resist.

Bert
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This is good news for Ontario, now she has to cancel the Invenergy contract in Dutton Dunwich were 84% of people voted against the Invenergy project and our council declared Dutton Dunwich unwilling host.

@ Kathleen Wynne; please restore our democratic rights.

R Budd
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The other sad aspect to the article is the brain trust that the Star (Liberal Pravda) went to for comment on this cancellation. CANWEA, Environmental Defence, David Suzuki Foundation, Gideon Foreman and George Smitherman were all cited offering their righteous indignation. Surprise!
Smitherman blames the fact Pickering reactors have performed too well for the surplus and Gideon, who’s credential are a bird course at U of T on renewable energy and posing as an MD, claims “to reduce cost you add more renewables not less”. What a wonderful disconnect from reality those denizens of TO enjoy.

Rural101
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RE Smitherman’s misinformed comments. Listen to Ross McKitrick (U of Guelph) interview this past week on AM640, John Oakley show, in which Prof McKitrick clearly states Smitherman is wrong in putting the blame on nuclear for rising costs of electricity (approx 10 minute mark in interview).
https://omny.fm/shows/the-john-oakley-show/ontarios-green-energy-cancellation-is-admission-of
McKitrick and Tom Adams worked on report for Fraser Institute and found that the major driver of increasing electric costs (as reflected in the Global Adjustment) is in lock-step with adding in renewable projects onto the grid.

T3
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The money/rip off effects a greater majority of the population. Yes, it took years for Ontarians to wise up. Lord have mercy on us; it will be a tough time digging out.
More importantly to those who still have a decent standard of ethics and those who have been greatly impacted by exposure to infrasound emitted by industrial wind turbines: Again, the negative health issues created by iwts have been known for decades; peer reviewed, published, real reputable science. This has been completely ignored by our government and/or wind companies; yet it was full steam ahead. Farmers/those holding leases are also liable. 
This health issue and destruction associated with their greed and ignorance will not be lost in the rubble of the economics (bs) fallout. What had happened and continued to happen is criminal and there will be justice.
Bring on a real court, I have lived the nightmare. I can and will reference my statements. 

Sommer
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I agree T3. Until people who have been/ are being harmed by audible noise, low frequency noise modulations and all people whose real estate has been affected due to proximity of turbines and/or infrastructure, against their will/consent, must seek justice.
Now is when we need an outpouring of empathy and compassionate support for all people who have been and are being harmed.

Mike Jankowski
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Great news, whatever the chain of motivations which resulted in it!

But it is only on hold and we need to stop the existing damage.

Agneta
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About time !

Andre Lauzon
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Yes, about time. Thanks Jane Wilson and to all who have worked so hard for so many years. The war is not finished; please carry on.

ScepticalGord
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On a certain level, this is very good news: a pause in the pursuit of useless wind energy.

However, a huge spinoff benefit of this announcement is:

All the previous reports from the Auditors General, along with the IESO’s Ontario Planning Outlook, plus the deafening din coming from the “I told you so” crowd, now damning the Liberal government’s handling of the energy file, CAN NOT, IS NOT AND WILL NOT BE IGNORED ANY LONGER BY THE THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA.

The Condo Cave Dweller Elites awoke this morning to a dose of reality, to be enjoyed with their designer coffees.

saving the moon
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Great news indeed, but this is the “procurement” of new LRP, projects. What about a moratorium on all existing projects Wind, Solar and Hydro water projects. Everything that can be, should be stopped immediately.
http://www.savethebalafalls.com

whooper
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Good news but this does not address the health issues being experienced by the homeowners living next to the existing turbines. I hope people keep fighting for us despite their reprieve.

Pat Cusack
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Too little, too late, but better than nothing. Class … action … lawsuit.
Lock her up and throw away the key. Feeling empathy for all those who have suffered through this ordeal and also those who have worked so hard to bring it to this.

Barbara
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CASE/Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy, Inc., U.S.

Jigar Shah, President, SunEdison Founder & Former CEO of the Carbon War Room.

Members include:

Jigar Shah Consulting
NextEra Energy

http://www.affordablesolarusa.org/case-members

Information is not always where you think it should be.

R Budd
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Thank you WCO and all the other resistance fighter for this. Its been a very long march against incredibly powerful and influential forces. Doubt that its over but I hope there is room for a sigh of relief and some self congratulations for continually stating the truth on this issue.
My sympathies to those caught in current contract areas. We need to continue to help those folks at every opportunity.

Sommer
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The endorsed letter to WHO ought to be published so that people who have been denying that IWT can cause adverse health impacts will see for themselves how many highly qualified people clearly acknowledge that the time for denial of this reality is over.

mah48
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THESE INDUSTRIAL MONSTERS MUST HAVE BEEN GETTING CLOSE TO COTTAGE COUNTRY, MAYBE LAKE BERNARD. THE LIBS WILL TOSS AWAY RURAL ONTARIO IN A HEARTBEAT SO THEY CAN JOIN JUSTIN AT CONFERENCES IN PARIS, BUT THEY WONT PUT THESE BEASTS IN THEIR COTTAGE BACK YARDS.

T3
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mah48
That should be the least of their worries. They’re up to their eyeballs in alligators and no one is draining the pond.

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