Renewable power a factor in Ontario’s election upset

The people were right: no demonstrated environmental benefit, and plenty of economic hardship.

June 13, 2018

Now that Ontario’s election is over, and there is a majority government in place, plenty of political watchers are commenting on what happened to create such a dramatic change in Ontario government.

One factor that comes up is Ontario’s disaster plan for renewable energy — and by that, we mean WIND — and the effect it had on Ontario consumers’ electricity bills.

Two Auditors General told the government it was paying too much for renewable power, as much as twice the rate in other jurisdictions. Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk (who has had many problems with accountability and governance with the Wynne Liberal government) said Ontario consumers overpaid by more than $9 billion.

That’s not just a few dollars extra on the electricity bills — that’s multiples of previous bills, so much so that “energy poverty” became a new expression in Ontario. The Association of Food Banks of Ontario put a photo of a light bulb on their 2016 hunger report.

Here are a few articles popping up that look back at the damage done to a province that was once Canada’s “economic engine”, all for an unproven ideology.

Fraser Institute: https://www.fraserinstitute.org/blogs/ontario-s-new-government-should-genuinely-reform-province-s-electricity-system

TVOntario Current Affairs https://tvo.org/article/current-affairs/one-overlooked-issue-that-cost-the-liberals-the-election

Economist Jack Mintz/Financial Post http://business.financialpost.com/opinion/jack-mintz-how-a-doug-ford-government-can-make-ontario-rich-again?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1528890290

Undoing the damage of the Green Energy Act won’t be easy, writes economist and public policy professor Jack Mintz, but it has to be done if Ontario is to save itself.

Worst of all for Ontario’s rural residents, are the comments and analysis of the wind power program: in terms of environmental benefits, it was all for nothing. Industrial-scale wind power has never demonstrated a benefit in cutting CO2 emissions. In fact, the way wind power was done in Ontario is now a “black eye” for green energy all over the world, says a journal in the renewables industry.

That’s quite a legacy for one political party.

Now, we pick up the pieces.

 

Comments

Ron Hartlen
Reply

The people finally caught on: all COSTS (Dollars, Real Estate, Health, Environment, Wildlife etc) for no BENEFIT to the Environment.
While fixing this Ontario mess, we now have to keep a sharp eye on the FEDS, who are going down a generally-similar virtue-signalling path.
Ontario and Canada can not save the World from increasing CO2 emissions, (which is probably a non-issue anyway).
If the Climate were to be changing rapidly, better to get off the virtue-signalling CO2 Bandwagon and address adaptation and mitigation.
A class of bright 11-year olds could figure all this out.

Stan Thayer
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So a few people made a lot of money and a lot of people lost a lot of money.
Now I can say again, I told you so!
This development will now create a new but similar exchange of wealth from the bottom up.
It is easier to understand when we realize that bankers are in charge of our power grid and corporate executives are writing their own paycheques.
The amounts borrowed cannot be paid off quickly without tremendous penalties so the financial damage will continue into the next generation.
This windmill craze will pass like the bell bottom pants but it will take decades.
Money and greed are the enemies not the windmill owners who are damned to regret.
The Ontario power grid could have been completely refurbished along with the stations for a much brighter future but the Wynne Liberals chose to ignore our advice and sell our system to the highest bidder.
It is a sad chapter in our power history!
Stan the power man

Sommer
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What’s going to happen with the CPP investments in industrial scale wind in Ontario?

Stan Thayer
Reply

For the record books.
The McGuinty-Wynne government is still with us.
The Canadian nation’s capital has many high voltage substations which were built by our grandfather’s two generations ago.
Today June 19 2018 I have had to clean old parts taken from old stock to repair the Slater and NRC installations which should have been rebuilt years ago.
The Slater and NRC transformer stations have been operating at 140%+ for many years.
Now, who cares!
We do, the power workers are expected to keep the grid up regardless.
The amount of money wasted on the industrial wind turbines could have rebuilt most of the aging electrical infrastructure throughout the province of Ontario.
And I can prove that!
We will buy, borrow, make or clean up from scrap whatever it takes to keep the lights on.
Gladly spoken for all power workers!
Stan the power man

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