Sun editorial:Libs deep into green energy disaster
Here is the editorial from the Toronto Sun today, responding to Energy Minister Chiarelli’s comments about paying for power we don’t need.
The Sun’s editors aren’t buying this government’s explanations of the money being paid out to huge corporations to NOT produce power, and they also see the entire “green” energy program as it’s been implemented as an unmitigated disaster. Here is the editorial.
Libs blowing in the wind
Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli argues it’s better to pay wind developers not to produce electricity than to pay them to produce electricity we don’t need. Seriously, that’s what he said.
He also claimed it will save Ontarians $200 million a year.
Presumably, what he meant is that it will cost $200 million a year less than under the Liberals’ previous program, in which we had to buy wind energy first, while dumping cheaper forms of energy like hydro power.
In reality, the Ontario Liberals’ disastrous experiment with wind (and solar) energy will continue to cost us billions of extra dollars for the better part of the next 20 years, according to a December, 2011 report by the Ontario Auditor General on the Liberals’ renewable energy program.
Citing the government’s own estimates, that report said renewable energy is responsible for 56% of the 7.9% average annual increases we’re now seeing on our hydro bills.
This despite the fact we don’t need the small amount of electricity wind (and solar) provide because Ontario has an energy surplus, which should be driving prices down, not up.
Indeed, we could easily replace the tiny amount of electricity supplied by wind, which costs between 11.5¢ and 13.5¢ per kWh, and solar, which costs between 34.7¢ and 80.2¢ per kWh, with cheaper, clean alternatives like hydro power (3.5¢ per kWh).
Chiarelli argues nuclear plant operators are also paid not to produce electricity, which is true.
The reason is the need for electricity constantly fluctuates, meaning the supply sources have to be adjusted quickly, while energy providers are guaranteed a certain rate of return.
But what Chiarelli didn’t say is that because wind is so unreliable, the entire system runs less efficiently because of the constant need to accommodate wind.
This is only going to get worse because the Liberals are planning to bring thousands of more megawatts of expensive, unreliable wind energy on line in the coming years.
They are so deep into the green energy disaster they’ve created, they’re never going to admit they made a mistake.
The longer they’re in power, the worse things will get.
Which is one more reason they need to be defeated in the next election.