Ontario announces cancellation of renewable energy contracts

Citizens of Dutton Dunwich oppose the Invenergy wind power project

July 13, 2018
The Ontario government just announced cancellation of renewable energy contracts for which significant contractual milestones had not yet been met.
The move will save $790 million from being added to electricity generation costs, and passed on to consumers’ electricity or hydro bills.
The contracts to be cancelled likely include the five newest wind power projects, which were awarded contracts by the IESO in 2016, and which have not yet been given final approval. One, the “Nation Rise” project in North Stormont, did get a Renewable Energy Approval on May 4, just days before the write period for the recent election. That project is being appealed by a community group, The Concerned Citizens of North Stormont, a community group member of the Wind Concerns Ontario coalition.
“This was the right decision,” says Jane Wilson, president of Wind Concerns Ontario. “There were significant environmental and health concerns inherent in each of these projects, the communities did not want them but were being forced to have these industrial power projects, and the costs would be yet more burden on Ontario citizens.”
Health effects of the noise produced by the huge wind power generators is a concern especially, as Wilson says, “because there are literally thousands of reports of excessive wind turbine noise across Ontario that are to this day unresolved, and the ministry under the previous government was not even responding to complaints from Ontario families. Staff noted adverse health effects in documents released to us, but no action was taken.
Given this evidence and these serious concerns, it is a good decision not to add to the existing problems with how wind power was implemented in Ontario.”
Basic Feed-in-Tariff Contract Costs[1]

  Name Plate Capacity (MW) Annual Cost ($M) 20 Year Cost ($M) Annual Cost Per Household ($)
Operating Turbines 4,936 $1,693 $33,856 $352
Under Construction   393 $   128 $ 2,567 $ 27
LRP I Projects   (Pre-Construction)   299 $       65 $ 1,307 $ 14
Total 5,628 $1,886 $37,730 $393

[1] Estimated costs are based on FIT Contract rates of $135 per MW and average costs for the RFP projects of $89.5 per MW based estimated actual electricity production.

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  • Andre Lauzon
    Posted July 13, 2018 7:18 pm 0Likes

    Thanks for your continued hard work Jane. It must gratifying to see some positive action on the part of our new government. I’m very, very happy to see it.

  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted July 13, 2018 8:11 pm 0Likes

    I guess we just stole back our money they stole from us…. or at least some of it…. congratulations to all who fought… donated… supported… reported…. or had the sense to dig in and make a stand… you all have made a huge differance in alot of peoples lives and for that i am eternally grateful….
    Thank you All…

  • Stan Thayer
    Posted July 14, 2018 9:28 am 0Likes

    Well presented Jane and THANK-YOU doesn’t seem enough.
    With all the actual, conclusive, irrefutable, undeniable, detrimental data that has amassed over the years, it is hard for me to comprehend how anyone cannot understand how much time and money and material has been lost with this green gone wrong fiasco.
    The harm done cannot be corrected!
    Now the embellishments and deceit of the so-called facts needs to be recognized and stopped.
    The battle has been won but the war continues.
    Stan Thayer

    • Barbara
      Posted July 15, 2018 3:48 pm 0Likes

      Has Ontario also been under a blocking high pressure area/system the past few days?

    • Sommer
      Posted July 16, 2018 5:12 pm 0Likes

      “The harm done cannot be corrected!”
      Hopefully turbines in projects that are up and running will be turned off so that all of the absolutely innocent men, women and children being harmed will have a chance to recover from the harm. Hopefully their bodies can fully recover.
      This action must be made a high priority.
      What a relief it must be for Dutton Dunwich residents!

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  • Stan Thayer
    Posted July 15, 2018 5:11 pm 0Likes

    I can’t belive it!
    A while ago I spoke to a certain young lady about one aspect of the false information being presented on the Canadian Wind Energy website. I was told that the info is provided by a very reliable source.
    Reliable according to who I asked!
    No-one returned with an answer to my question. That young lady seems to be gone along with the bogus info.
    How about that?
    Stan the power man

  • Jjoe
    Posted July 17, 2018 12:28 pm 0Likes

    Has anyone seen a list of the energy projects that have been cancelled? Over how many years has the $800,000,000 savings been spread? How has the savings been calculated?

  • Stan Thayer
    Posted July 20, 2018 4:47 pm 0Likes

    Hi Joe.
    For the recent english list of cancelations type the following into your search enine.
    It should come up at the list but depending on your engine it might come up somewhere else in the program then just scroll to the section you are interested in.
    Sorry I can’t help you with the other queries.

    • Jjoe
      Posted July 20, 2018 9:02 pm 0Likes

      Thanks for the list. I thought the new government would have made it more accessible. I do think axing farm, landfill, and sewer farm biogas plants might be a mistake. A good way to get rid of methane. Good riddance to the rest of them.

  • Tracy
    Posted July 24, 2018 9:43 am 0Likes

    Unfortunately bodies cannot fully recover from the of infrasound emitted from the wind turbines. Infrasound penetrates the body harming tissue and bone. Lesions in the brain heal, leaving scar tissue. Brain aneurysms do not heal. Bones have become brittle. It is possible to build bone but not possible to return to previous state. Hearing loss, is a permanent loss. Illness such as stroke, diabetes, heart attack, leukemia… What can I say. Lord only knows what to expect in the future in terms of illness associated with exposure to low frequency noise. The pain and suffering, medical procedures alone have been painful, and expensive
    I know you have heard this before. You should try living it, day to day, for the past 10 years, since the turbines came to Clear Creek, ON.
    Mentally, psychologically this has been devastating. It has effected and damaged relationships with family and friends. I have been forced from my home. I’m sure if I hadn’t left, I would have died like the other neighbors in the Clear Creek area
    I am no longer able to teach. The loss of my livelihood was not my choice.
    The humiliation I have experienced from others who do not understand the harmful impact of exposure to infrasound has also been devastating.
    Financial hardship, towing the line – paying taxes on my home surrounded by industrial wind turbines where I cannot live, while renting a place far away from the turbines to live safely, for the past ten years has cost well over $150, 000.
    Due to the sensitivity and illness I have developed caused by exposure to infrasound, I am very limited as to where I can live. I will not live any closer then 10 km from a turbine development. For someone who was raised at Long Point Ontario, and has spent all of her life residing on the shore of Lake Erie, which is now plastered with wind turbines, this is very devastating.
    Norfolk County continues to turn a blind eye, hoping I will go away or die. I just may do that.
    I hope the fight continues. I hope the people who have experienced this nightmare, living amongst the turbines and becoming ill, will not be forgotten.
    Bless Stephanie Johnston, former neighbor in Clear Creek. She referred to me as her daughter, and my son as her grandson. It was I who questioned and brought attention to illness from exposure to infrasound from the wind turbines to her attention when the turbines first came to Clear Creek
    Stephana will not rest in peace until this is made right.
    As for compensation, perhaps based on the entire impact, the wilky nilly wreckless spending of our past government, the value of human life and health, the loss of my home, my job, family members, ten years of past hardship. I don’t think there is anything that will rectify what I have lost. Bury me when I leave this earth, turn the page.
    Last summer I asked original owner of turbine developer in Clear Creek Ontario, to purchase my home for a reasonable amount of money, which now sits empty in Clear Creek, due to his turbine evelopment. His name is Mike Crawley. He is a an associate of Dalton Mcguinty. Crawley is also former president of the Federal Liberal Party. He has collected a huge amount of money in government subsidies in building these harmful developments. He is well aware of my hardship due to his development. He is currently continuing development and destruction in northern Ontario.
    His response to me was that he no longer has interest in the development in Clear Creek. He wished me well, and directed me to the current corporation.
    I have also been told through legal correspondence, to back off, and they will not come after me for legal fees incurred.
    I was once a happy, hard working, productive contributing member of society. I raised a family. I hold two university degrees. I was a high school teacher and a department head. I now really have little left they they can take. So take my life. I will be on a much better place.

    • Sommer
      Posted July 25, 2018 3:38 pm 0Likes

      Tracy, I think of you every day as I work to protect all residents from the harm you say is irreversible. Sharing your experience again and again is so important. Thank you. The grief this has caused you is outrageous. Allowing people to be harmed by these turbines and their infrastructure is a human rights violation, whether this has been declared in the courts or not. The financial burden and the stress of a legal challenge should not have been/be imposed on people who are being harmed. This ethical crisis should have been judiciously addressed long ago.
      After watching the most recent presentation of Dr. Mariana Alves- Pereira, which she gave to a group of professionals in Slovenia, my question is:
      How can the Huron County Health Unit justify exposing residents to another year of this harm? How can they justify ignoring Dr. Mariana Alves-Pereira and all of the other warnings they were given?
      Why are these turbines still running? When will they be turned off permanently?
      Forced relocation of rural residents who must leave their homes to seek protection is unacceptable in Ontario.

  • Notinduttondunwich
    Posted July 24, 2018 12:55 pm 0Likes

    Again…. what the heck is wrong with these people…

  • Stan Thayer
    Posted July 27, 2018 9:08 am 0Likes

    For the record!
    7am Friday July 27 2018
    43 Ontario wind farms monitored at 568mw
    9 of the 43 drawing from the grid
    28 of the 43 providing 10mw or less
    Ontario grid demand at 14,819MW
    These are the facts!
    Read em n weep!
    Stan the power man

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