Ontario Economy Concerns
Martin Regg Cohn is a well-known Ontario politics columnist that writes for the Toronto Star. He has written 3 articles on the Long Term Energy Plan since its recent announcement that we are aware of (including: Why Ontario’s economy is running out of energy: Cohn & Liberals’ energy plan is dead in the long run: Cohn). Here is his latest article. While APPEC cannot agree with everything in these articles, one thing appears to be in common: the yet again Liberal Long Term Energy Plan and the use of industrial wind turbines continue to be a bad idea for the economy.
Ontario tilts against wind turbines as costs spiral: Cohn
Economics, more than politics, is causing the greatest drag on wind power as Liberals look for light at the end of the wind tunnel. By: Martin Regg Cohn Provincial Politics, Published on Tue Dec 10 2013
Who would have imagined Ontario as Ground Zero for the global anti-wind movement, pitting people power against wind power? Instead of a low-carbon environment, the governing Liberals generated a highly toxic political environment.
Yet it is economics, more than politics, that is causing the greatest drag on wind power today. Diminishing returns have prompted the Liberals to tilt against wind turbines. Continue reading …
On Monday Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government released its Long Term Energy Plan. One of the goals of the new Plan is to have 11% of Ontario’s energy supplied by wind by 2025. To finance that goal a 33% increase in electricity rates has been approved over the next five years (the Ontario Taxpayers Federation says the actual increase will be closer to 42%).
With this Plan Wynne’s government has drawn a line in the sand, solidly positioning Ontario as a “Willing Host” against 76 of Ontario’s municipalities (and counting) that have declared themselves to be “Unwilling Hosts”. The government has put these 76 “Unwilling Hosts” on notice that like it or not wind turbine projects will go on being put in their communities.
In an interview with CKWS TV News that aired yesterday at 6:00PM APPEC Chair Gord Gibbins noted his disappointment: “Frankly the Ontario Government keeps seeming to be paying attention and then comes out with a policy that does absolutely nothing positive.” The Liberal government is preparing to run its next election campaign on “a multi-billion dollar energy policy that features building industrial wind turbines with 20-30 percent efficiency rates that don’t provide power when you need them.”
Read the whole story and watch the video clip from News Watch here.
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Dear Minister Chiarelli… Monday, September 9, 2013 [Tongue in Cheek Letter] The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy, Dear Minister Chiarelli: It has come to my attention that the Independent Electricity System Operator will start paying industrial wind developers for … Continue reading →