We currently pay 5.1 cents/kWh @ off peak times, 8.1 cents/kWh mid peak times and 9.9 cents/kWh during peak times. First, as to the cost of wind-generated electricity, the feed-in tariff for on-shore wind turbines in Ontario provided for under the Green Energy Act is 13.5¢ per kWh (and higher for smaller projects). This is more than twice the prevailing rates for electricity on the spot market in Ontario (currently at 5.1 cents/kWh for off peak times).
So, my question to the Liberals is where is the money going to come from??
This cost increase will be fed through to industrial, commercial and residential consumers through various additional charges on their electricity bills. In addition, further expenditures are required to enhance and extend the transmission grid to accommodate these projects. A 2009 study by London Economics Consultancy, Examining the Potential Costs of the Ontario Green Energy Act 2009, estimates that the higher costs of green power will add hundreds of dollars to the average electricity bills of households throughout Ontario.
Furthermore, the health effects of these wind turbines are a major detriment to healthy living and a healthy eco-system, There are health hazards from these turbines such as low vibration noise (LVN), disruption to the local wildlife and migration patterns of waterfowl. A town in upper Maryland that had over a hundred wind turbines installed realized the detrimental effects of these turbines first hand. The use of sleeping pills throughout the population rose 98% because of the constant whooshing sound and the LVN. The contributions of industrial wind power to reducing CO2 emissions are at best marginal. Massive numbers of turbines are needed, and because of their intermittency and unpredictability, they require the availability of back-up generation, especially for peak-load capacity, such as coal powered generating stations, hydro electric dams and Natural Gas. Where is the green energy out of that?
I say it’s time to stand up and tell the McGuinty Government we will no longer take this issue of outrageous hydro prices laying down. Call your MPP, tell your neighbour, tell everyone… Enough is enough!!!
Patrick C. Beaudry, Hanmer, ON