I understand where Rob Gardner is coming from regarding opportunities for farmers leasing their property to alternate energy developers. The carrot being dangled is sizable.
Just consider the impact these will have on our communities. The developers are beginning to push for more density and less restrictions, then there is the hydro towers to take the power to the grid. The wind turbines you see in Shelburne area and around the Bruce are only teasers. They will be far denser.
Do we really want this area to be a hydro wasteland?
The evidence is clear even in Germany and Spain where McGuinty got his model from that economically, these developments are not viable. These countries have lost two jobs for every one created in the alternate energy sector. The reason is simple, you can’t be competitive without cheap reliable energy.
And these governments are now cutting back the subsidies and because of that developers are going bankrupt. So when this happens here in a year or so and we have allowed these developments to forge ahead and the subsidies here are cut as well.
What are you farmers stuck with? In fact what is this municipality stuck with?
It is easy for foreign companies to sign deals with you and put these developments in, but it is just as easy for them to close up shop and leave you and this municipality with the mess.
And what will your farms be worth then ?
Just do the math, how long can our government pay 10 times more for energy, which then has to be passed on to business and homeowners. These skyrocketing hydro prices will affect jobs every-where. Everything will go up in price.
The city of Toronto is waking up. They are seeing their hydro bills go up drastically. It’s because of these wind and solar developments and the outrageous subsidies being paid to them by McGuinty.
You need cheap reliable energy. This isn’t it. So tread carefully before you sign on.
I think this is a recipe for disaster for this province.
Ernest Horvath, Meaford