Undoing Ontario’s energy mess


What a mess. Years of dreamy plans for renewable solar and wind energy, expensive conservation plans, unfulfilled promises to close coal-burning stations, and a belief that Ontarians can always reach deeper to pay for hydro rate increases have led to massive rate increases and knee-jerk rebate programs.

Creeping user fees and tax hikes have led to a 75 per cent increase in hydro rates under Premier Dalton McGuinty, and that is before the HST. Worse still, McGuinty’s insistence on smart meters and an outsourced Green Energy Plan for solar and wind power will hike hydro bills another 46 per cent, according to the government’s own estimates. And you know the track record of McGuinty government estimates.

Massive incentives up to 20 times the usual cost of power for those who build uneconomical solar and wind projects will cause your bill to skyrocket. In addition, the government is building large natural gas-fired generating plants for those times where there is no wind or sun.

Those who have created or benefitted financially from these plans will strongly defend them. They have a vested interest. However, businesses are voting with their feet. They are leaving Ontario, because it is too expensive to operate here, taking jobs and future prosperity with them.

The Liberals will tell you they provided a 10 per cent rebate. They will tell you their plan will create thousands of new jobs — and they may be right, except those jobs will be in Korea, thanks to a $7 billion contract with Samsung. They’ll also tell you that the PCs voted against their plans, and we did, because their approach is wrong — rebates and huge subsidies for wind and solar power aren’t a viable solution. We need clean and affordable power in Ontario to bring industry back and to remove the financial yoke from Ontario families.

I believe that we need to refurbish and expand Ontario’s nuclear generating capacity. It already produces about 50 per cent of our electricity and is an affordable and relatively clean source.

Unlike the Liberal’s plan, nuclear plants actually produce power even when there is no wind or sun, on calm days and at night. My colleagues and I have been pushing hard for a choice between time-of-use pricing arrangements or a fixed cost per-kilowatt-hour plan. Choice is important.

For too long the McGuinty Liberals have ignored Ontarians’ ability to pay. They have wrapped themselves in the flag of cleaner air — something we all want — and can attain without paying foreign companies billions to get it. We need to remember who pays the bills.

Ted Chudleigh is the Conservative MPP representing the provincial riding of Burlington.

13 thoughts on “Undoing Ontario’s energy mess

  1. Remember the green energy plan is to scam us, it is a scam, read the cloak of green

  2. We’ve all been saying the above for over 3+ years now and it seems a bit late , but better late than never I guess for a politician to “parrot” the words about McGuinty’s mad plan!

    Of course the PC’s have seats inside Queen’s Park always on their minds and would say and do anything to get their turn at the trough!

    To expect a politician or party to help us out of our Green Energy Hell is pure speculation and anything “promised” by a politician these days can be taken with a grain of salt!

    Actions speak louder than words and by the time we “anoint” Hudak into power and he only places a “freeze” on the hugely damaging Hydro rates in effect by this October we will all realize collectively that we are permanently Broken!

  3. Let this be an official statement for the PC’s platform.

  4. This election, just like the last one, is not the Liberal’s to win but the PC’s to lose.

    Mr. Hudak had better not blow it big time like his predecessor did!

    Suffice it to say, I’m not holding my breath! Should the Liberals win again, even a minority,
    the only thing that can save us is a constitutional challenge of the GEA or bloody revolution.

    I think it is generally known which of those I would prefer…

    Anarchy has certain advantages in this regard and the Liberals are certainly demonstrating the meaning of anarchy by making victims of the people for the benefit of their friends within the Green Energy Act Alliance! They should be careful what they wish for. They might get it!


  5. They will undo the mess the same way Scotland is working on the problem…


    “According to reports, insolvency specialists from Ernst & Young have taken control of Skycon’s Campbeltown factory in Argyll and yesterday asked around 120 workers to take unpaid leave.

    This week’s news will come as a blow to Scotland’s ambitious renewable energy plans, particularly given that Skycon last year received a £9.7m government grant to help it take control of the factory from rival manufacturer Vestas, which had been preparing to close the plant.

    According to reports in The Scotsman and on the BBC, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the Scottish government said they will try to save the jobs that are now at risk.

    “Scottish Development International and HIE are working with the administrators and their various stakeholders to achieve a positive outcome, and every effort is being made to secure the viability of the asset and long-term, low-carbon jobs for the area,” a government spokesman said.”

    That’s it low-carbon. Now how can I be low carbon and make more jobs?…. hmmmm!

  6. SOLAR! The wave of the Future!


    ATS Automation to restructure Photowatt in France, potentially cutting staff

    THAT’S what we should be doing! SOLAR it!

    CAMBRIDGE, Ont. – Industrial equipment maker ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (TSX:ATA) announces restructuring at its solar cell division Photowatt International. The company said it could result in job cuts to staff in France.

  7. More good news…


    Top Stories of 2010: Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plans Welcomed by Industry
    Plan includes closing all coal units, creating 50,000 jobs and the largest expansion in hydroelectric power in almost 40 years

    No. 2: Ontario’s Energy Future

    In November, the McGuinty government tabled Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan, which sets the course for a clean energy revolution designed to create thousands of new jobs in Ontario.

    The plan was well received by experts across industry and will have dramatic consequences on the clean tech/renewable energy sector as well the coal and mining sector for years to come.

    To keep the lights on with energy powered by clean sources, residential and small business electricity bills are forecasted to increase by 3.5 per cent annually over the next 20 years. Industrial rates are forecasted to increase by 2.7 per cent annually over the same timeframe.

    The plans calls for closing all coal units by 2014, creating 50,000 jobs in Ontario’s growing clean energy economy, building the largest expansion in hydroelectric power in almost 40 years, increasing Ontario’s power supply coming from renewable sources to 13 per cent by 2018 and securing clean and reliable nuclear power as a baseload for half of Ontario’s power supply.

    Of course whoever researched this article missed the point that many of the Hydro Power Stations had been recycled into news…

    You can click on the link and read all about the “elites” for yourself.

    I gotta go barf!

  8. Yup.

    The windy and sunny greenies can’t stand on their own two feet even WITH
    massive subsidies [read THEFT!].

    Time to pull the subsidy plug so we can all watch this green crap go down the drain into the sewer where it belongs!


  9. Careful BBW — they are gunning for you, and me and everyone else…



    “Professor David Shearman, MD, is Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Adelaide, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University’s Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences and Law School. Professor Shearman was an Assessor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment Report and the Fourth Assessment Report. (1)

    You see, apparently democracy is simply not natural. As the authors put it: ‘we argue that authoritarianism is the natural state of humanity’. They propose the formation of an ‘elite warrior leadership’ to ‘battle for the future of the earth’ [p.xvi]. Can you see where this is going yet?

    The authors recognize that religion plays a big part in many people’s lives, and they discuss whether Islam or Christianity fits better with the authoritarian government they see as essential, before deciding that there is a better option:

    However, they are not the only contenders for providing social glue for the masses. Although too much of the natural world will be destroyed for civilization to continue in its present form, some biodiversity will still exist . . . It is not impossible that from the green movement and aspects of the new age movement a religious alternative to Christianity and Islam will emerge. And it is not too difficult to imagine what shape this new religion could take. One would require a transcendent God who could punish and reward – because humans seem to need a carrot and a stick. [p. 127]”


    Be afraid, be very afraid…

    Get them wind turbines installed in your back 40 before they get YOU!

  10. Well David, if they come gunning for me they will be sorry for I am more then fully equipped, ready, willing and absolutely able to gun back!

    But to dream! 🙂

    Say, did you catch that piece from Germany and the nasty bit of law they passed just two month ago where they can now limit the people’s energy consumption?

    Coming soon to a smart meter near you!:-(

    I best expedite my “getting off the grid” plans!


  11. Hey David
    These “whackos” at the IPCC like Sherman have gone completely off their “nut”………….actually their rhetoric is actually becoming “entertaining”.
    Can hardly wait to hear what comes out of the “hotbed of insanity” called the U.N. every single day.

    If one likes “black or dark humour”, the U.N. and anyone connected to it is a treasure trove of entertainment!

    What makes them even more hilarious is that they actually believe in what they say!

    Not afraid……but busting a gut!

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