Follow the wind power money

By Don Waffle, The Windsor Star  

What’s the dirty secret behind Dalton McGuinty’s clean energy program? Why did McGuinty choose the most expensive plan possible for harnessing wind power to generate electricity?

Public ownership of wind energy generation would supply kilowatts at rates competitive with traditional hydro generation.  Once equipment was paid for, electricity from wind would be virtually free.

McGuinty chose private ownership. In doing so, he designed profit to private developers so generous they can contemplate the horrendous cost of building wind farms out in the Great Lakes.

He opted to commit ratepayers to the high cost of private borrowing from private banks. Turbines erected on public land like hydro corridors would save farmland and save ratepayers almost $200,000 over the life of each tower.

For this, Ontario gets obsolescent and short shelf-life technology.

Governments in the earlier part of the last century worked to keep the cost low on vital services. Hence the term

“public” applied to hydro and water utilities and highways.

Directly after the Second World War, Ontario converted from 25 to 60 cycle AC power.

Every electric motor in the province was removed, rewound and replaced. This was done without disrupting the economy.

In contrast, the primary function of politics and the parties today is to shovel the public’s money into private pockets.

The debacle of power privatization in California seemed to slam shut our Ontario government’s agenda to turn hydro over to private ownership.

With the clean energy program, party strategists saw McGuinty’s great chance to please profit-hungry banks and global corporations and investors, at the expense of Ontario’s economy and its people.

He did an end run. Clean energy is henceforth privately owned.

Ontario ratepayers are on the hook with home and industry-busting private electricity rates.

Does the McGuinty government really care about clean energy or Ontario saddled with obsolete wind technology?

DON WAFFLE, Harrow

10 thoughts on “Follow the wind power money

  1. “Once equipment was paid for, electricity from wind would be virtually free.”

    Free, unreliable, intermittent, in need of reliable generation in tandem and harmful to environment and man alike.

    It matters not who owns the damn things or where they are put, industrial wind is equally USELESS!

    In all cases, economy and environment suffers and the ratepayers and taxpayers GET SCREWED!

    B.B.W.

  2. What’s the dirty secret behind McGuinty’s
    clean energy program?

    I don’t believe there is a dirty secret as
    one would have to acknowledge that
    McGuinty actually has a clue as to
    what is going on in our energy sector.

  3. Ah, yes, the government is such a wonderful steward. Look how well they’ve handled the Green Energy Act. Maybe they should also get into the automobile manufacturing business. They could site new plants on government land, which is “free” after all, they’d pay no taxes, there would be no evil profit incentive, if they owned the wind farms, they could use all that “free” wind power the article mentions, and pass on the “savings” to consumers. (sarcasm)

    To extend the line of reasoning in this article, the government should run everything. Look how well it worked in the Soviet Union, after all !! (sarcasm)

  4. “Why did McGuinty choose the most expensive plan possible for harnessing wind power to generate electricity?”

    Too bad we only have a wimpy ECO and non-existent, i.e. unenforceable environmental rights.

    We should appeal to the UN on the obvious violation of the Principle of Proportionality! Not only is it insanely expensive it is demonstrably not the most efficient way to accomplish ANY of the stated aims of this gambit.

  5. To appeal to the U.N. would be like asking the “executioner” for a pardon!

    McGuinty has sold us out all according to the U.N.’s plans for Global Governance.

    More than meets the eye here folks!

  6. Karen – regarding the old Ontario Hydro – wasn’t there a story about a parking lot attendant on the payroll making in the $60,000 range, with full benefits ?

    A friend of mine worked as summer student at one of the sprawling nuclear plants a number of years ago. I think he was on “night maintenance.” He called it “Hide and seek for a grand-a-week!” (that’s about two grand-a-week in today’s dollars).

  7. Great pictures David,

    Wonder how the wind turbine company will explain these events or will they just make up excuses for the failure.

    But isn’t this what happens when you mount heavy equipment at the top of a tall pole and you get gale force winds. Things tend to get out of balance don’t they.

    You can try this at home with a pole and then try balancing objects sitting on top of the pole. Any pole will do.

  8. There is a way to make all those billions turn to dust without

    1…. municipal taxation. 4% of actual value. Therefore a a 2Mw, 5 million dollar turbine pays $200,000 in taxes. The bigger the turbine, the higher the taxes. About $100,000 per year per Mw sound right.

    2….. decommissioning deposits. $250,000 per MW in case the companies file bankruptcy.

    3….noise shut downs. Turbines make about 15% return. If they are forced to reduce their speeds at night, ALL of the companies will go bankrupt.

    How do I know all this? Because I was going to invest MILLIONS of my own money into turbines and saw that it was all too easy with even the slightest changes, to lose my shirt in them.

    Don’t worry, 90% of the money invested is from foreign banks/investors. Very few Ontarians put up their own money other then front man to get that extra 1 cent as the act allows.

  9. We should appeal to the UN on the obvious violation of the Principle of Proportionality! Not only is it insanely expensive it is demonstrably not the most efficient way to accomplish ANY of the stated aims of this gambit.

    ~~~~~~

    ARE YOU SERIOUS? The UN invented the global warming malarkey in order to extort massive amounts of monay out odf us. Now only would the UN support McGuinty, they will ask him to put an extra tax on top.

    This is in OUR hands and we need to deal with McGuinty the only way possible. Shove him down the drain in November.

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