Ontario targets 450% growth in wind capacity

New Energy World Network

The government of Ontario has launched its Long Term Energy Plan calling for an increase in renewable energy developments to 10.7GW by 2018.

The energy plan represents a 450 per cent growth in installed wind capacity in the next seven years, from 1.59GW to 7GW.

The Canadian province has sent mixed messages to the wind power industry this week, making a call to increase the region’s use of wind power after putting a moratorium on all offshore wind projects earlier in the week.

The new energy plan involves the installation of new transmission system upgrades and is expected to lead to the creation of at least 12,500 new jobs.

The plan is also anticipated to lead to more than $12.5bn in new investment in the province, and $22m in annual lease payments to landowners.

Wind energy represents a significant majority of the developments under its energy plan, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).

CanWEA president Robert Hornung said, ‘Reaffirming the government’s target for new wind energy supply and proceeding quickly with new contracts for wind energy projects and necessary transmission system upgrades will strengthen investor confidence that Ontario is a good place to do business.’

Wind energy has increased ten-fold in the last six years in Canada as governments seek ways to meet rising energy demand, CanWEA said.

The country has more than 4.15GW of installed wind energy capacity, close to 1.59GW of which is in Ontario. Quebec and Alberta each have less than half this level of wind power, with 663MW and 806MW of installed wind capacity, respectively.

15 thoughts on “Ontario targets 450% growth in wind capacity

  1. “The plan is also anticipated to lead to more than $12.5bn in new investment in the province, and $22m in annual lease payments to landowners.”

    Looks like the massive money being wasted on this idiocy isn’t going to the land owners…Surprise, surprise!

    “Wind energy has increased ten-fold in the last six years in Canada as governments seek ways to meet rising energy demand, CanWEA said.”

    I’m incredulous! WHEN has wind generation EVER been able to meet demand?
    That’s right up there with “conservation generation”

    Canada could lose it’s entire wind generation capacity tomorrow and know one would even notice! Which is exactly what happens when the wind doesn’t blow!

    How STUPID can these people get?

    WHEN WILL THIS MADNESS STOP?

    We’re screwed!

    R.R.

  2. “CanWEA president Robert Hornung said, ‘Reaffirming the government’s target for new wind energy supply and proceeding quickly with new contracts for wind energy projects and necessary transmission system upgrades will strengthen investor confidence that Ontario is a good place to do business.’

    INVESTORS INVESTORS INVESTORS!!!!……come and get your hands on these “rubes” dollars before they find out they are being “screwed”…….last chance Boys!……..I think they’re waking up!!!!!!!……Hurry Hurry Hurry!!!!!!!!

  3. 12,500 NEW jobs. Can you believe it? How many more studies, turbines, power lines and back up systems will that be? Who’s making all of these turbines anyway? How much will the turbines cost and then how much will it cost to install them? How much will it cost to keep them running? How much will it cost to remove them? I would guess it would cost more to remove and dump them than it did to install them. Who’s going to buy this power? Will they pay millions to get rid of it or will someone in the U.S. have to pay millions to get it? Either way it’s a SCAM. A bigger scam is to install turbines in Canada (destroy landscape, make people sick, etc…) and then send the power to the United States. Someone demand that the plan be revealed. They won’t allow solar power to go on the grid but more of the turbine abuse is permitted. Watch next there will be a turbine jam on the grid. I think before they plan on spending more money on turbines they should figure a way to fix the solar jam. I see this creating a problem with the solar industry don’t you? 12,500 jobs, can you imagine how much the utility rates will go up to pay for 12,500 more jobs!

  4. Canwea can only survive on subsidites, (taxpayer money).

    Hopefully city folks will catch wind of this scam before October.

  5. When more electric energy is produced than can be used in Ontario it has to go someplace. So the U.S. is probably the only place it can be dumped. Dumped it is as the U.S. probably dosen’t need the electricity either. The U.S.has to ramp their plants down in order to take this excess electricity. This is a problem created by take or pay contracts made with Ontario IWT owners.

    If the U.S. dosen’t take this electricity the Ontario system could fail due to excess production of electricity.

    Techies,correct me if I didn’t explain this right!

  6. Well… If the loons in Queen’s Park think we are going to sit by and let them ram IWTs throughout rural communities….they have another thing coming. Maybe it’s time to consider actions of civil disobedience. A few tractors and combines blocking the 400 series highways would bring some attention to the issue. What are they going to do???….Put all of rural Ontario in jail? Actually…give it another 6-12 months….many of us may welcome a quite jail cell to sleep at night.

    Looks like the Liberals have declared war rural Ontario folks!

  7. Too bad the current government won’t be here to this time next year to actually make good on any of their GREEN FLUFFY promises.

  8. Rabble Rouser,

    Just a little request…Please do not end your comments with “we’re screwed” For one thing it makes my heart sink every time I read it, but also it sets you up to fail. You must never believe we will lose this battle. Now more than ever we must believe that sanity will save the day. There is now a lot of heavy weights weighing in on the subject and that is because YOU and others dared to stand up and call it for what it is. We WILL win this fight to save Ontario from the economic disaster and the hideous torture of LFS that would destroy our way of life. Other than World War 1 & 2 we have never seen this many brave hearts rise to the occasion and defend what they hold most dear… democracy.

  9. This piece is a good confusing item. Spend lots on wind capacity, which is nothing, when we really need power. Spend even more to build transmission lines to connect the nothing capacity to create some jobs. A 12.5 billion dollar investment is really a 12.5 billion dollar give away to no one we know. CanWea as just like wind power. Providing no benefit to Ontario.

  10. Hey Ben… Don’t know who you are but you hit the nail right on the head! When push comes to shove Rural Ontario will not sit by and let this happen. If this latest threat from the province is carried out we the people should consider it an act of war on us. I would say civil disobedience would be a normal response. The 400 North highway seems like a perfect spot to draw the line in the sand. But really I think this statement by the province is just a pathetic last hope to try and regain confidence of investors lost by their ineptness and short sighted planning. Too many people are now aware of the green scam and shell game and will not allow it to break the back of Ontario.

  11. silence dogood,

    The UNDP creating jobs at $288,700 is a real bargain compared to $20 million to create ONE IWT full time service job.

    Mr Duguid talks about “good” jobs. By this does he mean minimum wage jobs?

    When new companies set up businesses in areas of lots of surplus,high unemployment, labour wages can be held down not only for the employer setting up shop but also for already existing businesses. In other words wages become depressed.

    The opposite is true in areas of low unemployment rates and wages tend to rise when new companies enter the market.

    Some areas of Ontario have high unemployment rates so new companies can get away with paying minimum wages for new jobs.

  12. I left a comment at the site which they seem to have trouble moderating:

    The energy plan and $1.39 will get you a large cup of coffee. Provincial utilities are already turning down solar connections due to lack of funding, the Ontario Energy Board has suggested that the plan requires more than wishful thinking, perhaps a small level of technical direction, and oh, there is a provincial election in October 2011.

    That is not to say that the current government with its magic promises will not get re-elected. But if you think that will be a sure thing, I have property in downtown Cairo for sale.

  13. Ben and Melodie, I too feel a sense of united community coming mainly from this site. A government can not attack Ontario citizens by taking reckless action industrializing willy nilly and not expect fall out from those living here. United we’ll stand.

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