Professional Engineers of Ontario Magazine: Engineering Dimensions
I was interested in the OCEPP conference panel discussion on the Green Energy Act and more specifically the impacts on communities. But I am not interested in the ‘love in’ that seemed to have been arranged.
That panel would not, in my opinion, openly challenge the policy and public interest problems that have become apparent with the out of balance electricity pricing, closed door policy for site release and system development, loss of municipal control of development and planning, loss of public input, and loss of the public’s property rights and enjoyment of property rights.
The OCEPP appear to have only involved those who set and implemented the existing policy, or those who benefit from it. In fact the panel Chair is from CanWEA, an industry lobby group!
What about involving those who have challenged the Green Energy Act, and its impacts on the public and private person?
What about the significant and real concerns of people and communities?
What about the significant impacts on developmenty and environmental assessment policy?
What about an engineers duty to the public?
If you do not challenge and address the significant concerns with the renewable energy development in Ontario – including the significant concerns over the GEA and impacts on the public then you run the risk of irrelevance.
An irrelevant OCEPP will not sustain itself – and in my opinion, does not deserves sustenance from the public or engineers.
Karl Piirik, M.Eng., P.Eng.
Thunder Bay, Ontario