Bad policy begets necessary bailout costing us all – Ontario gives stranded solar projects a lifeline

by Renata D’Aliesio, Globe and Mail
 Ontarians with stranded solar projects who have been worried about losing their investments because they can’t get a connection to the power grid are being offered a lifeline by the province. After months of talks between the government, the Ontario Power Authority and Hydro One, Energy Minister Brad Duguid directed the power authority on Friday to offer a resolution to an estimated 1,500 micro-solar projects that were conditionally approved in areas of the province where capacity is already constrained.  Read article

11 thoughts on “Bad policy begets necessary bailout costing us all – Ontario gives stranded solar projects a lifeline

  1. Wow! Unbelievable! So investors who didn’t have the sense to wait until they had all their ducks in a row before dropping a hundred grand are being bailed out by us, the taxpayers. Meanwhile those of us who never signed any contracts, are not in the wind business, and are victimied by wind turbines are left to rot! On top if it, we constantly hear from our fellow citizens that, “gee I hope the government doesn’t have to pay for your damages” (as a result of it’s NEGLIGENCE.) Talk about social injustice!

  2. OPA to unlock details – they have the ‘key’ – to the election solution!
    found room on the grid – pray tell – where is the key?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_UvKyVuQ2U

    “Gentlemen… what do keys do?”

    “Keys unlock… things?”

    “And whatever this key unlocks, inside there’s something valuable. So we’re setting out to find whatever this key unlocks!”

    “No. If we don’t have the key, we can’t open whatever it is we don’t have that it unlocks. So what purpose would be served in finding whatever need be unlocked, which we don’t have, without first having found the key what unlocks it?”

    “So we’re going after this key!”

    “You’re not making any sense at all.”

  3. I’m up for some Johnny Walker, James Dean and a cigar!

  4. Yes, their rhetoric has become truly surreal. Brad Duguid’s endless spin about ‘replacing coal with clean energy’ reminds me of the Monty Python Dead Parrot episode.

    • Peter, ………..Newly minted! Wow!
      Fact – All of Ontario’s wealth is flying out the door.

      Vote Conservative!

  5. I though the Slash and Burn Strategy went out in the Civil War—“we know we’re loosing so we’ll destroy any chance of the “enemy” being able to access it” The dying death rattle of Mcguinty’s an out of touch Liberals!

  6. FT:

    I was just in Ottawa for a few days — stayed at the Delta. Every morning I looked out the “Mystique” restaurant window and saw a “Solar Parking Meter”. Give them credit for taking this seriously. Eh? The Spark Street Mall, just outside the hotel, is so “Greened and Renovated” that it is almost empty in summer — too expensive I guess — mostly closed shops or empty buildings.

    So yeah — environmentalism and greening looks like a roaring success — if your objective is to “deaden” the place. …or so it seems to us…

    Life is good — I guess.

  7. The OPG should get a few FIT contracts with the $ 12M which pay off better than some stocks do. Or buy stocks in companies that have Ontario FIT contracts.

    • If the government or any of the myriad government agencies complicit in this disaster had any concern for the wallets of the ratepayers they never would have gotten involved with McGuinty’s version of “Green Energy”. At first they should have known that it was an economic disaster; and then they should have recognized the liability of allowing these wind turbines to continue operating and causing more damage to people and the environment.

      Words just don’t capture the insanity of the moment.

  8. Dave,
    That’s pathetic green dreams – without the people.
    On a brighter note –
    we still get – a secret ballot – for now!
    Freedom vote – don’t waste it!

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