It’s all take, no give on turbine issue

Being led around by the wind industry

By Jim Merriam, QMI Agency
Ontario Energy Minister Chris Bentley says the province will review the green energy fiasco that helped keep the Dalton Gang from getting a majority in last month’s election.  So far so good.

However, the new energy boss made it clear a planned review will not include returning control over placement of wind turbines to local governments.  Instead, Queen’s Parkers want to look at additional local consultations.

In a recent interview, Bentley pointed out current requirements for wind turbine applicants. These include “some rather extensive consultations, including with local participants, citizens, ratepayers, municipalities. Then it goes onto the ministry of the environment, which conducts another round of consultations.”

The minister continued in the same vein with, “If there are ways to strengthen that process by getting input in ways that we don’t now get it, or to find other voices that aren’t being heard, I think those are a couple of things we’d be very interested in hearing.”

Well, hear this. The voices of opponents of wind turbine developments on land in rural Ontario have not been heard. Period.

And there is absolutely nothing in Bentley’s rhetoric to suggest they will be heard in the future. Certainly there have been consultations before huge turbine factories have been built. But only one side, those in favour of wind factories on farmland, had any power.

Obviously nothing’s going to change with that kind of imbalance.

One of the synonyms for consultation listed by Merriam-Webster (with a name like that how could it be wrong?) is “give-and-take.”

Tell you what, that’s the element that has been missing, and obviously will continue to be missing in any discussions about turbine developments.

It’s been all take and no give, whether the so-called consultations were held by turbine developers and/or government officials.

Call me naive, but I thought that was the message rural voters delivered in the election when they slammed the doors of rural Ontario shut on Liberal hopefuls.

Rural residents want meaningful discussion about wind turbines, including everything from their efficiency (or lack of same) to the way in which they affect the health of residents who live near them.

Communities are being torn apart by turbine developments. Families, churches, service clubs and rural organizations are all being affected negatively. This upheaval will continue until somebody in Toronto recognizes these and the many other issues around wind factories.

The minister has pledged a review that will include the price paid for energy from renewable sources. People in the industry predict those prices, paid under the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program, will go down after the review. And that’s good.

The current prices are so high that the people of Ontario, those who pay the bills, are taking a loss on many of the kilowatts produced. For example, the prices paid to producers for renewable energy range as high as 71.3 cents per kilowatt hour for rooftop-mounted solar. Consumers are charged about 6.2 cents for off-peak power and 10.8 cents for peak-hour use.

Only a government could stay in business by selling a product at 65 cents below cost. (Obviously an extreme example, but all Grade 1 kids reading this get the point, right?)

The so-called review by the province is a smoke-and-mirrors attempt to convince us that Queen’s Park cares about the economics of green energy in Ontario through the FIT program. Somebody soon has to at least pretend to care about the people.

jmerriam@bmts.com

16 thoughts on “It’s all take, no give on turbine issue

    • Perhaps a good question to ask the present government is,are the HUNS already at the city gates?

      • At the upcoming NextEra & Samsung meetings this week just tell them in no uncertain terms to install their IWTs in the GTA area. Don’ ask just tell them. Let MOE know this as well.

  1. This article provides a brief glimpse into Ontario’s future. A new study on fuel poverty in Ireland is quite alarming:

    “A recent study by the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has found that 50% of clients can barely afford to pay their bills, with 77% cutting back on heat.

    Just under a third (30%) of elderly people said they had to chose between eating and heating – a figure that rises to an alarming 59% among disabled respondents.”

    Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/a-third-of-elderly-must-choose-between-eating-and-heating-16051734.html#ixzz1cpsidNSY

  2. For the renewable energy scam to work the strongest political party had to be selected to put this agenda over. In Ontario this happend to be the Liberal Party with solid urban support and most likely to hold on to power/majority government long enough to accomplish these goals providing their urban support base was not affected by any of these renewable energy scams. If the urban political base becomes adversley affected by renewable energy scams then the whole scam will be finished.

  3. Jim Merriam is right.. The government hasn’t learned a damned thing from this last election.. Still as arrogant as ever !!! What’s the answer??My opinion is,, for Hudak to get in the face of the urbanites, get better known with his policies, and when the time is right,, call another election !!! probably not a good thing,, but hey …,As I said,, they STILL don’t get it !!
    The only thing politicians care about is the fat pensions they’ll get after doing nothing of importance for the people..I’m a senior citizen of this country,and I think I have a right to my opinion….”Nuff said…….

    • The parties promoting the “green” energy scam don’t care if the present governmnet has learned its lesson or not. As long as the power is still there to promote this scam that’s all that is necessary for them to succeed. They will back any political party that will enable them to succeed in this “green” energy/enconomy scam.

      • Promoters of the “green”energy/economy scam don’t really care which political party they use as long as their goals are achieved.

  4. Until they start to erect the industrial wind turbines on top of condo buildings and other highrises in Toronto, where there is a lot of wind and hot air, we probably won’t see much anti-wind energy action other than in rural Ontario.

  5. The wind industry is finally acknowledging the damage caused to bats and birds:

    “Duke Energy Renewables has stopped running its 70-megawatt North Allegheny Wind Farm in Pennsylvania at night after a bat from an endangered species was found dead on the farm last month.

    Spokesman Greg Efthimiou says the company will continue to switch off the farm a half hour before sunset and a half hour after sunrise until mid-November. That is when the migration season of the endangered Indiana bat generally ends.”

    http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/power_city/2011/10/duke-energy-shuts-wind-farm-at-night.html

    • “It reported the dead bat to the service the next morning. The service examined the carcass and determined it was an Indiana bat.”

      I am sure Wolfe Island authorites are waiting to report to our sevice the minute something is killed

  6. Until the hydro bills of “Torontonians” and other ‘unbelievers’ increase dramatically, and they have to fork $$$’s out of their own pockets,(and they WILL) they wont want to hear about turbines and the bad stuff associated with them!. They are much more comfortable – in their nicely heated and well lit homes – if it is all swept under the carpet! Unfortunately by the time they wake up and realise the damage is done – it will be too late – rural Ontario will be covered in turbines. Fast forward – to years down the line, when they all realise what a bad mistake turbines have been – hopefully they will be the ones paying to clear up the mess – as well as the greedy farmers around us who signed up for these monstrosities, under the guise that green is good! Harumph! It is like ‘War of the Worlds’ – new turbines spring up every night around here in Melancthon! Disgusting!

  7. Those big tractors some fine folks have , may be very useful.
    You folks know that suzuki was brainwashing your kids again …moulding young minds for 2 days

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