Ontario’s revision of its wind and solar power program sounds good, superficially. The prices for both forms of green energy are down a bit and more weight will be given to community reaction, although Energy Minister Chris Bentley stopped short of allowing municipalities to say “no” to wind farms.
Unfortunately, the green energy plan requires more than a bit of tweaking. There are benefits to wind power, but there are also legitimate questions about the need for what will amount to a doubling of wind and solar capacity in just six years. None of that is reflected in the government document the energy ministry calls a review. It speaks only of a future in which Ontario leads in clean energy and tens of thousands of jobs are created. Read article