Canadian Press, Winnipeg Free Press
TORONTO – Premier Dalton McGuinty says recent changes to Ontario’s clean energy plans should help appease opponents of wind power. His comments come ahead of a rally planned in downtown Toronto to protest the feed-in-program, known as FIT, which opponents say has led to “unbridled and unnecessary development” of industrial wind power projects throughout the province.
They argue the projects are damaging to rural communities, causing power bills to rise and making some people sick.
McGuinty points to recently announced plans to lower the premiums the province pays for future wind and solar energy projects, which he says will drive down costs.
He also says the province will favour projects proposed in communities that support the turbines, although the government has stopped short of giving municipalities a veto over new green energy installations.
More than 40 groups are expected to take part in the protest at a FIT convention, which will be followed by a march.