By Toby Barrett, Sachem
As the cost of electricity climbs because of green energy schemes, people continue to fight the conga-line of industrial wind turbines snaking around rural Ontario. Locally, opponents to the Next Era Summerhaven Wind project in Haldimand County are pursuing a legal challenge. Haldimand Wind Concerns and Bill Monture of Six Nations have appealed the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) approval of the wind project leading to preliminary hearings last week. Hearings are tentatively scheduled later this month in Hagersville with the province’s Environmental Review Tribunal expected to hear 10 days of testimony on the project beginning May 28. The tribunal will hear challenges such as risks to human health, wildlife, plant life and the well-being of the environment.
As well, a recent Fraser Institute study predicts Ontario ratepayers will pay an average of $285-million more for electricity annually for the next two decades to fund green energy subsidies. We’ve already seen a doubling of the electricity rate since 2003. In two years Ontario will have the highest household power rates in North America, after Prince Edward Island. Read article