Auditor huffs over wind power rush

Justin Sadler, Ottawa Sun
The fervour over whether wind power is the right way to boost the Ontario’s generation capacity grows as more projects get slated for development.

It’s a complicated issue, not isolated to this province or country.

But Ontario’s auditor general, Jim McCarter, dressed down the McGuinty government over the rush to wind power in his 2011 annual report.

Although the province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Arlene King, said there’s no scientific evidence that directly links wind turbine noise and adverse health effects, the AG acknowledged more research is needed.

In recommending the ministry provide the public with the results of “objective research” on the potential health effects of wind power, McCarter noted King’s report was questioned for being merely a literature review that presented no original research and did not reflect the situation in Ontario. Read article

17 thoughts on “Auditor huffs over wind power rush

  1. This is not about understanding the underlying science about wind and solar energy production but is about making those involved in every aspect of the wind and solar industry very rich off the backs of Ontario electricity consumers.

  2. You can Huff and you can Puff, but the winds still don’t blow all the time. The only thing that constant in this, at all times, is the money being stolen from Ontario electricity consumers

    • Foreign and domestic business interests in renewable energy have come into to Ontario.Would anyone not think that the “locals” are not interested in getting a piece of this action to allow this along with their own business interests?

  3. This just in!
    Mr. McGuinty spotted @ the border – riding his bicycle –
    on his way to Washington, D.C –
    looking for ’emerging’ green jobs.

    Good News!
    CAW members – can now attend – classes
    @ the educational ‘green alter’ – and, pray for an ’emerging’ green job.
    – legal definition of ‘green job’ – still emerging

    More good news – Ford Motor Co. to create jobs in China – 3 new plants
    No kidding! Windsor mayor –
    visited China several times looking for – Chinese ‘job creators’.

    Wait – African elephant sits on Smitherman!

  4. Entegrus Inc.,Chatham-Kent
    Board of Directors includes:
    Brett T. Hodson, also CEO of Croix Infrastructure Inc.
    Croix Infrastructure Inc, Brett T.Hodson, CEO
    Board includes:
    Peter G. Restler, Managing Partner, CAI, Toronto
    Follow the connections.

    • Normal?
      Chatham-Kent – Cha Cha Cha ‘Officer’ reporting for duty

      Communications Officer –
      Responsible for the development of effective communications between the community and the administration.
      The Communication Officer’s duties include media conferences, media releases,
      and public surveys as well as ensuring that staff is aware of current issues.

      Note: there’s nothing to be concerned about – it’s ONLY a name change – ah huh
      Nose plug – ready – or not

      Chatham-Kent Energy is about to do business under a new name and corporate brand – Entegrus Inc.

      The new name, which officially takes effect March 1, was unveiled during a media event Monday.

      “Today, we’re launching more than just a new name and a new look,” said
      company president and CEO Jim Hogan.

      “Our new name and corporate signature better aligns our brand with how we do business and sets the stage for future growth.”

      Hogan said another reason for the name change
      is the recently-completed merger of Chatham-Kent Hydro and Middlesex Power Distribution Corp.

      “It made sense for us to adopt a new name that isn’t tied to a specific location,” he said.

      Hogan said approximately 100 name suggestions were considered before settling on Entegrus Inc.

      He said the new name and brand are a reflection of the company’s unwavering commitment

      to its core values of honesty, fairness, innovation and a commitment to integrity.

      Current customers of Chatham-Kent Hydro and Middlesex Power Distribution Corp.
      will be notified of the name change over the coming weeks.

      A marketing campaign is scheduled for March.

      “The name Entegrus combines our company’s core function – providing energy – with our basic operating philosophy –

      doing business with integrity,” said Hogan.

      “It’s intended to convey a sense of strength, confidence and approachability to our customers, our communities and our stakeholders.”

      The company provides energy services to more than 39,000 customers in

      Chatham-Kent, the township of Strathroy-Caradoc, and the municipality of North Middlesex.

      Sold out!

      • Privatization – sold out!
        Introducing ENTEGRUS INC: The new name of Chatham-Kent Energy

        Uploaded by Entegrus on Jan 16, 2012

        Chatham-Kent Energy created the following video as part of the program to unveil its new corporate name and logo.

        The video was first played at a special announcement event for employees, held on January 16th, 2012.

        The interview clips from which the video was compiled were entirely unscripted.

    • Sold Out!
      Welcome to Entegrus Transmission Inc.

      Entegrus Transmission Inc., a subsidiary of Entegrus Inc.,

      is an electrical transmission service provider for southwestern Ontario, Canada.

      Our goal is to own and operate transmissions systems to enable the development and connection of renewable energy generation in Ontario

      and to improve the overall reliability, safety and cost-effectiveness of electrical transmission in this province.

      Welcome to the new Entegrus Powerlines website.

      Our goal is to supply our customers with all the information and services you need to efficiently manage your electricity usage.

      You will note that much of our focus is on electricity conservation and green initiatives.

      Entegrus believes we must work together to ensure that there is enough electricity for us all

      and we deliver it at a reasonable cost.

      We also believe in protecting our environment in every way possible.

      Good ideas that will make a difference in the long run.

    • But – they want the water too

      In communities across North America, Corix helps build and manage utility infrastructure for water, wastewater and sustainable energy.

      Working with our customers, we provide the most appropriate,

      cost-effective, long-term sustainable utility solutions for communities to grow and thrive.

      Sold out!

      • The connections these decision makers have needs to be taken into consideration.

    • Yikes!

      Maude Barlow -spits and rages – I hate you! – I hate you! I hate you!

      Canada sucks!

      Conservatives suck more……………too many ‘conservatives’ won in the last election!

      The Conservative Party has filed a second motion to dismiss the robocalls lawsuits filed by the left-leaning Council of Canadians,

      calling council chairperson Maude Barlow a “virulent critic” of Prime Minister Stephen Harper who has “orchestrated” the litigation.

      “It is evident that the Council’s ‘business plan’ is to leverage anti-Conservative sentiment

      in order raise money and continue to employ professional agitators like Ms. Barlow,” the motion says.

      The Council of Canadians is seeking to overturn the results of last year’s election

      in seven ridings won by Conservatives,

      where they say voters were misdirected to phoney polling stations

      by mysterious live or recorded phone calls, often purporting to be from Elections Canada.

      The Conservative Party’s latest salvo in response accuses the council of having “an improper motive”

      to “damage the Conservative brand through unfounded assertions.”

      “The applications have been brought solely to provide the Council

      with a platform to criticize Conservatives, who the Council views as its enemy,” the motion says.

      In a tart response, Council of Canadians executive director Garry Neil says,

      “unlike the epithets thrown at their political opponents,

      we aren’t being accused of being Nazi sympathizers, or terrorists, or being on the side of the child pornographers.”

      “I only wish the Conservatives

      had put as much time and effort into their investigation of the robocalls scandal as they’ve put into chastising the Council of Canadians,” said Neil.

      The Conservative motion, filed in Federal Court on May 22,

      is a second attempt to dismiss the council’s case.

      An earlier motion said the suit was filed too late and presents no proof that the outcome in any of the seven ridings was affected by robocalls.

      The motions are not expected to be heard until late June.

      “The Council engineered the applications,” the Conservative motion says,

      “and its fingerprints are all over the litigation that has ensued.”

      It describes the Council of Canadians as “an officious intermeddler” without standing to bring the case.

      The Conservative motion employs the rarely used legal doctrine of “champerty and maintenance,”

      designed to block frivolous litigation by parties with no interest in a case. In its reply, the Council of Canadians sarcastically says,

      “We thank the Conservative Party for highlighting…our Democracy 24-7 Legal Fund

      and we continue to encourage people from coast to coast

      to contribute to this fund to ensure Canadians’ democratic rights are upheld through these important legal challenges.”

      “If the Conservatives are serious about getting to the bottom of the ‘robocall’ affair,” the council adds,

      “they would withdraw their absurd motions and let the Court examine the powerful evidence that has been submitted.”

      Past position:
      Canada sucks – Maude’s position

      Canadian activist Maude Barlow has been appointed as the United Nation’s first senior adviser on water issues,

      a role she hopes to use to establish water as a human right and

      to convince Canada to “change its shameful position” on the issue.

      • Warning!
        Pissed off – Maude Barlow buys –

        new ‘frock and shoes’ – I’m ready now!

        Time: May 29, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm
        Location: The Bayshore Community Centre
        Street: 1900 3rd Ave E
        City/Town: Owen Sound, Ont
        Phone: For more information, call 1-800-387-7177 or email
        Event Type: presentation, free, admission., donations, welcome.
        Organized By: Sharen Skelly/Council of Canadians
        Latest Activity: on Wednesday

        Join Maude Barlow and other guests to
        celebrate the Great Lakes – a common
        heritage that belongs to the Earth, other
        species and future generations as well as
        our own. Hear how we can collectively
        protect them from private interests and
        government complacency and restore
        more democratic control over them.

        Just in case you missed it:

        send money – they will save you

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        The LocalMotive Project.

        Your donation

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        to building a resilient future for the Bruce/Grey region. Thank you.

        Helping hands ‘helping’ – Suzuki – build your future

        yeah – just what Canada needs – Ugh!

  5. Energy Minister Bentley hopes the clean tech sector
    will help the economy by exporting its technologies.
    What planet is this guy from? Ontario’s expertise/technology
    is comprised of ‘import assembly plants’ that are shutting down
    as quickly as they use up their government grants.

  6. USAEE, US Association for Energy Economics
    “The Bootleggers and Baptists of Utility MACT” by Travis Fisher
    The economic theory of the Bootleggers and Baptists explains the effects of regulation and its ability to explain bizarre coalitions between moral crusaders and morally indifferent businesses.
    One such alliance has emerged between environmentalists and businesses.
    The more that is known about this situation the less there is to like about what is taking place.

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