Statement From Ontario Minister Of Energy

Not all energy production facilities or citizens are treated equally.

Today, Chris Bentley, Minister of Energy, issued the following statement:

“I am pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached between the Ontario Power Authority and TransCanada Energy to relocate the proposed 900-megawatt natural gas plant originally planned for Oakville to lands at Ontario Power Generation’s Lennox Generating Station site near Bath, in eastern Ontario’s Lennox and Addington County.

I would like to thank the OPA, TransCanada and Ontario Power Generation for the work they have done over the past several months to reach this agreement.

The new site will take advantage of existing transmission lines and other infrastructure, as well as the expertise of local workers. The construction of the plant is expected to provide up to 600 construction jobs and approximately 25 permanent jobs.

The total costs that cannot be repurposed at the new site are approximately $40 million. This includes all payments made in relation to the original site, including the cost of engineering design and permits.

The gas turbines originally slated for use at the Oakville plant will be repurposed and used at the Lennox facility. The OPA will purchase the turbines. TransCanada will receive less for the electricity the plant produces than originally agreed upon to offset the cost of the turbine purchase.

The decision not to move forward with the plant at the original Oakville site was made after hearing overwhelming concerns from local residents and local elected officials. We heard concerns from families and we responded. read more

 

12 thoughts on “Statement From Ontario Minister Of Energy

  1. Welcome to Lennox & Addington,
    how can we help you?
    (that’s what it says)
    http://www.lennox-addington.on.ca/

    ‘[excerpt] …….and approximately 25 permanent jobs’
    ‘[excerpt] Over the coming days and weeks
    you will read and hear lots of numbers
    related to the cost of the plant relocation.
    The only accurate cost to taxpayers for this relocation is $40 million.’

    Love – is in the air!

  2. You can at least write to these double-dealers:

    cbentley.mpp@liberal.ola.org
    dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
    toby.barrett@pc.ola.org

    (Individuals know which side they’re on.)
    ——————–

    Mr Bentley,

    Reading this actually made me drop my lower jaw.

    http://news.ontario.ca/mei/en/2012/09/statement-from-ontario-minister-of-energy-1.html

    Clearly, the only voices that you or your party hears are the ones that live in urban areas. Those of us that live in sparsely populated parts of the province can expect to continue to get all of the stuff—like wind turbines—that your friends don’t want.

    Your tribunals are a farce.

    Bill Bell
    Selkirk, ON N0A 1P0

  3. How can we belive it will only cost $40 million, when the cancellations cost us $190 million!! ???

  4. Outraged? Call Bentley’s Toronto office NOW!!: 1-416-327-6758
    “The decision not to move forward with the plant at the original Oakville site was made after hearing overwhelming concerns from local residents and local elected officials. We heard concerns from families and we responded”.

  5. “…..The decision not to move forward with the plant at the original Oakville site was made after hearing overwhelming concerns from local residents and local elected officials. We heard concerns from families and we responded….”
    The blatant nerve, the dismissive disrespect, and the insult to the majority of Ontarians, is absolutely mind boggling.
    When this multi-faceted fiasco is eventually over, Ontario will be the laughingstock of the world.

  6. This Government is the most dysfunctional, crooked and insulting group of idiots ever to “govern” (steal from) Ontario!
    Bob Rae was bad, Mike Harris was bad, McGuinty is WORSE!

  7. If I’m not mistaken (because don’t have gas info) TransCanada makes a whack of money in distribution fees that are on your gas bill.
    Peel the layers…..

  8. I’m sure the bill is WAY beyond the 40 million plus another 210 million. Add another 190 million for the other gas plant fiasco and we’re at $440,000,000. Just how much more? Who knows! These thieving Liberal ingrates are making the Mafia look like choir boys. Makes me want to wretch!

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