One of the most beautiful areas of the North American continent has become the target for wind turbine projects put up by giant international corporations that, if they have their way, plan to fill the entire Great Lakes basin with these industrial parks. Continue reading
Posted: September 30, 2009, National Post
Wind reduces CO2 emissions at a subsidy cost of about $124 per tonne — one of the most expensive plans in the world
By Michael Trebilcock
Ontarians take note. A detailed new Danish study shatters most of the myths that the Danish-based wind turbine industry has been propagating in Canada and around the world as to the virtues of wind power. The study, Wind Energy: The Case of Denmark by the Centre for Policy Studies in Copenhagen, strongly reinforces reservations that I have noted in previous op-eds in this newspaper. Continue reading
Ontario’s iron-fisted energy model
Posted: September 30, 2009, NP Editor By Terence Corcoran
At the G20 Pittsburgh summit, Canada endorsed a commitment to end subsidies to fossil fuel industries and step up subsidies to renewable energy sources. “We commit to…stimulate investment in clean energy, renewables, and energy efficiency,” said the leaders. If anybody wonders what stimulating clean and green energy programs might mean to economic policy, a working model comes into effect today in Ontario. Continue reading
By Antonella Artuso, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief Toronto Sun
Ontarians need to know exactly how provincial government contracts for wind-generated electricity will impact their hydro bills, Tory energy critic John Yakabuski says.
“I think we need full disclosure on these contracts when they’re signed with wind developers,” he said yesterday.
“My concern is that these people are not in this because they have a burning desire to save the earth or be kind to the environment. They have a burning desire to make money.” Continue reading
A special deal between the international electronics giant Samsung and the Ontario Premier’s Office may have been signed last week. The deal appears to contain elements that fundamentally undermine the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and its Feed-In Tariff (FIT) process. Elements of the deal also appear to increase the degree of protectionism creeping into Ontario electricity policy.
Read the rest of the article at TomAdamsEnergy.com
UPDATE September 11, 2009: Carol Mitchell has been named Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Mitchell will work in a stewardship role to provide overall direction and leadership for health care within the province.
My family doctor said, ‘Get out of that house or you’re going to die,'” said Wylds, adding that he now lives in Kincardine with his wife.
“I hope everyone in this room calls (Huron-Bruce MPP) Carol Mitchell who has been zero help to us,” said Glen Wylds.
Back in April of this year at the Grand Opening of the Enbridge Wind Farm in Kincardine, George Smitherman was met with a large group of very angry protestors.
Seems this time, he’s not taking any chances. A little birdie told us that today at 11 am (Thurs Sept 10), he will be doing a carefully staged photo-op and press conference for the grand opening of the environmental fiasco called the Wolfe Island Wind Project.
Attendance is by invitation only and only if he responds. Attendance is accessible only to the private club of proponent, company and government. Even the press require special clearance. The residents of Wolfe Island who must live under the shadow of these turbines are NOT invited.
Mr. Smitherman, how can you justify your policies when you must so carefully manipulate a simple Grand Opening?
Hush, hush now. We wouldn’t want any of the “public” to show up!
By Peggy Armstrong, Lindsay Post
MANVERS TWP. – The possibility of wind farms is blowing into the city and it’s causing a big stir. Energy Farming Ontario Inc. held an open house last month in Pontypool that left one attendee with more questions than answers and a city councillor very frustrated. The meeting was, according to Ward 16 Coun. David Marsh, “despicable, deplorable. It’s unbelievable the province endorsed this.”
“They refused to answer questions,” he told The Lindsay Post. He noted that the province requires public open houses concerning wind farm proposals, but he said no one from the province was in attendance to oversee it. Continue reading
According to the land registry office in Orangeville (documentation available on request), six homes in Dufferin County have been purchased by Canadian Hydro Developers after serious complaints; most recently June 26th, 2009 the Ashbee home.
Before these families could escape the nightmare of their unliveable homes, they had to agree to sign strict nondisclosure contracts (gag-orders) to protect the wind company. This wind company has spent over $1.75 million dollars clandestinely buying out these six families yet they still try to claim there were no complaints. Continue reading
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(Ottawa, ON) – Energy Critic John Yakabuski (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP) said today that Dalton McGuinty and George Smitherman have clearly pulled a fast one on Ontario electricity customers. Yakabuski pointed out that the recent request by Hydro One for shocking rate increases is proof that Energy Minister Smitherman was not being honest when he repeatedly claimed that the “Green Energy Act” would only add 1% per year to your electricity bill.
“This is simply unacceptable. How can Dalton McGuinty and George Smitherman allow this to happen?” said Yakabuski. “Have they no regard for what people are going through these days? And worse yet, the McGuinty Liberals will rub salt into the wound when they add a further 8% to your bill with the implementation of the Harmonized Sales Tax on July 1, 2010.” Continue reading
The Trillium Foundation disperses monies generated from Ontario Lottery Corporation….our scratch & win tickets, 649 tickets and casinos. The proceeds of that organization is supposed to go to community funding for hospitals, programs for youth, programs for homeless, and other charities that will assist the people of Ontario.
But who needs hospital equipment or children’s programs? Now it goes to McGuinty’s #1 passion – Wind Turbines.
First, Windy Hills Caledon was granted $150,000 from the Trillium fund. Now, $75,000 Trillium Award Granted to Aid Wind Developer . In fact, since 2002 the Ontario Trillium Foundation has granted OSEA over $1.4 million. OSEA now refuses to release their annual reports to the public.
“I’m concerned about the Green Energy (Act) taking away the rights of local municipalities. It seems to me that democracy lives and breathes in the local communities, and people there should have a say in what goes on in their local communities, including these wind farms and energy projects,” said Mann. Continue reading
New York Attorney General: Additional Companies Have Signed Wind Code Of Ethics
by North American WindPower Staff on Thursday 30 July 2009
New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that 16 companies representing the vast majority of wind energy activity in New York state have signed a Wind Industry Ethics Code, facilitating the development of renewable energy while helping assure that the industry is acting properly and within the law. Continue reading
Update to this story, See: Natural Resources Canada Eco-Bullies
So whatever happened to Barbara Lormand and Dennis Lormand? The picture shows it all. They have finally been driven from their home.
Read the Hansard transcript from Barbara Ashbee’s Testamony to the Green Energy Act Standing Committee. After pleading with Laurel Broten, Peter Tabuns, Carol Mitchell and others on the committee, Barbara and her husband Dennis have finally had to abandon their home. These same politicians continue to push for more wind development in populated areas of rural Ontario.
Which Community Will Be Next, Courtesy of John Gerretsen?Marysville, Wolfe Island Photo courtesy Brian Little
Ontarians are suffering serious health problems because industrial wind turbines are placed too close to homes.
You are responsible for this disgraceful state of affairs as Minister of the Environment. How could this have happened Mr. Gerretsen? Continue reading
Climate hysterics need to stop focusing on foolish criticism, beware of hot air pushers
It’s always words to the effect of: “I hope you’re happy getting your blood money from the oil companies, Mr. Goldstein. How can you look at yourself in the mirror every morning? Don’t you care about your grandchildren? What happened to journalistic integrity?” Continue reading
When readers were asked to submit nominations for these Rubber Duck Awards, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty scored high. He deserves it. The list of nanny-state initiatives foisted upon Ontarians based on dubious science claims is long and growing.
The province’s new Green Energy Act, one of the more interventionist energy-regulatory regimes in North America, brings in massive subsidies for wind power and solar energy, new electricity pricing mechanisms and regulations that aim to turn the Ontario economy into a carbon-reduction powerhouse. Trouble is, the government produced not one page of scientific proof that the program will cut even one carbon of emissions. Continue reading
Data provided by the Canadian Wind Energy Association would lead one to believe that wind energy is currently supplying Ontario with 963 MW of wind energy (Blowing Up A Storm – June 11). During the seven days from June 5 through June 11 the average hourly wind energy delivered to the grid was 161 MW, the maximum in any hour was 466 MW and the minimum in a single hour was only 8 MW. On June 10, obviously a calm day, the average over 24 hours was only 23 MW. Continue reading
Liberal bill has taken away rights of public to oppose wind farms
Skyway is proposing to build a “Wind Factory” in Clearview & Grey Highlands Township & invites the public to partisipate in an “Open House” to discuss the proposed project.
Upon arriving last evening, we are greeted by four OPP officers, which sets the tone for the meeting. Everyone is crowded into a hall, standing room only and are told there will be no questions unless they are written and emailed or mailed to their office. Continue reading
About a half hour into the meeting, Ron Stevens called for the attention of the room and asked J.C. Pennie, chairman of Windrush Energy — the company behind the proposal, to answer questions posed by the public so that everyone could hear the answers.
Pennie turned down the request, noting such an approach at other meetings resulted in people yelling and throwing chairs.
People leave wind meeting frustrated Owen Sound Sun Times
Several people who attended a public meeting Tuesday about the Skyway Wind wind turbine project in southern Grey County said they came away frustrated.
“The meeting was ridiculous. A whole lot of people crowded in a small room and no place to sit and no presentation. You have to go up to somebody and ask them a question. I don’t think people are getting the answers they are looking for,” said Barbara Tupling, who lives in the study area at the corner of Grey County roads 9 and 124 and within sight of the proposed project. Continue reading
Posted By Luke Hendry The Intelligencer
GLEN MILLER — Ontario could become a North American environmental leader, but municipalities can’t stand in the way of wind power.
That was the message Tuesday from Ontario Energy and Infrastructure Minister George Smitherman as he toured a hydroelectric plant here.
Smitherman, also Ontario’s deputy premier, praised Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. for its operation of the eight-megawatt plant.
“We are very, very proud that a lot of the investment that is occurring is taking place in the private sector,” Smitherman said. “We have many more opportunities here to create energy from what Mother Nature gives us from the wind and the sun and the water.”
He promoted Ontario’s new Green Energy and Green Economy Act, saying it will make the province not only greener, but more prosperous. Continue reading
Dalton McGuinty says our electricity bills will rise only “minimally” with new green technologies. George Smitherman says it’s “about 1%” annually. Put this promise in perspective. Regular hydro billings just increased by another 4% over last November’s hike. The facts belie the obvious political sell job.
Everywhere in the world where wind power is utilized, the costs to users have risen dramatically. In Germany, through a scheme called “feed-in tariff” (sound familiar?) electricity bills went up 38% in one year (2007). Spain pays renewable energy suppliers up to 11 times more than those who produce conventional power. Denmark’s reliance on wind power translates into the highest electricity rates in Europe. The U.S. government subsidizes wind power at $23.34/MWh compared to natural gas generation (25 cents), coal (44 cents), hydro (67 cents) and nuclear ($1.59). Continue reading