The Day Democracy Died in Ontario

Torn Canadian Flag 1The Community Press – Hastings County

How many Ontarians are aware that democracy died in Ontario on May 14 this year?

That is the date that Bill 150, the Ontario Green Energy and Green Economy Act 2009 received royal assent.

As of that day, property owners in Ontario lost their rights as municipalities lost their power to have any impact on green energy or green economy projects in their jurisdiction. In Part II, section 4 (2) of the act it states: Continue reading

Ontario Wind Industry Desperately Needs a Code of Ethics

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

We are not children to be condescended to

The Sudbury Star    By Ruth Farquhar,  freelance writer based on Manitoulin Island.

Manitoulin Island

Manitoulin Island

I wonder how many wind farms it will take to shut down one coal fired plant in Ontario?

Are legitimate concerns from the public being dismissed by an Ontario government that wants to be seen by the voter as being green?

After all one of their big campaign promises was to shut down the coal fired plants by 2007 and then they bumped it to 2014 and it doesn’t seem like they are any closer to shutting down even one plant. MPP George Smitherman has said, “Wind farms will help end coal use.” But do they?  More and more people are starting to question how much wind generation is actually reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading

Call for Gerretsen’s Resignation

The following ad appeared in the Kingston Whig Standard July 4th, 2009:

Which Community Will Be Next, Courtesy of John Gerretsen?

Protect AIMarysville, 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

Wind Turbine Regulation Public Meeting in Port Elgin

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National Post: Dalton McGuinty, Rubber Duck Award, Junk Science Week

Posted: June 20, 2009, 2:18 AM by NP Editor rubber__duck

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

Part II – Report from Chatham “Public Consultation”

Continued from our coverage on the GEA Public Consultation

Overall comments from MOE

  • We have done the research on the 40 dBA and feel this should be the max level
  • We have started a research chair and are looking for ideas, still in preliminary stages and role is not defined
  • We have enforcement in place but have not received complaints, have a noise abatement program in place, can stop turbines if found non-compliant.
  • EA process is now built in into the REA process; all requirements under this will still be required
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CanWEA’s Outrageous Exaggerations

exaggerationThe Globe and Mail

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

Open Approach Would Only Lead to Chair-Throwing ~Windrush Energy

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

Owen Sun Times Cartoon – AIM Powergen

Mr. Jay Wilgar, AIM Vice President became quite irate when citizens wanted answers to the health issues.    He insisted the meeting was strictly for "visual assessment".

Mr. Jay Wilgar, Vice President of AIM Powergen became quite irate when citizens wanted answers to health questions. He insisted the meeting was strictly for "visual assessment" and threatened to shut down the meeting if they persisted in asking those types of questions.

Protestors Storm AIM PowerGen Meeting. Called a “Sham”

Protestors stormed the floor of the Plateau Wind Project Public Open House held at the Feversham Community Centre Monday night, demanding answers from representatives of AIM PowerGen Corporation (AIM) concerning the effects of the plan to construct wind turbines in the Grey Highlands. Continue reading

Protestors Demand Answers from AIM Powergen

“The wind people are feeling a little bit nervous tonight. They had three cops here. They were definitely nervous and you saw yourself when we asked them questions and they sort of disappeared and the meeting is going to be over early because of it,” said Anne Murray, who lives within 1.5 kilometres of a proposed turbine.

A public meeting about proposed wind turbines in Grey Highlands was briefly interrupted when a group of local landowners staged a protest and then began asking pointed questions of company officials.

AIM PowerGeneration, a wind energy development company that plans to build 18 wind turbines in Grey Highlands and nearby Melancthon Township, called Monday’s meeting to get public reaction to a visual impact assessment, which was required as part of the planning process for the project. Continue reading

Deconstructing CanWEA Health “Research”

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On October 06, 2008, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) posted the following release on their web site: “Scientists conclude that there is no evidence that wind turbines have an adverse impact on human health.”   [Oh really?  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?……]

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Myth of the Danish green energy ‘miracle’

trebilcock-standingMichael Trebilcock’s reply to Sigurd Lauge Pedersen, Denmark:

Wind power doesn’t reduce CO2 emissions, costs consumers more and kills jobs.

It is important to understand why the Danish government, which appears to have commissioned Mr. Pedersen’s comments, is sensitive to critiques of the Danish experience with wind power. Denmark is home to Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, with 20,000 employees and a market share of between 20% and 25%. As the market for its turbines in Denmark and other European countries becomes saturated, it seeks to export the Danish experience worldwide. To this end, it recently ran a multi-million dollar global ad campaign with the slogan, “Believe in the wind,” claiming that Denmark has solved the problem of dirty electricity through wind power. Continue reading

Tell us the real cost, please.

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

Wind power is great politics but lousy policy

By RONALD J. DANIELS
President, Johns Hopkins University 

The Globe and Mail

Years ago, Princeton economist Alan Blinder famously exhorted policy-makers to frame policy that was based on soft hearts and hard heads. The McGuinty government’s proposed foray into investments in wind generation upends this admonition by giving us policy that is soft-hearted – and soft-headed.

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McGuinty government trashes democracy and due diligence

CB013128Yesterday, I took the trouble to travel 4 hours to attend the Toronto “workshop” on the Green Energy Act held by the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Natural Resources. (Where was the Ministry of Energy to answer questions?)

 It appears the government was deluded if it expected Ontario taxpayers to accept a farcical juvenile “workbook” completion exercise under the strictly controlled direction of a hired “facilitator” as anything to do with the democratic process. Those who attended included township and county mayors, doctors, engineers and a broad spectrum of professional and working people, all voicing their outrage at the proposed “Green Energy Act” and its  trashing of local democracy as well as our long-established environmental protection mechanisms. Continue reading

Barrie Examiner: Green Energy Act

 The Green Energy Act is an assault on democracy. Never have I seen an act purported to do something so good while cloaking a sinister plot to strip us of our rights and concentrate them in the hands of a cabinet minister. Continue reading

Terence Corcoran: Ontario’s green energy plan sneaks in feed-in taxes

Posted: March 03, 2009, 7:49 PM by National Post Editor
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The main economic tool driving renewable energy under the Green Energy Act will be subsidies paid directly to producers of wind, solar and other renewables

In the midst of a major economic meltdown, and with looming budget deficits totaling more than $18-billion, now might not be the best time for the government of Ontario to be embarking on a crushing new green energy policy that could add billions to the province’s electricity costs. But Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is nothing if not immune to the folly of his own righteous policies and the fiscal crisis he faces as a result. Continue reading

Minister adds turbulence to wind debate

Jim Coyle , Toronto Star

In some parts of Ontario, folks are understandably edgy about being trampled in the provincial government’s stampede to the brave new world of windmill power.

For them, the performance this week by the minister in charge of installing the twirling green giants can hardly have eased the mind.

Unhappily, George Smitherman has rarely seen a discussion he wouldn’t sooner turn into a brawl.

Property owners with wind turbines in their neighbourhood’s future have already been dismissed by the minister of energy and infrastructure (and the premier) as NIMBYs to be swept expeditiously aside. Continue reading

Green energy developers want limits on OMB appeals

Posted By Monte Sonnenberg, SIMCOE REFORMER

A clean energy project may be coming to a neighbourhood near you — whether you like it or not.

Speaking to the London Chamber of Commerce earlier this week, Premier Dalton McGuinty said new legislation — the Green Energy Act — will streamline the approval process for renewable energy projects. The province, McGuinty said, will no longer tolerate the “Not in my backyard” attitude that often accompanies necessary but unpopular projects. Continue reading