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Turbines white elephants in the making

Picton Gazette

More food for thought…

Last week T. Boone Pickens, the Texas billionaire, ditched the “Pickens Plan”, a scheme to build 4,000 MW of wind capacity in Texas.

The same week “Deep” Dalton McGuinty announced plans for Ontario, with Samsung to build 2,000 MW of wind capacity and a few fabrication plants in this province.

Why are these contradictory decisions so interesting?  T. Boone abandoned his plans because no financier thought building wind turbines made any financial sense.  But Ontario taxpayers are ponying up $7 billion smackeroos for the privilege of doing what no one else in North America will. Continue reading

It’s YOUR Money, Ontario

Samsung Buries Ontario Deep into Third-World Abyss

Insane? Signing away Billions of Ontario Tax Dollars to Subsidize a Foreign Company

Gerson Lehrman Group

Economies of the Third-World are usually defined by “sweat shops” or “branch-plants” operations. The definition has recently been enforced onto the province of Ontario by Samsung’s “Green Deal” as a reminder to all, that the auto-industry “branch-plant” policies of 60’s have just found a worthy successor which — as opposed to the already known perils of car industry – has, in the long run, all the features of setting the Province on the slide into the socio-economic oblivion.   Read entire article here

Lawrence Solomon: Winds of change

Premier McGuinty has committed Ontario to a generous deal for a soon-to-be forgotten energy source

By Lawrence Solomon National Post

In a signing ceremony Thursday for a $7-billion deal with Samsung to build wind and solar facilities, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said: “This means Ontario is officially the place to be for green energy manufacturing in North America.”

Quite right. Texas lost that title last week when billionaire T. Boone Pickens abandoned his plan to build 4000 MW of wind capacity in Texas — twice as much as the Samsung wind plan — when no financier could see how building the things made any financial sense. Other jurisdictions have also seen plans for wind vanish, along with plans for solar and other forms of renewable energy. Stock prices of most players in the wind industry, such as Broadwind Energy, GE’s supplier, are heading south. Continue reading

Subsidies, distortion, fake job creation and back-room political deals

Ontario puts $10B in the wind
By Terence Corcoran, National Post

When government and industry talk about green energy, what they mean by green is the green stuff that will be going into the pockets of special corporate and government interests.

In a dramatic move yesterday, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty struck a green electricity deal — allegedly the biggest of its kind in the world — that will transmit a subsidy worth as much as $10-billion into the hands of a Korean state enterprise and corporate giant Samsung. Continue reading

Untendered, Secret Deal Gives Away $437,500 per Green Job

Premier Dalton McGuinty says his $7-billion deal with South Korea’s Samsung Group to create 16,000 new jobs over six years and generate 2,500 megawatts of renewable energy will “make Ontario the place for green energy manufacturing in North America.”

He’d better hope so. That’s a huge price tag to provide less than one-third of the 50,000 green jobs McGuinty promised would result from his Green Energy Act.

At 16,000 jobs (only 4,000 permanent) it’s $437,500 to create each one. Continue reading

McGuinty’s Electricity Pricing Policies: Insane and Misleading

Why power pricing is off the grid

By Lorrie Goldstein, Sr. Associate Editor  Toronto Sun

I’ve been struggling to come up with two words to describe electricity pricing policies under Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.  I think I’ve found them: Insane and misleading.

Insane because no government in its right mind would do what McGuinty is doing in the middle of a deep recession, which is to send electricity prices skyrocketing. Continue reading

Oil still fuels the green state of Denmark

Methinks Something is Rotten in Denmark

Globe and Mail  Eric Reguly

Something is rotten: Despite wind power, fossil fuels still dominate electricity production

Denmark oozes green.

Its capital, Copenhagen, won the moral right to host next month’s climate change summit in good part because Denmark seems to have found the winning balance between growth and carbon reduction. Wind power is coming on strong. Its citizens are willing to pay sky-high electricity prices to encourage conservation. Its hot-water-based district heating system is considered a marvel of energy efficiency. Continue reading

Another Backroom Deal?

Toronto Sun
The government needs to explain why it would agree to pay a private company nearly three times what it pays publicly owned Ontario Power Generation for hydro electricity, the official opposition demanded yesterday.

“Why would your government be willing to pay a private power producer up to 8 cents a kilowatt hour, causing ever-increasing power prices to our consumers, when our regulated power provider, Ontario Power Generation, only receives 3.2 cents per kilowatt hour for their regulated hydraulic resources? Why?” Progressive Conservative energy critic John Yakabuski said during question period. Continue reading

A few questions to put your energy literacy to the test

Globe and Mail
by Gwyn Morgan, retired founding CEO of EnCana Corp.

Access to affordable energy is essential to our way of life, making the upcoming gathering of world leaders in Copenhagen profoundly important. Yet few Canadians possess the level of “energy literacy” needed to understand what’s at stake. Here are a few questions that will help test your own energy literacy.

What is the fastest-growing form of global energy use?

If you said electricity, you’re right. And because coal is the major fuel for electricity, power generation contributes about 21 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, compared with land, sea and air transportation at 11 per cent, according to International Energy Agency data. Continue reading

Premier’s green energy plan is faulty

Northumberland News   By Al Matthews

This is in regard to the ‘Green Energy Bandwagon’ and the media’s comments that go something like, “It’s not as if wind power is controversial.”

Wrong, wrong, wrong. More than 4,000 (some say as high as 7,000) of these massive, noisy, 400-foot high industrial behemoths are being erected in the backyards of people living in developed communities throughout south central Ontario, for no practical reason whatsoever. Continue reading

Samsung Sweetheart deal that could end up costing taxpayers Billion$ of dollar$ in subsidies


The Samsung Group is a multinational conglomerate headquartered in South Korea

Toronto Star – A controversial deal between the province and Samsung Group will not die just because its main champion, George Smitherman, is leaving Queen’s Park, insists Premier Dalton McGuinty.

As first disclosed by the Star, McGuinty’s cabinet is split over the provisional agreement with the South Korean industrial giant to manufacture renewable energy equipment like wind turbines and develop wind and solar farms here. Continue reading

The winds of change stall

Tevy Pilc, Toronto Observer

When Toronto Hydro announced on Oct. 23 it had approved building a wind research platform on Lake Ontario, it was supposed to be a vital step toward the development of sustainable energy in the province.

But since then, opposition and uncertainty have left these accomplishments up in the air. The gang-up on Deputy Premier George Smitherman by Ontario cabinet ministers in a meeting last Wednesday prevented a bid by Samsung to build wind turbines in Ontario.  This has not only disrupted building progress, which was slated to begin last week a few kilometres off the Scarborough Bluffs, but it has also exposed the lack of legitimate planning in the entire project. Continue reading

Dirty Wind-power War

Screwed-Ontarians-2-447x525-780858Terence Corcoran  National Post

In the PR war over subsidies, the wind industry appears to be waging a dirty war.

When industries look for government subsidies for money-losing propositions, a common business model these days, one of the most important strategic elements is to make sure you have a well-oiled public relations machine to keep the facts from getting in the way. Voters don’t like to back money-losers, which means keeping them steadily misinformed or at least confused. Continue reading

RBC: Wind Power – It’s Dust in the Wind

2017274Download Royal Bank of Canada Analysis on Wind Power

If, as some believe, wind replaces baseload then economics of wind should be compared to baseload, which makes wind very expensive. Typical average capacity factor for wind is ~20%-25%, while nominal cost is about $2,000/KW. Equalizing for capacity factors, wind actually costs ~$8,000/KW vs. ~$3,500/KW for super-critical coal and geothermal plants, ~$1,000/KW for CCGTs, and ~$5,000-$8,000/KW for nuclear.

We believe plans for sourcing 20%-30% of electricity from wind is foolish. The reasons why the Danes have 20% of their power source from wind are multiple, but one that sticks out is the fact that they are willing to live with interruptible power. [North] Americans, in general, aren’t: asking an [North] American to turn off their air conditioner in the middle of July or August isn’t going to win anyone votes.

Wind isn’t as clean as it’s portrayed by advocates. Part of the back-up power to wind has to be spinning reserves: power plants that burn fuel (typically natural gas), but are not generating electricity. Spinning reserves would typically account for some 25% of the make-up of the back-up power.

In our view, wind makes for good investments, in our view, but not so good for consumers and grid operators.

In Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario, all I expect is a bigger hydro bill

smart_meter_3By CONNIE WOODCOCK  Toronto Sun

There’s a farmer in Northumberland County, east of Oshawa, who wants to build a house for his daughter on his farm, but he can’t because he’s on the heavily protected Oak Ridges Moraine.

But it’s OK to lease his land to a company that will put up multiple wind turbines and turn his property into a wind farm. And they’ll pay him five figures a year to do it. Continue reading

Environmental Scientist Exposes Wind Farm Scam


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“Eventually the obsession of our politicians with tower blocks was seen to be one of the greatest follies of the age. In time to come – it may be sooner than we think – the obsession with wind power will likewise come to be seen as an even greater folly”

Recently released, in The Wind Farm Scam, Dr. John Etherington argues that wind farm technology is a wholly counter-productive and undesirable response to the problems of climate change and electricity generation. Dr. Etherington is a former Reader in Ecology, Thomas Huxley Medallist at the Royal College of Science and former co-editor of the Journal of Ecology. Continue reading

ATTENTION ONTARIO: New Danish study proves Wind energy is a waste of $$$

Read entire article here:   Enviralment:  Taking a closer look at the issues surrounding our environment

  • Higher taxes and increased subsidies.
  • Won’t benefit overall economy and job creation.
  • Benefits turbine owners, shareholders and employed in the sector.
  • Number of Danish coal plants closed due to wind energy=0
  • Proven decrease in reliance on fossil fuels caused from wind energy=negative.
  • Most turbines only last 10-15 years compared to nuclear plants which have a lifespan of 40-60 years of constant energy.
  • Wind industries get subsidies and eventual profits while tax payers get to pay for it while having higher electric bills.

Windmills: Bigger Waste than eHealth

Tonight's Wind Efficency: 2%   WooHoo

Tonight's Wind Efficency: 2%

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

Everyone is Protected and Subsidized Except the Consumer


Ontario Ratepayers Pay for McGuinty's Scheme

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

Full Disclosure Needed on McGuinty Wind Contracts

By Antonella Artuso, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief   Toronto Sun
a_DSC_5556_j_yakabuskiOntarians 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

Green policies offer fascinating case study in the difference between real PR and fake PR

steve_aplin50Canadian Energy Issues  by Steve Aplin

All of which means that when the greens call for wind, they are really calling for natural gas. When Ontarians read newspaper headlines in 2015 saying that provincial GHGs are as bad as they ever were, they will wonder how they were so badly fooled by those who said wind is the answer to climate change. Continue reading

24.3% Increase: McGuinty and Smitherman Have Clearly Pulled a Fast One

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smitherman(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

Sanity still blowing in the wind

Terry McCrann   Herald Sun

Simply and damningly: If you don’t ask the question, if you don’t do the analysis, you won’t come up with the ‘wrong’ answer.

If you do, you find that not only does wind fail as a power source. Not that that’s a surprise to anyone who’s prepared to ‘look’. When the wind don’t blow, the power don’t flow. Even more devastatingly, as this analysis shows, the wind not only don’t blow an awful lot of the time. It tends to not blow ‘everywhere’ at the same time.

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Ontario is on the same hypocritical path as Germany

Ottawa Valley Daily Observer

* They deliberately omit the destructive consequences of wind turbine construction sites, needed service roads and power corridors, especially in wooded environments.

* They deliberately omit the permanent destruction of aquatic habitats and fish migration routes, besides obstructing navigation, at sites where “in-stream” electric generators are installed. Continue reading

Jim Vanden Hoek and the Wind Indu$try

“How are we going to bury this [$900 restaurant tab]?” Vanden Hoek asked the hapless official.  To the mayor’s great relief, the OPG executive reached for the bill.

“Let me take care of that,” said the OPG suit. “I’ll just add it to your public debt.”      (Laughter all around)

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Uneasy coexistence of nuclear and wind on the Ontario electricity grid

(A shorter version of this article appeared in the Canadian Nuclear Society’s BULLETIN magazine, 2009 June edition)
This article is intended to show how Ontario’s nuclear power plants interact with the grid and how they will be affected by wind generation. Hopefully it will get readers to raise questions about the risk wind poses to the availability of the nuclear units and to the reliability of the grid.  Continue reading

All the key decisions were made behind closed doors, long before the so-called “public consultations” began

Lorrie Goldstein

Lorrie Goldstein

Climate hysterics need to stop focusing on foolish criticism, beware of hot air pushers

By Lorrie Goldstein

Often, when climate hysterics and global warming alarmists don’t like what I write — but don’t know what they’re talking about and thus have nothing intelligent to say in response — they come back with what they think is their knock-out punch.

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

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