by John S. McGee, P.Eng. Simcoe.com
BARRIE – The issue of skyrocketing hydro bills should become front and centre so consumers and landowners have some say over energy policy. So far, the Ontario government has completely ignored the devastation wreaked on the economies of many European countries by the blind pursuit of wind power, and even removed municipal planning authority over wind farms.
Due to the intermittent nature of wind power, fossil-fired plants must back it all up.
Since coal is unacceptable to the current government, we’ve seen a string of new high-cost gas-fired plants across the province. It is clear that the main drivers behind hydro bill increases are the huge subsidies being paid to wind and solar developers. Consumers pay and see no environmental benefit.
John S. McGee, P.Eng., Barrie