Ontario blows wind farm into Hudak’s turf

By ANTONELLA ARTUSO, Toronto Sun

Shortly after axing an offshore wind energy project near his own Scarborough riding, Energy Minister Brad Duguid has planted a wind turbine farm in PC Leader Tim Hudak’s political backyard.

The Niagara Region Wind Farm in Smithville is one of 40 new solar, wind and water “clean” energy projects unveiled by Duguid in an expansion of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program.

Duguid acknowledged that some of the wind projects have proven to be controversial — especially with the Liberals’ political opponents at Queen’s Park — but said they were important for the province’s future.

“Ontario could have taken the easy route and we could have not have made these critical investments — that was the advice of, frankly, both opposition leaders here in Ontario who have demonstrated a remarkable lack of leadership, fortitude and commitment when it comes to building a clean, reliable and modern energy system,” Duguid said Thursday.

“I know Ontario families are going to see right through these opposition leaders.”

However, the energy ministry issued a media release on Feb. 11 saying the provincial government would not proceed with proposed offshore wind projects, including one planned off the Scarborough Bluffs, while further scientific research is conducted.

Duguid represents the riding of Scarborough Centre.

Hudak said the McGuinty government accuses people of NIMBYism if they object to the arrival of a large wind or solar project in their communities, but was prepared to halt offshore wind farms when they threatened to derail their own election hopes.

“They’ve coined a new term called NIMSAR … Not If My Seat’s At Risk,” he said.

The Ontario PCs have called for a moratorium on FIT contracts.

“We have never supported and I would never sign these types of contracts — like 80 cents kWh — when the price is five cents in the marketplace,” Hudak said.

Asked if he supported the Smithville project, Hudak said he does not endorse any wind or solar farm that goes up without the clear approval of the local municipality.

These latest FIT contracts will create 7,000 direct and indirect jobs and pump an additional $3 billion worth of private investment into the Ontario economy while reducing the province’s reliance on smog-producing coal plants, Duguid said.

Of the 40 electricity projects announced Thursday, four are wind, one is water and the remainder are to be powered by the sun.

They are scattered throughout much of the province.

16 thoughts on “Ontario blows wind farm into Hudak’s turf

  1. It is never smart politics to rile the people up over any issue. So for what other reasons is the present government willing to take such a risk.

    Let’s hope Ontarians learn the answer to this question soon.

  2. Could somebody please pass the popcorn?
    If this wasn’t so serious, it’d almost be entertaining.
    Personally, I don’t think he “needs” anyone to educate him. He’s a big boy and has probably already figured things out on his own…just like the rest of us.

  3. Hudak’s point is well taken at this point in time. He has always maintained the municipality should be in charge of these decisions. He remains consistent and does not take the political bait. The folks in Smithville need to send a clear message to McGuinty via council, with our help as necessary, and then Hudak can throw it back at McShifty as an issue.

    If I was running the company with the Smithville FIT contract, would I be looking forward to pissing off the very real potential next premier of the province by messing on his backyard? Really?

    We have already scared the liberals silly. Hudak needs to do the same. Then we all work at defeating Liberals.

  4. Will you still like the wind farms if you your subsidies get cut down by over half, this province can’t afford these hydro rates. Businesses are closing down, people will be unemployed, and grocery prices will skyrocket. It costs money to run a grocery store and the people of Ontario will pay unless change takes place.
    To the comment from silence dropped you should learn that Tim Hudak is the leader of the opposition.

  5. GET RID OF THE LIBERALS, THE ONLY THING THEY KNOW HOW TO DO IS SPEND MONEY AND RAISE TAXES.

  6. I know Ontario families are going to see right through these opposition leaders.”
    Sorry, “Donogood” I think it is the other way around and people will see through you!

    Tim Hudak mentioned cutting the Fit program. While he is at it, cut the whole department overseeing this. Without these subsidies there is no payout. That coupled with a return to Municipal oversight should certainly put a crimp into IWT expansion.

    The scary part is that in the next few months these Liberals will sign as many contracts as they can, then leave the next party in power to bear the legal cost for cancelling these contracts.

    Anyway we look at this, Ontario is broke. Perhaps it can invoke “odious debt”.

  7. Hey folks, this is not the first contract offered to this back yard. The Vineland power contract was offered in April 2010, and these turbines were originally slated to start construction in May of 2011.

    Nonetheless, THANK YOU, Mr. Hudak. Please take the liberals down before the turbines go up. October will be too late.

  8. Our governments have sold us out to international lenders. That debt will never be paid back or even kept under control. Just wait until the austerity measures kick in when demanded by the lenders. It won’t be pretty.

  9. If wind turbine power is 80 cents an hour and we pay less than 10 cents today, who will make up the difference, taxpayers ?
    The greatest draw on power is in July and August for Air Conditioning. As a sailor, I know for a fact that there is very little wind due to the high pressure systems over Ontario during July and August.
    So will the taxpayers have to subsidize the turbines AND pay for new nuclear generators while still relying on coal generators and hydro from Niagara Falls ?
    just sayin……..

  10. I think that’s always been part of the plan, hasn’t it? ie steal from the people from every possible angle, in every possible way?

  11. Jimmy,
    Turbine power is 13.5-14.5 cents/hr, not 80 cents.
    Microfit solar is 80 cents and FIT solar is 44 cents.
    JM

  12. Wind requires more transmission lines and even though the power will vary every 5 minutes will have to be paid. The pulsing of wind makes it difficult to manage on the grid so even more is spent on smoothing it out, whether the power is needed or not. The wind will cost us more than solar even though it is at a percentage cost of solar.

  13. I agree with you Ian

    If the wind turbines were so great the Liberals would have kept them for their own ridings.

    Now, what about the following theory:
    If the Liberals put a moratorium on the turbines, they risk being sued by the companies for not bargaining in good faith. But, if the courts rule that turbines cannot proceed, the Liberals can claim that they are following the court decree and escape the lawsuits.
    Or do you think that if the courts determine that Ontario did not follow the precautionary principle that the companies could still sue.

    Is this theory or a version of it plausible?

  14. I think this is a great move on Daltons part!! NOT, ROTFLMAO, Now if Hudak gets elected he has no choice but to stop the GEA, and have the IWTs dismantled, I hope they re put right in Hudaks backyard, so he will truely cancel them

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