I was proud to introduce the Ensuring Affordable Energy Act today.
We know that energy issues; particularly wind turbine issues have been of great concern in many communities, including my own riding of Huron-Bruce. The Ensuring Affordable Energy Act addresses many of these issues.
The Ensuring Affordable Energy Act contains six key pillars:
- Wind turbines will only be placed in willing host communities, and municipalities will be given full veto over wind turbine projects in their communities;
- Wind power must be affordable—meaning the cost per kilowatt hour must line up with other sources of generation;
- The costly feed-in tariff (FIT) program will be eliminated;
- Municipalities will have the ability to decide whether or not they want to promote wind energy;
- The Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine will be protected from wind turbines; and
- Municipalities will receive their planning powers for renewable energy back
This bill will ensure that environmentally sensitive areas like the Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine will be protected, municipalities will have their planning power back and the controversial, highly subsidized FIT program will be cancelled.
This bill is scheduled to go to second reading debate on April 18th, 2013. PC Leader Tim Hudak and the PC Caucus would appreciate your support.
Lisa Thompson, MPP
Deputy PC Energy Critic