A group of rural Lambton County mayors want to know why Ontario is making plans for more wind projects after Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli’s chief of staff said the province has all the energy it needs. Lambton Warden Todd Case, who is also mayor of Warwick Township, said the senior official in the energy minister’s office made the comment two months ago in a meeting Case attended, along with officials from Waste Management Canada’s Twin Creeks Landfill near Watford.
Ontario reduced how much it pays for electricity generated from landfill gas, and officials from the township and company were arguing for the rate cut to be reversed to make it more economical for the Warwick project to move ahead. “And,” Case said, “the chief of staff turned and looked to us and said, ‘We don’t need any more energy in Ontario. We have all the energy we need.'”
Because of that, Case has joined with Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper and Enniskillen Township Mayor Kevin Marriott to request a meeting with Chiarelli to ask him why the province is still making plans for new wind projects. “If we don’t need any more power, and we’ve got all we need,” Case said, “why would we even think about entertaining any more wind turbine contracts?” Read article