Green Energy “Disaster” Stumbling Block to Expansion

Mayor of Sarnia bradleyFirst Monday
Sarnia mayor Mike Bradley says the province’s Green Energy Policy has been a “disaster” that is jeopardizing Chemical Valley expansion and has left taxpayers with a billion dollar asset that’s mothballed. Bradley told the Rotary Club of Sarnia Bluewaterl and the cost of power is a major discussion that could determine whether NOVA Chemicals launches a multi billion expansion in Sarnia. “The Province appears to be strapped by the Green Energy Act and isn’t moving on the issue.”

He lambasted energy minister Bob Chiarelli who compares energy costs in Ontario with places like Tennessee. “But we aren’t competing with Tennessee, we are competing with Louisiana and Texas which have similar energy requirements and are significantly more competitive.” Bradley says he understands the issues behind coal to produce power but believes it is unreasonable for the Province to shut Lambton Generating Station. “There is a billion dollar asset sitting there and the energy minister won’t consider alternatives.” Read article

10 thoughts on “Green Energy “Disaster” Stumbling Block to Expansion

  1. The plan is to convert Ontario to a new “green” economy which excludes industries that require large amounts of energy to run.

  2. Federal Investment Minister said in a news conference today…..Cell Phone towers reduce property values…more consultation with communities….blah blah….property values?…from a fed?….take it from there

    • Ok Greg,

      Go Canada!

      Harper by-passes Obama – should shake things up!

      ‘[excerpt] Roy Norton, Canada’s outgoing consul general in Detroit, told the Free Press the project is too important not to move ahead despite the doubts about U.S. participation. Canada is paying nearly all of the more than $2-billion cost on both sides of the river and recouping the U.S. share from future tolls.

      “We’re about to proceed with land purchases some time in the next few months, and we’re going to do that whether there’s been an indication from the U.S. government on a commitment to the customs plaza or not,” Norton said. “That involves a little bit of risk on our part, obviously, but we’re so confident that this ultimately will be built that it’s prudent to do that.”

      Gov. Rick Snyder, an ardent supporter of the project, provoked controversy in January when he told the Free Press editorial board that U.S. officials were stalling on committing to pay for the plaza. The most recent cost estimate for the plaza work, which includes connectors to I-75, was $325 million in 2010.

      After Snyder’s comments to the Free Press, calls and e-mails to federal officials seeking comment were not immediately returned. U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., has told the Free Press that he would pursue the matter with federal officials.

      Meanwhile, the Moroun family continues to pursue lawsuits to try to block the NITC, which is likely to draw significant traffic and toll revenue away from their privately owned bridge. Lawsuits are pending in courts in Michigan, Washington, D.C., and Canada.

      Word that Canada hopes to move ahead anyway could bring relief to residents of the Delray district, who continue to seek a formal agreement with Michigan and Canada to benefit those left behind once the bridge is built. Relief could come in the form of job retraining so that some could get jobs on the project.

  3. Understands and believes = Global Leadership

    ‘[excerpt] Bradley says he understands the issues behind coal to produce power but believes it is unreasonable for the Province to shut Lambton Generating Station. “There is a billion dollar asset sitting there and the energy minister won’t consider alternatives.”

    Bradley believes conversion to natural gas makes sense. He blames the closure on political influence saying, “the Green Energy Act has increased energy costs and made Ontario less competitive.” That makes it more difficult for Sarnia, which has to compete on a global stage.’

    This tells the whole story – about the elephant.

  4. Sen. Levin is retiring from the U.S. Senate so his influence in Washington will diminish.
    Building suspension bridges requires very highly skilled workers.
    The governments just spent huge amounts of money to connect the interstate highways to the present bridge. So move a couple of kilometers from the present bridge and then build another new interstate connection to the new bridge?

    If Ontario isn’t going to manufacture much in the future then why is a new bridge needed.

    Maybe just providing, at Canadian’s expense, a new crossing for truck traffic through Ontario to eastern Canada and the eastern U.S. markets?

    As it is now, many trucks gas up on the U.S. side and drive through Ontario without stopping. Wear & tear on the 401 & 402 without any economic benefits for Ontario?

  5. The international permissions need to build the new bridge and the actual land needed to build should have been done first. Instead this was done backwards by building the parkway first.

    Project expected to be completed by 2020. So parkway road thru Windsor not of much use for maybe 4 years until the bridge is built and needed roads are completed on the U.S. side?

    Then two new customs plazas needed a couple of kilometers apart.

    Snyder can be all for this as long as Canadians are paying for this. Why not?

    • Harper by-passes Obama – should shake things up!

      Democrat – Senator Levin will be around till 2016 – says he still has work to do – infrastructure;
      but, I think he’s referring to bicycle lanes.

      Go Canada!

    • It’s a win – win

      ‘[excerpt] Under terms of the agreement that Snyder signed with Canadian officials in June 2012, Michigan Department of Transportation staff will actually handle much of the land acquisition and be reimbursed by Canada, which will then be repaid through future tolls.’

      Help each other is good for everyone!

      Go Canada!

  6. There is supposed to be new rail tunnel built just up-river from the present brdge. So where will all the crossing traffic come from?

    Two bridges and two tunnels in about 5 kms.

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