Toronto Sun, By Antonella Artuso
[excerpt] The issue of rising hydro rates and unpopular wind turbines dominated much of the session. Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said repeatedly that the provincial government was not prepared to violate any signed deals under the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program to bring renewable energy projects to Ontario. “We are not going to break contracts,” Chiarelli said, noting that didn’t work out so well with two gas plants.
The government’s decision to relocate gas plants planned for Mississauga and Oakville cost as much as $1.1 billion. Kevin Eccles, mayor of West Grey in southwestern Ontario, drew laughs when he asked Attorney General John Gerretsen if he could intervene on behalf of unhappy municipalities. “The FIT contracts that came out a little while ago forced a marriage onto unwilling host municipalities,” he said. “So I’m wondering Mr. Gerretsen, will you put into legislation where we can get a divorce?”
Gerretsen replied, “Divorce is a federal issue.” Read article