Hudak energy policy would block renewable projects, Liberals say

DSCN4151John Spears, Toronto Star
Ontario Liberals, bruised by their decision to cancel contracts for two gas-fired power plants, say the Conservatives propose to do exactly the same thing with renewable power projects. Ontario energy minister Bob Chiarelli says that clauses in the Million Jobs Act proposed by Conservative leader Tim Hudak would put hundreds of renewable energy contracts at risk of cancellation.

“There is embedded in that statute the delegation to the minister of energy the right to cancel existing FIT renewable contracts,” he said in an interview. That, he said is “irresponsible, it’s illegal.” But the Conservatives say the measures they propose do nothing of the sort. They argue the cancellation option they propose already exists within the terms of the contracts. Hudak’s proposed Million Jobs Act, contains a section on energy policy.

Schedule 2 of the Act deals with large-scale renewable energy projects that have already contracts with the Ontario Power Authority under the feed-in tariff program (FIT), which guarantees set rates. If a project has not yet been connected to the power grid, the schedule says, it can’t be connected until the energy minister consults with the local municipality. Read article

18 thoughts on “Hudak energy policy would block renewable projects, Liberals say

  1. This seems to shed a bit more light on the question discussed here, are the FIT contracts subject to amendment by the elected government of Ont, or its organizations. A bit rich of Chiarelli to claim the business field would be ruined for renewable projects; and that would be a bad thing for Ont?

  2. Didn’t Hydro Quebec ask consumers to restrict electricity use back in December or January which means that Hydro Quebec dosen’t have much surplus electricity to sell to anyone?

    Most hydro electric power is produced during the spring melt season and not at other times of the year.

    These IWTs are being installed at the expense of rural Ontario and NOT at urban expense.

    The U.S. has already been warned that if they continue to shut down their coal power plants without any replacements this will result in electricity shortages.

  3. During very cold weather shallow lakes and rivers can freeze to the bottom or almost to the bottom. So no water flow?

  4. During the spring melt season ice jams can block or restrict the flow of water. Hydro electric production depends on flowing water.

  5. Cancelling the GEA will not cost us very much at all. I will cost the IWT foreign owners, and isn’t that a shame. I do not feel sorry for them, and their scams. Chiarelli seems to make up the rules as he goes, and we would be well rid of his arrogance. ( if you don’t like the hydro prices… put on another sweater Chiarelli)

  6. Then there is NDP Crazy Talk:
    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/03/05/scott-stinson-ndp-proposal-to-fix-ontarios-energy-woes-veers-into-crazy-talk/

    The problem with trying to fix the ballooning energy rates in the province of Ontario is that there isn’t an easy, sensible solution.

    In response, NDP leader Andrea Horwath has proposed a plan that veers straight into crazy talk.

    The problem she identifies is obvious enough: by the governing Liberals’ own admission, Ontario residents are expected to see rises in their electricity bills of 42% over the next five years and 54% over the next decade. This is after already doubling over the past decade of Liberal rule. But these developments are the result of a host of decisions that cannot be easily undone: billions of dollars were invested in the energy grid, the Liberals moved toward asking consumers to pay a market price for electricity, then the wildly inefficient Green Energy Act was foisted on the province to drive up prices further still, even as falling demand should have brought them lower.

    The NDP’s solution to this mess is to demand $100-a-year hydro “rebates,” although that is stretching the meaning of the term. It is a plan in which the desired outcome — $100 for everyone! — appears to have been the starting point, with the means of how it would be accomplished just the fine print that people aren’t expected to worry about.

    Dumb and Dumber — the NDP-Liberal Alliance.

    • ‘[excerpt] The Liberals have confirmed that they will continue to raise rates as long as they are in power.’
      Are you concerned?

      ‘[excerpt] End the Liberal Energy Plan Failure
      Under the McGuinty-Wynne Liberals, the cost of electricity has more than doubled for Ontarians and Ontario businesses. The Liberals have confirmed that they will continue to raise rates as long as they are in power. These increases are being used to pay for their $1.1 billion gas plant scandal, expensive and inefficient wind energy, and excessive pensions and bonuses at OPG. When asked how Ontario residents and businesses are expected to cope with constantly increased costs, the Liberals have said that we’ll just have to figure it out.
      Tell Kathleen Wynne that we can’t afford her wasteful and expensive failure of an energy plan:
      http://ontariopc.com/energyrates?utm_source=Ontario+PC+Party+Email+List&utm_campaign=fc398bf64f-2014_02_26_Hydro_Rates_1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_af3ea95374-fc398bf64f-230088737

      • Oh Wow!
        Bob, and the –
        red flag – alarm.

        ‘[excerpt] Ontario energy minister Bob Chiarelli says that clauses in the Million Jobs Act proposed by Conservative leader Tim Hudak would put hundreds of renewable energy contracts at risk of cancellation.

        “There is embedded in that statute the delegation to the minister of energy the right to cancel existing FIT renewable contracts,” he said in an interview. That, he said is “irresponsible, it’s illegal.”

        Irresponsible and, illegal?

  7. For Amherst Island

    Maine Biz, March 5, 2014

    “Court nixes First Wind-Emera joint venture”
    “The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled state regulators were wrong to approve a jointventure between electricity distributor Emera Maine and wind power developer First Wind.”
    http://www.mainebiz.biz/article/20140305/NEWS0101/140309987

    Emera Maine is a subsidiary of Emera Inc. Emera Inc. owns almost 25% of Algonquin Power.

    • Counsel to Gowling Lafleur Henderson doesn’t understand conflict of interest?

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