John 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