It’s time to blow off expensive subsidies to wind and solar power, PC Leader Tim Hudak says. The Progressive Conservatives would, if elected to govern, refuse to sign any more renewable energy deals at high rates of return and focus on creating an electricity system reliant on gas, hydro operations and nuclear power. A Tory government would also give more control to local municipalities over the siting of wind projects, he said.
“If people can have a say about a hot dog stand going in for a Canada Day celebration, shouldn’t they have a say about massive industrial wind turbines in their backyard?” Hudak said. The PCs say they will not proceed with any wind or solar applications that have not been already approved.
Those projects that have been approved but not yet connected to the grid would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Such a move would save $20 billion and help businesses create 40,000 jobs through more affordable electricity — numbers confirmed by an independent economist brought in by the PCs, Hudak said. Read article