London Free Press, Deb VanBrenk
Ontario wind turbines would stop spinning for good — saving money in the long run, despite up-front cancellation costs — if he became premier, says the Tory leadership candidate from Southwestern Ontario.
“It’s time to end this ripoff,” said MPP Monte McNaughton, one of five candidates for the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership and the only one from the southwest, where many of wind farms are located. “Wind power is going to cost between $20 billion and $60 billion over the next 20 years,” said McNaughton, a second-term MPP from Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.
Tearing up existing contracts would cost less than what turbines are costing Ontarians now, he said, but he had no estimates of the cost to cancel contracts and raze turbines. “We’ve got to cut our losses now,” he told The Free Press on Sunday, ahead of rolling out his plan Monday. McNaughton said he’d repeal legislation that allows turbines to be built and would decommission ones already on the grid. Read article