Roger Watt, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – Updated July 2009
Sorry, Beach Boys, but when it comes to the big industrial-strength wind turbines that are spreading across Ontario’s landscape, there are no “good vibrations”. Continue reading
When readers were asked to submit nominations for these Rubber Duck Awards, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty scored high. He deserves it. The list of nanny-state initiatives foisted upon Ontarians based on dubious science claims is long and growing.
The province’s new Green Energy Act, one of the more interventionist energy-regulatory regimes in North America, brings in massive subsidies for wind power and solar energy, new electricity pricing mechanisms and regulations that aim to turn the Ontario economy into a carbon-reduction powerhouse. Trouble is, the government produced not one page of scientific proof that the program will cut even one carbon of emissions. Continue reading
Key Points from June 15th Meeting in Ottawa:
Data provided by the Canadian Wind Energy Association would lead one to believe that wind energy is currently supplying Ontario with 963 MW of wind energy (Blowing Up A Storm – June 11). During the seven days from June 5 through June 11 the average hourly wind energy delivered to the grid was 161 MW, the maximum in any hour was 466 MW and the minimum in a single hour was only 8 MW. On June 10, obviously a calm day, the average over 24 hours was only 23 MW. Continue reading
As the nation rushes to add renewable energy to its power portfolio, a growing chorus of homeowners and others are expressing concerns about how industrial wind projects are affecting health, safety, lifestyle and property values.
Green marketing campaigns typically show rows of industrial wind turbines in remote windy locales. However, wind projects are increasingly finding their way into rural residential areas. With investment tax credits and government mandates advocating for additional installations, more homeowners and property owners may soon find themselves facing a turbine project proposal. Continue reading
Michael Trebilcock’s reply to Sigurd Lauge Pedersen, Denmark:
Wind power doesn’t reduce CO2 emissions, costs consumers more and kills jobs.
It is important to understand why the Danish government, which appears to have commissioned Mr. Pedersen’s comments, is sensitive to critiques of the Danish experience with wind power. Denmark is home to Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, with 20,000 employees and a market share of between 20% and 25%. As the market for its turbines in Denmark and other European countries becomes saturated, it seeks to export the Danish experience worldwide. To this end, it recently ran a multi-million dollar global ad campaign with the slogan, “Believe in the wind,” claiming that Denmark has solved the problem of dirty electricity through wind power. Continue reading
Dalton McGuinty says our electricity bills will rise only “minimally” with new green technologies. George Smitherman says it’s “about 1%” annually. Put this promise in perspective. Regular hydro billings just increased by another 4% over last November’s hike. The facts belie the obvious political sell job.
Everywhere in the world where wind power is utilized, the costs to users have risen dramatically. In Germany, through a scheme called “feed-in tariff” (sound familiar?) electricity bills went up 38% in one year (2007). Spain pays renewable energy suppliers up to 11 times more than those who produce conventional power. Denmark’s reliance on wind power translates into the highest electricity rates in Europe. The U.S. government subsidizes wind power at $23.34/MWh compared to natural gas generation (25 cents), coal (44 cents), hydro (67 cents) and nuclear ($1.59). Continue reading
By RONALD J. DANIELS
President, Johns Hopkins University
Years ago, Princeton economist Alan Blinder famously exhorted policy-makers to frame policy that was based on soft hearts and hard heads. The McGuinty government’s proposed foray into investments in wind generation upends this admonition by giving us policy that is soft-hearted – and soft-headed.
The Green Energy Act (Bill 150), now before the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, is designed to expedite the process of promoting subsidized industrial wind power in the province by taking planning responsibilities away from local municipalities, while remitting most key decisions to subsequent Ministerial regulations.
I have five major objections to the legislation. Read entire article here.
There is no evidence that industrial wind power is likely to have a significant impact on carbon emissions. The European experience is instructive. Denmark, the world’s most wind-intensive nation, with more than 6,000 turbines generating 19% of its electricity, has yet to close a single fossil-fuel plant. It requires 50% more coal-generated electricity to cover wind power’s unpredictability, and pollution and carbon dioxide emissions have risen (by 36% in 2006 alone). Continue reading
The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Ontario residents could see their electricity bills go up by hundreds of dollars a year once the province’s Green Energy Act takes effect, according to a new report released Monday. Continue reading
by Claire Hoy Orangeville Citizen . . . . All of which brings us to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and his lead attack dog George Smitherman, the deputy premier and minister of energy and infrastructure, who propose to pour countless billions of your tax dollars into wind power, a technology which has already been shown to be essentially inefficient and extremely costly, and, even if you believe the hysteria around the state of our air quality – contrary to the growing body of evidence that the dangers are being deliberately overblown – wind power is not a viable solution to anything other than an expensive make-work project for the few industries who will benefit from building these ugly behemoths.
Ontario’s new energy plan heavily subsidizes green energy projects at the expense of conservation
By Lawrence Solomon National Post
Ontario’s Green Energy Act should more accurately be called Ontario’s Gangreen Act.
No piece of legislation in memory will do more to simultaneously undermine Ontario’s economy and environment. This one act rolls back decades of environmental gains in the energy sphere and opens the door to a future of environmental outrages. Continue reading
Premier Dalton McGuinty and Energy Minister George Smitherman are not being upfront or honest about the financial impact of their new Green Energy Act for the average Ontario family, says Progressive Conservative energy critic and local MP John Yakabuski.
“This legislation raises many more questions than it answers,” he said.
“We need to know how much Dalton McGuinty’s legislation is going to jack up energy costs for the average Ontario family, but as usual Mr. McGuinty and his minister can’t give us a straightforward answer. Continue reading
Posted: March 03, 2009, 7:49 PM by National Post Editor
Terence Corcoran, Green Energy Act
In the midst of a major economic meltdown, and with looming budget deficits totaling more than $18-billion, now might not be the best time for the government of Ontario to be embarking on a crushing new green energy policy that could add billions to the province’s electricity costs. But Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is nothing if not immune to the folly of his own righteous policies and the fiscal crisis he faces as a result. Continue reading
The Ontario government says its new Green Energy Act, if passed, will help Ontario become “North America’s leader in renewable energy.”
But since most of this new renewable energy will be from wind, it may not be the smartest move for Ontario because its large hydro and nuclear capacity is not compatible with wind generation. Wind requires natural gas-fired generation for support and natural gas will be a most precarious fuel for Ontario.
By Randall Denley, The Ottawa CitizenMarch 1, 2009
When a politician is in deep trouble, he typically seeks to create a distraction. Trouble doesn’t get much worse than the type that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is facing. Desperate to change the channel from continuing job losses and a ballooning provincial deficit, McGuinty this week championed the Green Energy Act. The premier immediately ran into heavy opposition from realtors and homeowners who think his mandatory energy audits are useless and from wind power skeptics who think the premier is overselling this minor energy source. By the end of the week, McGuinty had succeeded in creating a distraction, but probably not the type he wanted. Continue reading
Mr. Liberal McGuinty is touring the province promoting the further weakening of legislative oversight through the Green Energy Act. The plot unfolds predictably. Profits are being made without the public receiving the benefits expected — not power, not a cleaner environment, and not improved public health. This is truly a scandal of massive proportions.
McGuinty and Smitherman will tell us what we can and can’t think about renewable energy
By LORRIE GOLDSTEIN, Toronto Sun
Few things are as alarming as politicians who don’t understand an issue suddenly deciding they do and then dictating to the rest of us how we will be permitted to respond.
Say hello to Premier Dalton McGuinty and his faithful pit bull, Energy Minister George Smitherman, as they bully and blunder their way across Ontario on the issue of renewable energy. Continue reading
Despite Europe’s boom in solar and wind energy, CO2 emissions haven’t been reduced by even a single gram. Now, even the Green Party is taking a new look at the issue — as shown in e-mails obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE. Continue reading
Flemming Nissen head of development at West Danish generation company ELSAM (one of Denmark’s largest energy utilities): “Increased development of wind turbines does not reduce Danish CO2 emissions.”
Neils Gram of the Danish Federation of Industries: “In green terms windmills are a mistake and economically they make no sense.”
Jytte Kaad Jensen, chief economist for Eltra, Denmark’s biggest electricity distributor: “In just a few years we’ve gone from some to (sic) the cheapest electricity in Europe to some of the most costly.”
Aase Madsen, an MP who chairs energy policy in the Danish Parliament, is emphatic: “For our industry it has been a terribly expensive disaster.”
Henning Rasmussen, Danish engineer: “When the wind arrives on (sic) or two hours later than forecast, we get nothing and we have to ask our neighbors to rescue us.”
Is wind power as green as it seems? Denmark is the world’s most wind-intensive state with more than 6,000 turbines generating 19% of its electricity. But this figure is misleading, says Tony Lodge of the Centre for Policy Studies. Not one conventional power plant has been closed in the period that Danish wind farms have been developed.
In fact, the Danish grid used 50% more coal-generated electricity in 2006 than in 2005 to cover wind’s failings. The quick ramping up and down of those plants has increased their pollution and carbon dioxide output carbon emissions rose 36% in 2006.
Meanwhile Danish electricity costs are the highest in Europe. “The Danish experience suggests wind energy is expensive, inefficient and not even particularly green”, says Lodge.
Guildwood residents asked repeatedly about success of the Toronto Hydro Wind Turbine on the Exhibition grounds. Jack Simpson, Vice President of Generation repeatedly stated that the data as far as output was concerned at the Ex was ‘commercially sensitive’ and could not be shared. I now know why…. Read the entire article