The Rest of My Life

by Harvey Wrightman
“Streamlining” – it is repeated over and over that the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) appeal of Renewable Energy Approvals (REA) is “streamlined” to efficiently render solutions. The characters driving in from Toronto who dispense practical justice for the residents affected, all want to quicken the tempo of hymn we are all to sing – you know, “Whose Bread I Eat, His Song I Sing” – shouldn’t be too hard to find it in their song book – it’s the only one in it.

So, after a full Friday that went on and on to 5PM, one witness, Dr. Jim Salmon gave expert opinion evidence on the topic(s) of the models for the Noise Impact Assessment (NIA) – don’t you just love these acronyms(?!) – and the shadow flicker pattern (noted to NOT be required by the MOE). We learned the witness is both a founding and charter member of CanWEA (Canadian Wind Energy Association) with a background in physics and meteorology – NOT an acoustician, therefore please reserve those questions for the next “expert(s)”. So the man can basically tell us he understands the models used, but as to whether he cares about the practical application of his work – like any other apparatchik, he never questions the effects of the noise/flicker he is modelling for – not his problem.

Dave Hyslop, one of the appellants, developed a lengthy set of questions for this witness; and, though the details of both noise and shadow flicker are technically challenging, he got across several points that were to catch the attention of the panel members who followed with some rather good questions of their own. To whit, some of the questions:

Q – My office is in the cab of my tractor or combine. When I am in the field I will experience shadow flicker. Will it affect my ability to operate?
A – I can’t answer that.

Q – The cab is like a cubicle that has glass all around. Will the effects be similar to what happens in a house?
A – I don’t have a definition for that kind of receptor. I wouldn’t consider that space to be problematic for shadow flicker. The light will pass through and not be perceived in the same way.

OK, now to clean up the BS. There is a video shot inside a greenhouse in Holland. The flicker effect can only be described as “bewildering.” A nephew of mine operates a custom service to spread liquid manure. I remember him saying that the flicker effect is quite distracting and disorienting. There is a dearth of scientific investigation on the subject. It was obvious from the shadow flicker analysis that Samsung was seeking to present as low a numerical estimate (for hours affected) as possible. In addition, they were using a model that basically was geared for the dwelling only. The effect outside is expanded immensely and the shadow does not have to actually pass though the subject. Seeing it in near distance is also distracting. It is a huge property “disamenity” and it drives people wild. Continue reading

Chatham-Kent Appeal adjournment denied

Chatham Daily News
A request for adjournment concerning an appeal of the South Kent Wind Warm has been turned down, according to a staff member of the appellant’s lawyer.  Chatham-Kent Wind Action Group Inc. was seeking more time in order to line up witnesses, since multiple hearings are taking place in the province. The group is being represented by Toronto-based Eric Gillespie.

The Environmental Review Tribunal hearing is set to resume Aug. 30 at the Chatham-Kent Civic Centre.  The 124-turbine project — a joint venture between Samsung and Pattern Energy — has received conditional approval from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.  CKWAG appealed the project citing potential health impacts.

How Samsung became an Ontario election flashpoint

by Karen Howlett & Renata D’Aliesio, Globe and Mail
It was supposed to end all the criticism about a “sweetheart, backroom” deal. In August, when the Liberal campaign team was calling the shots on all major decisions, the Ontario government suddenly released a cornerstone green energy deal signed 19 months earlier with South Korean industrial giant Samsung Group, slashing $327-million in taxpayer-funded incentives in one fell swoop. Read article

Sweet deal it ain’t

by John Snobelen, Toronto Sun
The Liberal campaign is a strange brew of hope and fear. The fear part will begin in earnest in the last two weeks of the campaign. Right now Dalton McGuinty is selling hope in the form of the ill-fated Green Energy Act and a $7-billion no-tender contract with Samsung. Continue reading

Honest answers regarding Samsung deal extremely elusive

by Anne Stewart, London Free Press
Forget all the pros and cons regarding green and not-so-green energy. Forget about wind turbines, solar panels, nuclear and coal-fired power generation. Forget there is even a Green Energy Act. Empty your mind of everything related to power and the production of same, including smart meters. Be totally neutral as you study the comments below. Then think. Continue reading

Samsung Deal to Boost Costs of Energy Exports by up to $786 Million Annually

QUEEN’S PARK – On the heels of learning that Ontario families paid another $6.6 million to dispose of power last Sunday, Ontario PC candidate Rocco Rossi highlighted a report from Aegent Energy Advisors saying that Dalton McGuinty’s Samsung deal could make the problem much worse.

Aegent Energy Advisors notes that if all of the Samsung power came online tomorrow, almost all of it would have to be exported at an annual cost to Ontario families by up to $786 million.  Aegent estimates that for a typical Ontario family this would drive up their hydro bill by another $65 a year. Continue reading

Samsung Renewable Energy Deal: An Update

Aegent Energy Advisors – August, 2011 Newsletter

In early August, the Ontario Government announced further details of the January 2010 deal with Samsung to build 2,500 MW of wind and solar electricity generation.

  • If all the Samsung generation were to start at once, the gross amount paid for all output in the first year would be $996 million, resulting in an average unit price of $170/MWh (17 cents/kWh).
  • Currently, Ontario is a substantial net exporter of energy, so if the Samsung generation came online tomorrow, most or all of it would be exported. This would result in an additional annual cost to the province of about $786 million. For a typical residential consumer, the annual bill impact would be $65.
  • The annual economic adder of $14.7 million that is part of the Samsung deal is less than 2% of the cost to Ontarians.  Read the article

Liberals release some Samsung energy details (but not much)

by John Spears, Toronto Star

Ontario’s Liberal government took the wraps off its controversial $7 billion energy agreement with Korean industrial giant Samsung Wednesday.  And, they made it clear that they’re willing to fight Tim Hudak and the Conservatives – who say they’ll tear up the agreement – on the deal in this fall’s election. Read article.

Samsung’s Hit on Ontario Power Consumers: Counting the Costs

Samsung has still not bothered to comply with our lobbyist registry laws while government passes regulation after regulation in Samsung’s favour.   It appears that Samsung does not yet have any firm power purchase agreements yet.
 
By Tom Adams – TomAdamsEnergy.com
 
Typical press coverage of the secret, sole-sourced power deal between the Samsung-led consortium with the McGuinty government for wind and solar power development in Ontario describes the deal using only details in the McGuinty government’s press releases. The details normally set out are that it is a $7 billion deal with “economic development” incentive payments of as much as $437 million. On closer inspection, the deal is actually much larger than the description drawn from McGuinty’s press releases would suggest.  Read the entire article here

Ontario election may hinge on contract no one has seen

Download the secret Samsung contract here

by Kelly McParland, National Post

There is a small problem involved in Tim Hudak’s promise to rid Ontario of the Liberal government’s grandiose deal with Samsung to turn Ontario into the green energy champion of the world: He doesn’t know what he’s cancelling.

Many of the terms of the contract are secret. That allows Premier Dalton McGuinty to portray it as the greatest achievement in the history of state-sponsored job invention. It also allows Mr. McGuinty to deplore Mr. Hudak’s plan, by predicting all sorts of calamitous results, which no one can verify because of the secret nature of the deal. Continue reading

The massive untendered Samsung contract Ontario taxpayers are not allowed to see

May 12, 2011 update:    Hudak is being criticized for saying he will scrap something he hasn’t seen. Well, NOBODY is allowed to see it. The NDP obtained this through the Freedom of Information Act.  Download the (Heavily Censored) Samsung Deal Here

Samsung bristles at Hudak pledge

By Jonathan Jenkins, Sudbury Star

A deal’s a deal and ripping up a signed agreement would hobble Ontario’s burgeoning green-energy industry and make international investors nervous, Korean multinational Samsung C&T Corp. says.

“We have a binding contract with the government of Ontario, the people of Ontario, not a specific party,” Samsung manager of government relations and business development Hagen Lee said Wednesday, after Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said he would break the deal if he’s elected premier this October. Continue reading

Stop the Madness

We were supposed to be partners, they were just giving us crumbs

Samsung deal called off 
by Jason Teakle  Brant News

An agreement between Six Nations and Samsung C&T Corporation involving Six Nations participation in wind and solar projects has been called off.

Six Nations intended to partner with the company on two renewable energy projects, one in Haldimand County and a smaller project planned for Fifth Line on Six Nations. Samsung and Six Nations signed a memorandum of understanding outlining the deal last year. Six Nations elected band council Chief Bill Montour said the two groups business models did not connect. Continue reading

First Nations – Samsung deal unravels

Brantford Expositor

OSHWEKEN -A tentative deal with electronics giant Samsung to include Six Nations in a massive wind and solar energy project has come to an end.  Six Nations band council announced this week that the memorandum of understanding that it signed a year ago won’t be renewed because the two sides couldn’t agree on how to proceed. Continue reading

Payments and premiums to Samsung blacked out

Ontario still hiding details of $7B green energy deal with Korean giant Samsung By: The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government is still refusing to say exactly how much Korean giant Samsung will be paid to generate electricity with wind and solar projects.

The Tories and New Democrats have condemned the $7 billion green energy agreement with Samsung since it was announced a year ago as a massive taxpayer subsidy to a foreign company. Continue reading

One Year Later, McGuinty Liberals Still Won’t Release Details of Secret Samsung Deal

QUEEN’S PARK – January 21, 2011 marks the first anniversary of the McGuinty Liberals signing their secret, sweetheart energy deal with multinational conglomerate Samsung. Today, Ontario PC Energy Critic John Yakabuski (MPP Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke) revealed that, after a full year, Ontario families still have no idea what’s inside the $7-billion agreement.

Hydro rates for families and small businesses have increased 75 percent under Dalton McGuinty. Continue reading

McGuinty’s secret deal siphons billions from consumers

Wawa News

McGuinty’s $7 billion deal with Samsung to produce wind power is being kept secret. So one has to ask if it’s such a good deal, why is McGuinty keeping it from the people of Ontario? What was found out is this deal contains no job guarantees despite a $437 million subsidy. Under Ontario’s GEA, a feed-in tariff (FIT) will siphon $3.8 billion from consumers’ pockets by 2015 to subsidize wind and solar power producers just stop and think for a moment. McGuinty is subsidizing producers of wind and solar power with tax payer’s money, but we will still be charged 20 times the price for this power than if we were producing power from nuclear or gas power plants. This is a bad deal for Ontario and a excellent deal for investors as McGuinty is paying up to 80 cents a kwh for green energy, Mcguinty should have bargained for far better prices as tax payers are helping fund these projects. Continue reading

Blenheim Samsung protest a success

Lots of new faces showed up to protest the 270 MW Samsung/Pattern South Kent Wind project last night.  Thank you to all the people from outside Chatham-Kent who came to lend their support  — including Stephana and Ross!!!  It was the typical “show” with lots of police and security, no signs allowed inside, no megaphones, sign in required (apparently Keith Richards and Jimmy Hendrix were in attendance), no map of turbine locations, and no answers to the real questions.  Charlotte went to the planning office to get the locations of the turbines and did up a informative map.   Many residents deeply appreciated this information and spent time out with us reviewing the map and speaking with us on the issues. Continue reading

Samsung eyes Bruce area for turbines

By Troy Patterson, Editor Kincardine News, Owen Sound Sun Times

Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. has agents in the Kincardine area to sell wind turbine contracts to residents close to the Bruce to Milton power transmission corridor.

Zohrab Mawani, director of business development for Samsung Renewable Energy Inc., a Canadian affiliate of the South Korean Samsung Construction and Trade (C&T), confirmed the company is establishing wind contracts in the area.

“We are active in the area in terms of finding suitable properties,” said Mawani, adding he couldn’t specify which areas will be included in the project. “I can say our agents are looking throughout the area.” Continue reading

Renewable Resource Transmission Developments in Ontario

McGuinty Liberals vote to keep Samsung deal hidden

(Queen’s Park) Ontario PC Energy Critic John Yakabuski put forward a motion that would require the government to open up the secret $7 billion Samsung deal and disclose the details of the agreement. Despite the McGuinty Liberals talk of accountability and transparency they voted to keep the details of the deal hidden rather than allowing it to be examined for its long-term impact on business and Ontario families who will end up paying for it. Continue reading

Crops ousted for Samsung solar farm

Information meeting scheduled for July 8, 2010 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cayuga Kinsman Community Centre

This untendered contract, for $7 billion, had no public review, no consultation with the locals, or with the people who will ultimately be footing the bill- the Ontario taxpayers.   Haldimand Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett states that there are, “tremendous subsidies going to Samsung consortium.”

By Alice Guthrie  Caledonia Sachem

First, there was a phone call, advising that his lease was being terminated, and that a letter would soon be delivered by courier. This letter confirmed the call, and a subsequent meeting assured him that he could still take the 2010 crop from the land, after which he would need to vacate, as there was a need to explore solar and/or wind energy generation in the area.

A second phone call and letter followed, advising him of a change in plans. He would need to vacate in 30 days. Continue reading

Samsung wind farm blows farmers off land

Testing in South Cayuga affects 486 leased hectares

by Daniel Nolan  Hamilton Spectator

SOUTH CAYUGA – A group of farm families are today vacating land on which they’ve toiled for decades to make way for a South Korean company’s plan to build wind and solar energy projects.

Nineteen farmers were advised a month ago they would need to make way for testing procedures by a consortium led by Samsung, which was given a controversial $7-billion deal by the Liberal government in January to create power facilities by 2015.

While some farmers were told to vacate the land for solar testing, others are — for now — only required to provide access to their properties for wind testing. But even those farmers will have to vacate after the growing season if the land proves acceptable.

About 486 hectares are involved and almost half of that was until today leased by Ed and Alice Kelly of South Cayuga Sideroad. They’ve grown corn and soybeans on the land for three decades and had already planted some of their crop for the year.

“We’re the ones that are affected the most,” said Alice Kelly, 52. “This was a big surprise.” Continue reading

Samsung – Good corporate citizen? McGuinty thinks so

Recently we posted stories about Samsung’s other questionable dealings such as a slush fund to bribe government officials and tax evasion convictions. Is this the type of company we should be giving 7 billion dollars of our tax money to?

“Samsung denies all responsibility, and the Korean government has taken its side by denying compensation and even arresting and detaining the victims’ lawyer!”

Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational Accident Victims

Petition Calling on Samsung to Accept Responsibility for Occupational Deaths and to Provide Safe and Decent Working Conditions Continue reading

Look who Dalton McGuinty has crawled into bed with

The McGuinty Liberals made a undertendered, ½ billion dollar sweetheart deal behind closed doors, against the wishes of his caucus with our tax money.    Samsung has no experience in the wind industry, not even in Korea.  The Auditor General needs to take a closer look at this.

Samsung rocked by bribery investigation   Muttered accusations of bribery, stock manipulation, tax evasion and dirty tricks have always surrounded South Korea’s mighty chaebolThe inquiry follows allegations by one of Samsung’s own legal team that the company had created a 200 billion won slush fund used for bribing government officials.

Samsung chief indicted on tax evasion charge  An extensive and embarrassing investigation of the most iconic industrialist in South Korea has ended with an indictment on tax evasion charges for Lee Kun-hee, the chairman of Samsung.

Wind turbine maker AAER faces uncertain future with second round of layoffs

Dalton is betting on the wind industry with our tax dollars.

Also:  Spain To Shed 2/3 Of Wind Power Jobs By End-2010 -Industry Group

By: Ross Marowits, Canadian Business

MONTREAL – AAER Inc., Canada’s lone manufacturer of large wind turbines, is facing growing headwinds as the alternative energy industry finds it increasingly difficult to finance new energy projects.

In a bid to preserve cash, the Bromont, Que.-based company said Wednesday it will temporarily lay off 28 employees, its second round of job cuts in five months. That follows 34 layoffs among operational and administrative employees announced the end of October.
AAER (TSXV:AAE) did not provide financial details on why it was necessary to lay off the workers, how long it expects them to be out of work, or whether these are new positions being put on layoff.

Company officials didn’t return calls seeking comment. Continue reading

South Korea will build it

By Gary Lamphier, Edmonton Journal

North Americans are dreamers, and for the most part, we seem to like it that way.

We want it all: a pristine environment, wonderful schools and hospitals, cheap gas, great jobs, low taxes, vacuous celebrities to amuse us, and of course, a minimum of dirty, ugly industry. Continue reading

Province should have done more research before signing deal

Owen Sound Sun Times

Ontario Energy Minister Brad Duguid’s rapturous optimism over the Samsung deal raises serious speculation about the McGuinty government’s grasp on reality.

A report from the Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research one of Germany’s leading independent research institutes comprised of professors from four universities, considers Germany’s experience with renewable energy over the last decade “a cautionary tale of massively expensive environmental and energy policy that is devoid of economic and environmental benefits”.

It warns: other governments “should scrutinize the logic of supporting energy sources that cannot compete on the market in the absence of government assistance”. Continue reading

Deal amounts to an ‘attractive greenwashing’

By Randall Denley, The Windsor Star

The deal had a familiar shape. One partner was a successful international consortium with deep pockets and manufacturing expertise, the other a backward jurisdiction so hungry for jobs that it had to pay the big company what amounts to a bribe to do the deal. The whole thing was arranged directly with the jurisdiction’s leader without the bother of competition. It’s the kind of deal one might expect in the Third World, except that it was Ontario on the Third World side of the equation. Continue reading