It’s been a tough week for some fighting Ontario’s wind whimsy: part one
I co-wrote a piece with Parker Gallant that was put out by Wind Concerns Ontario on Wednesday, which received some attention before Health Canada released conclusions from a study regarding people and wind turbines the next day as Ontario’s government approved the Niagara Region Wind Corporation (NRWC)project to erect 77 of the “largest turbines in North America” in West Lincoln. I hope to cover all these things today, but I must start with the NRWC decision, because I had planned to communicate why this rose to be the worst planned wind project after the contract for Big Thunder was eliminated – which was after I’d written that it was a big mistake.
The NRWC project is poor because of the environment it occurs within. The project was offered a feed-in tariff (FIT) contract on February 24th, 2011. At that time there was speculation this was a petulant award, placing industrial wind turbines in the opposition leader’s riding shortly after suspending the possibility of turbines off the coast of the energy minister’s riding. Said that minister at the time:
“Ontario could have taken the easy route and we could have not have made these critical investments – that was the advice of, frankly, both opposition leaders here in Ontario who have demonstrated a remarkable lack of leadership, fortitude and commitment when it comes to building a clean, reliable and modern energy system,”
Let’s talk about leadership, fortitude and commitment again – as I did inwasted on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas.
The NRDC project is located to the north of a transmission line the government has avoided entering into service for many years. That line was seen critical to increased trade, and growing the ability to “deliver 8000 MW more power … from the Nagara Falls area to where it needs to be.”
I’ll try to show, with 2 maps, how the non-completed transmission project and the NRWC project relate.
Here is an update on how 12-month running total generation has changed since, with a comparison to the facilities on the U.S. side of the river. (I understand that water rights are equal):
It would be lovely if it was possible to teach Brad Duguid what “ fortitude and commitment ” can be. Given Ontario’s kangaroo courts – which includes its real ones – I doubt that’s possible, but if you have faith, I know the Smithville Turbine Opposition Party would welcome support.