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Justice Reform Recommendations using Green Energy Act

Lawyer Alan Whitely wrote to the Ontario government in July 2020, in an effort to affect modernization of the justice system. The goal was to improve access to justice for the people. The Green Energy Act was used as an example and recommendations were given to prevent this from happening again. He received no response from the Government. Even though the Green Energy Act was repealed in 2019 the consequences and impacts of renewable energy projects continue to divide Ontario.

Whiteley, A.,Dumbrille, A., & Hirsch, J. (2021). Access to Justice: Recommended Reforms to the Ontario Justice System Using the Green Energy Act as an Example. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 9, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.4236/jss.2021.91001

Public Meeting~ Renewable energy Policies~ Township of West LincoLN

Enercon industrial wind turbine under construction for Niagara Wind project located in part in West Lincoln Township, Ontario

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING FOR PLANNING MATTERS
Get involved with your input. The Township of West Lincoln Planning/Building/Environmental Committee will hold a Public Meeting in accordance with the Planning Act where the matter(s) below will be considered. The meeting will take place:


VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING
DATE: December 22nd, 2020 DATE: Monday, January 11th, 2021
TIME: 6:30 – 8 PM TIME: 6:30PM
LOCATION: ZOOM Meeting* LOCATION: ZOOM Meeting*
*Please see below for further details on how to participate on Zoom or through an alternative method


About the Planning Application:
File No. and Name: 1701-005-19 – Township of West Lincoln – Renewable Energy Policies
The Township of West Lincoln has commenced an Official Plan Amendment process to create new Official Plan policies regarding Renewable Energy Policies within the Township. The Green Energy and Green Economy Act was first approved in 2009 by the Provincial Government and placed the approval and authority for all Green Energy applications at the Provincial level. Local land use planning policies were over ridden by that act. The current government has now repealed most of this previous legislation resulting in the need for local renewable energy land use planning policy again.


Staff is proposing the Township of West Lincoln Official Plan be amended by adding Section 13.4 to the consolidated Township of West Lincoln Official Plan. The amendment proposes that if a renewable energy system is being installed for the benefit of one house or one property and less than 10 KW then no amendment to the Official Plan is required and only regulations of the Zoning By-law would apply. Also, if a renewable energy system is being installed for the benefit of one house or one property and is greater than 10KW then this would require an Official Plan Amendment. The current Zoning provisions will be updated to implement this proposed policy change. A copy of the draft policy can be found on the Township’s website by searching the File name and number.

If you have any questions about this application, please contact the following planner:


Name: Brian Treble, Director of Planning and Building
Call: 905-957-5138


PLEASE READ:

How to have your comments heard:
Due to COVID-19, the Township will be hosting public meetings via ZOOM, an online video-conferencing system.

We will also be hosting a virtual open house via ZOOM on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. To register for the Virtual Open Houses, please contact the Township Planning Department.


Please submit your written comments by 4 PM Tuesday January 5th, 2021 to have them included in Staff’s report for the application in advance of the January 11th, 2021 Public Meeting.

Please submit your comments to jscime@westlincoln.ca with the file number for the application.


If you submit comments after this date, they will not be included in Staff’s report. Please ensure all comments have been submitted prior to Friday, January 8th, 2021 at 4pm. The comments will instead then be read into the public record during the meeting.

While residents are encouraged to make written submissions to the committee, members of the public will also be able to provide verbal comments at Committee and Council through Zoom.

Please contact the Township Clerk by email at jscime@westlincoln.ca or by phone at 905-957-3346, ext 5136 to register to speak at the meeting and you will be provided a link.

Please state the date of the meeting and the file number you wish to address. If you are not able to access ZOOM through a computer, there is an option to call into the meeting through phone numbers and a code provided.

If you wish to participate and cannot access the meeting through Zoom through a computer or by calling in, please notify the Clerk and all efforts will be made to accommodate your needs. To register for the Virtual Open House, please contact the Township Planning Department.


Important information about making a submission

~If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Township of West Lincoln Planning/Building/Environmental Committee before a by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Township of West Lincoln to the Local Planning Appeal
Tribunal.

~If a person or public body does not make oral submission at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the Township of West Lincoln Planning/Building/Environmental Committee before a by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the
opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.


~Individuals who make written submissions with respect to a Planning Act application should be aware that their submission and any personal information in their correspondence
will become part of the public record and made available to the Applicant, Committee and Council.


For more information
The documents and background material for this application can be made available by contacting West Lincoln’s Planning Department at:
Phone: 905-957-3346
E-mail: planning@westlincoln.ca
Website: www.westlincoln.ca


Copies of the Staff Report will be available Friday January 8th, 2021 after 4 PM on the Township’s website.


If you would like to be notified of Township Council’s decision with respect to any planning application, you must make a written request (specifying which file number) to:
Joanne Scime, Clerk
Phone: 905-957-3346
E-mail: jscime@westlincoln.ca Dated: December 10th, 2020


Planning and Development Department
318 Canborough St. P.O. Box 400
Smithville, ON, L0R 2A0
T: 905-957-3346 • F: 905-957-3219
www.westlincoln.ca

WIND POWER PERFORMANCE Failure increases with age

“The larger point is that a decline in the performance of offshore turbines due to ageing at a rate of 4.5% per year means that the effective economic life of such turbines is little more than 15 years. Power prices and operational arrangements after that period will have a very small effect on the decision to invest or not to invest in offshore generation.”

Page 36; WIND POWER ECONOMICS RHETORIC & REALITY Volume ii The Performance of Wind Power in Denmark

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Two reports; Professor Gordon Hughes, School of Economics, University of Edinburgh on 4 November 2020

WIND POWER ECONOMICS RHETORIC & REALITY Volume I Wind Power Costs in the United Kingdom

Rants about Ontario’s electricity system

Industrial Wind Turbines on Canada Day In Ontario

As is often the custom in Ontario on hot humid summer days, most of the IWT (industrial wind turbines) took the day off so the 4,800 MW of capacity they have was virtually silent.  Had they operated at 100% of capacity they would have delivered 115,000 MWh but instead they only managed to puff out 7,440 MWh and had 400 MWh curtailed (at 11 PM) meaning they operated at a level of capacity of 6.8% including the curtailed MWh.  As the morning broke at hour 9 AM they generated 8 MWh or 0.017% of capacity.  Fortunately, we didn’t need their power as nuclear, hydro and gas easily supplied our needs throughout the day even though total market demand reached 22,641 MWh and Ontario demand peaked at 19,342 MWh or 402,000 MWh for the full day.  Our net exports were north of 45,000 MWh which earned us ratepayers only about $750,000 while costing us close to $7 million.”

Rants about Ontario’s electricity system; Parker Gallant Energy Perspectives July 6, 2020

New York Governor wants State control to silence opposition of Wind projects

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A BUDGET BILL submitted by the Governor
in accordance with Article VII of the Constitution
AN ACT to amend the public service law, the economic development
law, the real property tax law, the general municipal law,
the public authorities law, the environmental conservation
law, the New York state urban development corporation act
and the state finance law, in relation to accelerating the
growth of renewable energy facilities to meet critical
state energy policy goals (Part );…….

The Buffalo News|By: Tom Precious|February 25, 2020

Cuomo wants more state control of solar, wind energy permits

LBANY – Large-scale solar and wind projects would be subject to a dramatically new permitting process controlled only by the Cuomo administration – a plan developers say would cut by years the time to it takes for large renewable energy facilities to be approved in New York.

Local government officials, however, say it will sharply reduce the role communities now play in the process for siting larger energy projects.

“What little opportunity we have to have any say in the matter is completely taken away,” said Wright Ellis, supervisor of the Town of Cambria, where a solar project on 900 acres called Bear Ridge has been a controversial fight for nearly two years.

“I’m very concerned because, traditionally, land use has been the province of the local government. … This just cancels that out completely,” Ellis said.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants his economic development agency to create a new Office of Renewable Energy Permitting to handle permitting procedures for big solar and wind projects, though there appears to be opportunities for some smaller projects, such as those known as “community solar,” to bypass local government oversight and go directly to Albany for needed approvals…….

The New York State Conference of Mayors, which represents city and village officials, added its concerns about Cuomo’s plan, saying that it would lead to “no meaningful role for local governments as representatives of their communities” in siting decisions for solar and wind projects.

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Ontario Power Disaster

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Hydro grid stretching from the closed Nanticoke Generating Power Complex located in Haldimand County, Ontario

Ontario has started to conduct  its Pre-Budget Consultations for 2020.  The following  is a personal submission made by a concerned citizen to The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

Ontario Power Disaster and What to Do About It

North Stormont Council Gets Update on Status of Nation Rise Wind

Nation Valley News|January 14, 2020
North Stormont Council receives an update on the status of the Nation Rise Wind Project. Councillor Roxane Villeneuve expresses concern that the township could be on the hook to refund building permit fees already collected.

Ford Proud of Cancelled Green Energy Contracts

ripped contract

The Canadian Press|By Shawn Jeffords|November 21, 2019

Doug Ford ‘proud’ of decision to tear up hundreds of green energy contracts

TORONTO – Premier Doug Ford said Thursday he is “proud” of his decision to tear up hundreds of renewable energy deals, a move that his government acknowledges could cost taxpayers more than $230 million.

Ford dismissed criticism that his Progressive Conservatives are wasting public money, telling a news conference that the cancellation of 750 contracts signed by the previous Liberal government will save cash.

READ MORE: Ford government’s cancellation of green energy deals costs Ontario $231 million

“I’m so proud of that,” Ford said of his decision. “I’m proud that we actually saved the taxpayers $790 million when we cancelled those terrible, terrible, terrible wind turbines that really for the last 15 years have destroyed our energy file.”

Later Thursday, Ford went further in defending the cancelled contracts, saying “if we had the chance to get rid of all the wind mills we would.”

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