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Behind the scenes at Premier Wynne’s news conference


Parker Gallant Energy Perspectives

March 8, 2017

While the Premier was promising relief for Ontario electricity customers (and blaming lots of other people), more proof of the government’s mistakes was occurring …

The press conference and press release on March 2nd for Premier Wynne’s announcement on reducing electricity bills by 25% took a full hour — she and Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault hung around to answer questions from the media.

The speech and the press release were a mea culpa — she apparently hadn’t noticed rates had climbed and referred to those high rates as the “elephant in the room.” She laid the blame on all previous governments in her answers to questions, for example:

Decades of under-investment in the electricity system by governments of all stripes resulted in the need to invest more than $50 billion in generation, transmission and distribution assets to ensure the system is clean and reliable.

The decision to eliminate Ontario’s use of coal and produce clean, renewable power, as well as policies put in place to provide targeted support to rural and low-income customers, have created additional costs.

If the premier was genuinely interested in the cause for high electricity bills she could have looked no farther back than her immediate predecessor, Dalton McGuinty. Premier McGuinty brought Ontario the Green Energy Act and the misinformed, unfounded belief that getting power from industrial wind turbines and solar panels, while paying at price multiples of other available reliable power, would work!

Those wind turbines and solar panels were generating power out of phase with Ontario demand even during her news conference, for which ratepayers are paying as much as 80.2 cents a kilowatt hour (kWh).

During the news conference hour, Ontario ratepayers consumed 17,300 megawatt hours (MWh); 85% of that consumption was provided by nuclear (10,000 MWh) and hydro (4,900 MWh). The balance came from gas, wind, solar and biomass. The average generation cost of nuclear and hydro generation was about $59/MWh (5.9 cents/kWh) and $191/MWh (19.1 cents/kWh) for the 15% provided by gas, wind, solar and biomass. The former costs include the “water tax” on hydro generation and the “decommissioning and fuel disposal” costs of nuclear whereas the latter does NOT include the cost of curtailed wind, idling costs of gas plants or the costs of moving those two gas plants from Oakville and Mississauga to save Liberal seats during the McGuinty era!

Also during that hour, Ontario exported 1,075 MWh to Michigan and 1,203 MWh to New York. Those 2,078 MWh (20% of Ontario’s demand) were sold to our neighbours at an average of $11.38/MWh (1.14 cents/kWh). The exports cost about $202,000, under the contract terms, yet resulted in just $23,000 of revenue to offset that cost. Ontario ratepayers picked up the loss of $179,000.

In fact, for that whole day, “net exports” hit Ontario’s ratepayers with a cost of $2.4 million.

Admitting she made a “mistake” while blaming decades of previous “governments of all stripes” is not a solution. And the 25% reduction in bills isn’t real, either: Premier Wynne is kicking the can down the road and laying the burden of her mistake on taxpayers. She still doesn’t appear to have the political courage to admit she, Mr. McGuinty and their governments made a mistake believing the environmental non-government organizations who persuaded them to believe in a green dream that has now, negatively affected all ratepayers in the province, driving away jobs in the private sector.

The herd of elephants is still in the room. Premier Wynne should start clearing them out by cancelling all wind and solar contracts that have not put a shovel in the ground!

Source: Behind the scenes at Premier Wynne’s news conference


Ontario’s Hydro Crisis

MacKay Cartoons published Hamilton Spectator Nov.22.2016

Ontario’s energy policy is generating anger and attracting media attention as rates spiral out of control and residents face the heart wrenching dilemma of whether to heat or eat. Energy poverty that the Premier acknowledges is her government’s mistake but fails to take action to correct.   A good place to start is to cancel wind power generation contracts and stop construction of any wind project not yet built. It is never too late to do the right thing.

Robyn Urback · Columnist · CBC News  November 23, 2016

Wynne has recognized her ‘oopsies’ and is asking for Ontarians’ patience and trust to fix the problem

“Aside from the repeated, incessant warnings — there was no warning.

Ontario’s energy costs have spiraled out of control. Consumers are struggling to pay their hydro bills and still have enough money left to buy a ticket to one of the premier’s cash-for-access fundraisers.

Who — with the exception of everyone — could have foreseen that wasting billions of dollars on cancelled gas plants, paying way above market value for green energy contracts, producing too much energy and selling it to other jurisdictions at a loss, and investing in smart meters that didn’t actually do what they were supposed to do would translate into skyrocketing electricity bills for everyday Ontarians?

Why didn’t someone — besides the auditor general, both opposition parties and various economic expertssay something?

‘My mistake’

Now Ontario finds itself in a mess of its own making, locked in unsustainable contracts and a looming cap-and-trade scheme that will make hydro bills even more expensive, all while some Ontario families have “had to choose between paying the electricity bill and buying food or paying rent,” according to Premier Kathleen Wynne. Thanks, guys.

“Our government made a mistake. It was my mistake. And I’m going to do my best to fix it,” Wynne admitted in a rare moment of contrition during her address to her party’s annual general meeting this past weekend.

“In the weeks and the months ahead, we are going to find more ways to lower rates and reduce the burden on consumers,” she added…”


Financial Post – Lawrence Solomon: Ill winds blow from wind turbines

November 25, 2014


The wind industry is dangerous to human health, posing risks to everything from dizziness and nausea to chronic stress and heart conditions

A Canadian court will soon decide if wind turbines violate Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms by posing a risk to human health. Charter case decisions can be convoluted but the fundamental question of health at issue here is straightforward. Wind turbines, from all that is today known and by any rational measure, represent a risk to those living in their vicinity. Continue reading Financial Post – Lawrence Solomon: Ill winds blow from wind turbines

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When: Tuesday October 7th, 2014
Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Where: Ravine Vineyard
Cost: $25 for NEA & NSI Members & $35 Non-Members

After a number of years as a successful software entrepreneur Tom now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation. He’s active in Cleantech venture capital, technology incubation & commercialization, and public advocacy. Tom’s 1st book Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit was published in 2010 and his 2nd Waking the Frog became a bestseller in Spring 2014.

It is his belief that we have yet to have a serious, public conversation about the threat of climate change, and the economic opportunities afforded by the global transformation to a low-carbon economy.

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Wind Turbines “Good For Making Toast”


Today – Sept 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

According to the IESO the total energy demand for the province of Ontario was 17,690 MW

The contribution of the industrial wind turbines was 63 MW. That right folks, 63 MW of the total 17,690 MW required to keep the lights on in this province.

63 MW is .00356 % of the energy required. So if 2000 plus Industrial Wind turbines can only produce .00356% of the energy required, can you calculate how many IWT’s would be required to make a meaningful contribution?

What a sham. This is what happens when you engage in a billion dollar industry without due diligence and a business plan. STOP the madness.

Will the last person out, please turn off the lights.


June 6 2014 – Ontario’s Electricity Output

After looking on the IESO website this morning as I sometimes do…I decided to share with my fellow wind warriors the actual output of Wind as of 6am this morning.

With a Wind CAPACITY of 1725MW and only actually using 159MW…we are still paying companies NOT TO PRODUCE! 

This reflects the TINY 1% of our energy being generated by WIND this morning as of 6am!

So let me get this straight, we are PAYING companies NOT TO PRODUCE so that we can have 1% of our energy supplied….

Couldn’t we have made up the 1% through NUCLEAR, HYDRO or GAS???



How much have we WASTED on subsidies for this TINY amount of Energy????

It is going to hurt all of our families for generations to come!

IESO Capacity Chart


As of 6am this morning, the total energy make up is 1% WIND…..

IESO Current Chart June 6 2014 6am


Callous Ontario Liberals ignore wind power’s victims

June 3, 2014 – Sun News – Straight Talk – Jerry Agar

SOUTH KENT WIND FARM NEAR LONDON, ONTARIO Credits: Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/QMI Agenc


It is heart wrenching to see and feel the pain of fellow Ontarians breaking down in tears as they explain how the Liberal government drove them from their homes.

But to understand how cold and callous our current political leadership is in this province, you need to experience it.

Rebecca Thompson’s documentary, Down Wind: How Ontario’s Green Dream Turned into a Nightmare (Surge Media Productions), airs on Sun News Wednesday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

It is a story of reckless, agenda-driven politics resulting in shattered lives.

The Ontario Liberal government’s Green Energy Act isn’t just an economic failure; it is an act of brutal indifference to the human cost of politics.

A cost ignored by people living far from the thump of the giant wind turbines, secure in their downtown Toronto homes and politically correct theories; a safe distance from places like Ripley, Clear Creek and Lucknow, Ontario.

Many may not care – worshiping as they do at the altar of so-called green energy – that the jobs promised by the Liberals through their Green Energy Act were never delivered, while the cost of hydro skyrocketed.

But the human cost should matter to us all.

Giant wind turbines, as high as 50 storeys, with blades the size of a 747, were foisted on communities in rural Ontario with no consultation or agreement from the residents, their municipal governments having been stripped of their planning powers by the Green Energy Act.

Unlike politicians who pay lip service to “serving others” while stomping all over people’s lives and looking after themselves, Norma Schmidt spent her life in Underwood, Ontario in the actual service of others as a nurse and instructor of future nurses.

She and her husband spent their lives in the home they lovingly restored over the years; a place they had hoped to share with their grandchildren.

But Norma has been forced out of her home by severe migraines and depression, brought on by the relentless noise and vibration from the industrial wind turbines erected practically in her back yard.

She left both the job and the home she loved, escaping to a room in her daughter’s house.

It is not the life she worked all these years to achieve, and it is not what she deserves.

Do Norma’s tears, and those of others similarly affected, fall to no effect at the feet of Premier Kathleen Wynne?

Norma’s story is one among many, some of them told in Down Wind.

This is the same Dalton McGuinty/Wynne Liberal government that used public money to reward violent aboriginal protesters who seized private property and terrorized people in Caledonia.

That “occupation” continues today and the government, knowing that their voting base in Toronto couldn’t care less about some rubes in the country, keeps the issue quiet by caving into thugs, rather than protecting law-abiding citizens.

Would the government be as forgiving to people across rural Ontario if some were to blow up a few of the industrial wind turbines that have made their lives hell? Of course not.

There are no turbines thumping the night away in Don Valley West or Toronto-Centre.

It remains to be seen whether the people in such ridings, who overwhelmingly voted Liberal in 2011, will care more for their fellow citizens in rural Ontario this time around.

There are any number of political parties to support other than the Liberals.

Renewable Energy Poses Security Risk, New Paper Warns

June 2, 2014 – London

A new paper published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation warns that intermittent wind and solar energy pose a serious energy security risk and threaten to undermine the reliability of UK electricity generation.

Many people – including ministers, officials and journalists – believe that renewable energy enhances Britain’s energy security by reducing the dependency on fossil fuel imports. The ongoing crisis over the Ukraine and Crimea between Russia and the West has given much attention to this argument.

Written by Philipp Mueller, the paper (UK Energy Security: Myth and Reality) concludes that domestic and global fossil fuel reserves are growing in abundance while open energy markets, despite the conflict in the Ukraine, are enhancing Britain’s energy security significantly.

In contrast, the ability of the grid to absorb intermittent renewable energy becomes increasingly more hazardous with scale.

Germany provides a warning example of its growing green energy insecurity. Last December, both wind and solar power came to an almost complete halt for more than a week. More than 23,000 wind turbines stood still while one million photovoltaic systems failed to generate energy due to a lack of sunshine. For a whole week, conventional power plants had to provide almost all of Germany’s electricity supply.

Germans woke up to the fact that it was the complete failure of renewable energy to deliver that undermined the stability and security of Germany’s electricity system.

“Open energy markets are a much better way to ensure energy security than intermittent generation systems like wind and solar. It would be a huge risk in itself for Britain to go down the same route as Germany and destabilise what is still a reliable UK electricity grid,” said Philipp Mueller.


Ontario is at a crossroads and unless we get our financial house in order!

The item below was written by one of our very informed and knowledgeable members.  She has given us permission to send it to you.
Ontario is at a crossroads and unless we get our financial house in order we will all be disadvantaged  in the future.  Fiscal responsibility demands that those in charge manage the budget.  Kathleen Wynne and finance minister Charles Sousa have predicted that the Ontario economy will under-perform the Canadian, American and global economies for the next two DECADES!

Consider the performance of the Ontario economy over the last nine years.  The province has been put on notice by Standard and Poor, our credit rating has been downgraded, and we are under a very serious credit watch.  The provincial deficit for this year is $12.5 billion, so this year alone we are spending $12.5 billion more than the provincial government collected from Personal Income Tax        , Sales Tax, Corporations Tax,  Ontario Health Premiums, Education Property Tax, All Other Taxes, Government of Canada transfer payments, Income from Government Business Enterprises and Other Non-Tax Revenue. Our Total Provincial Revenue for 2013 was $114.2 billion. Our provincial debt has more than doubled to $288 billion in the last nine years, and servicing this debt is costing us $11.4 billion this year. Interest payments on our debt are the third largest budget expenditure after health and education.

Over the past nine years more than 300,000 new provincial government employees have been added to the pay roll. Many of these government employees make more than $100,000 per year and are on the Sunshine List. Over 650 new agencies, boards, commissions and entities such as LHIN’s and CCAC’s have been created.

Ontario has a population of 13.5 million people of whom 7.4 million people are in the labour force.  Over one million people are on the provincial government pay roll, paid by the tax payers of this province. It is neither desirable nor healthy to have everyone working for the government. The government bureaucracy has ballooned out of proportion to the size of the population and it is time to CUT FROM THE TOP.  We do not want to remove classroom teachers, nurses, doctors and the people on the front lines, WE NEED THE BUREAUCRATIC FAT TRRIMMED.  We can no longer afford to hire people we do not need, to work in government offices when over half a million Ontarians are now out of work.

We are paying more provincial taxes initiated by the Liberals only to receive fewer services. We now pay HST, health premium (tax), WSIB tax increase, tire tax, electronics tax, eco fees, beer surtax, etc . Yet in health care – eye exams have been delisted, physiotherapy has been delisted, chiropractic care has been delisted, diabetic strips have been delisted. We have an increased wait time for cataract surgery  because Ontario has cut cataract-surgery funding. As the population ages and the supply remains stagnant the wait time for nursing home beds has tripled. So eventually, only the rich will be able to afford health care and nursing homes.

Our manufacturing base is being gutted due to high energy costs. Our energy costs are the highest in North America. We have created an energy surplus since 2006 due to decreased manufacturing and conservation, yet we continue to add renewable energy – wind and solar – to the grid. To maintain a stable grid we pay Quebec and some north-eastern States to take our surplus energy.   The closing of the Gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga will cost the tax payers of this province $1.1 billion. However, this will pale in comparison to the cost of the implementation of the Green Energy Act – a $20 billion price tag for FIT contracts to subsidize renewable energy projects for the next twenty years. Meanwhile, the hydro at Niagara Falls is underutilized and we pay to run a second energy system on “spinning standby” to provide base power when the wind does not blow. The renewable energy subsidies are essential to keep this industry going and this will be the biggest transfer of wealth from the middle class to the corporate elite in the history of Ontario.

Ontario is a have-not province for the first time in Canadian history. Without accountability, transparency, due diligence, and good governance we are being destroyed from within.  We are putting our future at risk and that of our children.   It is critical that we get our financial house in order.

Additional scandals and mishaps reported by Marilyn Taylor over the last 11 years:
Increased spending by 80% while our economy grew by only 9%
Ranking the lowest of all provinces for fiscal performance
Borrowing more debt than any province except NB
Third highest user of food banks
Job growth across Canada except in Ontario
Prior loss of 60,000 jobs in the horse racing industry
Two ministries under an OPP criminal investigation – ORNGE and gas plant scandals

Increased smart meter, electricity, hydro costs
Electricity rates to rise 42% over the next five years
Ontario Power Generation scandal
Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress confirmed that McGuinty’s Green Energy Act grossly underestimated the cost to consumers and overestimated the number of new jobs that would be created
Samsung scandal (sole-sourcing
Offshore Wind Turbines scandal
Trillium Wind Power and Sky Power Limited lawsuit (500 million)
Encouraging farmers to build small-scale solar projects but have no way to connect them to the power grid
Kowtowing to green energy lobbies
Ignoring evidence that wind turbines can cause poor health
Caledonia Hydro Line scandal (116 million)
Nanticoke Coal Power Plant Shutdown scandal

Emergency room wait times not meeting provincial targets
eHealth scandal (almost 2 billion)
ORNGE scandal (700 million)
Cancer Care Ontario scandal (millions of dollars)
Chemotherapy Dosage scandal
Augusta/Westland lawsuit as it pertains to ORNGE
Ontario Medical Association lawsuits – applied to Superior Court alleging McGuinty not negotiating in “good faith”
Breast Screening scandal (ensuing lawsuits due to thousands of misread mammograms, one life lost)
Public sector employment in health care increased by 39%
Dramatic cuts in health care services in schools
Insufficient senior homecare services
Pharmacy war
Failure to disclose elevated radiation levels
Laid up in US hospital beds as no beds available in Ontario
Hiding hospital errors from the public
Almost 40 C. difficile deaths to date
Loss of 6,500 cancer patient health records
Workers at eHealth suing for not receiving bonuses
Ontarians pleading for their lives or dying because they aren’t getting the health care they need
Patients with certain brain tumor denied help to cover costs of drugs which are covered in Manitoba

Eco-Fee Reversal scandal (18 million)
Niagara Falls Commission scandal
Voting to cover up the Niagara Parks Commission scandal
Cement company lawsuit (275 million) – Quarry outside Hamilton was scuttled for political reasons
Illegal green taxes

Education minister signing off on documents that she doesn’t even read
Public sector employment in education increased by 34% while student population decreases
Failing grade on ADHD education
Foreign Scholarships scandal (our students pay the highest tuition in Canada while foreign students get free university educations)
School bus service lawsuit
Increased  tuition costs

Ring of Fire
Ontario Northland Railway scandal (820 million)
Failing grade in northern forestry management

Auto Insurance scandal
Increased car insurance costs
Imposing blood alcohol rules that punish people who are not impaired

Failing grade of Family Responsibility Office
Children’s Aid Society scandal
Class-action lawsuit for autism funding cancellation

MPAC scandal (over and under-valuation of properties)
Highest rent increase rate in years

G20 Secretly Approved Police Power scandal
Refusing public inquiry into G20 fiasco
Talked about a two-year freeze on wages for public sector while previously giving the OPP a 5% wage increase – the OPP received another raise of over 8% in January, 2014
McGuinty defunded the Centre for Forensic Sciences throwing a world-renowned police team who specialized in retrieving deleted computer files out of work two months before he resigned

Millions spent to needlessly redesign our provincial logo
Lobbyist scandal (two multi-million dollar scandals)
Slush Fund scandal (32 million)
Elliot Lake Collapse lawsuits (two lives lost due to recovery delays)
Public sector employment in social services increased by 39%
Pan Am scandal (cost increase from 1.4 to 2.5 billion)
Payout for Pan Am CEO (250 million)
OLG scandal (millions of dollars)
Millions spent to remove the “C” from OLG when Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation was changed to Ontario Lottery & Gaming
Tax collectors getting 45,000.00 severance packages for switching job titles from provincial to federal
OES missed its collection and recycling targets by 59%
Not correcting the foreign ownership of our beer market
Acceptance of garbage striker extortion
Harassing labour inspectors
Abstained from vote to investigate CBC expenses
Cash kickback scheme involving government cleaning contracts that ended with the conviction of Liberal officials
Giving those who hire only newcomers a $10,000.00 tax credit
Legal rights of Ontarians disregarded relative to the Caledonia-Mohawk matter

More to come….
Like I said, Ontario is a have-not province for the first time in Canadian history. Without accountability, transparency, due diligence, and good governance we are being destroyed from within.  We are putting our future at risk and that of our children.   It is critical that we get our financial house in order.

A very concerned citizen

The opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent Mothers Against Wind Turbines Inc. policy.