Too good to be true? The newly elected Ontario Government lead by Premier Ford has announced it is repealing the Green Energy Act (GEA). At first flush this should be a good thing and cause for tremendous celebration for wind warriors opposed to the harmful impacts of wind powered complexes especially for those families and individuals who have been raising alarms about adverse health impacts. The GEA is the statute that has enabled renewable energy projects in Ontario to be built, operated and home for regulatory capture under prescribed regulations. But…. Is the announced Bill 34 an elaborate switch and bait hiding the powers of the disastrous Green Energy Act in another statute?
Careful reading of the bill is generating the realization that moving the meat and potatoes of the GEA into another law doesn’t remedy all what is wrong with renewable energy projects powered by wind.
It is enough to have a mother take to drink. Anyone got a buck for a beer?
“Ontario’s Green Energy Act was a horror for business, a gross invasion of municipal authority, and sent successive auditors general to whatever is the chartered accountants version of a hospice centre”
“…deprived Ontarians of natural justice, turning neighbour against neighbour as developers quietly signed deals to lease privately-owned lands in rural communities for massive wind turbines and solar farms, with the projects then sprung on those communities as a fait accompli, in which they had no meaningful say.”
“Although the full effect of the legislation will be evident only when regulations become available, Bill 34 is another initiative in the government’s campaign to restrict further renewable energy development in Ontario”
“All the partisans for and against the Green Energy Act (GEA) screaming about the act’s demise are missing the forest for the trees. Premier Ford’s new legislation claiming to repeal McGuinty’s signature legislative legacy preserves the core of the original GEA.”
“BILL 34 REPEAL GREEN ENERGY ACT OR IS IT??? Please share – people need to know…And let’s be honest and non-partisan about this…if the PCs are repealing the Green Energy Act why is there residue of the Green Energy Act being put into other legislation?”
The decisions you make will affect my life and the lives of my children and grandchildren, so I feel compelled to bring several things to your attention.
Many people are aware that the Ontario provincial debt is $332 billion dollars. Nearly 90% of Ontario’s net public debt has been accumulated in the last 25 years – a level of increase that is unsustainable. (1) Never in the history of Canada has one generation down loaded so much debt on the next generation!
Our children may be too young to vote, or not as well organized as lobby groups such as seniors, the wealthy or various business interests but they are our future decision makers.
Interest payments on the provincial debt are $12 billion dollars per year leaving less money available for infrastructure, health care, education, tax relief and other social needs.
We are living beyond our means and mandatory balanced budgets should be required by all levels of government. As the Ontario government you can increase taxes, increase borrowing or sell off public assets. If you do not want to reduce services or increase taxes you are going to have to eliminate any spending that is “not fit for purpose”.
Let me provide you with an example from the energy portfolio:
The biggest waste of taxpayer’s money occurs when government initiatives are not based on any cost benefit analysis. For example – no cost benefit analysis was ever conducted regarding the cost of the Ontario renewable energy initiative.
Ofﬁce of the Auditor General of Ontario To the Honourable Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
“Solar and wind energy are by their nature intermittent…
The auditor general’s office analyzed the performance of all wind farms in Ontario in 2010 based on IESO data… the average capacity factor of wind was 28%…solar generators operate at just 13% to 14% capacity factor.”
So the Ontario government has been aware of the poor performance of wind and solar electricity generators since 2010, but has continued to add wind and solar to the energy mix.
Everyone wants clean, green, cheap energy, but that is not what we are getting. We are getting an unreliable, intermittent, expensive energy system that actually increases CO2 emissions because we have to use gas plants to back up industrial wind turbines and solar panels. Blades and solar panels are non-recyclable so will have to be disposed of as toxic waste!
The four major forms of renewable energy considered in 2011 were hydro, wind, solar, and bioenergy. When you consider the output by generator type in 2017 the production from wind for Jan – Dec 31, 2017 was 765 MW/hr from a name plate capacity of 4,213 MW. A dismal performance with 18% production from the installed nameplate capacity. The difference is explained as an “allowance for capability levels below rated installed capacity.” Considerable distortion exists in the presentation of material when a product has an 80% drop in production over the stated manufacturer nameplate capacity. This is like telling me that my new car is capable of 1000 km on a tank of gasoline and instead it goes 200 km!
Hydro – a baseload renewable energy source – produced 3143 MW of power per hour from Jan – Dec 2017 from a potential of 5786 MW. So, we are only using 54% of the potential production from our cleanest, greenest, cheapest energy source.
Only ten percent of our power is produced from wind, solar and natural gas – made possible by underutilizing our hydro power generation. The total cost for wind energy in 2017 was upwards of $1.5 billion dollars plus solar at $1.5 billion dollars plus natural gas at $2 billion dollars for a total of $5 billion dollars! The transfer of wealth from the ratepayers of Ontario to the private for-profit multi-nationals for unreliable, intermittent energy cannot continue.
The sad reality for the ratepayers of Ontario is that the hydro plants could easily have been ramped up an additional 850 MW per hour to cover the contribution of wind, solar and biofuels. Instead we ran the water over the dam. We also negotiated a $1 billion-dollar deal to purchase hydro electricity from Quebec while we run our water over Niagara Falls!
The waste of our renewable resources, duplication of energy generation and payment to generators to sit idle is costing ratepayers $5 billion dollars per year.
In addition to the economic insanity in the energy file we have the additional incompatibility of the location of many of the industrial wind turbine towers. Industrial Wind Turbines produce infrasound, low frequencies sound, high frequencies sound, amplitude modulation, stray voltage, vibration, and shadow flicker. None of which are addressed in the regulations. They encroach on prime agriculture lands and disturbances to water wells have been reported. During construction and for the lifetime of the operation of all wind facilities wildlife can be harmed, harassed, killed and displaced.
The existing regulations regarding acoustic testing and monitoring, when implemented at all, are cumbersome by design, rarely feasible, and statistically dishonest.
Not one PC member of parliament voted in favour of the Green Energy Act 2009. You did not perpetuate this disaster upon us. The only honourable approach to addressing the Green Energy Act is to cancel it. In a Financial Post article entitled “Yes, Ontario’s Liberals can cancel their terrible renewable power contracts—and they should do it now”, (Lawrence Solomon, September 2016) argues for “cancelling Ontario’s odious renewables contracts”.
Please bring some financial sanity back to the energy portfolio.
A concerned citizen,
Mr Di Matteo on ‘Ontario’s Large Debt Grew in a Hurry’ Ontario’s net provincial debt in 1965 was $1.6 billion dollars.
PS: When Dalton McGuinty was elected in Oct 2003 the provincial debt was $138.8 billion dollars. Before he handed us over to Kathleen Wynne in 2013 the provincial debt was $252.8 billion dollars so McGuinty added $114 billion dollars to the provincial debt in his ten-year tenure. By the time Wynne was removed from office this year with a resounding defeat the provincial debt had grown to $315 to $332 billion dollars. So, Wynne added $62 to $79 billion dollars to our provincial debt in her five-year tenure. The liberals added $172 to $193 billion dollars to our provincial debt. A downloading of debt onto the next generation that is unprecedented in Canadian history.
As bad as that financial mismanagement is, it does not tell the whole story because you also must add in the total revenue that was spent in the fifteen years that the Liberals were in power. Using the historical budget documents that are available on the Ontario Ministry of Finance website in the 2003-4 budget total revenue was $68.4 billion dollars and total expenses were $73.9 billion dollars so McGuinty ran a $5.5 billion-dollar deficit in his first year in office. Over the next fifteen years revenue doubled to $142 billion dollars in 2017-18, but revenue was never enough to cover the expenses and the provincial debt just kept piling up.
The total revenue that was spent from 2003 to 2018 is $1,558.37 billion dollars or $1.558 trillion dollars! Plus, you need to add in the provincial debt accumulated over this time, so the Liberal government of Ontario spent $1.751 trillion dollars while in office. These are mighty big numbers but somehow, I do not feel richer for it as our infrastructure crumbles, and we get hallway health care.
Next Era has taken the money not once but thrice. It used your money to help build the wind projects in Ontario, it took your money for electricity generated and curtailed. It sold the projects to the Federal Government and continues to generate income with service contracts for some of the projects. You paid, are played and continue to pay.
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Headquartered in Toronto, Cordelio Power owns and manages a 396MW power generation portfolio, including four operating wind projects and two operating solar projects in Ontario. The company was launched in June 2018 to complete the purchase of this portfolio from NextEra Energy Partners. It is focused on working with all stakeholders to operate its projects in an efficient, safe and environmentally-responsible manner. Cordelio Power is owned by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
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“Tens of billions in tax subsidies have failed to make “green” energy the steady source of power promised. And now, for instance, Germany’s subsidies for wind power are coming to an end, so as many as 20% of German wind turbines will have to be decommissioned each year with nowhere to dispose of the 30-metre concrete bases or the huge turbine blades.”
GUNTER: Why on earth is Trudeau still so committed to the failing carbon tax?
With the new Ontario government of Premier Doug Ford announcing it will fight the federal Liberal government’s national carbon tax, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s flagship “green” initiative is in far more jeopardy than might be obvious.
Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, Ian Brodie, has pronounced the carbon tax “politically dead,” while former Liberal whisperer Warren Kinsella tweeted the tax is “dead, pretty much.”
Andrew Coyne: Liberals, keep your moralizing mitts off our Canada Pension Plan
McKenna’s tweet was just the usual non-stop, 24-hour moralizing we’ve come to expect from the primly ideological fanatics in this increasingly ridiculous government
It’s probably nothing. It was just a tweet, after all.
But when the federal environment minister, Catherine McKenna, posted her approval of a recent Canada Pension Plan Investment Board decision, it caused a little flutter of alarm among those who follow these things.
“Now, this is something that Canadians can be proud of,” she cheered, linking to a story about the CPPIB’s plans to invest more than $3 billion in green energy projects, “as it prepares for the global transition to a lower-carbon economy.”
Ministers of the Crown do not normally comment on CPP investment decisions, approvingly or otherwise, and with good reason. Though the federal and provincial governments set the broad terms of the plan’s operations — how much it collects in “contributions” from employers and employees, etc — the CPPIB, which is responsible for investing the $356 billion accumulated in the CPP Fund, is supposed to operate at arm’s length from all of them.
Now, this is something that Canadians can be proud of. The CPP
is planning to invest more than $3 billion in renewable energy as it prepares for the global transition to a lower-carbon economy. https://t.co/hsssiwYE47
Dear John [Fraser, interim Ontario Liberal leader],
Over the past four years we have written, faxed, emailed you and your previous fellow MPP’s many times and clearly told you one of the ways the Liberal party of Ontario was going wrong.
The Liberals’ callous, cruel disregard for the rights of the people of Ontario was very clearly demonstrated right up to the last week of parliament when over 3,000 people signed petitions simply asking your party to recognize your own lower, safer noise levels for industrial wind turbines. Late Friday, May 3 MOECC approved the Nation Rise Wind project using the higher noise levels (EDP Renewables of Portugal had surveyors on local roads Monday, May 6) and your party leader dissolved parliament May 7. The approval inflicted an additional debt on all people of Ontario of $1.8 million/month guaranteed for 20 years to a foreign county.
Over the years we asked you and your party, why? Why the damage to Amherst Island, the 20 wells in Chatham-Kent, the ignored noise complaints, the removal of rights of the municipalities and people of Ontario under the Green Energy Act?
John, your party has a lot to answer for including the anguish your party has inflicted. We sincerely hope you do not achieve official party status; a party such as yours that treated the people of Ontario as you did does not deserve to be anywhere near the democratic government of Ontario. Ruby and Joe Mekker
14117 Con. 1 – 2
The number-one challenge of our times is to separate the wheat from the chaff. To assist in this task, we are blessed with more information than ever before – but we are also simultaneously burdened with more misinformation than any prior generation has ever had to deal with. We look back and wonder how trusting citizens were so easily victimized by snake oil salesmen, but today, in the golden age of cons, we are being duped on a daily basis.
As a representative matter (and a national issue of great significance), let’s look at what’s happening with industrial wind energy.
The primary reason why wind energy has been a success has nothing to do with wind energy! Instead, its success is 100% due to the fact that wind energy proponents are masterful lobbyists. If one reads The Business of America Is Lobbying, it’s apparent that the wind industry has used every trick in the book, and then written some of its own.
For example: Wind lobbyists have successfully infiltrated our language with totally inaccurate and misleading terminology, such as “wind farms” and “clean energy.” Neither exists.
For example: Wind marketers have successfully portrayed their product as “Free, Clean, and Green” – despite it being none of those. The reason they have coined these malapropisms is simple: those who control the words control the narrative.
For example: Wind salespeople have successfully convinced financially distressed communities that hosting a wind project will be a economic windfall – even though numerous studies from independent experts indicate that the net local economic impact could well be negative.
For example: Wind-peddlers have successfully sold technically challenged local representatives that the wind-developer is their friend and business partner – even though these sophisticated and aggressive entrepreneurs typically look at these rural people as rubes and marks, and their number-one focus is to make as much money as possible, at the rubes’ expense.
For example: Wind developers have successfully persuaded much of the public that wind energy is an inevitable matter, so fighting it is a lost cause. The reality is that in many cases, local communities can effectively defend themselves by simply passing a proper wind ordinance.
For example: Wind-supporters have successfully imparted the belief that a certain wind project will power 20,000 homes – even though that project will not actually power a single home 24/7/365.
For example: Wind advocates employ a sleight-of-hand tactic to dismiss noise complaints by claiming that “wind turbines don’t make any more noise than a refrigerator.” The fact is that the main acoustical concern with wind turbines is the infrasound generated (which is below our level of hearing). So discussing the audible part of turbine noise purposefully distracts from the serious inaudible (but still very much experienced) noise issue.
For example: Wind propagandists say that wind energy is saving the environment – even though the evidence indicates that it is environmentally destructive on multiple fronts.
For example: Wind-promoters have successfully conveyed the idea that wind energy is a low-cost option of electricity – even though when all its costs are fully accounted for, wind energy can be three to five times as expensive as traditional electricity sources.
For example: Wind advocates have successfully communicated the notion that using more wind will directly result in the closure of coal plants – even though 10,000 wind turbines could never equal the performance of even a single coal facility.
For example: Wind-boosters have successfully disseminated the impression that wind is a major and essential contributor to preventing climate change – even though there is no empirical scientific proof that wind energy saves any consequential CO2.
For example: Wind champions have successfully relayed the conviction that the DoD Clearinghouse assures us that wind projects will not adversely affect the mission or operational readiness of our military or our national security – even though the DoD Clearinghouse was set up to accommodate wind energy (not the military), and the actual process is much more about promoting political correctness than protecting our national defense.
I could go on and on, as the list of wind lobbyists’ deceptions is distressingly long. That said, there is an additional major falsehood that needs to be exposed: that there is such a thing as wind energy by itself. This seemingly innocuous deceit is actually extraordinarily important.
The fact is that there is no such animal on the grid as wind energy by itself. What actually typically exists is a “Wind+Gas” package. This is mandated by the inescapable reality of wind energy’s unrelentingly unpredictable and uncontrollable output. No conventional source of electrical energy has these characteristics, so none need this special augmentation.
The importance of understanding this reality is that when we are talking about wind energy economics or environmental consequences, the only truthful analysis is objectively and comprehensively looking at the results of the Wind+Gas package.*
For example, it should be apparent that wind energy (i.e., the Wind+Gas package) is not a CO2 zero-emitter. In fact, due to other technicalities (never acknowledged by wind lobbyists) some studies have concluded that gas (combined cycle) by itself produces less CO2 than the Wind+Gas package.
Let me restate that extraordinary finding: gas can produce less CO2 than wind energy does!
Is the success of wind energy due to the sophistication of the con artists they’ve engaged or to our gullibility? In either case, the takeaway is that lobbyists are not reliable sources of information, especially when it involves significant money, our health, or our national security. The bottom line is that wind energy is palliative pabulum, not suitable for prime time.