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Give municipalities the power to decide on wind farms, urges MacLeod

OTTAWA – The provincial government should scrap a section of the Green Energy Act that lets the provincial government approve wind farms without cities’ and townships’ approval, Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod said in a small press conference outside Ottawa City Hall Friday morning.

MacLeod brought fellow Tory MPP Vic Fedeli, the opposition party’s energy critic, to reinforce the point. From the beginning the Tories have opposed the Green Energy Act, an effort by the Ontario Liberals to begin rebuilding the provincial economy by encouraging the manufacture of equipment for wind and solar power. It provides big subsidies for green-energy projects in an effort to jump-start the industry and cuts out municipal authority over where they go.

“Every job that is created in the wind and solar sector, two to four jobs are lost elsewhere,” Fedeli said. He pointed to a smelter in his Nipissing riding that moved across to Quebec, he said, because electricity is cheaper there.

Locally, a group of North Gower residents opposes a wind farm planned for that south-Ottawa community.

“They’re planning 50-storey towers,” said Jane Wilson, the president of anti-windmill Wind Concerns Ontario. “They do make noise and vibrations.”

Fedeli said the Tories introduced a private member’s bill to get rid of the Green Energy Act’s subsidy system, but it promptly died when the Liberals and New Democrats voted against it.