ORONTO – A recent report by Ontario’s auditor general is further evidence that the province’s Green Energy Act is flawed, says Niagara West-Glanbrook’s MPP.
Following the release of the report on Dec. 9, MPP Tim Hudak has renewed his call for a stop to new wind energy projects.
In the report, the auditor general claims the real cost of electricity for Ontarians is only 30 per cent of their bill, while the global adjustment charge accounts for 70 per cent of electricity rates.
“Basically, Ontarians are being gouged on their hydro bill so large and politically well-connected wind turbine companies can be guaranteed huge profits,” said Hudak. “Every homeowner in Ontario has paid $1,000 per year above and beyond their actual hydro costs to cover the Global Adjustment. That’s $10,000 in additional costs.”
Hudak said the report highlights how highly subsidized green energy projects are driving up the energy bills of Ontario residents, and says it is yet another reason to kill the Green Energy Act and put a stop to the further development of industrial wind farm projects.
The Province recently approved a project that will see 77 turbines built in and around West Niagara. Hudak said these types of projects will only continue to affect the hydro bills of residents and businesses in Ontario, hitting the wallet of residents and resulting in fewer jobs, especially in the manufacturing sector.
“The answer is to stop. No more,” said Hudak of new energy projects.
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