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Wind Power News: Ontario


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

December 10, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Province revokes approval for nearly-finished Nation Rise Wind Farm

The provincial government has withdrawn the renewable energy approval authorizing the creation of the Nation Rise Wind Farm. Environment Minister Jeff Yurek announced the decision in a letter to wind farm opponents, who had appealed the approval of the project to him. The withdrawal of the approval means the project will come to a halt, despite the fact the wind farm is largely complete, with several wind turbines erected and ready to begin generating power. Yurek said he decided to . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2019 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

The ‘relentless’ need council’s support, too

In his recent letter, Councillor Randy Douglas laments on the “lack of decorum” and calls for the residents to rally around and defeat those “unrelenting, multi-faceted, personal, rude, negative and toxic folks … attempting to advance their own agendas.“ It is public knowledge that legal bills are piling up within North Stormont for various reasons – but that is not the focus of this letter. That said, we want to acknowledge one newer councillor in particular. Councillor Roxane Villeneuve has listened . . . Complete story »

December 6, 2019 • Ontario, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Why it makes sense to cancel wind and solar contracts in over-powered Ontario

The cost and source of Ontario’s electrical power has been a hot topic for years, but happily for the PC government, it had dropped from the headlines. That is, until Energy Minister Greg Rickford was forced to defend the cost of cancelling 750 wind and solar contracts. It ought to have been easy, because not going ahead with the extra generating capacity is the most rational thing the PCs have done on the electricity file. Ontario already generates more power . . . Complete story »

November 26, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns grow over compensation payouts for Ontario’s cancelled green energy projects

Premier Doug Ford’s axing of more than 750 green energy projects has cost taxpayers $1.1 million in financial penalties so far, but with hundreds of companies yet to apply for compensation there are fears the $231 million earmarked this year won’t be enough. The $1.1 million is shared by 13 renewable energy firms – an average of $84,615 each – although the government agency that handles the contracts won’t provide details despite calls from opposition parties in the legislature for a review . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2019 • Editorials, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Green energy put us into the red

The real problem was that, as two Ontario auditors general reported over the years, the Liberals had no idea of what they were doing on green energy. Worse, they were either too ill-informed, or too arrogant, or both, to learn. Either way, hydro ratepayers will be paying for their blunders for many years to come. Complete story »

November 22, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

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. “I’m so proud of that,” Ford said of his decision. “I’m proud that we actually saved . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

CPP might be ‘buying into a lawsuit’ through Pattern Energy acquisition, says lawyer

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) might be “buying into a lawsuit” by acquiring U.S.-based renewable energy company Pattern Energy, according to a lawyer representing Chatham-Kent residents whose lawsuit against the Ontario government – as well as three wind turbine companies, including Pattern Energy – was dismissed earlier this year. Pattern Energy announced in early November that it had entered into a $6.1 billion agreement with the CPPIB that would see the federal pension plan’s investment arm acquire the renewable energy . . . Complete story »

November 17, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Gasses bubble up in man’s well

A resident in former Chatham Township whose well has been contaminated with pump-clogging sediment since turbine construction began around his property is now dealing with gasses bubbling up his well casing when he turns his pump on. Dave Lusk’s multi-generational farm had been providing clean, clear drinking water for many years. But not only does he now have to run his water through an expensive, multi-filter system which still clogs due to the volume of sediment coming up, he also . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2019 • Editorials, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Unreasonable decision

As Canadians, we have rights and freedoms for which thousands of soldiers, who put the good of the country before their own wants and needs, fought and died. One of those freedoms was to have our day in court. To provide evidence and testimony to a judge and/or jury who would fairly evaluate that evidence and make a ruling. As Canadians, we should all be ashamed that Christine Burke, a well owner whose water was contaminated by pump-clogging sediment, has . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

In case you missed it: Province drops EPA charges

Concerned well owner Christine Burke’s second day in court took place in a shorter time span than her first one two months ago. And there won’t be another. At least not in regard to her charges against several wind turbine companies, a provincial ministry and its cabinet minister. That’s all thanks to the Attorney General’s office, who stepped in Oct. 30 at Provincial Offences Court to take over the case. Brian Wilkie, the AG’s representative in the courtroom, immediately withdrew . . . Complete story »

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