Ways to improve Ontario’s Green Energy Act (GEA)

The windpowergrab blog began in early 2011, after the government of Ontario, Canada “took away all planning power from municipalities when it came to green projects” STW OWR LFP

This move has guaranteed opposition to utility-scale wind projects. Opposition could be dramatically reduced with these policy changes:

  1. “Restore Local Control over Wind and Solar Projects” OWR QLS
  2. A setback of 1 m for each kW of rated capacity. A 60 kW turbine would be at least 60 m from homes. A 2 MW (2,000 kW) turbine would be a minimum of 2 km from homes (“receptors” according to the government).
  3. Alignment of subsidies with other provinces: Ontario currently pays 13.5 cents per kilowatt-hour for on-shore wind power, while PEI pays just 7.75 cent G&M
  4. Turn turbines off during off-peak times: 7PM – 7 AM (May 1 – Oct 31) or 9 PM – 7 AM (Nov – Apr)

The Ensuring Affordable Energy Act contains six key pillars: (Source: OWR)

  • Wind turbines will only be placed in willing host communities, and municipalities will be given full veto over wind turbine projects in their communities;
  • Wind power must be affordable—meaning the cost per kilowatt hour must line up with other sources of generation;
  • The costly feed-in tariff (FIT) program will be eliminated;
  • Municipalities will have the ability to decide whether or not they want to promote wind energy;
  • The Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine will be protected from wind turbines; and
  • Municipalities will receive their planning powers for renewable energy back

This bill will ensure that environmentally sensitive areas like the Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine will be protected, municipalities will have their planning power back and the controversial, highly subsidized FIT program will be cancelled.

This bill is scheduled to go to second reading debate on April 18th, 2013. PC Leader Tim Hudak and the PC Caucus would appreciate your support.

Sincerely,

Lisa Thompson, MPP
Deputy PC Energy Critic

… record of waste, recklessness, arrogance and hypocrisy on their so-called green energy file. When McGuinty took away the planning rights of local municipalities to have any say on industrial wind factories locating in their communities Toronto Sun

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