Ontario Wind Turbines
Ontario has the most expensive electricity in North America
leading to unaffordable hydro bills, manufacturing leaving, high unemployment and a stagnant economy.
This is the result of over-priced wind power; an industry Ontario doesn’t need and can’t afford.
“Ontario is probably the worst electricity market in the world,”
Pierre-Olivier Pineau, Associate Professor and Electricity Market Expert, University of Montreal HEC Business School.
Ontario’s Energy Policy affects every person in Ontario.
Eleven years ago, Ontario had a vibrant energy sector. It has changed since then.
The following is a summary of the energy policy that is being implemented by the Ontario Government.
All supporting information is under Sources. Pictures are of wind projects in Ontario.
Over the next 20 years, your household will pay an additional $40,000 for electricity.
The cost of wind power will add $110,000,000,000.00 to our electrical bills. That’s $110 billion.
To grasp this number:
$1 million can buy 50 Honda Civics.
$1 billion can buy 50,000 Honda Civics.
$100 billion can buy 5,000,000 Honda Civics.
Ontario is building 6736 Wind Turbines.
We already have clean and excess power from water, nuclear and gas.
We pay more for wind power than any province/state in North America.
kwh = kilowatt hour or the number of kilowatts per hour. 1 kilowatt = 1000 watts
mwh = megawatt hour or the number of megawatts per hour. 1 megawatt = 1000 kilowatts
We’re paying 11-13.5 cents per kwh for wind power; plus a minimum of $22 billion in related costs.
The average price for wind power in the U.S. is 7 cents.
The average price for Ontario nuclear, water and gas is 7 cents.
Ontario hydro consumers pay for a debt that was paid off in 2010.
The 10% clean energy rebate on your hydro bill is charged to Ontario tax payers.
Ontario is the only province/state that charges HST, delivery, and regulatory fees on electricity.
Your hydro rates increase every May and October.
In 2007, you paid 7 cents per kwh.
In 2014, depending on usage, you pay 14-27 cents per kwh.
Check your hydro bill; divide the total (including HST, delivery and regulatory fees) by your usage.
1699 kwh costs $210 = 14 cents per kwh.
288 kwh costs $79 = 27 cents per kwh.
Compare our rates to: 6.8 cents in Quebec and 7.9 cents in Manitoba.
Manufacturing is leaving Ontario; new manufacturing is not coming.
Key reasons include expensive power and limited opportunities.
Caterpiller (2 plants), United Steel. Heinz, Bicks, International Trucking,
General Motors, Navistar, Kellogg’s, John Deer, Lance Bakeries, Kraft Foods.
Manufacturers are seeing their hydro costs increasing by $3 million plus a year.
NOVA Chemicals says the cost of power is critical in its decision to locate a multi-billion-dollar polyethylene expansion in Sarnia Ontario.
Their alternative is the U.S. Gulf Coast where hydro rates are a fraction ours.
Since 2006, power usage has decreased by 6%.
Ontario has one of the highest unemployment rates in Canada with almost 1 million out of work.
Ontario’s $227 billion debt is the worst in North America.
Gone are the days of beautiful Ontario….
“These wind projects will change this place more totally, more rapidly and more permanently
than anything in the past 10,000 years”
James Corcoran, South Huron, Ontario
30 years experience performing environmental assessments on behalf of developers.
Wind companies are exempt from many Ontario laws: municipal bylaws, building permits, road weight restrictions,
proximity to highways, drainage, protection of wetlands; death or harm to endangered species.
Example: If you destroy an eagle’s nest, the fine is $10,000; whereas wind companies are exempt.
Turbines are assessed at a tax rate much lower than their actual value resulting in wind companies pay proportionally less taxes than the rest of us.
Wind companies routinely sue municipalities/persons who get in their way.
The government supplies lawyers to back a wind company;
but has never backed a municipality, person or group of Ontarians.
People call turbines bird blenders because they slice, maim and slaughter birds.
Turbines will be built in the paths of the millions of birds that migrate to or through Ontario.
Turbines kill more bats than birds (their lungs explode from the turbine’s drop in air pressure). Don’t neglect the importance of bats to our eco-system.
Laws were passed where municipalities have no rights regarding wind projects in their jurisdiction.
Over 80 municipalities are “unwilling hosts” to turbines, but they are not acknowledged.
Every turbine will permanently destroy 3 acres of land; roughly 21,000 acres of farmland lost forever.
Ontario turbines are closer to humans than any place in the world.
People are suffering from wind turbine syndrome which can be life threatening.
People complain about the constant noise from turbines.
People are abandoning their homes; no one wants to buy a house surrounded by turbines.
Areas in rural Ontario are becoming ghost towns.
Is a wind company getting a pass on violating the law?
In the Niagara region, four turbines that were built too close to residents, are violating the law and need to be dismantled.
The Minister of Energy has done nothing.
A Perspective of Size
Using the Absolute Towers in Mississauga rendered in as a backdrop:
Absolute Towers is 56 storeys.
The small turbine is the CNE turbine – 299 feet high.
The mid-size is the average Ontario turbine - 380 feet high.
The tallest one is the new Ontario turbine - 550 feet and taller.
Ontario’s wind energy policy is convoluted and wastes money.
- Nuclear, hydro, & gas is clean, cheap and has a 100% reliability, but, wind is given priority to our grid.
- Wind power is expensive and unreliable; available 20-30% of the time.
- When there is no wind, there is no wind power available.
- For every kwh of wind power, we need one kwh of backup, that could otherwise be used as our sole source.
- Ontario is spending $11 billion building transmission lines to feed power from every wind project.
That’s an additional $2750 cost to your household
- Ontario has too much power and we either, pay the USA & Quebec to get rid of the excess or charge 2.5 per kwh.
In 2013 alone, the loss was $1 billion which will cost your household an additional $250.
- Quebec turns around and sells our hydro at 5 cents per kwh to bordering States.
- When there is too much power, Ontario pays $1 million dollars a day to take a nuclear plant off-line ($66 million in 2013)
and pays wind companies to shut down their turbines.
- $6 billion was spent to increase the power at Niagara Falls; only to divert the water when there is excess power.
- Ontario pays gas plants to run as backup for wind power.
- The first weekend in August, Ontario lost $10 million because of highly windy days resulting in unexpected power to the grid.
The same occurred on November 9 & 10, where Ontario lost another $20 million.
- September 11, 2013: Ontario agreed to pay Wind Energy companies $200,000 per mw not to supply power,
The government says it’s “cheaper than paying the USA & Quebec to use it”.
Since then, new wind projects continue to be approved.
- The plan to build two new nuclear reactors at Darlington was abruptly cancelled in October 2013 at a cost of $180 million.
- During the 2011 election, the Liberals cancelled the construction of 2 gas plants to win Liberal seats.
These cancellations totaled $1.1 billion which will cost your household an additional $250.
- The Lambton coal plant had just been upgraded at a cost of $1 billion to produce clean coal before it was closed in October 2013.
That will cost your household another $250.
Ironically, the Lambton coal plant is 1 km from a coal plant in Michigan that is still active.
Truth is stranger than fiction
Ontario pays 11-13.5 cents for wind power.
Ontario pays or charges Quebec 2.5 cents take our excess.
The loss is subsidized by Ontario consumers.
Quebec sells it to border States for 5 cents.
Manufacturers can move to the States and get cheap power; where a portion is sourced from Ontario and subsidized by Ontario consumers.
New York State clearly sees an opportunity.
Promotional information was sent to Ontario’s Manufacturing sector citing Ontario’s high energy costs as a good reason to relocate to New York State. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/soaring-energy-prices-making-ontario-look-dim-for-manufacturers/article17560172/
Wolfe Island – actual photo of today
The Vulnerability of our Grid
- When produced, power has to be used immediately; there’s no technology to store it for a later time.
- There is excess power every hour of every day, and Ontario rushes to find a state/province that will take it.
- Depending on their power needs at the time, we either give it away (spill it), pay to take it (spill it) or charge a very low rate.
- Because wind power is so unpredictable, the IESO staff are continually manipulating the grid; telling the nuclear, gas and hydro suppliers to adjust their output accordingly; and the excess is then sent to Quebec, Manitoba and the States.
According to the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers:
Carbon Dioxide Emissions will increase by 48% in 2030,
because gas plants constantly starting up and shutting down expel more emissions than if they ran continually.
Much of our wind power will go to Quebec and the States.
Wind blows mostly at night and in the winter when we need power the least.
When our air conditioners need it the most on a hot summer day, there is no wind.
Constant changes to the grid are prone to error and Ontario’s grid wasn’t built to handle such.
We better be prepared for frequent and long blackouts or worse, as in complete failure of our energy grid.
Are we 20 years behind Europe?
Ontario’s wind energy policy is based the European model.
Denmark and Germany have used wind power for 20 years.
Denmark’s power is 40.33 cents per kwh; Germany is 36.25 cents per kwh.
Starting back in 2009: Germany is now building clean, hi-tech coal plants that will produce cheap power.
“If one builds a new state-of-the-art lignite [coal] power plant,
….then I feel this should also be acknowledged as a contribution to our climate protection efforts.”
Norbert Röttgen, Germany’s Federal Minister of the Environment, September 2012
Does this make sense to you??
The PC’s do not support Wind power. They want it stopped.
The Liberals & NDP give way to the wind power lobbyists at Queen’s Park.
This has been going on for years.
In 2004, Mike Crawley, the (then) President for the Ontario Liberals,
was awarded a wind power contract that guarantees his company $66,000 a day for a total of $1/2 Billion dollars.
The Wind Industry held a fundraising event for Kathleen Wynne in April 2013.
Those who promote Wind power, benefit financially by doing so. (directly or indirectly).
Promoters of Wind Energy:
David Suzuki, Pembina Institute, Cleantech, MaRs, Environmental Defence,
Friends of the Wind and CANWEA
Ten minutes of research on the Internet will tell you that wind power is big money for billion dollar companies,
big money for environmentalists and big money for politicians & political parties.
Every project could be stopped today; if the Liberals want to.
The Ontario Government has the discretionary power to cancel or modify these contracts but it’s clear they don’t want to.
An Ontario court ruling in the decision of Trillium vs. Ontario, 2013, clearly states that:
“Governments are free to alter policies in the public interest.”
“Companies in the renewable power business participate in government subsidy programs ‘at their own risk’.”
The Liberals do not acknowledge this ruling.
As of March 2014, Ontario has 55 incomplete wind power projects (about 4900 turbines) that could be stopped legally.
But, the Liberals will allow them to be completed.
For ruling, refer to Discussion at the bottom of this page
Chatham Kent Airport – Location of turbines was denied by Transport Canada,
fought by the municipality, but approved by the Ontario Government.
The same is happening in Collingwood, Peterborough, Goderich, Kincardine, Huron Park, Grand Bend and the Niagara Region.
The sky-diving club in Niagara Region will have to shut down.
Energy Platform by Party
The PC’s introduced Bill 42 in 2012 and Bill 39 in 2013 to eliminate wind subsidies and give control back to municipalities.
The NDP’s and Liberals voted against these bills.
The Liberal Energy Platform
Build more wind farms
February 2014: the Liberals will be pursuing additional wind power projects in January 2015 and again in 2016.
The NDP Energy Platform
Offer ratepayers a $100 rebate.
Remove HST from power and heating bills.
End the practice of exporting subsidized power to New York and Michigan
Wants the auditor general to review all private power contracts.
The PC Energy Platform
Scrap Ontario’s wind energy policy.
Give control back to municipalities.
Eliminate wind subsidies.
Don’t connect unwanted Wind Projects to the grid
where, the local municipality wasn’t welcoming of the project, and it doesn’t make sense on a cost-benefit analysis.
PC MPP Energy Critic, Lisa Macleod in the Legislative: Scrapping the Green Energy Act
Wolfe Island before & after the Liberal’s energy policies
Is Nothing Sacred?
Near Peterborough, a $40 million project to build the largest Buddhist complex outside of China is in jeopardy
because the Liberals knowingly approved wind turbines to surround the complex.
The people in charge of the development say these turbines will have a negative impact on the serenity of the complex.
This complex would have attracted about 45,000 visitors a year and generated more than $20 million for Ontario.
Wind Farms slated for Ontario
Rondeau Bay – Actual photo of today
Wind verses Nuclear
- Nuclear power costs 7 cents per kwh, period.
Wind power costs 11-13.5 cents per kwh, plus all other costs mentioned above.
- One wind project approved for the area east of Grand Bend is approximately 34 km long and 16 km wide compared to the total nuclear footprint of 9 sq. kilometers.
- It will have 63 wind turbines with a maximum output of 102 mwh.
- Applying efficiency factor of 30%, actual output will be 30 mwh.
- Ontario average usage is 18,000 mwh.
- Nuclear can provide approximately l0,000 mwh 24/7.
- This wind project with a massive footprint has the potential of providing .16% (1/6th of one percent) our energy needs.
- When there is no wind, it will provide 0% of our energy needs.
The Human & Environmental Tragedy
To appreciate the full impact of turbines on our people, please find the time to read this:
In 10-20 years
- The Niagara Falls hydro generating stations are 100 years old, but wind turbines are good for only 10-20 years.
- Each turbine construction consists of 800 tonnes of cement for support, approximately 250 tonnes of unrecyclable materials, 700 litres of hydraulic fuel and, 600 kilograms of rare earth metals. Multiply these numbers by 6736 and Ontario is facing a potential ecological conundrum.
- The are no bonds posted to ensure these turbines will be dismantled at the end of their life cycle. It is estimated that a turbine, depending on size, will cost $400,000 to $1,000,000 to dismantle.
- Given that wind companies are predominantly foreign, change ownership or, go bankrupt, it is quite realistic to expect 100′s or 1,000′s of dead turbines in 20 years and left standing.
- This is happening already. Wind Companies usually don’t fix or dismantle broken turbines and, Ontario already has many non-functioning turbines.
If companies won’t dismantle a couple of turbines now; what about the future ones?.
- The Liberals have no plans as to where to dispose these materials, nor have indicated that wind companies will be responsible for the costs of building the landfill sites or depots.
- One can only assume, that the cost to dispose 6736 turbines will be covered by the people of Ontario.
In 10-20 years, we could be faced with a landscape of old, rusted out, broken down turbines.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation recently launched a petition to dismantle the Liberal Green Energy Act.
The petition and signatures will be printed and hand delivered to Queens Park.
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