Ontario Wind Turbines
Ontario’s Energy Policy will affect every person in Ontario.
Eleven years ago, Ontario had a vibrant energy sector that offered inexpensive electricity. It has changed dramatically since then.
The following is a summary of the new energy policy that is being implemented by the Ontario Government.
Pictures are of wind projects in Ontario.
Over the next 20 years, your household will pay an additional $40,000 for electricity.
The money is to pay for the cost of wind energy fuel that will add $110,000,000,000.00 to our electrical bills.
Ontario is building 6736 Wind Turbines.
About 1800 are built with about 4900 more to go; with plans to accept additional wind farm contracts in the future.
Ontario, however, already has too much electricity from water, nuclear and gas and doesn’t need energy from wind.
Ontario has the highest electricity rates in North America.
The Liberals pay more for wind energy than any other province/state in N. America.
Less than 3% of our electricity comes from wind, yet 50% of our bill pays for wind energy.
Ontario hydro consumers pay for a hydro 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 a tax (HST) on hydro.
Ontario is the only province/state that charges delivery and regulatory fees.
Your hydro rates will continue to increase every May and October to pay for wind energy.
In 2004, you paid 4.7 cents per kilowatt.
Today you pay 15-22 cents per kilowatt. To verify, divide the total (including HST) on your hydro bill by your usage.
Compare our rates to: 4.8 cents in Montreal, 5.45 cents in Chicago and 8.12 cents in Detroit.
Monthly Usage Cost Comparison
1699 kw will cost in Ontario, $210; Montreal, $82; Chicago, $93; Detroit, $138.
288 kw will cost in Ontario, $ 79; Montreal, $14; Chicago, $16; Detroit, $24.
(The less hydro you use, the higher the percentage of delivery & regulatory charges are incurred; resulting in a higher rate per kw.)
Manufacturing is leaving Ontario and new manufacturing is not coming. Key reasons include expensive electricity and limited opportunities.
To name a few: Caterpiller (2 plants), United Steel. Heinz, Bicks, International Trucking, General Motors, Navistar, Kellogg’s, John Deer, Lance Bakeries, Kraft Foods, General Electric Motor Plant.
Large manufacturers are seeing their hydro costs increasing by $3-10,000,000 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 our rates.
Almost 1 million Ontarian’s are out of work. For 8 years, Ontario has had one of the highest unemployment rates in Canada.
Gone are the days of beautiful Ontario….
Wind projects can be built anywhere in Ontario and do not require consent from the affected municipalities or people.
Many Ontario laws or regulations do not apply to Wind Companies: municipal bylaws, building permits, road weight restrictions, drainage, protection of wetlands; migratory paths; death or harm to endangered species; etc.
Wind companies simply obtain exemptions from any law that impedes their projects.
Wind turbines towering as high as 600 ft., are intrusive and will affect over 4800 sq. miles in Ontario.
Every Great Lakes coastline will have 1,000-2,000 wind turbines.
Tourism is diminishing, rural property values are decreasing; livestock, endangered species, wildlife and fowl are being negatively affected.
Ontario Wind Turbines are built closer to humans than any place in the world; people are suffering from wind turbine syndrome which can be life threatening.
People don’t want to live near these turbines and are abandoning their homes. Areas in rural Ontario are becoming ghost towns.
The Liberal & NDP support our wind energy policy even though it is convoluted and wastes our money.
Without Wind Turbines, our hydro would be one of the cheapest in North America.
“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.
- Nuclear, hydro, & gas is cheap, reliable, clean energy but, wind has priority.
- At 3-4 times the price, wind energy is too expensive, unreliable, available only about 20-30% of the time (sometimes as low as 10%).
- Wind needs backup energy. For every kilowatt of wind power, we need one kilowatt of backup energy fuel, that could otherwise be our initial source.
- Ontario has so much electricity that we pay the USA & Quebec to take it off our hands or, when permitting, charge them 1/4 cents per kw.
In 2013 alone, the loss was $1 billion which will cost your household an additional $250.
- Quebec turns around and sells our hydro at cheap rates to the New England states and makes a substantial profit.
- Ontario is spending $11 billion building transmission lines to feed energy from wind turbines. That’s an additional $2750 cost to your household.
- Beginning in 2007, Ontario installed smart meters at cost of $700 per household. As of February, 2104, there are discussions to replace these meters at another $700 per household.
- When there is too much electricity, Ontario pays $1 million dollars a day to take a nuclear plant off-line ($66 million in 2013); diverts the water at Niagara Falls and pays wind companies to shut down their turbines.
- Ontario pays gas plants to run continually in backup mode for wind energy.
- The first weekend in August, Ontario lost $10 million because of the highly windy days resulting in unexpected energy to the grid. The same situation occurred on November 9 & 10, where Ontario lost another $20 million. These losses are charged back to Ontario hydro consumers.
- Effective September 11, 2013, Ontario agreed to pay Wind Energy companies $200,000 per MW NOT to supply their wind energy to the grid, because it’s “cheaper” than paying the USA & Quebec to use it. Since then, the Liberals continue to approve new wind farm projects on a weekly basis.
- The plan to build two new nuclear reactors at Darlington was abruptly cancelled by the Liberals in October 2013 at a cost of $180 million. This will be charged back to the Ontario hydro consumer.
- The $1.1 billion cancellation of 2 gas plants by the Liberals will cost your household an additional $250.
- Because wind is so unreliable and unpredictable, the staff at the IESO, must continually manipulate the grid on an hourly basis, by shutting down, or starting up, the nuclear, gas or hydro plants or sending the excess off to the states.
- These constant changes to the grid are prone to error and Ontario’s grid wasn’t built to handle such.
- Experts say that we better be prepared for frequent and long blackouts or worse, as in complete failure of our energy grid resulting in a devastating blackout.
Truth is stranger than fiction
Ontario pays Quebec to take our excess electricity. Ontario consumers pay for the loss.
Quebec sells it to bordering States at dirt cheap rates.
These states attract manufacturing because of cheap electricity.
Manufacturers can move to the border States to get cheap electricity that is sourced from Ontario.
The Liberals are telling you we have an energy crisis & need renewable energy.
They are providing a solution for an environmental problem that doesn’t exist.
Ontario has clean air. When is the last time you heard about poor air quality in this province?
Ontario has clean and excess energy fuel with our nuclear, hydro (water) and gas. (Natural gas is a clean fuel.)
Ontario’s economy is shrinking and electricity use has decreased by 6% since 2006.
Ontario doesn’t need smart meters or “time of use” rates.
The Liberals subsidize wind energy at a rate equivalent to $1000 per barrel of oil.
(Wind Companies cannot survive without subsidies)
Does this make sense to you??
The Liberals & NDP’s give way to the 100 wind energy lobbyists at Queens Park regardless of the impact on Ontario.
This has been going on for years. In 2004, the (then) Liberals awarded Mike Crawley, the Ontario President for the Liberals, a wind energy 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 Energy, such as the Liberals, NDP, David Suzuki, Greenpeace, Pembina Institute, Environmental Defence, Friends of the Wind and CANWEA are supported by Wind Energy companies and benefit financially from these companies.
Ten minutes of research on the Internet will tell you that wind turbines are nothing more than big money for billion dollar companies, big money for environmentalists and big money for politicians with no advantages to the Ontario people.
Energy Platform by Party
The Liberal Energy Platform
Build more wind farms
The NDP Energy Platform
Offer ratepayers a $100 rebate that would be paid for by taxpayers.
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.
Bill 138 was introduced in February 2013, to eliminate wind subsidies. The PC’s voted for it and the Liberals & NDPs voted against.
As of February, 2014, there are 255 Wind Projects signed, but not completed.
The Ontario Government cannot legally cancel contracts with Wind Companies; but it is not legally obligated to connect a completed Wind Farm to the grid as the Liberals do in every case.
The PC’s will not cancel wind contracts, but rather use the following discretion:
“If the local municipality wasn’t welcoming of the project, and it didn’t make sense on a cost-benefit analysis, then they would exercise the termination clauses that already exist.”
The Liberals claim that the PC’s actions would costs billions to cancel contracts, but don’t indicate that the contracts themselves would not be cancelled.
One can assume that Wind Companies will halt construction of wind projects if they know there are no guarantees that their projects will be connected to the grid.
Wolfe Island before & after the Liberal’s energy policies
Wind Farms slated for Ontario
Wind verses Nuclear
- The map below is of one of many wind projects approved for the area east of Grand Bend and north of London.
- It is approximately 34 km long and 16 km wide with a footprint of over 500 sq. kilometers compared to the nuclear footprint of 9 sq. kilometers.
- It will have 63 wind turbines with a total maximum output of 102 megawatts (MW) per hour.
- Applying efficiency factor of 30%, actual output will be 30 MW per hour.
- Ontario average usage is 18,000 MW per hour.
- Nuclear provides approximately l0,000 MW every hour 24/7.
- This wind project with a massive footprint has the potential of providing .16% (1/6th of one percent) our energy needs.
In 10-20 years
- Niagara Falls hydro generator is 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 monetary guarantees to ensure these turbines will be dismantled as wind companies are not required to post any bond.
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, can change ownership or, go bankrupt, it is quite realistic to expect 100′s or 1,000′s of dead turbines in 20 years.
- 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.