We are for green energy, but not at the extreme financial burden imposed on Ontario’s citizens by the Industrial Wind Turbine industry

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Ontario Wind Power Generators To Be Paid For Not Producing Electricity

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TORONTO – Ontario will start paying wind power generators today not to produce electricity, but the government says the move will actually save ratepayers big bucks.

Ontario has had a surplus of power since 2006, but until now, the province paid for all the electricity generated from industrial wind mills, even when it wasn’t needed.

Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says the system operator can now order wind producers not to generate power, and will pay them _ just as it pays Bruce nuclear _ not to produce electricity when it’s not needed.

He says they are paid at a reduced rate that will save the province $200 million a year just on the wind turbines.

Ontario has signed generous contracts with wind producers for about 5,800 megawatts of electricity, only about 1,500 of which is currently connected to the grid.

The Progressive Conservatives say paying wind power producers with 20-year contracts not to generate electricity shows the Liberals’ green energy act “is a failed social experiment.” (Source: Read more)

Just like the Carbon Tax, the Renewable Energy Tax err Target (RET) needs to be terminated

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Below are the statistics on the cost of power generation in 2011 from the Australian Government’s own Productivity Commission:

•Coal fired power station $79 per Mw/h (megawatt/hour)

•Gas fired power station $97 per Mw/h – or 1.2 times the cost of coal power

•Wind power $150-214 per Mw/h – or nearly 3 times the cost of coal power

•Solar power $400-473 per Mw/h – or nearly 6 times the cost of coal power

You don’t need to be Einstein to work out that the high cost of Wind and Solar is the reason the public are being screwed with high electricity prices. The Carbon Tax just adds further pain. (Source: Read more)

What Goes Up…Ontario’s Soaring Electricity Prices and How to Get Them Down

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Ontario’s total annual power cost has risen by over 50% since 2004, despite declining competitive wholesale market prices. This is due to increases in the so-called Global Adjustment, a non-market mechanism that now dominates power pricing in Ontario, and which is the focus of our study.

Using the results from a new econometric model of factors driving Global Adjustment (GA), we estimate that solar and wind systems provided just under 4 percent of Ontario’s power but accounted for about 20 percent of the average commodity cost in 2013—a consumer impact greater than the direct payments to wind and solar generators. (Source: Read more)

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Industrial Wind Turbines have been proven to reduce PROPERTY VALUES AS MUCH AS 40-70%” and have a negative impact on tourism.

Ontario paying a high price for Green Energy Act

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“The study’s strongest section is its examination of the foolish economic underpinning of the GEA. Because wind power tends to be produced at times when it is least needed, the province is actually paying a mandated premium for power that it then has to dump to other jurisdictions.” (Source: Scott Stinson: Ontario paying a high price for Green Energy Act” )

Rural communities not blown away by changes to Ontario’s Green Energy Act

“Ontario will pay wind generators for energy that it isn’t even using, produced by turbines in communities that didn’t want them, and were installed under a set of rules that it has since admitted was a mistake.” (Source: Rural communities not blown away by changes to Ontario’s Green Energy Act)

Ontario’s Power Trip: The great electricity bill cover-up

“In the end, Ontario will have expensive renewables that do not replace coal, do not deliver health savings, may cause a net job loss and that also contribute to a costly supply glut.” (Source: Ontario’s Power Trip: The great electricity bill cover-up )

Ontario’s Power Trip: McGuinty’s bigger debacle

“Ontario Green Energy Act a bigger debacle than McGuinty’s power plants. The cost of Ontario’s Green Energy Act, at $1,100 per year per household, dwarfs the cost of cancelled gas plants.” (Source: Ontario’s Power Trip: McGuinty’s bigger debacle )

Ontario tilts against wind turbines as costs spiral

“What happened in Ontario . . provide(s) universal lessons regarding how a simple, appealing, but unrealistic idea can intersect with the political process and set in motion environmental policies that run counter to the underlying costs and complexity of the electric power sector.” (Source: Ontario tilts against wind turbines as costs spiral)

Ontario powers up electricity exports but taxpayers see little benefit

“For 2013 the average (selling) price was between 2.5¢/kWh and 3¢/kWh. The cost paid to produce that electricity is on average about 8.5¢/kWh, or about four times the (selling) price. (Source: Ontario powers up electricity exports but taxpayers see little benefit )

Ontario’s Green Energy Act causing energy prices to soar

“The overall effect of the GEA will be to increase unit production costs, diminish competitiveness, cut the rate of return to capital in key sectors, reduce employment, and make households worse off.” (Source: Ontario’s Green Energy Act causing energy prices to soar )
For the complete report, “Environmental and Economic Consequences of Ontario’s Green Energy Act”, see this link: Environmental and Economic Consequences of Ontario’s Green Energy Act)

Ontario is tilting at the wrong windmills

“The government is now promising residential electricity rate increases of 9.6 per cent next year, 5.8 per cent in 2015 and 15 per cent in 2016. Ten years from now, the average family’s bill will be 50 per cent more than today.” (Source: Ontario is tilting at the wrong windmills )

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