THUNDER BAY, ON ---- October 17, 2010 --- In a Globe and Mail story titled "When it comes to power in Ontario, we’re in the dark" Power expert Tom Adams may know more about this subject than any other living being. And he’s steamed. Ontario’s rates, he says, have already surpassed the U.S. average and are headed for European levels – “just because of public policy.”
According to TBNewsWatch, Subject to ratification Monday October 18th, Voting for the project were:
- Mayor Lynn Peterson
- Robert Tuchenhagen
- Rebecca Johnson
- Trevor Giertuga
- Iain Angus,
- Andrew Foulds
- Brian McKinnon.
The opposition side were
- led by mayoralty hopeful Frank Pullia
- Aldo Ruberto
- Linda Rydholm
- Joe Virdiramo
- Mark Bentz
Larry Hebert declared a conflict
Candidate for Mayor Keith Hobbs stated that "I came out public in April that I thought the location was absolutely wrong and I have never changed that stance. Green energy is not supposed to leave a footprint. Horizon will leave a major Bootprint there!there!"
Bill Scollie, a former at-large councillor runing in Neebing Ward, said the business plan has been flawed and threatens to impact taxpayers for years to come. Scollie said, he’s concerned the contract doesn’t contain any provisions for the decommissioning of the turbines when their lifespan ends.
“Under the Green Energy Act, Thunder Bay Hydro will have to pay this southern Ontario millionaire developer $7 million. And every rate payer in Thunder Bay will be subsidizing this wind farm from Current River to Old Norway Road on Highway 61,”
Andrew Foulds, is reported as saying “I’m a supporter of green energy and I think this is part of the green energy package.”
Mayor Lynn Peterson and Counsellor Robert Tuchenhagen, Rebecca Johnson, Iain Angus, Andrew Foulds, Trevor Giertuga and Brian McKinnon who support that project had taken the time to read the stories in the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail on why wind power might not be the best option for the resident of Ontario.
In the Toronto Star story (On Sat Sep 25 2010) titled "The cost of wind: power when we don’t need" As early as this December, and in a bigger way starting next spring, Ontario is actually going to be producing more power than it can consume at some times of day, Adams points out. (The forecast is contained in the latest outlook report of the Independent Electricity System Operator.)
"While Ontario is encouraging wind development at a relatively high price, it will have to figure out ways of getting rid of surplus power. At times, during low-demand periods, it may even have to pay neighbouring jurisdictions like Quebec to take power off its hands."
"Kristin Jenkins of the Ontario Power Authority said the problem of surplus power is addressed in the new contracts. Generators can be ordered to curtail production to keep a surplus off the grid. But in that case, they still get a payment – for not producing power."
"In a Globe and Mail story titled "When it comes to power in Ontario, we’re in the dark"
Power expert Tom Adams may know more about this subject than any other living being. And he’s steamed. Ontario’s rates, he says, have already surpassed the U.S. average and are headed for European levels – “just because of public policy.”
If our power rates have already surpassed the U.S.A who can we expect to attract jobs to Thunder Bay.
Statement form Nor’Wester Mountain Escarpment Protection Committee (NMEPC) that the City Council will be undertaking their Ratifying Vote for the Resolution made last week to finally “seal the deal” with Horizon Wind Inc. to approve Phase 1 of the industrial wind park.
This is NOT a protest but a show of support for Council to RE-CONSIDER the issue and possibly discuss it again before it becomes Ratified. Keep the pressure on Council to re-think their position and request they hold-off making a decision until we know the full number of turbines, their locations, road access and what the mountain view shed will look like! All these specifics should have been made available to Council and the public -- and taken into careful consideration before their decision was made!! It’s only common sense….so again, we ask all our friends, neighbours and family members to please support us this last time and distribute this notice to everyone everywhere!
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