4/4/12

(Updated) Old newsboy delivers The Kingston Whig Standard to Cape Vincent.

A Wolfe Island friend delivered today's edition of the Kingston Whig Standard to another friend in Cape Vincent who passed it along to JLL:

Under National News was this article.

Wind protest blows into Toronto

By Antonella Artuso
Queen's Park Bureau Chief

April 3


Anti-wind protesters journeyed from across Ontario to demonstrate in Toronto Tuesday against the province’s green energy subsidy plan.

Farmer Pat Jilesen, who raises hogs near Port Elgin in Bruce County, said his hydro bill has gone through the barn roof with off-peak power alone up 80% between 2008-2011.

The cost of running his business and the price of his food is being driven up, he said.

“And I’d like everybody in the City of Toronto to understand that,” Jilesen said at a Queen’s Park media conference Tuesday.

So far, much of the debate around wind power subsidies has raged outside urban cores, but Wind Concerns Ontario brought their complaints to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Tuesday where green energy industries were participating in a Feed In Tariff (FIT) forum.

Jane Wilson, President Wind Concerns Ontario, said Ontarians came from Thunder Bay, Sarnia, London, Ottawa and all points in between, to talk about the impact of wind turbines and the FIT program on their communities.

In addition to pushing up hydro costs, FIT has devalued properties located near industrial wind farms, she said.

“It’s going to impact everybody,” Wilson said, asking Torontonians to imagine how they would feel if their property values suddenly dropped by 40%.

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Janet Vallery, who runs a campground north of Guelph, said her hydro bill has jumped 16% in two years to $131,000 and she projects her electricity tab will hit $200,000 in 2015.

“It seems the wind companies’ business plan is based solely on subsidies,” Vallery said. “I’m a small business. I wish my business plan was based on government subsidies but it’s not. It’s based on being competitive, having excellent product and the ability to attract tourists.”

Vallery said the full financial impact of subsidized green power on hydro bills will hurt small businesses and all industry across the province.

“This is a ‘Bad FIT’ for Ontario,” she said.

Tory MPP Lisa Thompson said her party would buy out all the existing FIT contracts, believing it would be cheaper to do so in the long run.

“We’re not anti-green; we’re anti-nonsense,” she said.

Energy Minister Chris Bentley said significant changes made to the FIT program will provide for much greater community participation in future projects.

Renewable energy development has attracted billions of dollars in investment and thousands of jobs to Ontario, Bentley said.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

AN ODE TO RESIDENTIAL RENEWABLES

If you need to go green, if you need to piss away your money on a fleeting renewable ideal, then do yourself and your neighbors a favor, go SOLAR!

If you go solar you won't need big setbacks to protect your neighbors if that twirly thing flies off its tower.

If you go solar the only noise your neighbors (or you) will hear is the dew dripping off the panels on a cool morning.

If you go solar your only annual maintenance will be a rag and bottle of Windex.

If you go solar you won't have to pay for an annual turbine inspection.

If you go solar you neighbors won't have to look at this twirly thing distracting an otherwise peaceful summer evening.

If you go solar the zoning enforcement officer doesn't need a $5,000 sound meter or an expensive engineering consultant to investigate your neighbor's complaint - just a tape measure.

If you go solar you'll be doing yourself and the rest of us a big favor.

Dump turbines, go solar!

Anonymous said...

It's the same story in Canada as it is in the US.

Sneaky bastard wind developers grease the palms of dirty politicians and plan their wind developments when no one is looking or even knows. Then the sneaky bastard land owners sell our on their neighbors. If you don't think it hurts our home prices and our life then you should ask around. Don't as the sneaky bastards, though. They are now owned by the government and Trans Alta.

God Save the Queen, but don't trust the sneaky bastards from Bp.

Anonymous said...

Wolfe Island Turbines are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

B.P. stands for big power, but they are beautiful turbines, aren't they?

Anonymous said...

When the wind industry decided hold a Feed-In Tariff convention for April 3rd and 4th, people started talking about kicking it off with a protest!
And on April 3rd, you all made it happen!
Costumes, carefully crafted signs, balloons and props were clear and poignant in message! You traveled from every corner of the province and even from New York and Ohio to help raise awareness for urbanites and to let the wind industry and govt. know that we are not going away.
Speakers at Simcoe Park were a brilliant choice of the best of the best and drew major media attention.
We made quite a splash on the 3rd and news reports rippled across the entire country!
To all the people who missed a day’s work, to farmfolk who left a REAL farm at this busy time of year and to all the rest of you who set aside a day to come to protest against government and industry in partnership, be proud that you stood up and spoke out!
It was rejuvenating for all of us to know that our numbers continue to grow!

Anonymous said...

The urge to protest is growing in NYS as our Democrats continue to ignore the bad sides of wind and the discontent. This fall elections will bring the problem to the surface. One issue but home value and comfort at home is top on issue.

Anonymous said...

Right on top, oh boy I can't wait till November.