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Lawrence Solomon: North America slow to reverse renewables projects, but its turn will come soon

(April 7, 2014) Only those in fantasyland should expect a contract to be sacrosanct when one party to the transaction makes the law. Continue reading

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Ontario’s Power Trip: The $4000 electricity bill

For the average ratepayer, an annual electricity bill will escalate from $1,700 per year to $2,800 by 2015 and by the time the renewables envisaged in the LTEP are largely in place (expected in 2018) an average ratepayer will be paying in excess of $4,000 annually — well over a doubling. Put another way Ontario’s ratepayers will be paying in excess of 40¢ per kWh, placing them on a par with Denmark, which suffers the highest cost of electricity in the developed world. Continue reading

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Lawrence Solomon: Go fish — wind developers forced to shut down to protect salmon stocks

(May 19, 2011) Wind farms not only threaten the landscape, they also threaten marine life, as wind developers in Washington State just learned to their dismay. The Bonneville Power Authority, a major power utility in the Columbia River system, has ordered wind producers feeding unwanted power into its grid to shut down their operations to protect salmon stock. Continue reading

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Lawrence Solomon: Renewables now bigger than nuclear

(May 18, 2011) The world now has more renewable electricity capacity than nuclear capacity, according to a recent report from the Worldwatch Institute. According to its World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2010–2011, just four types of renewables — wind, small-scale hydro, solar, and biomass – accounted for 381 gigawatts (GW) of capacity at the end of 2010, edging past nuclear power’s 375 GW of capacity. Continue reading

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Lawrence Solomon: What Hudak failed to say

(May 11, 2011) In a much ballyhooed speech yesterday, would-be Ontario Premier Tim Hudak promised to kill the financing method that Premier Dalton McGuinty uses to build wind turbines. But Hudak doesn’t promise to kill wind turbines. He merely proposes some alternative financing method, not yet described, to bring Ontarians more wind turbines. Hudak’s wind turbines will also be uneconomic, just less so than McGuinty’s. Continue reading

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Lawrence Solomon: Greening Harper

(May 6, 2011) Fiscal prudence and smaller government could go hand in hand with environmentalism — really! Continue reading

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Lawrence Solomon: Northern Ontario’s gain may come at Southern Ontario’s pain

(February 22, 2011) Energy Probe executive director Lawrence Solomon writes in today’s Financial Post about how politically correct green power projects could kill a multi-billion dollar mining development. Continue reading

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