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Parker Gallant: Auditor General of Ontario Missed Exaggerated Coal Generation Health Costs

The Auditor General of Ontario’s report of December 5 dealing with “Renewable Energy Initiatives” highlighted wasted spending commitments of billions of dollars that will fall on the backs of the ratepayers. The report offers up several recommendations which are immediately followed by responses by the Ministry of Energy on how it will deal with those recommendations. 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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Dirty Business: The reality of Ontario’s rush to wind power

(September 9, 2011) Dirty Business, a new book that focuses on wind power’s impacts on Ontario’s power systems and rural communities, features three Energy Probe directors (retired banker Parker Gallant, economist Michael Trebilcock and Globe columnist Margaret Wente), and a … Continue reading

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Windmills: If you see one of these starting to smoke…RUN!

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Parker Gallant: The wind industry’s spin

(August 2, 2011) In Greek Mythology Aeolus was the “King of Wind” but in Canadian Mythology the King of Wind is CanWEA; a not-for-profit association of 420 members including public and private companies, legal firms, manufacturers, ect. and others who feed off of the largess of taxpayers and ratepayers to ensure they retain their mandated (Ontario’s Green Energy Act) place on the energy podium. 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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Green energy blues (video)

(April 1, 2011) Opposition to green energy has become the biggest grass roots environmental movement since the anti-nuclear movement. Below is a video, accompanied by a song written about the downside of windmills. Continue reading

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Lawrence Solomon: McGuinty’s reality

(March 11, 2011) Energy Probe executive director Lawrence Solomon writes that time of day pricing’s failure will force the Ontario government to resort to compulsory rationing to adapt to unreliable wind and solar energy. Continue reading

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