TORONTO, March 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario Highlands Friends of Wind Power
released a report today, A Critique of the Auditor General's Report on Renewable Energy Policies. (http://www.windisgood.ca/newsrelease.html.
The report concludes that the Auditor General's value-for-money audit of
Ontario's renewable energy initiatives (http://www.auditor.on.ca/en/reports_en/en11/303en11.pdf) is flawed and misleading.
Author Malcolm Hamilton, an electrical engineer, former senior
management consultant and retired wind developer, said the Auditor
General's flawed audit is the result of "shoddy work."
"I was astonished when I read the Auditor General's report. I expected a
balanced, helpful analysis that would correct some of the myths and
misinformation about wind generation and shed a spotlight on Ontario's
options for renewables, going forward," Hamilton said. "That is not
what we got."
Mr. Hamilton found that the Auditor General and his team:
exaggerated the problems and costs of integrating wind generation into
Ontario's electricity system;
misrepresented the relative cost of wind power generation and its impact
on the cost of electricity;
ignored the overwhelming scientific evidence that properly sited wind
turbines have no adverse impact on human health, and in the process,
dismissed the considered opinions of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of
Heath on this issue.
relied on out-dated, discredited, biased reports to assess the
government's green energy job creation projections and health impacts.
People rely on the accuracy of Auditor General's reports. They will
repeat his errors. Mr. Hamilton recommends that the Auditor General
order a third party review of his audit immediately to correct the
flaws in his report.
Hamilton said, "The Auditor General must have known that his report
would become part of the significant but ill-informed public dialogue
on renewable energy. It is unusual for him and his office to become
involved in political issues. For this reason, I believe the Auditor
General needs to correct the public record and, this time, get it
"Ontario's electricity system badly needs upgrading," he said. "Deciding
how we get our power in the future must be based on solid fact, not
conjecture, or opinion. It is simply too important to get wrong."
Public opinion polls have shown the majority of Ontarians support wind
energy for its environmental, economic and social benefits. A debate
based on facts is important to ensure we all understand the
contribution wind is making as Ontario builds a stronger and cleaner
electricity system. An accurate report from the Auditor General is
fundamental to this conversation.
Ontario Highlands Friends of Wind Power is a network of people, organizations, and businesses interested in
wind development who want to share information about wind power
generation and about projects and plans for wind generation in their
Visit our blog at http://ohfowp.blogspot.com/
SOURCE Ontario Highlands Friends of Wind Power
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