Proposed Legislation Continues PC Party Misrepresentation of Wind Energy
Costs and Benefits
OTTAWA, April 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario farmers and landowners, rural
communities and new college graduates could be left in the cold by the
passing of a PC Party Private Member's Bill which is scheduled for
second reading debate in the Ontario Legislature tomorrow. The
'Ensuring Affordable Energy Act' (Bill 39), like several previous PC
Party legislative proposals seeking a moratorium on wind energy
development, is founded on the misperception that wind energy is
responsible for increasing electricity costs in Ontario. Instead of
reducing electricity costs, however, Bill 39 simply threatens future
wind energy investment in Ontario at a time when wind energy projects
are providing new job opportunities for Ontarians, enabling the
construction of new manufacturing facilities, and providing an
important new source of income to landowners and rural communities
across the province.
"Right now there are literally thousands of Ontarians participating in
the province's ground-breaking clean energy economy. Communities across
this province - from Chatham-Kent to Frontenac Island, Tillsonburg to
Niagara - stand to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in direct
benefits from wind energy projects. Students in new renewable energy
programs at Fanshawe College, St. Clair College and St. Lawrence
College are currently graduating to 100 per cent employment in a
homegrown industry. By continuing to incorrectly identify wind energy
as the source of rising electricity costs in Ontario and advocate for
an end to wind energy development, the PC Party threatens to pull the
plug on new manufacturing, investment and jobs at a time when the
province badly needs all three," said Robert Hornung, president of the
Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).
Ontario has proven itself a North American leader in attracting clean
energy investment as the province updates its electricity system,
replacing harmful coal generation with emissions-free sources like wind
and solar. Ontario is now Canada's leader in the production of wind
energy, with just over 2,000MW of installed capacity -enough to power
over 600,000 homes with clean power every year.
"The PC Party continues to ignore a number of studies that have
conclusively demonstrated that wind energy has made only a minor
contribution to rising electricity costs in Ontario in recent years.
Looking forward, Ontario will need new sources of electricity and wind
energy is cost-competitive with virtually all potential new forms of
power generation in Ontario, including those supported by the PC Party.
Wind energy also produces clean electricity without creating hazardous
waste, utilizing great amounts of fresh water from our Great Lakes, or
increasing greenhouse gas emissions," said Hornung. "Wind energy
continues to be a smart and economical choice for Ontario."
Statements in support of Ontario's wind energy development:
"The IBEW prides itself on providing an extremely competent workforce in
the wind energy sector. Wind energy has created thousands of jobs for
our IBEW members and affiliate organizations in Ontario and is
providing green electricity for the families of the many communities we
live in. These highly skilled jobs help build our local economies and
provide new work opportunities for our future generation."
Phil Flemming, International Vice-President, International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
"We began developing our strategies for renewable energies, not only
wind but solar too, before the Green Energy Act was even established.
We saw the economic opportunities from a revenue tax base perspective,
as well as new job opportunities in Chatham-Kent."
Mayor Randy Hope, Chatham-Kent
"Wind energy provides an opportunity for Ontarians to directly
participate in and benefit from clean energy projects in ways that
traditional power plants do not. This is the future of decentralized,
community-centred and emissions-free power."
Deborah Doncaster - Executive Director, Community Power Fund
"Direct investment into the community (from wind energy) has been quite
Valerie Kuhns, Niagara Economic Development Corporation
"Companies in the supply chain, as well as the Port of Hamilton, tap
into the opportunities the wind sector presents…The story is not over
Jennifer Patterson, Senior Business Development Consultant, Hamilton
"Samuel looks at the wind energy market as a long term business. Because
of this opportunity and the creation of Samuel Wind Energy, we have
established ourselves not only as a supplier here in Ontario, but in
all of Canada and the USA. We have expanded our business and client
Bill Hutton, Corporate Vice President, Marketing & National Accounts,
Samuel, Son & Co., Limited
"Starting up a new site for me is exciting. You've got 30 people on the
project phase and you are all working together to put the wind turbines
up. At the end of the day when you're driving home, you look back and
you can see this tall turbine that you just helped put up. It's pretty
Philippe Baron, wind turbine technician at Greenwich Wind Farm, Thunder
"The wind farm reflects the core values of the M'Chigeeng. The name of
the project says it all. Traditionally, they've harvested what they
need from Mother Earth, so wind is just another
Graham Findlay of Ottawa-based 3G Energy on the Mother Earth Renewable
Energy wind project
"[Wind turbines] are also a welcome source of new revenue to smooth out
ups-and-downs in commodity prices…It keeps us on the farm at low times.
It gives us spending money, and that helps out the local
Reinout von Martels, Farmer, Ridgetown
"It's exciting. It's new. I think it's the wave of the future. I mean
it's clean, it's renewable. It's everything you look for in a green
Andy Burdeney is enrolled in St. Lawrence College's two-year wind
turbine technician program and, this spring, will be part of the
program's third graduating class
"I am very pleased with the enthusiasm of the students that have signed
up for the program. The students are here because they care about the
environment, they care about the future and they especially care about
working in the immediate area. They very much want to take their place
in the economy and in the renewable energy sector but they are keen to
do it right here in Southwestern Ontario"
Bruno Castellani, Professor/Coordinator, Fanshawe College, St.
"A renewable energy future is good for both the economy and the
Cameron Howatt, Student in the renewable energies technician program at
Fanshawe College, St. Thomas/Elgin Campus
"We wanted to innovate and be part of the solution so renewable energy
seemed like the obvious choice for us. We think a lot about the triple
bottom line that people talk about people, profit and planet."
Laura-Jean Bernhardson, CEO/Founder of Fresh Collective fashion
boutiques. She chose to power all of her boutiques with green energy
through Bullfrog Power.
Learn more about how wind energy is working for Ontario: www.windfacts.ca
About the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)
CanWEA is the voice of Canada's wind energy industry, actively promoting
the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its
more than 420 members. A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves
as Canada's leading source of credible information about wind energy
and its social, economic and environmental benefits. To join other
global leaders in the wind energy industry, CanWEA believes Canada can
and must reach its target of producing 20 per cent or more of the
country's electricity from wind by 2025. The document Wind Vision 2025 - Powering Canada's Future is available at www.canwea.ca.
SOURCE: CANADIAN WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION
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