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Vic Fedeli: Wind power letting Ontarians down

Press Release — July 5, 2012

On a day when we could use it most, wind power is letting Ontarians down in a dramatic way, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli charges.

“Wind generation today in Ontario has been almost non-existent,” said Fedeli.

“The province is being forced to ramp up coal, gas and hydro generation in order to meet the increased demand created by the hot, humid weather,” Fedeli said.

“This is further proof that the ill-conceived Green Energy Act has not only cost Ontario ratepayers billions of dollars, it will continue to increase our hydro bills for years to come.”

Between 9 and 10 a.m., only 120 megawatts of wind power was being used in Ontario to help meet the total actual demand, which was nearly 20,000 megawatts. That’s less than 10 per cent of the available wind capacity in the province.

Peak demand according to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is expected to exceed 23,000 megawatts later today.

“Yet we’ve guaranteed wind producers, in 20 year contracts, that they’ll be paid twice what it actually costs to produce that electricity through the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program,” said Fedeli.

“Today is proof that not only do we produce wind power when we don’t need it, mostly at night, creating power surpluses we have to sell at a loss to Quebec and the United States, but that it’s also not there for us when we do need it.”

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