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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty Steps Down, Leaving Province’s Wind Energy Future Uncertain

Laura DiMugno & Mark Del Franco — North American Wind Power — October 16, 2012

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty – one of the chief architects of the province’s Green Energy Act (GEA), which established a feed-in tariff for renewable energy – has resigned, according to reports from several Canada-based media outlets.

Last October, Ontario’s wind energy industry breathed a sigh of relief when pro-renewables McGuinty defeated Progressive Conservative Party candidate Tim Hudak, who had promised to repeal many of the GEA’s core tenets and terminate a host of wind and solar energy initiatives that were already under way in the province.

However, McGuinty’s green energy initiatives were often attacked by local residents, many of whom asserted that wind turbines were harmful to both human health and the environment, despite numerous studies debunking the claims.

In spite of the province’s renewable energy successes, wind power, in particular, has become a controversial subject in Ontario. In 2011, the province announced a moratorium on offshore wind power, which later sparked lawsuits by wind energy developers that said their projects were already in the works.

In fact, some members of the Progressive Conservative Party are calling for a moratorium on all wind energy development in the province.

A successor to McGuinty has not yet been named, but industry experts believe the GEA will remain in place, at least for now.

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2 Comments on “Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty Steps Down, Leaving Province’s Wind Energy Future Uncertain”

  1. Admin October 17, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    What renewable energy successes? The whole idea is a failure.

    • Donna Quixote October 17, 2012 at 11:58 am #

      Agreed, but it obviously has the wind industry a tad concerned. 🙂

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