Janice MacKay — Blackburn News.com — January 30, 2015
The Multi Municipal Wind Turbine Working group has written a letter of protest over the province’s request for new Wind Power Proposals.
Chair and Arran-Elderslie Deputy Mayor Mark Davis is asking the Minister of Energy why the province wants to add another 300 MegaWatts of wind power.
He questions how the province can add more to an already mismanaged system.
He says, “The financial ramifications of what the green energy act has done to the cost of electricity is decimating this province. Whether it be from manufacuturing sector, to just regular good taxpaying people, we’re accomplishing nothing other than takingxourselves out of a competitive market place.”
Davis says electricity ratepayers continue to watch in alarmed disbelief as their hydro bills skyrocket.”
He points to the Auditor General’s report that we pay twice for wind energy because of the intermittent and unpredictable nature of wind mainly produced at time of low demand.
He says the operators of less expensive baseload generating systems such as gas and nuclear must curtail generation or sell excess power at bargain prices to New York and Michigan.
“We’re diverting power at Niagara Falls, and we’re diverting steam into Lake Huron at Bruce Nuclear when the wind comes on. We’re paying for all that, and we’re paying way too much for wind, and then we’re taking excess and selling it to Michigan and New York at a huge loss.”
And he says some families are forced to choose between paying the utility bill, or buying groceries. Continue reading here….