THUNDER BAY – As Thunder Bay Council continues to mull over what to do about the Horizon Wind Farm in the city, the Ontario Progressive Conservatives are placing the whole problem at the feet of Premier Dalton McGuinty.
Dalton McGuinty’s so-called ‘Green Energy’ scheme will force Ontario families to pay more for industrial wind farms over which they have no control. This has little to do with the environment and everything to do with rewarding Dalton McGuinty’s friends at Samsung,” states Tim Hudak, PC Party leader.
The PC leader asserts, “Once again, Dalton McGuinty has been caught ignoring the concerns of Ontario families with his ‘Dalton Knows Best’ attitude. In this case, McGuinty’s so-called ‘Green Energy Act,’ a sweeping piece of legislation that has little to do with the environment and a lot to do with paying out massive sweetheart subsidies at an enormous expense to Ontario families and businesses”.
The PCs are proposing that the power for planning wind farms be restored to Ontario Municipalities. “The so-called ‘Green Energy Act’ allows the Toronto based, bloated, energy bureaucrats at the Ontario Power Authority to arbitrarily place industrial wind farms anywhere in Ontario regardless of the views of the democratically elected local governments,” charges Hudak.
- Schedule A of the Green Energy Act empowers the McGuinty Government to overrule municipal by-laws and local concerns when locating industrial wind farms.
- April’s average wholesale market price for electricity today was 3.1 cents per kWh. Ontario families will be forced to pay at least four times as much in special tariffs for electricity from Dalton McGuinty’s industrial wind farms for the next 20 years.