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News release from the Government of Ontario today:

June 21, 2011

McGuinty Government Builds Clean Energy Economy As Province Continues To Turn The Corner

Ontario’s shift toward clean, renewable energy is strengthening the province’s economy by attracting good jobs, investment and opportunities for Burlington-area families.

Siemens Canada recently made its first shipment of solar inverters for Ontario’s growing clean energy economy to two solar farms. The inverters manufactured at the company’s Burlington facility each year will enable solar projects in Ontario to produce enough electricity each year to power 32,000 homes. The company is on its way to creating 50 jobs as a result of this clean energy strategy.

Ontario is replacing dirty, coal-fired plants with cleaner sources of renewable energy like water, wind, solar and bio-energy. It’s part of the province’s plan to keep costs down for families today, while building a clean, modern and reliable electricity system for tomorrow.

Ontario’s Green Energy Act will create 50,000 clean energy jobs by the end of 2012. Over 13,000 jobs have already been created as a result of our plan.


“Ontario’s clean energy economy continues to grow, creating thousands of good jobs and attracting billions of dollars of investment for Ontarians. Our Long-Term Energy Plan is replacing dirty coal, while cleaning up the air we breathe and building a healthier future for generations to come.”

 – Brad Duguid
Minister of Energy


Here is retired banker Parker Gallant’s critical review of the numbers. A very different story!

OK! Now let me get this straight, according to Duguid:

“The inverters manufactured at the company’s Burlington facility each year will enable solar projects in Ontario to produce enough electricity each year to power 32,000 homes. The company is on its way to creating 50 jobs as a result of this clean energy strategy.” According to standard consumption used by Duguid and the utility companies, the “average” consumer uses 800 kWh per months or 9.6 mWh per year. So, 32,000 homes would require a 35-MW electricity generating unit running at 100% capacity to produce the 300,000 mWh (35 X 8740 hours in a year) those households need. As solar only delivers approximately 13 % of its rated capacity, we would need 369 MWs of solar capacityto power those 32,000 households. The solar generators would earn an average (ground mounted 64.2 per kwh & roof mounted 80.2 per kwh = 144.4 cents / 2 = 72.2 cents) of $722 per MWh creating revenue of $216-million versus current average billing to consumers of about $80 per MWh which would represent a cost of $24-million.

So the subsidy to create the 50 jobs that Duguid claims is $192-million  ($216 -million less $24-million of current cost = $192-million) or $3.8million per job. Now that makes a lot of sense eh?


Our question: if you “continue to turn the corner” at some point aren’t you going in circles?

E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

Remember the showing of Windfall this Sunday at the Alfred Taylor Centre in North Gower, 2 PM> $5 admission, limited seating.

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February 23rd, The Ottawa Citizen ran an editorial called “Seeing the wind” in which every popular notion about wind development is listed. Trouble is, none of them are correct.

Wind power is clean energy. No, it isn’t: the manufacturing and construction process for industrial wind turbines is significant, and huge amounts of fuel are required to transport the gigantic turbine parts. And, the turbines require power to run. In the “Wind Energy: the case of Denmark” study prepared by CEPOS in 2009, it was noted that in that country, which has had wind turbines for 20 years, ” wind power … saves neither fossil fuel consumption nor CO2 emissions.”

That’s a fact.

Ontario’s wind turbines are already in places where most people never see them. What? That would be nice if it were true, but it isn’t. In Melancthon there are over 100 turbines (soon to be almost 200) and the same for Amaranth. Turbines as far as the eye can see. Chatham-Kent? Hundreds and hundreds of turbines within kilometers of 6,000 people. North Gower? As many as 10 626-foot turbines within kilometers of hundeds of people and just over 3 km from a school. The turbines should be north of Superior where there is plenty of wind and no people but they’re not. Why? the transmission lines aren’t there but they are in the south of Ontario, which is also where all the people are.

That’s a fact.

New wind farms in Ontario will create long-term opportunities for manufacturers to supply them–and replace some of the jobs that the auto industry can no longer provide. Nonsense. The jobs created will be very few in number, and the subsidization means Ontario taxpayers are handing out more than $200,000 for each new job. Again from CEPOS in Denmark: “creating additional employment in one sector through subsidies will detract labor from other sectors, resulting in no increase in net employment.”

That’s a fact.

We’re unsure as to why the Citizen ran this editorial when their own columnist Randall Denley has gone on record with the truth about the wind development business in Ontario, which he says is more of the same “branch plant mentality” which does not foster innovation and long-term job or economic growth in Ontario.

For more information go to


and take special note of Michael Trebilcock’s column on wind development in Ontario.

Sorry to those who are only on dial-up: there is a binder of information at the North Gower Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, and the Library also has high-speed Internet (wireless, too!).

To get in touch with the North Gower Wind Action Group, email northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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