Posts Tagged ‘Ontario Power Authority’

News release from today.

 February 13, 2012, Toronto:

Wind Concerns Ontario announces Golden Pinwheel Awards for the wind power industry

Wind Concerns Ontario, a coalition of more than 50 community groups concerned about the effects of industrial wind power plants throughout the province, has announced its first annual Golden Pinwheel Awards.

“We had a bit of fun with this,” said WCO president Jane Wilson. “But it is a serious business: Wind power is being pushed through Ontario as an answer to a number of problems, but it’s really a giant profit-making scheme for a few individuals and companies. It won’t ever live up to the promises of job creation and power production, and instead will end up costing the people of Ontario millions.”

1.   The “Green Doesn’t Mean Honest” Golden Pinwheel : Bullfrog Power. In September, the clean energy retailer was fined by the Ontario Energy Board for using misleading contracts and marketing practices. 
2.   The “Pie in the Sky” Golden Pinwheel: to Toronto Hydro jointly with Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative for their fantasy claims about the Toronto Exhibition Place wind turbine, which has barely operated above 13% efficiency and has cost investors millions. Maybe to recoup their losses they should charge Dalton McGuinty a fee every time he uses the useless icon for a photo op.


3.   The “Take It for Granted “ Golden Pinwheel: the Ontario Power Authority for insisting it pays for its own advertisements instead of cash-strapped Ontario ratepayers.


4.   The “Best Supporting Role in a Political Debacle” Golden Pinwheel: former Minister of the Environment, John Wilkinson, who ignored his own constitutents as well as other rural Ontario residents who don’t want their communities turned into wind power factories, and was defeated in the October 6th election, helping to create a serious rural/urban division in Ontario.

5. The “I Can’t Hear You-lalalala” Golden Pinwheel: Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty who is ignoring the Auditor-General’s criticism that the province is spending too much on renewable energy schemes, particularly wind, that the claims of 50,000 jobs being created are unsubstantiated, that health problems are being ignored, and that the province embarked on all this without a single cost-benefit study.

For more information, please contact windconcerns@gmail.com and visit http://www.windconcernsontario.ca

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Direct quotes from the Auditor General for Ontario’s 2011 Annual Report pretty much says it all from an economic perspective  http://business.financialpost.com/2011/12/06/ontarios-renewable-energy-policy-auditor-generals-observations/

As clearly articulated by the Auditor General, the Ontario Liberal Government has exercised no fiscal responsibility, and has demonstrated a complete lack of governance in the implementation of the Green Energy Act. Add this to the now documented health impacts and the economic impact of depressing property values (and therefore the Property Tax base) in affected areas and the conclusion is self-evident.

  • “Because the ministerial directions were quite specific about what was to be done, both the Ministry and the OPA directed their energies to implementing the Minister’s requested actions as quickly as possible. As a result, no comprehensive business-case evaluation was done to objectively evaluate the impacts of the billion-dollar commitment. Such an evaluation would typically include assessing the prospective economic and environmental effects of such a massive investment in renewable energy on future electricity prices, direct and indirect job creation or losses, greenhouse gas emissions, and other variables. “
  • “In May 2009, when the Green Energy and Green Economy Act (Act) was passed, the Ministry said the Act would lead to modest incremental increases in electricity bills of about 1% annually—the result of adding 1,500 MW of renewable energy under a renewable procurement program called the Feed-in Tariff program and implementing conservation initiatives. In November 2010, the Ministry forecast that a typical residential electricity bill would rise about 7.9% annually over the next five years, with 56% of the increase due to investments in renewable energy that would increase the supply to 10,700 MW by 2018, as well as the associated capital investments to connect all the renewable power sources to the electricity transmission grid.”
  • In February 2010, the OPA recommended cutting the FIT price paid for power from microFIT ground-mounted solar projects after the unexpected popularity of these projects at the price of 80.2¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh), the same price as was being paid for rooftop solar projects, became apparent. This price would provide these ground-mounted solar project developers with a 23% to 24% after-tax return on equity instead of the 11% intended by the OPA. The recommended price cut was not implemented until August 2010. In the five months from the time the OPA recommended the price cut in February 2010 to the actual announcement in July 2010, the OPA received more than 11,000 applications from developers. Because the government decided to grandfather the price in order to maintain investor confidence, all of these applications, if approved, would qualify for the higher price rather than the reduced one. We estimated that, had the revised price been implemented when first recommended by the OPA, the cost of the program could have been reduced by about $950 million over the 20-year contract terms.
  • The Ministry negotiated a contract with a consortium of Korean companies to build renewable energy projects. The consortium will receive two additional incentives over the life of the contract if it meets its job-creation targets: a payment of $437 million (reduced to $110 million, as announced by the Ministry in July 2011 after the completion of our audit fieldwork) in addition to the already attractive FIT prices; and priority access to Ontario’s electricity transmission system, whose capacity to connect renewable energy projects is already limited. However, no economic analysis or business case was done to determine whether the agreement with the consortium was economically prudent and cost-effective, and neither the OEB nor the OPA was consulted about the agreement. On September  29, 2009, the ongoing negotiations with the consortium were publicly announced, and Cabinet was briefed on the details of the negotiations and the prospective agreement in October 2009. The formal agreement was signed in January 2010. 
  • Surplus generating capacity is necessary to meet periods of peak demand, which, in Ontario, occur in the summer. Therefore, to ensure system reliability, all jurisdictions will have surplus power from time to time. Ontario deals with surplus-power situations mainly by exporting electricity to other jurisdictions at a price that is lower than the cost of generating that power. Given that demand growth for electricity is expected to remain modest at the same time as more renewable energy is being added to the system, electricity ratepayers may have to pay renewable energy generators under the FIT program between $150 million and $225 million a year not to generate electricity.Recent public announcements stated that the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 was expected to support over 50,000 jobs, about 40,000 of which would be related to renewable energy. However, about 30,000, or 75%, of these jobs were expected to be construction jobs lasting only from one to three years. We also noted that studies in other jurisdictions have shown that for each job created through renewable energy programs, about two to four jobs are often lost in other sectors of the economy because of higher electricity prices.
  • “Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar provide intermittent energy and require backup power from coal- or gas-fired generators to maintain a steady, reliable output. According to the study used by the Ministry and the OPA, 10,000 MW of electricity from wind would require an additional 47% of non-wind power, typically produced by natural-gas-fired generation plants, to ensure continuous supply.”

No one need say more.

Email us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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Here is a definition of the Ontario Feed-in Tariff program for wind and solar power, as proposed by Dan Wrightman, who farms in south-western Ontario.

A brief summary of how the FIT program works
1)you have money and want to make more
2)you get a contract from the OPA and install solar panels or wind turbines
3)the Ontario government will steal the money on your behalf from low and fixed income ratepayers
4)wait for the cheques to come every month and enjoy the good life
Note: do not apply for this program if you have a conscience



E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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In today’s Financial Post, a letter responding to Parker Gallant’s excellent “Energy rules change in the wind” on August 4th (read the article at http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/energy-rules-change-in-the-wind/) that reveals some interesting linkages between the Ontario Liberal Party and the renewable energy industry. Elsewhere in the news today an announcement that China’s largest wind power developer is buying into a 100-MW wind project near Melancthon (poor Melancthon which already has hundreds of turbines) because of Ontario’s “supportive policies.” That means SUBSIDIES from taxpayers.

This letter pertains to a peak power hydro project but the environmental concerns and the political connections are worrying.

McGuinty’s peaking power fiasco

Re: “Energy rules change in the wind,” Parker Gallant, Aug. 4

Excellent article! I am wondering if more investigation and articles should be undertaken by the FP on the misguided Green Energy Act leading up to the election. This topic must the most underreported McGuinty fiasco yet.

Our group, the French River Delta Association, is fighting a peaking power hydro proposal known as the Allen & Struthers Project, undertaken by Xeneca Power. This company, which counts Arnold Chan, former executive assistant to McGuinty as a VP legal affairs, is about to destroy our nature preserve at the French River Provincial Park.

We have the science and the economics that say these peaking power plants are very wrong. Xeneca Power is totally funded by OP Trust, the pension fund of OPSU. Directors of OP Trust are appointed by McGuinty. OPSU members need to know where their pension investment is going.

The Green Energy Act allows proponents to provide their own environmental assessments, pay lip service to local stakeholders, and to if necessary “harass, harm or kill” any endangered/protected species in the way. The local MNR/MOE experts entrusted to protect our land and waters have been brutally silenced by Queen’s Park. The proponents of these projects are not being held to the same standard as you and I.

We are one of 38 proposed peaking power hydro dams that will hold back water from Georgian Bay, which is already suffering from record declining water levels. Our site is the spawning ground of many species of Georgian Bay fish. The water will only be released when the profit margin is right to generate power. These rivers will be all but dry the rest of the time. See Xeneca’s only completed power plant, at McGraw Falls near Earlton, Ont. The falls are bone dry most of the time.

Max Brugger, Stouffville, Ont.

Contact us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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Here, from today’s Ottawa Citizen, the truth about Ontario’s power supply and how we don’t need all the extra power we’re producing–we’re actually PAYING to give it away!!! And at the same time, the Ontario government is pushing through more wind projects: we don’t need them, they are causing irreparable harm to rural communities and to wildlife, and wind will NEVER replace coal power. In fact, it needs fossil-fuel backup to operate.

Here is the link, and the story: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Ontario+power+generators+shell+surplus+juice/5152855/story.html#Comments

Ontario power generators shell out $35M to get rid of surplus juice

By Don Butler, The Ottawa CitizenJuly 24, 2011

Workers talk outside of a steam generator casing used in nuclear power plants at Babcock & Wilcox Canada’s Cambridge, Ontario manufacturing plant.

Photograph by: Tim Fraser, Calgary Herald

OTTAWA — Ontario’s electricity generators have shelled out $35 million this year to get neighbouring jurisdictions to take surplus power off their hands and are helping to drive up the cost of power to consumers in the process.

According to the province’s Independent Electrical System Operator (IESO), electricity prices were negative — meaning sellers had to pay buyers in the U.S. or Quebec to take surplus electricity — a total of 95 hours in the first six months of this year.

That’s up sharply from the same period in 2010, when there were only 10 hours of negative prices at a cost of $4.2 million. However, it’s down from 2009, when there were 280 hours of negative prices in the first six months, and 351 for the year as a whole.

The number of negative hours spiked in 2009 because the economic recession and mild weather depressed demand while abnormally high water levels increased output at hydro plants, an IESO spokesperson said.

Now a new report by the C.D. Howe Institute is proposing a solution it says will save the system money: paying generators who operate under fixed-priced contracts to produce less power.

Set by supply and demand, wholesale prices in Ontario’s electricity market are updated every five minutes. In a normal market, suppliers would not produce power at low or negative prices, notes the C.D. Howe report.

But the one-time stick of negative pricing is now ineffective because so many Ontario generators are guaranteed fixed payments under long-term contracts, says the report. Until those contracts are renegotiated, generators should be paid to reduce their output if doing so would save money for the system as a whole.

“We need to go from the stick to the carrot,” said Benjamin Dachis, one of the report’s co-authors.

While negative prices were rare until recent years, they will become much more common as more wind and solar projects and two refurbished Bruce nuclear units come on line.

That will result in “periodic gluts of electricity over the coming years and higher costs for Ontario consumers,” warns the C.D. Howe report. In its latest 18-month outlook report in June, the IESO acknowledged that surplus baseload generation “remains an ongoing concern.”

“Next year is when it’s going to get really bad,” Dachis said. “The IESO is forecasting that the minimum daily demand is going to be below the baseline generation pretty much every week next spring and summer.”

Ottawa Citizen


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 There is a lot missing from the online version of the story: for example, energy consultant Tom Adams commented: the “irresponsibility” that created the contractual problems with non-utility power generators is continuing as the province signs long-term contracts at inflated prices with wind and solar energy producers. “We’re digging the hole deeper as we speak.”

E-mail us at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

The North Gower Wind Action Group is a group of citizens in the North Gower-Richmond-Kars area who are concerned about the impact of a proposed industrial wind power generation project on our community. We are a corporate member of Wind Concerns Ontario Inc., and a signatory to the North American Platform Against Wind.

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The Ontario government claims it is creating thousands (actually someone said “hundreds of thousands”) of new jobs, many of them connected to the “green” energy sector. Never mind the fact that the jobs being created are overstated (a solar company touted as having 800 jobs last week actually has EIGHT, one of which is the landscaper who mows between the rows of solar panels), that they are here only because of huge government subsidies, and when all the wind turbines and solar panels are up, the jobs will be gone, what about the other jobs connected to Ontario’s power system.

Here is a list of people employed by Ontario Power Generation, which is only one of several agencies in Ontario. Remember these salaries when you get your next electricity bill.

OPG – Salary Disclosure   Source: http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/publications/salarydisclosure/2009/electric09.html       
  No.   Last Name   First Name   Position   Salary Paid   Taxable Benefits   
  1   HANKINSON   JAMES F   President/Chief Executive Officer   $2,475,800.04   $9,145.85   
  2   CHARLEBOIS   PIERRE R   Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer   $1,460,070.86   $2,294.25   
  3   MITCHELL   THOMAS   Chief Nuclear Officer   $924,084.96   $3,367.20   
  4   ROBINSON   WILLIAM   Senior Vice President, Nuclear Refurbishment   $903,228.26   $3,792.00   
  5   TWOMEY   JAMES   Executive Vice President, Fossil   $783,242.96   $4,886.40   
  6   MURPHY   JOHN D   Executive Vice President, Hydro   $733,073.84   $3,979.80   
  7   BURPEE   JAMES R   Executive Vice President, Corporate Development   $651,676.68   $5,874.60   
  8   NASH   KENNETH   Senior Vice President, Nuclear Waste   $643,048.51   $1,738.80   
  9   HANBIDGE   DONN W   Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer   $626,714.00   $3,426.00   
  10   BRENNAN   DAVID S   Senior Vice President, Law/General Counsel   $552,564.96   $2,651.28   
  11   MCNEIL   PATRICK   Senior Vice President, Generation Development   $533,912.77   $3,044.43   
  12   BOLAND   BRUCE   Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs   $519,796.02   $2,969.40   
  13   ROBBINS   WAYNE   Senior Vice President, Darlington   $501,835.03   $2,979.09   
  14   DUNLOP   JANICE A   Senior Vice President, Human Resources/Chief Ethics Officer   $476,244.38   $2,854.20   
  15   TREMBLAY   PIERRE F   Senior Vice President, Nuclear Programs & Training   $470,320.72   $3,412.80   
  16   ELLIOTT   W. MARK   Senior Vice President, Pickering A   $447,335.28   $2,649.60   
  17   CHIAROTTO   FRANK   Senior Vice President, Fossil Business   $439,822.78   $2,259.95   
  18   PECKHAM   MICHAEL   Vice President, Performance Improvement & Nuclear Oversight   $439,228.99   $2,003.40   
  19   BOGUSKI   ROBERT   Senior Vice President, Business Services & Information Technology   $437,160.00   $1,929.20   
  20   COLUCCI   JAMES P   Authorization Training Supervisor   $403,975.71   $737.28   
  21   JAGER   GLENN A   Deputy Site Vice President   $390,556.21   $1,906.47   
  22   SELLERS   CRAIG J   Chief Engineer, Nuclear New Build   $387,565.04   $1,435.20   
  23   TULETT   MARTIN V   Director, Operations & Maintenance   $376,835.82   $1,863.00   
  24   ELSAYED   EMAD E   Senior Vice President, Nuclear New Build   $374,274.78   $14,446.44   
  25   REINER   DIETMAR E   Senior Vice President, Inspection, Maintenance & Commercial Services   $373,785.92   $746.28   
  26   DUNCAN   BRIAN F   Director, Work Management   $373,476.72   $1,821.60   
  27   KOMORI   LLOYD K   Chief Risk Officer   $367,422.08   $1,749.00   
  28   PASQUET   PAUL   Senior Vice President, Pickering B   $362,509.88   $2,014.80   
  29   BOSS   RON   Control Room Shift Operating Supervisor   $361,503.46   $953.24   
  30   ALLEN   MICHAEL H   Director, Work Management   $358,200.99   $1,407.60   
  31   GINMAN   PAUL L   Section Manager, Authorization Training   $356,746.99   $997.20   
  32   SEEDHOUSE   STUART A   Director, Operations & Maintenance   $354,167.77   $596.16   
  33   KING   FRANK K   Director, Repository Development & Safety   $340,545.83   $793.72   
  34   MORRISON   ROBERT C   Vice President, Engineering & Modifications/Chief Nuclear Engineer   $336,880.90   $2,092.77   
  35   PARTON   JOHN   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $334,459.13   $995.76   
  36   BEECH   JIM A   Vice President, Nuclear Finance   $329,465.32   $1,280.64   
  37   HENDERSON   TOM   Director, Operations & Maintenance   $323,917.28   $1,135.74   
  38   MARCUZZI   RENZO   Vice President, Electricity Sales & Trading   $323,761.26   $1,970.64   
  39   HEARD   ROBIN D   Vice President/Controller, Ontario Power Generation Incorporated   $321,843.20   $662.40   
  40   TALNARIU   ERNIE   Shift Manager   $321,142.45   $1,234.01   
  41   RYDER   SHANE   Manager, Operations Production   $319,340.91   $1,614.60   
  42   GILBERT   KEN   Assistant Operations Manager   $318,491.64   $1,106.91   
  43   GRANVILLE   SEAN   Director, Nuclear Programs   $318,330.80   $1,639.44   
  44   ARMISHAW   RICK   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $317,673.21   $995.76   
  45   MCDONNELL   PAUL B   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $315,016.03   $976.68   
  46   PAUTLER   CHARLES J   Vice President, Public Affairs   $312,944.03   $0.00   
  47   SIDFORD   COLLEEN   Vice President/Treasurer   $302,714.96   $1,264.08   
  48   YOUNG   CHRIS M   Vice President, Projects   $300,301.12   $1,854.72   
  49   GUGLIELMI   FRANCESCO   Director, Tritium Removal Facility   $298,497.33   $1,425.54   
  50   MOMBOURQUETTE   KEITH   Vice President, Nuclear Waste Operations   $296,200.66   $1,230.96   
  51   BARRETT   ANDREW P   Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Corporate Strategy   $295,991.53   $1,813.32   
  52   POWER   DONALD J   Vice President, Corporate Investment Planning   $294,283.43   $1,701.54   
  53   KING   CATRIONA E   Vice President/Corporate Secretary   $292,893.72   $604.44   
  54   SIROTA   YARO   Manager, Nuclear Safety   $292,766.55   $1,269.60   
  55   KNUTSON   MARK   Shift Manager   $290,694.26   $1,110.92   
  56   MOECK   ANDY   Shift Manager   $285,166.80   $796.49   
  57   SCOTT   ROBERT N   Authorization Training Supervisor   $284,209.36   $1,534.81   
  58   ARSENAULT   IVAN J   Authorization Training Supervisor   $283,946.85   $906.30   
  59   PHILLIPS   BRYCE S   Director, Nuclear Programs   $283,742.90   $1,391.04   
  60   LITTLEY   AL   Control Room Shift Operating Supervisor   $282,601.75   $902.36   
  61   KHANSAHEB   ZARIR   Shift Manager   $281,926.26   $420.90   
  62   SMITH   PHILIP J   Manager, Operations Production   $280,981.08   $1,404.84   
  63   SKREPNEK   EDWARD F   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $278,853.65   $946.88   
  64   POWELL   ROBERT J   Manager, Operations Production   $278,748.11   $1,407.60   
  65   BAUER   RALPH   Manager, Performance Engineering   $277,822.85   $1,290.30   
  66   HAMANN   RONALD R   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $276,934.35   $852.84   
  67   SPEKKENS   PAUL H   Vice President, Science & Technology   $276,889.93   $2,214.60   
  68   ARNONE   MARK   Director, Projects & Modifications   $276,498.42   $1,697.40   
  69   GILBERT   MIKE   Plant Manager, Lambton Generating Station   $275,725.91   $1,639.44   
  70   KIMPEL   DANA T   Shift Manager   $275,278.42   $1,293.06   
  71   MCCORD   ROSS   Outage Manager   $274,891.60   $1,262.70   
  72   SHAW   JOHN J   Director, Nuclear Protection Programs & Training   $273,780.62   $554.76   
  73   SIMOES   ALBERTO F   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $272,740.27   $1,846.58   
  74   MCRAE   LINDA J   Vice President, Corporate Human Resources & Employee Safety   $271,447.86   $1,664.28   
  75   IVANOFF   NICHOLAS V   Shift Manager   $271,189.59   $1,259.94   
  76   GOODMAN   ROBERT M   Director, Station Engineering   $270,170.26   $1,664.28   
  77   EATOCK   JEFFREY W   Shift Manager   $268,836.56   $1,259.94   
  78   FUNSTON   DOUG   Shift Manager   $267,913.35   $1,221.30   
  79   ROMAIN   DEWER   Authorization Training Supervisor   $267,657.96   $942.99   
  80   BHAGWANDIN   DANNY   Control Room Shift Operating Supervisor   $267,267.38   $868.14   
  81   CASTELLAN   ANGELO G   Director, Nuclear Waste Programming & Environmental Assessment   $267,169.13   $1,463.49   
  82   LONG   TIM R   Authorization Training Supervisor   $267,015.13   $1,855.66   
  83   TEMPLE   GLENN   Vice President, Real Estate   $266,993.60   $1,614.60   
  84   HENRY   ROSS K   Control Room Shift Operating Supervisor   $266,786.29   $945.29   
  85   KING   PETER E   Manager, Operations Production   $266,596.84   $1,276.50   
  86   DERMARKAR   FRED   Director, Engineering Services   $266,274.32   $1,614.60   
  87   CAMPAGNOLO   ALBERT P   Shift Manager   $265,810.93   $1,204.74   
  88   RYMES   CHARLES M   Shift Manager   $265,304.41   $1,235.10   
  89   KIM   JONG DEA   Vice President, Information Technology   $265,151.85   $1,548.36   
  90   NORMAN   PHIL   Shift Manager   $264,303.12   $1,262.70   
  91   KEENAN   BARBARA E   Vice President, Nuclear Human Resources & Employee Safety   $263,208.66   $1,914.28   
  92   IRVINE   LORRAINE T   Vice President, Safety, Wellness & Total Compensation   $261,167.88   $538.20   
  93   NADEAU   KEN   Authorization Training Supervisor   $260,497.95   $979.44   
  94   REEVE   NATHAN S   Director, Accounting   $260,367.04   $1,247.62   
  95   CLAIRMAN   CARA L   Vice President, Sustainable Development   $259,691.27   $529.92   
  96   EVANS   HENRY A   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $259,534.08   $2,158.99   
  97   SMITH   STEPHANIE   Shift Manager   $259,209.90   $1,204.74   
  98   GREGORIS   STEVE   Shift Manager   $258,946.91   $799.48   
  99   MIR   SYED N   Vice President, Corporate Supply Chain   $258,777.43   $1,004.64   
  100   WHEELBAND   IAN A   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $256,945.13   $963.96   
  101   LONG   FREDERICK G   Vice President, Financial Planning Corporate Finance   $256,895.87   $484.38   
  102   HEATH   DAVID B   Plant Manager, Hydro   $256,842.76   $1,556.64   
  103   GIORGI   SEBASTIAN T   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $255,969.24   $1,785.68   
  104   MILLS   WILLIAM F   Assistant Operations Manager   $255,835.23   $808.68   
  105   UPSON   LARRY B   Manager, Work Control Programs   $255,060.02   $1,414.04   
  106   MARTIN   SCOTT E   Vice President, Labour Relations   $254,694.30   $1,589.76   
  107   HARRIS   GREGORY J   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $253,880.57   $867.61   
  108   CARTER   LES   Shift Manager   $253,442.63   $1,408.05   
  109   FITZSIMMONS   JASON   Director, Labour Relations   $252,830.77   $1,280.64   
  110   SPEARIN   MURRAY R   Control Room Shift Operating Supervisor   $252,057.97   $841.11   
  111   GERRARD   ROBERT B   Director, Finance   $251,439.95   $1,310.16   
  112   NOAKES   JOHN   Shift Manager   $250,690.02   $1,145.40   
  113   ZAWADA   STEVE   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $250,560.61   $957.60   
  114   WOODS   STEVE   Director, Station Engineering   $249,915.14   $1,524.21   
  115   RAMPHAL   MARLENE   Shift Manager   $249,861.88   $775.56   
  116   RUNKOWSKI   CHRISTIAN P   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $248,834.44   $1,798.10   
  117   CROZZOLI   CARLO   Vice President, Hydroelectric Development   $248,744.25   $1,623.57   
  118   ROLFE   DANIEL   Project Manager, Field Campaigns   $248,729.11   $721.40   
  119   SENIOR   DONALD W   Shift Manager   $248,283.05   $1,213.02   
  120   BULL   WARREN G   Shift Manager   $247,732.35   $621.00   
  121   LACIVITA   KEN   Director, Trading & Origination   $247,415.51   $1,822.05   
  122   MOORE   WILLIAM H   Production Supervisor, Shift Engineer   $247,325.54   $782.28   
  123   O’LEARY   KEVIN P   Authorization Training Supervisor   $247,209.09   $921.14   
  124   VONHATTEN   PAUL P   Director   $247,160.17   $943.00   
  125   STUART   EARL   Assistant General Counsel   $245,820.96   $1,687.74   
  126   BYRNES   GENE   Shift Manager   $245,320.13   $621.00   
  127   CAMPBELL   WAYNE M   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $244,647.40   $915.08   
  128   ZADEH   HOOSHANG   Director, Portfolio Management   $244,454.55   $1,574.58   
  129   BAMBRICK   RON   Authorization Training Supervisor   $243,760.85   $959.30   
  130   GHINET   JOE M   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $243,421.62   $759.46   
  131   CLEMENS   ROBERT   Authorization Training Supervisor   $243,101.57   $959.30   
  132   BLACK   ROBERT K   Director, Station Engineering   $241,498.95   $1,508.56   
  133   WONG   RICHARD   Director, Financial Strategies & Performance Management   $241,351.03   $997.28   
  134   WYMAN   DAVID   Section Manager, Outage   $240,789.25   $862.20   
  135   ROWAN   MICHAEL D   Authorization Training Supervisor   $240,750.70   $954.00   
  136   SINGH   CHARANJIT   Controller, Energy Markets   $239,269.95   $1,076.40   
  137   DINGLE   JAMES   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $238,003.55   $951.24   
  138   DICARLO   GINO   Director, Business Support   $237,714.04   $475.18   
  139   JAMES   RICHIE   Certified Unit “O” Control Room Operator   $236,600.57   $1,519.03   
  140   BURKE   PAUL J   Director, Planning & Analysis   $236,452.58   $1,505.58   
  141   KATCHANOSKI   GREGORY   Vice President, Fossil Human Resources & Employee Safety   $236,059.58   $1,449.00   
  142   JESSOP   RICHARD J   Director   $234,740.04   $1,026.72   
  143   SHAVER   KATHRYN   Vice President, Corporate Affairs/Corporate Secretary   $234,633.46   $515.77   
  144   KINITZ   ERICH E   Authorization Training Supervisor   $233,717.34   $1,170.24   
  145   VELSHI   RUMINA   Director, Commercial Nuclear New Build   $233,712.81   $1,786.34   
  146   GARRETT   EARL H   First Line Manager, Inspection & Maintenance   $233,376.29   $756.84   
  147   O’NEILL   SIMON   Shift Manager   $232,817.81   $954.75   
  148   BEVACQUA   VAL   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $232,639.48   $884.69   
  149   WODZAK   KEVIN P   Control Room Shift Operating Supervisor   $232,425.90   $556.50   
  150   GRANT   FRASER D   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $232,400.86   $869.73   
  151   SHAFFAF   YOUSSEF   Section Manager   $231,807.46   $58.65   
  152   LEAVITT   RANDY   Vice President, Nuclear Finance   $231,793.83   $1,476.60   
  153   KUNTZ   GARY   Authorization Training Supervisor   $231,766.48   $1,116.02   
  154   MATTHEWS   JOHN   First Line Manager, Control/Mechanical   $231,646.39   $1,556.67   
  155   HOSEIN   RON   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $231,164.69   $924.44   
  156   DESANTIS   LOUIE   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $230,584.79   $933.10   
  157   SEGUIN   PAUL   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $230,515.54   $790.00   
  158   WAYTOWICH   RICHARD T   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $229,464.51   $742.21   
  159   BOYD   GEORGE D   Manager, Systems   $228,653.79   $1,283.40   
  160   ERZETIC   JOSEPHINA   Assistant General Counsel   $228,369.04   $1,030.40   
  161   LEEDER   LEONARD L   Director, Services   $228,055.19   $1,475.22   
  162   PABANI   SHAMIM   Director, Taxation   $226,716.06   $1,182.96   
  163   RAMJIST   STEPHEN V   Outage Manager   $226,413.67   $1,280.64   
  164   FLEAR   GORDON W   Authorization Training Supervisor   $226,324.01   $882.22   
  165   BALAN   MARCEL   Unit 0, Training Supervisor   $226,212.49   $856.07   
  166   TAYLER   JAMES S   Authorization Training Supervisor   $225,976.12   $889.11   
  167   HARKNESS   DICKSON   Assistant General Counsel   $225,828.14   $505.08   
  168   ST. MARTIN   AL   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $225,798.46   $1,687.75   
  169   QUALTROUGH   WILLIAM D   Plant System Support Manager   $225,592.34   $1,262.70   
  170   KAY   JIM   Mechanical Technician/First Line Manager Assistant   $225,463.73   $1,365.75   
  171   RAE   CRAIG   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $225,135.83   $1,815.38   
  172   PRESTON   STUART B   Assistant Treasurer   $224,631.94   $1,015.68   
  173   ANDREWS   RANDOLPH A   Section Manager, Outage   $224,260.62   $862.20   
  174   GREGORY   HANK   Authorization Training Supervisor   $224,049.32   $952.71   
  175   SCOTT-DIXON   CHRIS   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $223,791.37   $867.38   
  176   MARTELLI   MIKE   Plant Manager, Hydro   $223,580.63   $1,443.48   
  177   MOORE   RON T   Manager, Site Training   $223,529.60   $1,304.10   
  178   TIMBERG   MARGARET C   Assistant General Counsel   $223,340.66   $505.08   
  179   EVANS   DOUG   First Line Manager, Construction   $222,296.59   $656.88   
  180   HAGYMASY   ROBERT J   Vice President, Nuclear Security   $222,209.04   $1,240.20   
  181   COLLINS   DAVID A   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $221,469.47   $1,675.66   
  182   LOTOSKI   JOHN   Director   $220,917.01   $922.76   
  183   HOYLE   MIKE   Production Supervisor, Shift Engineer   $220,542.98   $807.72   
  184   JACKOWSKI   ROBERT P   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $220,468.61   $1,742.98   
  185   SHIEVER   ALAN R   Director, Nuclear Training   $219,855.11   $1,101.87   
  186   VANROOY   MARK   Authorization Training Supervisor   $219,078.47   $936.63   
  187   SMITH   JAMES J   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $218,953.07   $1,895.48   
  188   HAMMOND   KATHERINE   Director, Business Development   $218,912.95   $1,197.77   
  189   BELLINGHAM   WILLIAM M   Section Manager, Maintenance   $218,758.93   $810.10   
  190   DORAN   TERRY C   Director, Nuclear Integration   $218,621.46   $1,471.08   
  191   DE LORENZI   STEVEN L. L   Authorization Training Supervisor   $218,540.36   $959.30   
  192   CUNLIFFE   LORNE C   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $218,114.14   $1,685.06   
  193   LOUGHEED   MARTIN   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $217,986.20   $933.33   
  194   MILLS   STEPHEN P   Director   $217,486.57   $460.00   
  195   EDWARDS   TERRY   Senior Engineer/Scientist/Technical Officer   $217,036.28   $633.24   
  196   MAZZA   MARIO   Director, Business Support Regulatory Affairs   $216,956.93   $1,374.48   
  197   WELSH   BRIAN   Director, Operations   $216,932.88   $1,427.80   
  198   BRAZIER   DONALD K   Director, Finance   $216,834.05   $1,457.28   
  199   HALPERIN   DAVID   Director, Financial & Business Planning   $216,594.53   $945.76   
  200   LOTHMAN   EDWARD G   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $216,511.91   $1,718.66   
  201   ALLEN   NEILL   Director, Engineering   $216,458.39   $1,464.92   
  202   COLL   DAVE   Production Supervisor, Shift Engineer   $216,458.21   $798.60   
  203   FISHER   KEITH E   Field Shift Operating Supervisor   $216,408.36   $756.84   
  204   DEVLIN   EDMUND   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $216,250.23   $871.85   
  205   POWERS   STEPHANIE   Vice President, Nuclear Supply Chain   $215,782.07   $3,191.68   
  206   KUCIKS   JOHN   Field Shift Operating Supervisor   $215,496.79   $756.84   
  207   LEKSINSKI   PAUL R   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $215,464.27   $870.26   
  208   FLORIS   WALTER   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $215,353.12   $1,747.52   
  209   COOPER   KEN   First Line Manager, Control/Mechanical   $215,159.04   $756.84   
  210   VANDEVENNE   JOHN R   Fossil Operating Technician   $215,039.16   $1,323.99   
  211   HAY   DON   First Line Manager, Control/Mechanical   $213,902.34   $728.64   
  212   BLYTH   JAMES W   Director, Nuclear Safety   $213,787.97   $979.80   
  213   THUOT   DENNIS M   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $213,508.24   $1,746.54   
  214   MCGRATH   DEREK J   First Line Manager, Control/Mechanical   $213,082.77   $756.84   
  215   ALLEN   STEVE   First Line Manager, Inspection & Maintenance   $213,057.15   $728.64   
  216   COWLEY   ROBERT D   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $212,883.81   $1,755.16   
  217   SIRACUSA   JOE   Production Manager, Operations Units 1-8   $212,721.72   $27,132.09   
  218   HOYLE   BOB   Certified Unit “O” Control Room Operator   $212,667.53   $1,562.33   
  219   BHARDWAJ   ALOK   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $212,159.30   $1,612.06   
  220   KVALTIN   DAVID F   Section Manager, Maintenance   $212,159.10   $996.38   
  221   BROWN   WILLIAM A   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $212,021.73   $1,922.51   
  222   LONG   MIKE   First Line Manager, Control/Mechanical   $211,916.69   $632.04   
  223   HAIRE   KEN   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $211,478.03   $1,669.30   
  224   MURRAY   PETER J   Plant Manager, Hydro   $211,475.00   $466.90   
  225   MATTHEWS   GLEN S   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $211,062.23   $1,820.22   
  226   OSBORNE   DEAN   Authorization Training Supervisor   $210,776.01   $866.97   
  227   BERGER   STANLEY D   Assistant General Counsel   $210,367.62   $937.48   
  228   HALKET   CRAIG T   Director, Compensation   $210,291.75   $1,333.08   
  229   SMART   PETER F   Authorization Training Supervisor   $210,100.97   $958.24   
  230   DOSEN   MIKE   Section Manager, Maintenance   $209,904.20   $784.04   
  231   ALLEN   JOHN DOUGLAS   First Line Manager, Control/Mechanical   $209,316.31   $656.88   
  232   MIRSCH   MICHAEL K   First Line Manager, Inspection & Maintenance   $209,305.02   $540.96   
  233   MUTHUSWAMY   SUKUMAR   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $209,240.08   $887.52   
  234   KARAIM   TERRANCE   Director, Engineering, Plant Life Extension Project   $208,927.25   $1,359.30   
  235   YAP   ROBERT W   Director, Water Resources & Aboriginal Affairs   $208,843.93   $9,351.90   
  236   PASTERNACK   DAVID C   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $208,785.44   $2,285.05   
  237   THOMPSON   RUSSELL   Control Room Shift Operating Supervisor   $208,763.38   $889.64   
  238   LIPPERT   TERRY   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $208,604.92   $1,768.20   
  239   RAIL   WILLIAM   Authorization Training Supervisor   $208,257.42   $946.88   
  240   FRAWLEY   ROBERT E   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $208,042.07   $1,675.66   
  241   HORNE   CHRISTOPHER R   First Line Manager, Inspection & Maintenance   $207,540.51   $618.24   
  242   WELSH   ROBERT   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $207,530.74   $1,693.68   
  243   QUIRT   CHRISTOPHER C   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $207,486.97   $881.39   
  244   SMITH   RAYMOND G   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $207,280.11   $1,710.92   
  245   BRENNAN   JASON   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $207,193.68   $1,653.26   
  246   KRANE   RON   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $206,897.31   $1,672.34   
  247   JOHNSTON   ANTHONY   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $206,594.76   $1,619.57   
  248   WILLSON   IAN   Authorization Training Supervisor   $205,790.09   $2,118.49   
  249   TAMMADGE   JOHN   Plant Manager, Hydro   $205,619.25   $1,155.06   
  250   SWAMI   LAURIE   Director, Licensing   $205,559.47   $1,349.64   
  251   BRAY   DONALD A   Trades Supervisor, Maintenance   $205,475.28   $618.24   
  252   BROOKS   DERRICK L   Plant Manager, Fossil   $205,438.49   $1,345.50   
  253   ARPIN   JACQUES   Authorization Training Supervisor   $205,417.09   $936.40   
  254   MAUTI   JOHN G   Director   $205,216.26   $458.16   
  255   WARDROP   CRAIG   Plant Manager, Nanticoke Generating Station   $205,107.30   $13,201.02   
  256   MADUSSI   PAT   Project Site Manager   $204,818.26   $2,498.99   
  257   COYNE   IAN   Mechanical Technician/First Line Manager Assistant   $204,600.49   $1,365.75   
  258   KONIECZNY   ROMAN   Manager, Origination   $204,528.25   $1,120.56   
  259   ROZA   KEITH   Work Coordinator   $204,327.16   $801.36   
  260   MACMILLAN   DOUGLAS C   Authorization Training Supervisor   $204,271.83   $930.80   
  261   BUCHANAN   WILLIAM L   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $203,944.48   $973.08   
  262   CLIFT   STEVEN S   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $203,888.32   $1,768.20   
  263   DESILVA   PETER   Supervising Nuclear Operator/First Line Manager Assistant   $203,856.24   $1,760.21   
  264   PARENT   GÉRALD J   Control Room Shift Supervisor   $203,492.87   $873.97   
  265   EDWARDS   BRIAN I   Authorization Training Supervisor   $203,102.14   $959.30   
  266   MUNRO   MICHAEL D   First Line Manager, Control/Mechanical   $203,098.34   $756.84   
  267   JAYAWEERA   RANJITH C   First Line Manager, Inspection & Maintenance   $203,092.30   $657.20   
  268   HOWARD   KEITH   Senior Manager, Plant Design Engineering   $202,994.23   $1,428.30   
  269   TEICHMAN   ANDREW   Executive Director, Investments   $202,899.50   $1,368.96   
  270   FISHER   JAMES S   Authorization Training Supervisor   $202,773.60   $930.57   
  271   DUTTON   JEFFREY J   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $202,763.70   $1,768.20   
  272   HUSAIN   JAFFAR   Director, Internal Audit   $202,687.55   $1,373.79   
  273   CHETCUTI   VICTOR   First Line Manager, Radiation Control   $202,517.16   $712.32   
  274   CHOU   JACK   Market Operations Supervisor   $202,133.48   $782.70   
  275   HOWARD   GRANT M   Director   $202,114.90   $1,045.16   
  276   SOARES   JOHN M   Authorization Training Supervisor   $201,714.13   $1,647.29   
  277   ATKIN   TIM   First Line Manager, Inspection & Maintenance   $201,669.58   $1,475.77   
  278   STEWART   MIKE   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $201,642.30   $1,515.90   
  279   ELLISON   SCOTT B   Authorized Nuclear Operator   $201,540.22   $1,454.95   
  280   GAMBLE   BRENT   Shift Emergency Response Manager   $201,519.22   $744.12   
  281   OWENS   BILL   Manager, Plant Maintenance   $201,230.41   $1,359.30   
  282   HOBBS   KENNETH G   Project Manager, Safe Storage   $201,142.48   $1,357.92   
  283   HAMILTON   RYAN   Project Technician, Mechanical, First Line Manager Assistant   $201,141.99   $1,262.67   
  284   MCCARTHY   ERIC JOHN   Director, Fuels   $201,057.13   $1,357.92   
  285   EADY   KEVIN   Authorization Training Supervisor   $200,940.68   $1,681.58   
  286   HEY   BRAD C   Supervising Nuclear Operator/First Line Manager Assistant   $200,683.32   $1,406.67   
  287   ABRAHAM   BILLY   Electrical & Control Technician   $200,604.49   $1,309.20   
  288   SHEPHARD   BRUCE D   Production Supervisor, Shift Engineer   $200,529.91   $1,235.36   
  289   TOLTON   PAUL   Director   $200,495.77   $1,580.32   
  290   BENNETT   TONY R   Director, Dam Safety & Emergency Preparedness   $200,467.35   $1,106.52   
  291   WALLACE   MITCHELL J   Authorization Training Supervisor   $200,264.57   $924.44   
  292   KING   GRANT   Field Shift Operating Supervisor   $200,095.46   $744.12   
  293   LAM   WEI-HING   Project Manager, Field Campaigns   $200,021.35   $718.68  

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In the April issue of Farmers’ Forum is an update on the Marlborough industrial wind project proposed for North Gower and Richmond; as we already knew, the project is waiting for transmission capacity to be assessed before it can get a Feed-in Tariff contract with the Ontario Power Authority.

Here is the story:

April 2011

North Gower wind turbine project stalled due to gridlock

NORTH GOWER — The wait continues for approval of a 20-megawatt wind project that would erect between eight and 10 wind turbines around the village of North Gower and south Richmond.

Prowind Canada Inc., a Kemptville-based company, first applied to the Ontario Power Authority’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program for a contract in November 2009. The project was rejected in the last wave of FIT approvals in early February because the OPA could not handle the power capacity. Now Prowind is waiting on a connection test that would take three to six months so the company can know when the capacity for the project might be available. Prowind has not received word when the connection test would commence but a spokeswoman said the company hopes it will start in April.

Five farmers in North Gower are involved with the project to have the wind turbines – which could be up to 600 ft. high – on their land. Corner View Farms, operated by brothers Ed and Rick Schouten, could have five wind turbines at their dairy operation. Farmers would share in the profits made by the wind turbines’ generation of power back to the provincial grid. They would also have access to the roads Prowind would build to the wind turbines, offering easier access to crops.


Here is the link.


Meanwhile, Ontario continues to dump power because it has an excess of power this spring; to date, Ontario has paid other jurisdictions to take the extra power off our hands, costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

In other news, the Ottawa Citizen today carries a report from the U.K. in which the government’s “climate change watchdog” says “heavy reliance on offshore wind could result in unacceptable increases in fuel bills.” The recommendation is to rely on nuclear power which produces no carbon dioxide. The story is on page C5 in The Citizen and originates in The Times.


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Here from commentator Parker Gallant, an opinion from yesterday’s National Post. We’re not sure anyone sells smelling salts anymore but this might be a good time to find out.

Ontario Power Trip: The $540-million electricity tax


  Apr 19, 2011 – 4:58 PM ET

Ontario electricity consumers received the latest whack to their pocketbooks Tuesday. The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) announced that electricity rates will rise anywhere from 8% to 15% beginning May 1. The biggest increases will hit consumers who are part of the province’s brave new world of time of use (TOU) pricing.  For off-peak electricity (between 11 pm to 7 am), the cost of electricity will jump 15% to 5.9 cents a kilowatt hour.  Mid-peak electricity (early morning to 11 am and early evenings) jumps 10% from 8.1 to 8.9 cents per kWh.  Peak use electricity (11 am to 5pm) rises 8% to 10.7 cents a kWh from 9.9 cents.

These rate increases come on top of a 12% increase last May. Note, also, that the increases are greater for off-peak than peak.

The near double-digit boost in  the price of electricity increase (with a total annual value of about $540-million) pretty much wipes out the McGuinty government’s much-vaunted “electricity benefit.” Under the benefit, the government takes 10% off  the electricity bills of consumers. But now the electricity companies will take most if not all of the 10% back.

In a disingenuous news release titled “Helping families, keeping electricity rates down,” Energy Minister Brad Duguid’s office tried to spin the official price increases by touting the 10% benefit without mentioning the near-10% increase in electricity rates just announced by the OEB.  Nor does the government highlight the policy absurdity:  Taxpayers will pay consumers a 10% reduction in their electricity bills to cover rising costs of electricity brought on by the government’s energy policies. Effectively, the government will tax Ontarian (or borrow now and tax later) to cover rising electricity costs.

For electricity users who are still not plugged into the province’s TOU-system, the average increase May 1 will be between 6% and 7%, depending on the tier.  Second tier (over 600 kWh) electricity rates will rise to 7.4 cents a kWh.   Most on the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) will be switched to TOU over the next several months so those still on the RPP will enjoy their lower increases for a short time only.

This year’s rate increases may not end here.  The next OEB price review is schedule to take place Nov. 1.  Will the OEB dodge the issue, since that date precedes by a few days a provincial election expected to have energy policy as a key topic?

With consumption basically flat year over year and hundreds of new high-price wind and solar systems entering the grid, the reality of the McGuinty Green Energy Plan, now nearing its second anniversary, is working its way into consumers bills.   Prices are going up in large part to cover the costs of subsidies to the developers, big and small.

In short, Ontario is seeing the results of paying for rooftop solar installation like those at the IKEA stores, which receive 71.3 cents per kWh under the Feed-in-Tarriff (FIT) program.  Meanwhile, these enterprises pay TOU rates for the actual power they consume. As that “renewable” energy enters the grid, the OEB forecasts the overall effect on the Global Adjustment (GA) account and resets the rates. The GA is a catch-all for all extra costs associated with the McGuinty government’s Green Energy Act. Those extras costs, pooled in the GA, are distributed among all ratepayers, who pick up the estimated costs through semi-annual rate adjustments. Last May it was 12%, although no rate increase was introduced last November.

Mr. Duguid’s press release Tuesday had the temerity to claim that “The Ontario Energy Board released updated electricity rates today showing the average household bill this May compared to May 2010 has remained flat.”  Flat! It was flat only if you start counting time AFTER the 12% increase last May 1, and don’t count the new increases starting this May 1.  No wonder Ontario’s books don’t balance.
As ratepayers we should express our thanks to the taxpayers for picking up the costs of that 10% “electricity benefit.” However, ratepayers are also taxpayers.  Maybe it’s time we stopped shuffling the deck chairs and face the reality that the Liberals have mortgaged Ontario for the next 20 years through their irrational electricity policies created by the Green Energy Act.

Parker Gallant is a former Canadian banker who looked at his Ontario electricity bill and didn’t like what he saw.

Northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca also on Twitter at northgowerwind

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Financial Post editor Terence Corcoran writes about what the Ontario government is doing with taxpayers’ money in the interest of being “green” and creating a “clean” power source (except, we already had one, nuclear at about 50%, and hydro) that will also somehow miraculously create 50,000 jobs.

Note: a caller to CFRA yesterday asked, why isn’t the money going to help people do small-scale energy-saving or energy-producing projects at home? Point taken: small-scale solar and wind, also geo-thermal, could help conserve power but it is too expensive for most people…why not help with that?

Terence Corcoran: Ontario burns up more green cash

National Post

National Post

A massive solar energy project in Sarnia, Ont.

  February 24, 2011 – 7:46 pm

Ontario’s green jobs come at a cost of up to $207,000 each

North America’s only feed-in-tariff smokestack, a renewable energy program that burns money to generate electricity, announced fresh incinerations Thursday. The Ontario Power Authority (OPA), a euphemism for the Liberal Cabinet of Premier Dalton McGuinty, said it has signed contracts worth $3-billion with suppliers of wind and solar power.

Ontario Energy Minister Brad Duguid, who issues all the Cabinet directives telling the power authority what do to, said new contracts with a handful of subsidy-seeking corporations are inspired by a higher authority. “There’s no doubt Ontario has stepped up to Obama’s challenge, and together we’ve become a global clean-energy powerhouse,” Mr. Duguid said.

Exactly what U.S. President Barack Obama has to do with squandering billions of Ontario taxpayers’ dollars wasn’t clear. The intent, likely, is to take the spotlight off the McGuinty government. This is Ontario’s second major allocation of wind and solar power contracts under its feed-in-tariff scheme. As a growing number of Ontario voters have come to appreciate, wind and solar power don’t come cheap.

For $3-billion, the OPA said Ontario electricity consumers will get four wind farms with a capacity of 615 megawatts (MW) and 40 solar power projects with a capacity of 257 MW. Total official capacity: 872 MW, assuming the winds blow and the sun shines. They don’t, most of the time, which reduces the actual output from those cash-burning operations to about 200 MW.

The economics of wind and solar are so bad that the power authority’s news releases tend to avoid getting too deep into the numbers. Assuming the new facilities do consistently produce 200 MW, that would be enough electricity to power 200,000 homes in the province. At $3-billion, that works out to a capital investment of $15,000 per home — a lot of sunk capital per home for electricity.

For about a third of the cost, say $1-billion, local energy companies could build a gas-fired generating station that would actually produce 872 MW of electricity. Gas plants require inputs — gas and labour — when operating. But even after factoring in operating costs, the price of electricity from gas is currently around 7.5¢ a kilowatt hour, a bargain compared with the prices Dalton McGuinty’s Cabinet has guaranteed to pay wind and solar operators: 13.5¢ a kWh to wind farms and 44.5¢ to solar plants.

To draw attention away from these numbers and their billion-dollar subsidy implications, the OPA and the government — and the giant corporations who aim to make a killing off these deals — prefer to talk up job numbers. “These projects,” said the OPA news release, “represent an estimated 7,000 direct and indirect jobs.”

What do 7,000 direct and indirect jobs mean? More important, what are Ontario ratepayers/taxpayers getting for the massive cash infusion into renewable power? Bruce Sharp, a consultant at Aegent Energy Advisors, did some rough estimates. “If you take the 7,000 direct and indirect jobs at face value and assume they are manufacturing and construction jobs with a duration of two years, then we have 14,000 man-years of such jobs,” Mr. Sharp said.

Another assumption is that the wind and solar operations require some ongoing manpower over the next 20 years. “I made some wild guesses and came up with an estimate of 650 ongoing operating and maintenance jobs, for a 20-year total of 13,000 man-years.” The total number of jobs, therefore, is about 27,000 man-years over 20 years.

Over that 20-year period, Mr. Sharp estimates, electricity ratepayers will be paying higher costs — or subsidies — worth somewhere between $4.1-billion and $5.6-billion. Average subsidy for each of the 27,000 man-years of work: between $152,000 and $207,000.

No account is taken of the jobs lost in the vast transfer of money from the pockets of ratepayers to the solar and wind industries. Overall, there are no employment gains in any of these artificial industries.

Also lost in the verbal dance of government officials are the national and international corporate interests who are cashing in on the green-energy bubble and the climate-change crusade. Companies like SkyPower Ltd., self-described as Canada’s leading solar-energy company. It landed 13 of the newly awarded Ontario solar projects, totalling 148 MW or about half the 257 MW of new capacity. At $6-million per MW, SkyPower is looking at investing about $800-million in the project.

SkyPower has a history that includes being a unit of the now defunct Lehman Brothers, the New York financial crisis leader that had a disproportionate interest in riding the climate-change bandwagon. After surviving that debacle, SkyPower emerged to find new backers, including Deutsche Bank, the German financial powerhouse that recently released a distorted report that misrepresented climate science, as a vehicle to promote its green lending apparatus.

Renewable energy may seem like an energy play to some, but it often looks more like a real estate game. One of the other contract winners was Penn Energy Renewables Ltd., subsidiary of a real estate company based in Pennsylvania. Deals are constantly being announced among companies, with large firms buying small solar operators. One reason may be the rapid write-offs allowed under tax laws for large companies that have the ability to write off against other income. Such write-offs can apparently raise the annual return on investment to as much as 22%.

Whatever the numbers, Ontario’s renewable energy tariffs are creating a business sector built on subsidies and on the backs of taxpayers and ratepayers. No real net jobs are being created, the costs are high and the impact on climate is too small to measure — so small that the government has never produced a carbon accounting.


No account is made of the lost productivity when people become ill from the turbines, and no account is made of the lost property values.


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In the most recent issue of North American Clean Energy, a huge glossy magazine published in Canada for the North American wind and solar industry, is an article written by Aaron Atcheson, a lawyer with Miller Thompson LLP, practising in London, Ontario.

Entitled “Offshore wind and the Canadian market: push and pull in the new economy,” the article reviews the situation regarding industrial wind turbine projects in Ontario. Atcheson despairs that the Ontario government seems to be bowing to pressure and that the industrial wind business is not all it could be.

Here is the article.


Offshore Wind and the Canadian Market
Offshore windPush & pull in the new economy
By Aaron Atcheson

Incentives were provided and a development process put in place, followed by announcements of significant projects and investment in the jurisdiction. Then, without warning and after resources had been allocated, an about-face was made by a government facing external and internal pressure. Several of the most significant projects became incapable of being built, creating a crisis of confidence within the finance community in regard to a renewable energy sub-sector.

Haven’t we seen this movie before?

Despite the constant refrain of the business community regarding the necessity of maintaining consistency in government programs and incentives in order to not chase investment out of the sector, the government of the Canadian province of Ontario and its power purchasing body, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), have made several changes in regard to its programs and requirements for the renewable energy sector within the last several months that have angered project developers and raised doubts within the finance community. 

The amendment of the very popular Feed-in-Tariff program to provide a significantly lower tariff for small ground-mount solar projects was based on an overwhelming response and the perception that developers were taking advantage of an unintended quirk in the pricing model. However, the proposed rule restricting offshore wind developments to areas greater than five kilometres from shore appears to have been a response to criticism by environmental groups about the effects of the largest offshore turbines being situated near human and wildlife populations.

When the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources announced in January of 2008 that it would be taking new applications for offshore wind projects, the Liberal government declared that the previous moratorium period involved completing significant study of offshore wind development potential, the establishment of key partnerships and an in-depth analysis of certain “social and ecological values.” Further support for this sub-sector was provided with the $0.19/kWh price for offshore wind included in the FIT program pricing model when publicized in the summer of 2009, raising the interest of some significant players in the global wind industry, as well as groups like the local utility in Toronto, Ontario—Toronto Hydro. 

Less than a year later, and less than eight months after the MNR issued approval to Toronto Hydro to build an anemometer to test the near-shore wind resource in Lake Ontario, the industry is reeling from the announcement of a proposed requirement that no turbines be permitted within five kilometres from shore, effectively wiping out the Toronto Hydro project, amongst others, and making its recent investment in testing equipment redundant. The government has issued a discussion paper, posted the requirements for public comment, and promised consultation sessions this fall.

Part of the justification of this geographic restriction is that certain Great Lakes states are considering similar restrictions, yet the US government granted the industry a major victory this spring with the approval of the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound at the same time as Ontario was reversing course under pressure from environmentalists. Granted, the mix of federal and state control over offshore wind projects in the US constitutes a significant drag on development in this area, with the Cape Wind approval, the Obama administration has signalled that it is serious about encouraging offshore production of electricity.

So, why the reversal in Ontario? The change in tack appears to be a manifestation of the tension within the larger environmental movement between those seeking to replace the most polluting of the existing electricity sources with cleaner, renewable energy facilities, and more stringent environmentalists that are suspicious of the large industrial wind developments being proposed on- and off-shore in Ontario. The Liberal government would like both of these groups to support them in the 2011 election. They also want to avoid driving the reactionary NIMBY (“Not in My Back Yard”) crowd, that rises to meet many new wind projects, into the arms of the Progressive Conservatives.

The Ontario discussion paper on the proposed restrictions states that the “five-kilometre shoreline exclusion zone” is a result of the Ontario government being committed to protecting inland water bodies and ensuring safe beaches, drinking water, food and fish, as well as the province’s natural and cultural heritage. Project proponents are asking why this commitment did not come into play earlier, allowing them to plan projects to avoid the now restricted near-shore areas. Others note that although the restriction is clear that no wind development will occur within five kilometres of shore, the documentation explains that site-specific factors may require a project to be located even further than the five-kilometre limit, resulting in greater uncertainty among those considering a project.

When the Ontario government introduced its Green Energy Act, intended to expand renewable energy production, encourage energy conservation, and create green jobs, along with the much-lauded FIT program, much was made of the possibility that Ontario would increase employment in new green sectors as a way of emerging from the global recession and manufacturing slump. It appears that Ontario’s early lead in the pursuit of offshore wind energy opportunities in the Great Lakes may be challenged by the many US states now actively encouraging development.
Aaron Atcheson is National CleanTech Practice Group leader at Miller Thomson LLP.

Miller Thomson LLP

Note the typical wind energy business “spin” about the “cleaner” energy and the idea that “more stringent environmentalists” are concerned about delays in wind development. In other words, if you are opposed to wind development, you don’t really care about the environment. And then of course, Atcheson predictably employs the NIMBY epithet.

He concludes with a threat that will go straight to the heart of the McGuinty government’s ploys, to out-compete states who are involved in component manufacture and other aspects of the corporate wind industry. He says Ontario will lose out. Of course, what he doesn’t say is that Ontario will lose out anyway with this tactic as these businesses are heading for Ontario only as long as there are subsidies. No subsidies, no corporations: T Boone Pickens said exactly that when asked why he was bringing wind turbines to Ontario instead of Texas.

No mention of course of the fallacy of the “clean air”. No mention of the plummeting property values in areas where there are huge turbine installations. No mention of the health effects, or of the concerns municipalities have about this type of development, and that they now have no land use planning controls.

If you needed any more proof that really, this is all just about money, this will help.

Email the North Gower Wind Action Group at northgowerwindactiongroup@yahoo.ca

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