Large Renewable Procurement Program (LRP II) scheduled to begin in 2017, has been suspended.

After years of squandering billions and billions of your tax of dollars……..after years of destroying Ontario’s countrysides……..after years of destroying the lives of so many innocent people…..our Provincial Government has finally succumbed to economic reality and no doubt are desperately attempting to re position themselves for the next election.

The following announcement replete with ridiculous claims of so called success indicates that for now at least there will be no further new Large Renewable Energy Projects awarded.

Existing contracts will be ” honoured ” so we will still be watching these destructive projects go up but at least the gravy train is stopped in it’s tracks for now .

Presumably the debtor Province in which we live, the most indebted sub soverieign jurisdiction in the WORLD, with the highest hydro rates in North America, will now try to become solvent, forward looking, and economically intelligent . Good luck.

If those of us who fought these projects in our own ways had even a 10 % part to play in this temporary outcome then we deserve a round of applause.

This of course does nothing to alleviate the suffering of those who are adversely affected by existing and oncoming projects. So the battle is not over until every silly turbine stops spinning !

But hopefully, this signals the beginning of the end.

Paul Reid
for MWC

https://news.ontario.ca/mei/en/2016/09/ontario-suspends-large-renewable-energy-procurement.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p

News Release

Ontario Suspends Large Renewable Energy Procurement
Decision Will Reduce Electricity Costs for Consumers
September 27, 2016 9:00 A.M.

Ministry of Energy
Ontario will immediately suspend the second round of its Large Renewable Procurement (LRP II) process and the Energy-from-Waste Standard Offer Program, halting procurement of over 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar, wind, hydroelectric, bioenergy and energy from waste projects.

This decision is expected to save up to $3.8 billion in electricity system costs relative to Ontario’s 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) forecast. This would save the typical residential electricity consumer an average of approximately $2.45 per month on their electricity bill, relative to previous forecasts. No additional greenhouse gas emissions are being added to the electricity grid.

On September 1, 2016, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) provided the Minister of Energy with the Ontario Planning Outlook, an independent report analyzing a variety of planning scenarios for the future of Ontario’s energy system. The IESO has advised that Ontario will benefit from a robust supply of electricity over the coming decade to meet projected demand.

Informed by the Ontario Planning Outlook, consultations and engagements will begin this fall with consumers, businesses, energy stakeholders and Indigenous partners regarding the development of a new Long-Term Energy Plan, which is scheduled to be released in 2017. As part of this plan, Ontario remains committed to an affordable, clean and reliable electricity system, including renewables.

Ontario has established itself as a North American leader in clean energy development, attracting billions of dollars in private sector investment and generating over 42,000 jobs in the clean technology sector. The province has about 18,000 MW of wind, solar, bioenergy and hydroelectric energy contracted or online and the electricity supply is now over 90 per cent emissions-free.

Responsible management of Ontario’s electricity system is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts
Ontario’s new LTEP will be guided by a number of strategic themes including greenhouse gas reductions, innovation, grid modernization, conservation and energy efficiency, renewable energy, distributed energy and continued focus on energy affordability for homes and businesses.
At the end of 2015, Ontario’s installed wind capacity represented almost 40 per cent of all installed wind capacity in Canada.
Ontario is home to more than 99 per cent of all installed solar photovoltaic capacity in Canada.
Ontario successfully eliminated coal-fired electricity generation in 2014, the single largest greenhouse gas emissions reduction action in North America.
Background Information
Actions to Reduce Energy Costs
Additional Resources
Ontario Planning Outlook
Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan
Quotes
“Over the course of the last decade, Ontario has rebuilt our electricity system and secured a strong supply of clean power. Our decision to suspend these procurements is not one we take lightly. This decision will both maintain system reliability and save up to $3.8 billion in electricity system costs relative to the 2013 LTEP forecast. The typical residential electricity consumer would save an average of approximately $2.45 per month on their electricity bill, relative to previous forecasts. As we prepare for a renewed LTEP, we will continue to plan for our future and ensure Ontario benefits from clean, reliable and affordable power for decades to come.”

Glenn Thibeault
Minister of Energy

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Councillor defends City’s actions in appeal of wind company’s use of municipal road

Ward 16 Coun. Heather Stauble says residents have put up hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money in wind turbine battle, and applauds council for supporting those residents

Source: Councillor defends City’s actions in appeal of wind company’s use of municipal road

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Tragic that landowner supports destruction of the Oak Ridges Moraine

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WpdCanada at work on Wild Turkey Rd in the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Source: Tragic that landowner supports destruction of the Oak Ridges Moraine

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Scott Calls Minister Out On Environmentally Damaging Wind Turbines In Oak Ridges Moraine

May 12, 2016

SCOTT CALLS MINISTER OUT ON ENVIRONMENTALLY DAMAGING WIND TURBINES IN OAK RIDGES MORAINE

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, MPP Laurie Scott criticized the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change for allowing a wind project near Bethany to disrupt the sensitive moraine.

After the Snowy Ridge energy project went through a lengthy process with the Environmental Review Tribunal, the project’s footprint has now expanded over what was already approved by the tribunal and the Ministry. Scott pointed out that the project’s expansion did not receive any public review or input.

“The modification report is 165 pages and the late expansion raises questions as to whether the company was working in good faith with the Ministry and the tribunal,” said Scott. “Does the Minister believe it is appropriate for the government to approve a project that puts out inaccurate and incomplete information?”

Scott added that a stay was denied by the Minister himself, while he is allowing the project to proceed with construction.

The expansion of the project includes work in the environmentally-sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine. As well, the proposed route of the collector line will go through compensation habitat for species at risk, and cause potentially irreversible damage on surrounding wildlife.

The current government has disregarded the hydro-geologically sensitive area to welcome industrial turbines.

“Why is the Minister allowing industrial wind projects in protected areas like the Oak Ridges Moraine?” asked Scott.

For more information: Jason Wang | jason.wang@pc.ola.org<mailto:jason.wang@pc.ola.org> | 416-325-2771 | 416-432-7985

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Wind company insists it is following the rules to protect birds, butternut trees

wpd Canada says clearing of Wild Turkey Road for the Sumac Ridge wind project is complying with rules to protect nesting birds and butternut trees in area

Source: Wind company insists it is following the rules to protect birds, butternut trees

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Sumac Ridge Spring 2016: Update

As many people are aware, tree-cutting for the Sumac Ridge access road began last Sunday on Wild Turkey Road.

This was allowed because the City was required to sign a development agreement recently with the developer.

The timing is unfortunate because the court case between the City and the developer goes to the Court of Appeal of Ontario next Monday, May 2. (We understand at Osgoode Hall in Toronto at 10:00 a.m.) The City had no choice but, if the result of the appeal is that the developer cannot open up Wild Turkey Road, then many of the trees are gone for no reason.

We are monitoring the situation on Wild Turkey Road and are very grateful to local residents who are keeping an eye on what is going on. It would be helpful if you keep MWC informed on what you see if you travel along Wild Turkey Road, especially the start of any new or different work or starting to break ground along the road or elsewhere in the project. Please send photos of Wild Turkey Rd activities and any details to MWC and you should copy our councillor, Heather Stauble, at her council email, heatherstauble@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca.

We found on a visit last Sunday that tree-cutting began without wpd (Canada) Ltd. being in full compliance with protective measures they announced would be in place.
No biologist had visited the site to look for migratory birds’ nests.
The work crew were not provided with information on birds and nests.
A rare species butternut tree was not sufficiently protected.

Peterborough MOECC sent an official to the site yesterday, Thursday, after a formal complaint to the Ontario government was copied to that office.
He found that wpd had sent a biologist to the site belatedly on Wednesday this week.
There is ongoing communication between MOECC and MNR about whether the protection for a species at risk tree is sufficient.

We will keep watching wpd’s activities and will appreciate your help with monitoring the project.

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Settler’s Landing (Pontypool) Update

A message from Stu Williams and Dave Bridges of Pontypool:

Settlers Landing ERT Remediation Hearing April 25, 11:00 a.m. Pontypool Community Hall !!!!!!!!!

Please note the above date and time. If you are able to do so, PLEASE make an effort to attend and support our legal appeal team !! THIS IS OUR LAST PERFORMANCE PRIOR TO THE FINAL CURTAIN.

Just a quick review here.

1) We won the initial ERT appeal of last fall.

2) “New rule changes”—the wind company gets an opportunity to
propose changes to the site plan which woul “compensate” for, or eliminate the “Serious or Irreversible Damage to the Environment”.

3) We have seen their proposed changes and have responded to them.

4) The ERT Tribunal will hear our response and discussion regarding these
Changes on April 25th—— there may be an additional day added to
the hearings during the week.

5) This is it!!!!!! The Tribunal will make the decision to accept the
wind company’s proposed changes or stand firm with their decision which was in our favor!

Again— thank you to all of you who found that you were able to contribute to our legal effort. Following the e-mail of several weeks ago, some of you came forward with a second very generous contribution—-THANK YOU!

Our legal fund is not in good shape and the legal representation is still on the clock. If you know of people in the community who have expressed a desire to contribute then please ask them to make a cheque out to “ SLWP Opposition Corp”

Cheques may be mailed or dropped off to ——Stu Williams
392 Telecom Road
Pontypool, ON
L0A1K0

Thank You
Stu Williams and Dave Bridges

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