Municipalities to have final say on new energy projects
September 20, 2018, Toronto - Ontario's Government for the People is delivering
on its promise to make life more affordable for Ontarians by introducing legislation
today to repeal the Liberal's disastrous Green Energy Act.
"The Green Energy Act represents the largest transfer of money from the poor and
middle class to the rich in Ontario's history," said Premier Doug Ford. "Well-connected
energy insiders made fortunes putting up wind farms and solar farms that gouge hydro
consumers in order to generate electricity that Ontario doesn't need. Today I am
proud to say that the party with the taxpayers' money is over."
The Liberal's 2009 Green Energy Act led to the feed-in-tariff program and skyrocketing
electricity rates for Ontario families, and took away powers from municipalities
to stop expensive and unneeded energy projects in their communities. Under the last
government energy rates tripled, hurting families and driving manufacturing jobs
out of Ontario.
"One of the first actions our government took was to cancel 758 expensive and wasteful
energy projects as part of our plan to cut hydro rates by 12 per cent for the people
of Ontario, saving $790 million for electricity customers," said Greg Rickford,
Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. "The days of sweetheart deals
for energy insiders and unpopular projects forced on local municipalities are over."
"We made a promise to lower the cost of living for hard-working Ontarians by reducing
hydro costs," said Jeff Yurek, Elgin-Middlesex-London. "Today we took an important
step to do just that. When it comes to putting more money in the pockets of Ontarians,
we're just getting started."
The proposed legislation will maintain provisions related to energy efficiency and
conservation standards to give people the information they need to make decisions
to help lower their energy costs.
- According to the Ontario Energy Board and the Independent Energy System Operator,
wind and solar added $3.75 billion in costs to electricity bills in 2017.
- Wind and solar represent just 11 per cent of total generation in Ontario, but reflect
30 per cent of Global Adjustment costs that are borne by electricity customers.
- In 2017, 26 per cent of electricity generated from wind and solar was curtailed,
or wasted. This is electricity that Ontarians paid for, but didn't need or use.