Wind Concerns Ontario has an answer for the Government of Ontario, as it looks to regain financial good health: cancel the province’s feed-in tariff (FIT) subsidy program for industrial-scale wind power.
The coalition of citizens’ groups and individuals concerned about the effects of industrial wind power generation on people and communities, released a report today on the FIT program, called Unintended Consequences.
“We don’t need wind power in Ontario,” says president Jane Wilson. “It’s expensive, it’s unreliable, and it’s out of phase with demand. This past weekend,” she explains, “electricity prices hit a record low and Ontario had to shut down power generation. Meanwhile, Ontario is pushing industrial-scale wind power which is industrializing our rural communities, and elevating electricity costs which in turn harms people and business. We say, cancel the FIT program and do it now.”
The report frequently refers to the Auditor General’s report from 2011 which notes that Ontario failed to conduct a business case study for its FIT program, or a cost-benefit analysis of the impact of the subsidy.