Ontario Paying Wind Producers Not to Produce Energy

(Queen’s Park)—Starting today, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) will be paying the wind turbine companies not to produce wind energy. The Independent Electricity Systems Operator (IESO) now has the power to turn wind generation on and off, (also referred to as ‘dispatching’) but producers will still be paid   even if the turbine isn’t turning.

Currently, there are just over 2000 megawatts of wind power online and producing in Ontario, with over 3700 in the development phase. So while the OPA, directed by the Minister of Energy,  recognizes the power is not needed and still has to pay out the contracts for the 2000 megawatts, the government is still adamant on bringing another 3700 megawatts online. So in reality, turbines are being built to not produce power.

“I just don’t understand what this government is thinking,” said Thompson. “It is obvious that they recognize that there is a surplus of power. I just don’t know why they are continuing to build more turbines, in communities that are unwilling hosts. They know the power is not needed, and yet here we are—paying them not to produce.”

The IESO has confirmed that dispatching will not make surplus power simply disappear.  And unfortunately, it expects the amount of surplus power to continue to rise over the next 18 months.

“This is further proof that the Liberal’s green energy scheme has failed,” said Thompson. “They moved in too hard and too fast on this ‘green’ policy, and now the ratepayers are left to pay for yet another Liberal energy experiment.”

“We need an immediate wind moratorium now, so we can get this right,” said Thompson.

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