CanWEA Responds to Repeal of Ontario’s Green Energy Act
September 20, 2018
Ottawa, Ontario, September 20, 2018
“While introducing legislation to repeal Ontario’s Green Energy Act today, the Government of Ontario has made inaccurate statements and misleading characterizations about the wind energy industry in the province. Wind energy is not the reason for high electricity bills or a significant electricity supply surplus in Ontario. Ontario’s electricity bills have increased because the province made significant investments in multiple forms of new electricity generation (e.g., nuclear, natural gas, renewable energy) and new electricity infrastructure (e.g., transmission lines) in conjunction with the phase-out of coal-fired generation. Taken together, this new electricity generation produced an electricity supply surplus in Ontario when electricity demand failed to grow in line with projections.
In reality, wind energy projects are making significant contributions to Ontario’s economy across the province and are providing long-term, stable pricing for Ontario ratepayers. They are providing sustained revenue, as well as benefits agreements and green jobs that are helping rural and Indigenous communities thrive, while improving air quality and positioning Ontario as a leader in the fight against climate change. Wind energy is currently the lowest-cost option for new electricity supply in Ontario, and across Canada, and throughout much of the world, and costs are projected to continue to fall.
As the Ontario Government takes action to lower electricity prices in Ontario, at a time of electricity supply surplus, CanWEA believes it is critical that all forms of electricity generation are treated consistently by this action – the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) will review and assess this new legislation through that lens. As the lowest cost source of electricity available in Canada today, wind energy is the best choice for new electricity generation when it is needed in the future and can help the Ontario Government meet its objective of an affordable and reliable electricity system that benefits Ontarians.”
– By Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)
About the Canadian Wind Energy Association
CanWEA is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy. A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada’s leading source of credible information about wind energy and its social, economic and environmental benefits. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Learn more at canwea.ca.
For more information please contact:
Tracy Walden, Director, Communications and Media
Canadian Wind Energy Association