MPPs McDonell and Fedeli Talk Energy Costs and Wind Turbines

December 3, 2012

WINCHESTER – Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell and PC Energy Critic MPP Vic Fedeli met local businesses and community activists opposing wind turbines in Dundas County. Under provisions of the Green Energy Act, renewable energy developments are exempted from municipal review or zoning restrictions. Furthermore, renewable energy suppliers are guaranteed above-market rates by the Province for 20 years under the Feed-In-Tariff program.

Due to the FIT program, Ontario is more frequently producing a surplus of power that has to be offloaded to neighboring jurisdictions at a loss. The cost of doing so is passed on to consumers through the Global Adjustment Charge.

MPP Jim McDonell commented: “The Liberal government’s energy policy is nothing but a string of expensive and failed experiments on the backs of Ontario ratepayers. A Tim Hudak government will restore municipal decision-making powers and make Ontario the economic engine of Canada again. SD&G businesses will be key players in this recovery – Vic and I are here to discuss how we can facilitate them”.

Energy critic Vic Fedeli said the PC party will make energy rates more reliable.

“Hydro rates have doubled under Dalton McGuinty, and the soaring global adjustment charges that businesses are facing are literally killing jobs and investment in our province. The Ontario PCs recognize affordable energy is the cornerstone of economic growth in Ontario, and will treat it as such,” said Fedeli.

MPP McDonell said he was pleased to host MPP Fedeli and showcase the riding’s businesses. In addition to concerns about rising energy prices and wind turbine development, the members also discussed the party’s plans to reduce the regulatory burden by 30 per cent.

“We want to help businesses grow and create jobs. If someone wants to create jobs here in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, let’s let them do it with a reliable energy plan and less government bureaucracy,” said McDonell.