Counties call for energy moratorium
The United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) approved support for a resolution from Champlain Township. The resolution calls for a moratorium by the provincial government on any further development applications under the Green Energy Act for solar power and wind turbine farms until there has been an extensive review of the legislation itself. The township’s resolution argues that electricity rates in Ontario have increased 50 per cent since 2012, with the greatest impact on seniors and others living on fixed incomes, while the province has had to sell surplus power to other provinces or the United States at a loss. The resolution criticizes the provincial government promotion of solar and wind power project developments even when the operators are paid higher rates for the electricity produced than its actual value from other sources like hydro.