Coun­ties call for ener­gy mo­ra­to­rium

Vision (Canada) - - NEWS - – Gregg Cham­ber­lain

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.

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