Clean power, at what price?
The Editor, Time on my hands, thanks to the rain. Responding to the Fraser Institute’s ivory tower desk jockey argument for cancelling existing renewable power projects. One day about 10 years ago, I heard of this F.I.T. (Feed in Tariff) program.
With two south-facing sited roofs taking up no valuable land or creating any eyesores, I said, “Right, just the job.” Right off the hop was $25,000-$30,000 of soft cost application fees, basically non-refundable bribes to the O.P.A. to make sure I as a serious player. Then half a million of my own money, not taxpayers’s money. Then a contract signed in good faith between two businesses. Cancelling coal, which everybody under the sun said was a good thing, required replacement power, in fact, even more with increasing power use (read “you”).
One option was another nuke at Darlington for billions of dollars and vulnerable to ice storms, terrorists, etc. while giving the profit and jobs to large foreign entities and Southern Ontario workers or guaranteeing a good review to many, many small generators who put up the costs and overruns out their own pockets thereby creating a much more robust system at no cost to you while generating money spent in your own stores and community locally. You want clean power, so which did you want? 1. Me ponying up the cost for a local system or 2. You paying for another radioactive waste maker? 3. Firing up an old coal burner? 4. Try another billion dollar natural gas boondoggle if you could
get a pipeline to it. Be careful what you wish for.