Renewable energy developers who have been playing by the Ontario government’s irrational but at least codified Green Energy Act Feed-In Tariff rules have reacted vigorously to information first published on this web site about a secret deal initiated on the government side by Smitherman that would allow the international electronics giant Samsung rights of primus noctis. The revolt against Smitherman appears to be lead by Dwight Duncan and Sandra Pupatello. Smitherman was expected to appear at the prominent APPRO conference (November 17/18) but has withdrawn. The best case for the government is for Samsung to withdraw. Although the list of wind industry lobbyists is very long on the Ontario government’s Lobbyists Registration Act web site, there is still no trace of Samsung’s name on the list. Watch for this news showing up in the Toronto Star in the middle of next week.
This push for ‘green’ energy seems to be accelerating and I am concerned that the government may be signing 20 year contracts for more wind projects than the grid can handle. The other problem I see is that with our current deficit situation, the province is allocating precious resources for unreliable and expensive energy sources, while putting off essential baseload nuclear construction. An article I read about the Samsung deal indicated that the taxpayer could be on the hook for billions of dollars. Are the Liberals paying attention to current events? We don’t have that kind of money to throw around.
Gerry Phillips is in as Minister. Samsung is dead and Tom you deserve much of the credit.
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