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The Ottawa Citizen has a Riding Profile for Nepean-Carleton today, and senior writer Don Butler asked about proposed wind power projects, and opinions on “green” energy generally. Here are the responses.
Q: What is your position on the role green energy in Ontario’s power mix, including the creation of new wind farms in Nepean-Carleton?
Party: Progressive Conservative
Occupation: Current MPP for Nepean-Carleton
Green energy: MacLeod opposes the proposed wind turbine development in North Gower. “While I am not opposed to green energy, it is unsustainable, unaffordable, unreliable and, in many places, like our community, unwanted,” she says. A PC government would restore locally based decision-making about wind and solar projects and impose a moratorium on new industrial wind farms pending an independent health and environmental review. MacLeod points out that on any given day, wind and solar generate only one-to-three per cent of the province’s power supply. Nuclear power — which the PC’s would expand — accounts for more than half, supported by “cheap, affordable and green” water power and natural gas, she says.
Occupation: Real estate agent
Green energy: Uppal says the Liberal government has modernized an electricity system that was “left in disarray” by the Mike Harris Conservatives. “We have ensured that Ontarians have the power they need, when they need it.” The Liberals have closed dirty coal generating plants and replaced them with clean energy such as wind and solar, Uppal says. By contrast, the PCs want to spend $15 billion on new nuclear power generation and cancel wind contracts — which could cost the province $20 billion in cancellation fees, he warns. In his response to the Citizen, Uppal didn’t say what his position is on the creation of new wind farms in the riding.
Occupation: Analyst with the Canadian Union of Public Employees
Green energy: Dagenais says the NDP supports renewable energy projects, but “will not force projects where communities are opposed and will ensure that communities are consulted.” The party would also ensure that contracts for small community-based energy projects aren’t automatically awarded to large corporations. As well, Dagenais says the party is committed to a full environmental assessment of all pipeline projects, would replace old buses with new efficient ones and would provide low-interest loans to property owners for energy-efficient retrofits, including the cost of solar panels.
Occupation: High school teacher
Green energy: The Green party is “very supportive” of green energy generation that can be shown to be cost-effective and has the support of those who live near it, Kubanek says. Large wind turbines need to be a safe distance from people, which “excludes most regions of Nepean-Carleton,” he says. Even if all conditions are met, the provincial government should compensate homeowners near wind turbines if the value of their property declines, Kubanek says. One possible approach would be to reduce hydro rates by at least 50 per cent to compensate for any loss in home value, he says. “That would enable a market to be created for those homes and thus meet the needs of both the individual and the community.”
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