Taxpayers on the hook for Ottawa’s $57B plan for “energy transition”: Wind turbines, heat pumps and a 100 percent chance your electricity bills will go up … a lot. [Photo: Dorothea Larsen]

June 14, 2021

A few weeks ago, at the launch of the Ottawa Climate Action Fund, event chair Diana Fox Carney commented that probably, few people in Ottawa have actually read the city’s climate action strategy.

She is correct.

People should read it.

They really should.

The City has a Climate Change Master Plan, and last fall, while most of us were worrying about the pandemic, Council accepted a document titled Energy Evolution: Ottawa’s Community Energy Transition Strategy.

There is plenty to read in the 101-page document, but what concerned us was the strategy to achieve Net Zero by 2050 in part by using grid-scale or industrial-scale wind power. In fact, the strategy document calls for 20 megawatts (MW) of wind power by 2025 (see page 17). In today’s terms, with new turbines over 3 MW, that would be probably 6-8 large wind turbines.

But the document doesn’t stop there. In order to get to 100% emissions-free, Ottawa would have to do this:

“Wind generation reaches 3,218 MW by 2050 (approximately 710 large scale turbines)”. (See page 68, Energy Evolution)

The Energy Evolution document contains no cost-benefit analysis, no impact analysis in terms of what those turbines would do to the rural communities forced to have them (there will be no turbines in the Glebe), no full honest review of the cost to consumers of such a venture, and no analysis of environmental effects such as noise pollution, danger to wildlife, damage to aquifers, etc.

In fact, Energy Evolution completely ignores the entire Ontario experience with grid-scale wind power which has been a disaster, forcing electricity bills up 270 percent and creating “energy poverty.” It also repeats false claims for wind power job creation; that didn’t happen for Ontario, (high electricity costs drove business OUT), and it won’t for Ottawa. Look south to Nation Rise/Crysler Wind Farm where 130 MW of turbines will result in two jobs.

Climate action is the goal but several of the statements in this document are odd, and political in nature. Ottawa has to go 100-percent renewable, it says, to “offset” emitting sources of power on the provincial grid. If by that they mean natural gas, the opposite is true: because wind power is intermittent, weather-dependent and generated out of phase with demand, more wind power means more natural gas. Wind can’t replace anything. It didn’t replace coal in Ontario; nuclear and natural gas did that.

Higher electricity bills. More burden on taxpayers at all levels. Less reliable power. Industrialization of quiet communities and takeover of important foodland.

That’s what will happen if this goes ahead.

You should read this report.

Find it here: Energy Transition Report