21 Feb 2011 04:02:34
Ontario criticised for wind moratorium
The Ontario government's decision to not to proceed with proposed offshore wind projects has come under heavy criticism from the wind industry.
Ontario offshore wind developer Trillium Power Wind's president John Kourtouff reportedly said, "This destroys Ontario's credibility globally". According to a report filed by The Globe and Mail, he also said, "Nobody will touch Ontario for many years in renewable".
As per the company's plans, Trillium Power Wind 1 (TPW1) is positioned to be the first offshore wind project in Lake Ontario. It is located between 17 and 28km from the mainland. TPW1 is the first of Trillium Power's four unique offshore wind developments in The Great Lakes. Trillium Power's additional sites include: Trillium Power Wind 2 (740 MW), The Great Lakes Array (1,600 MW) and The Superior Array (650 MW).
"Anything can shake investor confidence, and there is really nothing worse than a government policy reversal", said John Keating, chairman of Alberta-based start-up BluEarth Renewables in the same report.
Meanwhile, the Ontario government has again emphasised that the province wouldn't move ahead with the renewable energy projects until there is more scientific research on their impact. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said that the decision has nothing to do with a provincial election that's just eight months away.
Last week, the government shared that no Renewable Energy Approvals (REA) for offshore have been issued and no offshore projects will proceed at this time. Applications for offshore wind projects in the Feed-in Tariff programme will no longer be accepted and current applications will be suspended. The government pointed out that offshore wind in freshwater lakes is early in development and there are no projects operating in North America.