Politicians tell us there is not enough potential renewable energy to keep the lights on in Ontario without nuclear or coal power. They’re wrong.
At the end of August, the McGuinty government released a 20-year electricity plan that overlooks a whole array of options for renewable and clean energy in favour of a $40 billion nuclear building spree.
One untapped renewable resource is wind power on the Great Lakes. A government commissioned study in 2005 showed that there’s enough wind on the Great Lakes to generate up to 47,000 megawatts of electricity. That’s almost fives times the capacity of Ontario’s ageing nuclear stations.
Despite this, the McGuinty government has rejected outright any development of offshore wind. Should we believe the Liberals when they tell us we don’t have the renewable energy potential to go without nuclear or coal? No.