Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is set to visit a wind farm in Port Alma this morning. Premier McGuinty will undoubtedly tout his government’s strides to develop wind power. What Premier McGuinty won’t mention, however, is the cap his government has put on the development of wind power.
The graph below shows how the deployement of wind power flatlines around 2019 when the government hopes new nuclear stations will come online. So while we are seeing wind power developed relatively ambitiously until 2010, it will be reined in afterward to make space for long lead–time nuclear projects.
The McGuinty government has always said its first priority is conservation and renewables. It should start to walk the talk and take the cap off renewables. If it did, there would be no need for expensive new nuclear stations.