Council falling for another 'green-washing ' artifice
The city's Ottawa
Hydro Solar energy proposal appears to be nothing more than a closed-loop
'gravy-train' to benefit over-paid executives and bureaucrats ...at the
expense of taxpayers.
Is such a convoluted
and complex plan designed
to appear clever? Or is it to obfuscate a possible
lack of intelligence? Or is it just to pretend to be "Green", when they
know otherwise? Or is it merely an imaginative internal scheme through
which to reward themselves?
Or is it all of the above?
How quickly these
executives ignore the fact that there is only one taxpayer
to bear the brunt of all of these artificially-created higher
'green-wash' costs, that, on balance, produce results that likely end up
being more detrimental to the environment.
What will Hydro
Ottawa think of next: building a wave pool to harvest tidal power?
Here is the story, as
reported by CFRA:
Solar Energy Fields Near the Trail Road Dump?
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Two solar energy fields could be
created on land near the Trail Road landfill to generate enough power
for 15-hundred homes.
A report for the Planning and Environment Committee recommends
Councillors approve an agreement between the City of Ottawa and Hydro
Ottawa subsidiary Energy Ottawa for the development of a Solar Energy
Energy Ottawa is hoping to take advantage of the Ontario Government's
Feed-in-Tariff program, which provides long-term price guarantees for
renewable electricity creation.
Solar energy fields could be constructed on a piece of land at the
corner of Moodie Drive and Barnsdale Road and at Moodie and Trail
If approved by Council, the city would lease the lands to Energy
Ottawa for 20 years at a cost of $2.5 million.
The solar energy fields must be approved by the Ontario Power
Construction on the first solar field would begin in the second half
of 2011, with operations beginning in early 2012.
Energy Ottawa - a subsidiary of
Ottawa Hydro - is about to install a 120 acre solar panel park at
the Trail Road dump site. (Please vote first. To comment, email
Solar power is an important part of the renewable energy future
solar power for public energy generation is foolish. It is too
expensive and impractical
Total Votes: 1467
Here is more in depth
observation by one private citizen:
City Solar Power project
Here is an example
of how moronic city staff and councillors can be.
Holdings Inc. shares are owned entirely by the City of Ottawa or us
Limited is a corporation wholly owned by Hydro Ottawa Holdings Inc. It
provides electricity to the City of Ottawa and Casselman customers.
Energy Ottawa is
owned by Hydro Ottawa Limited. It provides energy management and
Now Energy Ottawa
intends to lease land from the City of Ottawa (us taxpayers) for
$125,000 a year for 20 years to create a solar panel farm to produce
electricity which it will sell to us taxpayers at 10 times the cost of
Bob Monette thinks
this is a great deal.
What is actually
going to happen in this incestuous arrangement is executive salaries and
bonuses for a bunch of bureaucrats such as Rosemarie Leclaire, President
and CEO of Hydro Ottawa Holdings Inc.
Michael E. Pongray
/ Senior Forensic Auditor & Consultant
Far better solution:
Ottawa really wants to do something useful at the Trail Road Landfill site,
highly profitable to the Ottawa Hydro Corporation,
actually save taxpayer dollars, by earning large profits for the city,
not require artificially inflated hydro rate subsidies, (of 80.2 cents/KwH;
more than 10-times our base rate),
highly beneficial to the environment,
would eliminate the need for the Trail Road Landfill site to ever have
to expand again,
Hydro Ottawa should focus on one of the new waste-to-energy systems that
are available, that actually do work.
See the RCOC Report on:
Energy From Waste -- the
Future is NOW
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