Expect more turbines with province's Long-Term Energy Plan
Published Wednesday, December 4, 2013 6:46PM EST
Consumers will be dealing with a lot of sticker shock every time they open their hydro bills over the next five years.
The Ontario government predicts rates will increase by 42 per cent over that period.
As well, the turbines that dot our landscape are going to multiply, with three times the number there are now expected by 2032.
That's good news for companies like Windsor's CS Wind, which makes wind towers, but bad news for wind power opponents.
Large industrial farms are expected to be a major component of the plan moving forward.
Although Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says the approval processes will now require municipal engagement and not necessarily approval.
Ontario recently rolled out another plan to pay wind power producers to not generate power because the province is currently in a surplus situation.
But surpluses won't necessarily continue - that's why ten nuclear reactors - including some at Bruce Power will be refurbished.