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SAFE AND APPROPRIATE GREEN ENERGY.
OBJECTS OF CCSAGE NATURALLY GREEN.
CCSAGE NATURALLY GREEN (CCSAGENG) is an incorporated not-for-profit which, prior to incorporation on March 19th, 2015, was known for several years as CCSAGE, an acronym for “County Coalition for Safe and Appropriate Green Energy”.
The objects of the corporation, as described in its Letters Patent, are “to promote the design, development, construction and utilization of sources of energy that are safe and appropriate to local conditions and to oppose those that are not, in both instances by written and oral means, widely interpreted”.
CCSAGENG has implemented the second part of those objects by instituting an Application for Judicial Review on November 30th, 2015, before the Divisional Court of the Supreme Court of Ontario at Ottawa. It alleges that the Green Energy Act and other Ontario laws infringe the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, that they contravene international conventions and treaties, that principles of natural justice are violated and that there is discrimination against rural Ontarians.
Thus the first part of those objects still remains to be better defined and implemented, which is the purpose of this document.
In 2005, Ian Hanna, Kent Hawkins and Henri Garand, County residents all, authored “Green Alternative Plan”, or GAP. A copy has been amongst the documents stored on the CCSAGEG website since its inception. CCSAGENG acknowledges with thanks those three individuals whose ideas made so much sense at the time and have been totally ignored by the authors of the Green Energy Act and by their political opponents. Much water has passed beneath the bridge in the intervening 12 years; CCSAGENG has thus availed itself of the opportunity to build on the foundation so well laid, to bring it up to date without necessarily slavishly reproducing some of the original concepts, to advance its own thoughts and to fulfil its second object – that of promoting etc. sources of energy that are safe and appropriate.
SAFE AND APPROPRIATE GREEN ENERGY or
SAGE is an initiative to provide a working alternative to the disaster which is the Green Energy Act. It will enlist home and building owners throughout Ontario to install solar, wind and geothermal equipment, solely or in combination, on their own properties. Take-up will be at the grass roots level, encourage the generation and use of green energy, create local jobs, provide a boost to the economy and contribute to energy security and the battle against climate change.
SAGE will empower Ontarians to apply new solutions to energy needs and forever displace the need for future industrial wind factories in rural Ontario where they have previously been imposed in totally inappropriate locations in communities which did not want them (giving rise to economic loss and the slaughter of birds and endangered species), those communities being forbidden by the undemocratic Green Energy Act to have any say in such vital local decisions. And then to see the demand for electricity in Ontario diminishing and much of the extravagantly expensive industrial wind and solar power being exported at a cumulative and continuing loss in the billions of dollars – to Ontario tax and hydro bill payers, naturally. As examples, in a Special Report in 2015, the Auditor-General of Ontario found the cost to such Ontarians of the cancellation of the Oakville and Mississauga gas plants and their re-location elsewhere was at a minimum $950 million, while in her 2015 regular Report she found that the price Ontario pays for electricity, including wind and solar, far exceeded its recovery from the export of the surplus supply. From 2009 to 2014 the loss was $3.1 billion, expected to continue on a comparable basis until at least 2031.
SAGE requires no change in legislation and home and business installations can be installed expeditiously. Small scale wind, solar and geothermal are the greenest of green; by way of example, geothermal provides both heatingSAGE requires no change in legislation and home and business installations can be installed expeditiously. Small scale wind, solar and geothermal are the greenest of green; by way of example, geothermal provides both heating and air conditioning from the land and thus reduces electric heating and the use of natural gas and oil and CO2 emissions.
SAGE, when adopted and successful, will require many well-trained manufacturers and installation and maintenance people, infinitely more than any comparable need for industrial wind and solar.
How SAGE will work.
SAGE will require a loan programme, certain green technologies and a net metering connection to the existing electrical grid.
Participating home and business owners will qualify for a combination grant/loan from the Ontario government for a total amount of up to $75,000 per project. Of this, one-third will be a non-repayable grant and the balance secured by an interest-free mortgage on the property in favour of the Province of Ontario. The mortgage will be repayable in equal monthly instalments over 20 years or upon a registered or unregistered change in the beneficial ownership of the property, e.g. by sale. Using the proceeds of such a grant/loan, the property owner purchases and installs any of small scale wind, solar or geothermal as appropriate to the property. The installations become owned immediately on installation and pass with the property on ownership change as aforesaid. In time, the market will become accustomed to some value of the installations being incorporated into the listing price on a contemplated sale. Funding from the Ontario government will be more than adequately provided by the savings from no longer wasting incredible amounts of taxpayer money on new industrial wind and solar factories and from the end of the export of surplus power to competitors New York and Michigan. Parker Gallant, an expert in the field, publishes regular bulletins in this area. By way of example, he found that in May, 2017, wind generation and curtailment costs had risen by over $45 million dollars from the comparable period in 2016 and that at 10.00 am on May 27th, almost 200 industrial wind turbines imposed on rural Ontario produced between them about one megawatt of power, there being virtually no wind.
Home and business owners will choose one or more of the technologies currently available, recognizing that the future may hold new and even more efficient ones. Small wind turbines can complement solar panels and provide excess capacity for a battery storage system and for off-loading onto the grid. Solar panels can heat water, run pumps and light buildings. Geothermal replaces oil, gas or electrical furnaces and also functions as an air conditioner.
Homes and businesses using green technologies will not necessarily move off the conventional existing electrical grid. Many properties may be able to produce more electrical power than they can utilize, while some will not and will require some energy from the existing grid. In either case, connection to the grid is essential through net meters which will track and account for energy moving in both directions. Participating home and business owners must be given right of access to the grid and utilities must be obliged to connect SAGE projects.
SAGE would provide an impact much more beneficial than the Green Energy Act, starting in Prince Edward County (the home of CCSAGENG) and thereafter spreading throughout Ontario. It would spur economic growth in those industries manufacturing and maintaining the required equipment. In addition to individual homes and businesses, the municipal government of Prince Edward County should ensure that all its buildings are appropriately equipped and could set up larger projects of its own on available municipally owned acreage. The end results would be that Prince Edward County would approach electrical energy self-sufficiency, an example to be copied by other Ontario municipalities.