Ontario to pay another $28 million for not producing electricity, this time to U.S. wind-farm firm

Canada has to pay $28 million in damages and legal costs to a company that wanted to build a wind farm in Lake Ontario but whose plans were abruptly halted by the Ontario government in 2011, an international tribunal says.

Windstream Energy, whose plans were backed by American investors, filed a claim under the North American Free Trade Agreement alleging the province treated it unfairly and inequitably. The company demanded US$475 million in damages. Because it’s a claim under an international trade treaty, the federal government had to stick up for the province’s decision.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Was it because Windstream wouldn’t grease the right palms?
    Or is it because they were doing the equivalent of patent trolling?

    • JaedoDrax

      It appears they greased Smitherman’s palms enough to get him to testify on their behalf.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Interesting.
        I doubt it was noblesse oblige.
        Wynne probably wanted to kick it up to the federal government.
        There’s enough smoke and mirrors from his husband’s death to have not escaped their notice.
        Remember Steven and Chris?
        Do you really think Chris sleepwalked off that balcony?

  • ontario john

    Everything about the global warming scam is a lie. I watched a scientist from the University Of Guelph on the Agenda last night, state that the coal plants that were shut down were not contributing to particles in the air. And that we could have very cheap hydro rates which would be clean, if we had modern coal plants. The environmentalist on the panel admitted that the coal plants were shut down simply for political reasons.

    • mauser 98

      amazing the Agenda would allow such comments

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      Never, ever heard the REAL issue of burning coal discussed by anyone….it’s the Hg, the Mercury that’s released…

      • Alain

        Technology can deal with that.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …Thunder Bay G.S. 100+, $100,000+ employees Only runs 5-7 days per year Burns wood pellets from Norway….

    • JaedoDrax

      So the place in England burns USA sourced wood pellets, and the one in thunder bay burns Norway sourced pellets, while we seem to have a lack of working mills in northern Ontario…

      • Clausewitz

        Hey with Liberals in power it doesn’t have to make sense.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Liberals and efficient and cheap electric power are opposites.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      What, really?

  • simus1

    Like her old mentor, GLLKDW has a certain banana republic aura about her when it comes to outsiders and her slippery business methods on tap.

  • Alain

    May I point out that the ones behind this “green energy” crap in Ontario have fled to Ottawa where they are now doing the same thing as advisors at the federal level.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      And vice versa.
      It’s called the Glen Murray Effect.