Category Archives: Energy Poverty

Wynne Liberals ”shrug” as vets forced to sell Legion Hall to pay $48K hydro bills

It’s not for lack of trying, either. According to the branch’s MPP, Vic Fedeli, legion officials have switched to energy-efficient appliances, replaced lightbulbs with LEDs, and done their best to conserve—but these efforts haven’t amounted to any substantive change.


Sweden Denies a Permit for Wind Farm Because It Would Interfere With Its Military


Sweden denied permission for developers to build the Blekinge offshore wind project, saying it would interfere with the Nordic nation’s army.

The project was planned to have 500 to 700 turbines. This would have resulted an installed capacity of about 2.5 gigawatts and investment valued at 50 billion kronor (CAD$7.4 billion), according to an e-mail from majority owner Eolus Vind AB.

The project company, Blekinge Offshore AB, is owned by Swedish developers. Hassleholm-based Eolus has 56 per cent, Vingkraft AB took 34 per cent and Vindin AB the remainder.

Sweden has set a target to generate all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040. Prime Minister Stefan Loefven said in September that his government will spend $1.9 billion from 2017 to 2020 on climate initiatives. It generated 64 per cent of its power from clean sources last year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

“The fact that this interfered with the military in some way was probably the final nail in the coffin,” said Keegan Kruger, wind analyst at BNEF. “They just don’t have the incentive right now with an abundance of cheap hydro. Also, they consider nuclear as a renewable power source for their 100 per cent renewable target by 2040 and have recently removed a tax on nuclear generation.”


Energy poverty rising in Canada

Fraser Institute says increasing cost of electricity, heat and gasoline hitting low-income households hardest

A new study by the Fraser Institute says the rising cost of electricity is increasing energy poverty in Canada, with more than one million households now spending more than 10% of their incomes solely on electricity and home heating fuel.

The fiscally conservative think-tank says these 1,086,860 households in 2013 — the last year for which statistics are available — represent 7.9% of all households, an increase of 9.4% since 2010, when the number was 7.2%.

When the cost of a third necessity for most families — gasoline — is added in, the number of households in energy poverty soars to 2,678,293, or almost one in five, at 19.4%.


Justin Trudeau's Other Mommy Kathleen WynneThese two greedy bastards are determined to impoverish everyone.