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    Poll regarding the proposed raceway in Fort Erie. I think this venture is misunderstood. The reality is much money will be spent without much gain. Long term jobs are few and the environmental impact far reaching. If you have a minute to vote, please do.


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    The Green Party has always supported renewable energy solutions that are good for our environment and our economy. Yet the McGuinty government’s implementation of renewable energy is full of missteps that hurt communities, small businesses and their workers the most. How has the McGuinty government cost us jobs? Just ask GPO candidate and solar entrepreneur Ken Burns, who explains how small solar businesses are forced to lay off staff and face potential bankruptcy because of the Liberal's flawed Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) review process. The current review process leaves local entrepreneurs facing at least four months of uncertainty, cash-flow issues, and lay-offs. New contracts are frozen while the review is taking place, including projects submitted two months before the review was even announced! The bungling of renewable energy by McGuinty costs us jobs and sets back the green energy industry. We need your help to deliver the message to Queen's Park that this needs to stop. Here's what you can do: 1. Call on the Energy Minister revise the FIT review process by emailing Energy Minister Chris Bentley at cbentley.mpp@liberal.ola.org. Use GPO leader Mike Schreiner's letter as an example. 2. Send in your comments on the future of Green Energy and the FIT program by December 14th. a. Email 2yearFITreview@ontario.ca. GPO leader Mike Schreiner's submission can be found here. b. Respond to the FIT Review Survey. Your actions will make a difference! Count yourself alongside Mike Schreiner in promoting an Ontario with Green Energy, Green Jobs, and a Green Future. Yours sincerely, Steve Dyck Energy Critic, Green Party of Ontario Background information Ontario's feed-in tariff or FIT Program is North America's first comprehensive guaranteed pricing structure for renewable electricity production. It offers stable prices under long-term contracts for energy generated from renewable sources, including biomass, biogas, landfill gas, on-shore wind, solar photovoltaic (PV), and waterpower. A review was announced on October 31st. While the review was scheduled, no notice was provided that all submissions for contracts as of August 31st would be frozen during the review process. The GPO is offering two solutions that will allow business to continue while the review takes place. First, don’t suspend contracts already in process. Second, pre-approve new submissions for microFIT and community power projects during the review process at the new lower prices so that business does not come to a complete stop. All Ontarians are invited to participate in the review of the FIT Program and can provide feedback by answering an online survey or making a written submission at 2yearFITreview@ontario.ca. The consultation period launched on October 31 and will run until December 14, 2011 Links: FIT Program: http://fit.powerauthority.on.ca/what-feed-tariff-program FIT review: http://www.energy.gov.on.ca/en/fit-and-microfit-program/2-year-fit-review/ FIT review survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BSRJDVM Problems with the review process: http://www.gpo.ca/blog/2011-12-12/ontario-liberals-experts-giving-one-hand-and-taking-away-other Mike Schreiner's Open Letter to Chris Bentley: http://www.gpo.ca/blog/2011-12-09/open-letter-chris-bentley-hon-minister-energy-fit-review Mike Schreiner's submission to the FIT review process: http://www.gpo.ca/statement/feed-tariff-review-green-party-submission
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