November 4, 2011
The Battle of the Wind Farm Lobbyist Groups
Is Wind Energy the future for sustainable green energy in our province and country? That’s what the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is trying to convince energy policy makes within the Canadian Federal, Provincial governments and the energy consumers of Canada. According to CanWEA, achieving this vision will generate investment, create jobs, produce revenue for municipalities, stabilize electricity prices and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, with every pro lobbyist group, consumers and politicians are faced with the competing anti-cause lobbyist groups such as Wind Concerns Ontario(WCO) that want to sway the political and electoral support towards their concerns to protect rural Ontario for future generations against the hazards of industrial wind turbines. However, often the biggest voice gets the prize, and our country’s energy policy and future should not be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
The CanWEA consists mainly of developers backed by large energy firms, industrial corporations, and income funds that bring with them financial resources and commercial credibility. Motivated by funding offered by the provincial government for the commercialization of new energy technologies, as well as tax incentives for the development of renewable energy systems, the pro-wind lobbyist groups are private developers and businesses that will most certainly benefit financially from green wind energy development.
Composed of major developers and manufactures, such as Great Lakes Power, British Energy Canada, Vestas Wind, Independent Power Producers of Ontario, the CanWEA has the financial backing to, lobby the provincial and federal governments to implement and revise environmental policies to facilitate wind farm developments on land and possibly within the waters of our great lakes. The major financially backed lobby groups can seem like the class room bullies. In a...