Doug Ford just spent $231 million to scrap 750 renewable energy programs in Ontario. Now, the NDP is calling for an auditor to investigate Ford's green contract cancellations that are costing taxpayers millions of dollars. Doug Ford's renewable energy cancellations have decommissioned green energy projects that were already under construction.

Andrea Horwath of the NDP has asked Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk to look into this waste of money and resources, according to Global News.

The NDP recently uncovered provincial documents that show charges billed to the Ministry of Energy for upwards of $231 million, cited as "other transactions" in 2018-2019, according to CBC.

An investigator for the NDP uncovered that those "other transactions" were spent on closing renewable energy projects such as the White Pines wind farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Horwath is concerned that scrapping these projects may have cost the government even more than what the records are showing, according to 680 News.

Doug Ford has said in the past that getting rid of the Green Energy Act would reduce hydro rates, according to Global News. However, Hydro bills ended up increasing in Ontario since November 1.

Energy Minister Greg Rickford has said that the projects they scrapped were producing unnecessary energy and were driving up hydro costs, according to CP24.

 

The associate minister of energy, Bill Walker, has said that the community never wanted the White Pines wind farm to begin with. 

"This municipality was an unwilling host from day one. They did not want the turbines. We did the right thing," he told CBC.



He also said that the Liberals signed the deal for the wind turbines in a time when the province has an oversupply of electricity, according to Global News.

The White Pines Wind Project was stopped last summer, but crews are still tearing it down. It was a project that was in the works for nearly a decade before it was scrapped.


WPD Canada, the company which backed the project, says that it could cost taxpayers $100 million to tear that down alone, according to Global News


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