The Government of Ontario has made a decision to cancel and wind down 758 renewable energy contracts across the province. However, it is not known if the Otter Creek Wind Farm project, planned for north of Wallaceburg, is included in the mix.

Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, made the announcement on Friday, July 13.

“We clearly promised we would cancel these unnecessary and wasteful energy projects as part of our plan to cut hydro rates by 12 per cent for families, farmers and small businesses,” Rickford said in a mdia release.

“In the past few weeks, we have taken significant steps toward keeping that promise.”

Government officials say all of the cancelled projects have not reached project development milestones.

Terminating the projects at this early stage will maximize benefits for ratepayers.

Rickford also confirmed that the government intends to introduce a legislative amendment that, if passed, will protect hydro consumers from any costs incurred from the cancellation.

Even after all costs are accounted for, ratepayers can expect to benefit from $790 million in savings from this one decision, government officials say.

“For 15 years, Ontario families and businesses have been forced to pay inflated hydro prices, so the government could spend on unnecessary and expensive energy schemes,” said Rickford. “Those days are over.”

The Sydenham Current has reached out to government officials for more details.

We’ll provide more information as it becomes available.