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2012-12-20 at 13:17

Meeting planned

By tbnewswatch.com
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THUNDER BAY -- The future of the Thunder Bay Generating Station will be on the agenda at a high profile meeting to be held in Thunder Bay next month.

Mayor Keith Hobbs voiced his frustration Wednesday over the lack of information coming forward on the stalled conversion at the plant.

But Hobbs received a call from Energy Minister Chris Bentley Thursday, who now wants a sit down with the mayor.

 

Bentley is on record as saying that the switch from coal to natural gas has not been canceled, but is merely on hold.

The energy minister will now meet with the mayor, the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association and members of a local energy task force on Jan. 14 here in the city.

Members of the Ontario Power Authority, the agency that hit the so-called pause button on the project, will also be present. The OPA has faced a storm of criticism from regional politicians over that decision.

The agency believes it can supply the region with the power it needs without the local generating station.


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Papercut says:
WHY spent millions and millions converting this plant that has been idle for years? Makes NO SENSE!

We have a SURPLUS of energy in the North, IF and when we need more power...then consider retrofitting it.

We do not have the money to burn, parden the pun.
12/20/2012 2:11:05 PM
jd says:
So this government is in trouble for stopping two power plants to save seats and now they stop a power plant conversion and have to explain why they won't continue with it to try and save two more seats. Both of these scenarios are costing us millions of dollars that could have been used to pay the debt down or provide better infrastructure in roads or sewage plants. And they sell the OLG and maybe the LCBO which are two of the largest and most profitable crown run corporations in the world so we will get less of a cut when their big business buddies get their cut off the top first.
12/20/2012 2:34:46 PM
hadenough says:
Ok, so there's a potential east west link that can be built. Or, the plant conversion is on hold and not dead. Or, the world will end according to the Mayan calendar......

Here's a thought. Leave the damn coal plant as a coal plant until you either build the east west tie, decide to yet again convert the plant or come up with some other alternative.

Under no circumstances should this plant be mothballed to appease poor planning and flip flopping decisions in the south. Time for our representatives to represent us in this matter instead of spouting the party line. Man up boys. time to earn your keep.
12/20/2012 6:11:10 PM
jonthunder says:
Again, if the Ontario Liberals have already cancelled the gas contract for the conversion, for a second time at about $20 million dollars, why wait until tomorrow let alone mid January to say the conversion is dead. Or, if the conversion is on, say so today. and stop this childish nonsense.
12/20/2012 7:57:58 PM
MIZ says:
Another fail for the mayor.........
12/21/2012 9:21:29 AM
glass half full says:
MIZ, you are an idiot.... MOVE to another city or better yet another country.. How is this a fail for the mayor ?
12/21/2012 9:49:22 AM
mazda323 says:
jimmyboy must have changed his name to MIZ, they both spout the same mayor hating mentality. Give it up already.
12/21/2012 9:50:40 AM
trevor99 says:
So what is the answer. Keep it open with coal, convert it to gas, or just shut it down. Will a decision come that will please everyone? I doubt it.

My question is for TBT and the reporters. It was my understanding a few years ago that city council voted against this conversion. I am sure I read or saw something to that effect. I cannot recall the reason they didn't want this converted to gas but I think it was connected to some issue with the pipeline.

So then what is the city doing now.

They were opposed before and now they want it.
They need to send a consistent message not jump all over the place.

Anyhow I look forward to more information on this.
12/21/2012 10:36:29 AM
Daxxis says:
Not sure I particularly care what happens, but mothballing it is definitely not a good idea. Local and secure energy supply would be a good thing for the future.
What was the reason we didn't start looking at biomass as a fuel source? The industrial spin-offs would be fantastic....
12/21/2012 12:00:21 PM
yqtyqt says:
Isn't it the jobs of our two Liberal MPPs to be speaking to the higher ups in the provincial government to get some answers? If they can't get the answers, what good are they?

I'll give the mayor credit for trying though. But the Liberals are MIA right now, while they try to undo the mess they've created with the teachers. That's whoever's left in the Provincial govt who hasn't jumped off the sinking ship and quit before it hits rock bottom.

I find it strange that the LIbs can waste hundreds of millions, possibly a $billion on buying two liberal seats in toronto by cancelling power plants, but claim to find some fiscal responsibility in Thunder Bays situation.
12/21/2012 1:50:09 PM
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