Here’s the kind of Companies McGuinty hires to build gas plants!………..rather “shaky”?

Posted: November 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

As if the huge billion dollar payouts that will be jammed onto Electrical bills for the next decade+ to pay for McGuinty and Gang’s idiotic plant cancellations aren’t bad enough, now we get some history on how this whole gas plant procurement was ….what could be the word?……………FLAWED?

This is indicative of how a Public Organization like the Government and it’s agencies do business! The Private Sector would call their methods “wheeling and dealing, crisis management and finally financially destructive” because as we all know Politicians make lousy business men/women!!!!!

One of the two Gas Plants, the one to be built in Mississauga has a history worth delving into and at the end of the day they have come out of this exercise in futility like lottery winners!

Of course at OUR expense and to a lesser degree at McGuinty’s loss of his job! But then nobody will cry tears for that part of this sordid tale!

Here’s McGuinty’s own words of denial over anything being negatively reported about his dealings!  “What stories have arisen as a result of those 56,000 pages of documents?,” Mr. McGuinty said on CBC Radio this week. “Nothing, because we were up front and honest about everything.”

Controversial and cancelled: Ontario’s power plants and their troubled history

PAUL WALDIE AND KAREN HOWLETT The Globe and Mail Nov. 02 2012

When the Ontario government awarded a little-known company a contract to build two gas-fired power plants near Toronto in 2005, the move was hailed as a win for the environment, hydro consumers and the province’s electricity system.

The company, Eastern Power Ltd., had never done anything that size before. But the government insisted the bid had been thoroughly vetted and Eastern would have to meet strict performance terms.

Today, the project is in tatters, an embarrassing and costly bruise on Dalton McGuinty’s nine-year tenure as Premier of Ontario.

It has been scrapped without producing a single kilowatt of electricity. The project fell victim to the governing Liberals’ promise in the dying days of last year’s provincial election campaign to cancel it if re-elected because of mounting local opposition. The pledge helped save four Liberal seats in the area and secure Mr. McGuinty’s minority government.

But at what cost? A review of thousands of internal government documents by The Globe and Mail reveal the troubled history of the plant, dubbed Greenfield South, and the lengths the government had to go to cancel the project. Officials in the energy sector also question whether Greg and Hubert Vogt, Eastern’s owners, had the experience to take on such a large project.

The Vogts did not return several telephone and e-mail messages.

The brothers had been in the power business for years, but on a much smaller scale. Trained as engineers at the University of Toronto, they had pioneered a technology in the 1980s that turned trash into energy and won acclaim for building small methane-fuelled power plants at two landfill sites near Toronto. They came along at an opportune time, just as the government was looking to private players to produce power to help meet the province’s growing electricity needs.

The brothers couldn’t be more different. Greg is described as outgoing, confident, almost cocky. “He thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room,” said one lawyer who has tangled with him. Hubert is more reserved and rarely takes centre stage. One government official who worked at Eastern described the brothers in an internal e-mail as “secretive” and “private.”

By the early 1990s the Vogts had become poster boys for the private-power movement and green energy in particular, so much so that Ontario Hydro featured them on the cover of a brochure. But privately, among some Hydro officials, the Vogts were known for something else, suing on several occasions.

Their first salvo came in 1998 when the Vogts sued Ontario Hydro over their 1994 power contract at one of the landfill sites, a 33-megawatt facility known as Keele Valley. The Vogts had been arguing about the 20-year contract for years and now demanded $121-million in damages. Other lawsuits followed, including one against the City of Guelph over a failed recycling venture. The Vogts eventually lost that one but the Hydro action dragged on for years………………………………………


Mr. McGuinty abruptly resigned and prorogued the legislature, just three days after the government released thousands of pages of documents about the compensation. He is making no apologies. “What stories have arisen as a result of those 56,000 pages of documents?,” Mr. McGuinty said on CBC Radio this week. “Nothing, because we were up front and honest about everything.”


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