Wind energy a failure, reports Economics think tank (Ontario)

Apr 12, 2013


Editor’s note: ┬áProfessor Ross McKitrick, a University of Guelph economist who for years has been analyzing wind energy, discusses the new Fraser Institute Report on the economics of wind energy in Ontario, Canada.


In two words, the Fraser Institute (using data provided by the Ontario government) concludes that wind energy in Ontario is a “flop” and a “fraud.” ┬áThe report uses more high falutin’ language than this, but it amounts to the same thing.

Dr. McKitrick is a member of the Fraser Institute.

Listen to CBC’s short interview with McKitrick , here.

Click here for the full report.


  1. Comment by Young on 04/12/2013 at 7:53 pm

    This study is wonderful and should be widely publicised!

    Hong Kong

  2. Comment by johana on 04/12/2013 at 9:51 pm

    Ross McKitrick is the most astute economist to analyze and make comprehensible to a non-economically trained lay audience the nature of capitalism for the ordinary worker.

    He deserves the highest award we could offer. What???

  3. Comment by Andreas Marciniak on 04/13/2013 at 4:50 am

    Looks like the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter, and NOT so bright for the Industrial Wind Industry.

    This report will go around the world within a few hours.

  4. Comment by Michael on 04/13/2013 at 11:05 am

    “Flop and Fraud” just about summarises the turbine industry in the UK. “Fraud” because of the massive subsidies paid out to landowners and turbine companies. “Flop” because they do not do what they claim to do. Turbine companies in the UK alwaqys talk about “capacity” rather than “output”—the latter being about 20-25% of the former.

    What turbines do is damage our environment, blight our landscape, wreck tourism and damage people’s health who live nearby, from the noise and flicker involved. They also make homes unsellable, like any other form of blight.

    In the UK the situation is worse than, say, Canada or Australia, because we have 60,000,000 people living in a country smaller than many Aussie/Canadian States. You just cannot get away from the turbines.

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