Peaker plant in King a bad decision

The more I learn about electricity market, the more I am convinced that building a 400 MW gas fired generator in the Holland Marsh is a bad deal for Ontarians.  It is certainly a bad deal for the farmers who are growing our food there.  And it is a terrible deal for those who chose to live in the area because it was rural and allegedly protected by the Greenbelt.

For Ontarians, I have always doubted the wisdom of building a plant which is less than 35% efficient (i.e. 65% of the natural gas is wasted.) Why would you spend $350 million to waste that much gas?  What would you select a location which is not serviced by gas and requires a new 17 KM pipeline to service it with a price tag of about $150 million.  And now, as of mid January 2011, we are being told that Ontario’s surplus of electricity is so great that we are paying other jurisdictions to take it.  One energy consultant estimates that Ontario customers paid $52.8 million in December 2010 to subsidize electricity users in the USA and Quebec! (more…)

What’s with “Intensification”?

What’s with “Intensification”?

“Intensification” is one of those concepts that many, many  people approve of until they are told that it is going to happen beside them, or behind them.

To be honest:  I have a lot of sympathy for this reaction.

Intensification, building at greater densities than normal or traditionally done, is the ONLY way we are going to preserve farmland and greenspace; it is the only way we are going to preserve the Oak Ridges Moraine.  But, if I were living in a well established community with one or two storey homes, the prospect of a high rise beside me would make me ill.  Or, if I were living in an well established community with estate lots of  .8 hectaires (2 acres), the idea that the new development in the field behind me is to be one of townhouses, would be very concerning.

The scenarios I painted above are worst case scenarios; when I calm down, I know full well that there are intensification scenarios which do make a lot of sense and are ones I could live with next door.


About Debbie



My first venture into politics was the King Township Municipal Election in 2010 when I ran for the position of Ward 5 Councillor. Prior to entering politics I was very involved with Concerned Citizens of King Township (CCKT), a citizens’ group with a mission of promoting “a healthy countryside with working landscapes, significant natural areas, and vibrant communities.” From 2007-2010 I was Chair. I personally worked relentlessly for two years to oppose the gas fired generator in the Holland Marsh.

My husband, Dan Erichsen Brown, and I have been living in King since late 2003 when we moved into a country property acquired by my husband’s parents 60 years ago. I have two grandsons.

Prior to moving to King, I had a successful 27 year career with Procter & Gamble (P&G). For the last 10 years of my business career I lived in Baltimore, Maryland and then Brussels, Belgium; my career began in Toronto. I graduated from Waterloo Lutheran University (now Wilfrid Laurier) in 1973 with B.A; in 1985 I earned an MBA from York University.