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Hydro rates discussed in open sessions now confidential By Mike Williscraft NewsNow Rates for electricity generated at Grimsby’s biodigester - discussed openly for years, now are confidential, says Grimsby Energy chair Shafee Bacchus. At Monday’s meeting of Grimsby Town Council, Mayor Bob Bentley outlined a rate structure which included peak rates of more than 23 cents/KwH and off-peak rate of just over 14 cents/KwH. That news was a surprise to many, including Ald. John Dunstall, who said he was pleased GE could “make even more money” and added this was the first he had heard of this new structure. In fact, the only rate discussed widely in recent years and reiterated by GE chair Shafee Bacchus during a July 17 update to town council, has been 16.8 cents/KwH. GE has a Feed-InTariff (FIT) agreement with the IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator. The IESO operates and settles the electric-
ity wholesale market, where the market price is set based on accepted offers to supply electricity against the forecasted demand and oversees a host of agreements with electricity suppliers among other things. “It’s all public knowledge,” said Dunstall this week. While discussions of the rates outlined in GE’s contract with the IESO have been thoroughly discussed many times - mainly as a method break down projected revenues for the biodigester now Bacchus says that structure is confidential. After last week’s new rate information was discussed, questions about the information were sent to GE officials. Bacchus responded on Monday of this week. “Since this rate is part of a contract with the IESO I am not at liberty to disclose the arrangement for reasons that these terms are subject to our confidential agreement under the contract,” wrote Bacchus in an email. See RATES, Page 2
A group of nearly 80 (cadets, staff and parents) – representing 62 Grimsby Phantom Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets – are currently on an epic, 10-day venture touring historic battle sites around Europe. They visited Vimy Ridge
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RATES From Page 1 “Suffice it to say the information we gave to Town Council at the time of my presentation, is correct.” “I would suggest however that you are free to discuss your concerns with the IESO and I would leave it to their discretion regarding any information they may wish to disclose to the public without prejudice. I trust you will understand our position in this matter.” Upon follow up, Bacchus did not explain if Bentley’s discussion of this variable rate was a
disclosure of confidential information or even if it was accurate. Grimsby resident Michael Rozender, a retired engineer with considerable experience in energy generation and follower of this issue intensely for more than two years, does not believe it was either. “At the July 17 council presentation, Bacchus clearly stated that the subsidy would pay 16.8 cents per Kw/H. (Grimsby Power chair, Joe) Panetta later referred to it in his comments as 17 cents per KW/h. No mention from either of them about a ‘variable’ rate, contrary to what Bio
Bob said at the August council meeting,” said Rozender. “So, after all of these public statements about the subsidy rate, this information is now considered ‘confidential’?” Rozender noted the rate in play is significant to be able to project revenues for the project, which is finally generating “a small amount” of methane and is nearly two years overdue and about $6 million over budget. “In the GEI financial presentation on July 17, they show anticipated annual income from FIT to be $1.4 million if it is run at full capac-
ity, with 100 per cent uptime, which is impossible, but let’s continue. “With 8,760 hours in a year, 16.8 cents times a thousand (1 MW/h = 1000 KW/h) X 8,760 =$1,471,168. They admitted they allocated a measly three per cent for downtime, reducing and rounding off the potential income to approximately $1.4 million as they stated. So, their wildly optimistic FIT subsidy potential conforms to the 16.8 cent rate.” Bentley also added in his comments that the biodigester would be up to 100 per cent methane production by mid-October.
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Beamsville Fairground Community (BFC) Neighbourhood Association held its first annual BBQ on the Beamsville Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon with a great turnout. Among those on hand were (L to R) directors Lidia Molinaro and Mike Hardy, vicepresident Jarod Brandon, president Rod Sinnott and director Lorne Black.
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“The feedback collected over the summer will help the gallery to continue to plan programming to serve our community, as we complete our strategic planning process. We are encouraging all residents of Grimsby and the surrounding areas to participate,” said GPAG board member Tina Karwalajtys. For more information, contact the gallery, 905-945-3246.
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In the Aug. 24 edition of NewsNow, an incorrect vote count was published in the story, “Council stays on extension fence, waits for EA”. The recorded vote was a 5-3 vote with Mayor Bob Bentley as well as aldermen Steve Berry, John Dunstall, Joanne Johnston and Dave Wilson votin in favour of the motion and aldermen Michelle Seaborn, Dave Kadwell and Carolyn Mullins voted against it. NewsNow regrets the error.
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Biodigester fumes have neighbours running for their homes and a/c In the words of classic rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Ooh, that smell! Can you smell that smell?” Depending on wind direction and time of day, Tony Ferrara says his family cannot remain outdoors – whether it be to work in their yard or spend time around the pool at their Thirty Road home – due to overpowering odours originating at the Sobie Road biodigester plant. The odour problem started in the fall of 2016 when grape pomous was first shipped to the site. The pomous was to be one of the input materials. Of late, the odour problems have increased dramatically in strength and frequency. “You can’t be outside. It just hits you like a wall. Since the start of July
at least 10 times it has been simply gross. My kids came in the house because they were going to puke,” said Ferrara. Ferrara noted his neighbour on Thirty Road who lives just north of Sobie Road sold his property and moved. “He couldn’t take it. He had to get out of here. He listed that property for $750,000 and he got right about $500,000,” said Ferrara, noting he is worried about his property value, too. “My wife wants to move. My house is much bigger than his. If he dropped $200,000-plus I would lose $300,000 or $400,000. I don’t even want to think about it. He said he called Ald. Dave Kadwell. Kadwell’s inquiry netted a response
from Grimsby Energy chair Shafee Bacchus. “We are complying with ministry of the environment’s requirements and to my knowledge we have not been sanctioned in any way for noncompliance. There are of course other operations within the vicinity that emit odour so it would be difficult to say that the odour is emanating for our site,” wrote Bacchus in an email. Kadwell said Tuesday there is no doubt the smell is coming from the biodigester plant. “The report we had done notes there is seven different areas there that create smell. It also says the feedstock is supposed to be covered,” noted Kadwell. “It totally stinks up there, horrible.”
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Grimsby Rotary president Jim Howden, right, presents Paul Murphy with a cheque for $1,000, a sponsorhip for this year’s Sept. 29 “Amethyst for ALS” dinner at Liuna Station. The event raises funds for McMaster Medical Center’s ALS clinic. The funds will go aid patients who live in Grimsby and surrounding area. Williscraft - Photo
Is enjoying a yard too much to ask? When NewsNow was launched in May 2012 there was no intention to make it the biodigester newspaper, really there wasn’t. It is fully realized there are a host of organizations, events and happenings in the community which are worthy of time and coverage. Rest assured, we will get to all those, but until the economic fallout from this project is finalized (hopefully it gets sold off and all it ends up costing the Town is a fibre optic company), it will have to be front and centre. Our apologies just the same. To that end, good reader, you see the concerns of Thirty Road resident Tony Ferrara. Tony and his family have had to spend an inordinate amount of time indoors this summer do to horrific smells emanating from biodigester. It’s all well and good for hydro or provincial officials to say compliance guidelines are being followed, if that is the case, but that won’t help the man sell his house for market value if the odours persist. M.W.
Why let facts get in the way Whatever happened to simple truth. In recent years, on a local level, simple truth has become a victim of some seemingly nefarious scheme to muddle practically every possible simple fact with a bizarre smokescreen of sorts. A beauty came through on Monday, after a week had gone by from my first inquiry regarding a rate structure for biodigestergenerated electricity cited by Mayor Bob Bentley at last week’s council meeting. Sadly, it really doesn’t even matter what the rate structure purported is as, in this case, hydro official Shafee Bacchus used what seems to be Option #1 in the Grimsby Energy Playbook: don’t answer the question(s). When Mayor Bentley told council and the full gallery Grimsby Energy had a variable rate schedule which paid much higher at peak times and lower for offpeak, there was some head scratching at the council table. For example, Ald. John Dunstall and Ald. Dave Kadwell noted it was the first they had heard of this rate structure. Now that would be odd because, as members of council, they are part of the shareholder group of Grimsby Energy et al. One might think a shareholder would have all current and accurate information when it comes to possible revenue streams, but this case has never proven true where GE and town council has been concerned. Many, many times in recent years a variety of aldermen have noted not only problems with getting information, but dissemination of information when such information was directly requested.
MIKE WILLISCRAFT So, with this seemingly new rate information it seemed prudent to ask when it arose, was it new, and what happened to the 16.8 cents/KwH rate which had proven to be the standard rate much-discussed at dozens of meeting I have attended in the last few years. Simple question, not unlike Niagara Region’s request for a “yes, keep the Livingston extension in the Master Plan, or no, remove it”. To that too we get 20 shades of grey and a “Meh, we’ll sit and wait for the EA.” So be it. With the good ol’ bioreactor, nothing is as it seems. And where a simple answer could suffice, I get “uh, it’s all confidential, you’re out of luck.” (yes, I am paraphrasing). The problem is, the rates never have been confidential. They have been openly discussed countless times by council and hydro officials on too many occasions to count. So just what game is afoot? Really, I don’t care. The games played these days slip by me quicker than a puck by Freddy Andersen any more. I only worry about taxpayer money being wasted and the long-term financial
impact to the community of this mega-debacle. When there is potential good news, a rate structure which could net more money than initially discussed - in theory - that is absolutely part of the story to be told. It appears no additional information on this new revelation will be forthcoming. Monday night, I’m watching Trevor Noah and he has Neil deGrasse Tyson on. Tyson was making some jokes about global warming deniers when he said in reference to his comments being politically motivated: “It is not political if one speaks objective truths.” That made me really think. To my mind, it is a different version of my comment weeks ago imploring area residents to do their own research, ask a bunch of questions and find out their own truth, not just on the biodigester but on many of these other Town issues. I try my best to provide “objective truths” and it very hard to remain objective when you get too deep in the weeds and you see repeated mistreatment of people and facts. The only way residents can find things out for themselves is to ask their own questions, too. When hydro officials turtle to avoid discussing issues as key as how its main revenue stream is navigated, that opens the door to another whole world of questions and concerns. People can speak objective truths if they armed with a base of knowledge, otherwise, how would one know they getting pelted by a barrage of flakes in the biggest snowjob any municipality may have ever seen. Simply, they wouldn’t.
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Extension raises many questions Dear Editor, I was at that meeting on Monday night (Aug. 21) and I really got nothing from it, except the mayor was not pleased with the reaction from the audience at some points (rolling his eys and stating that this wasn’t a sporting event). So I know most people think this “save the wood lot” is about saving some trees (which it is) but there is so much more here of which the public is unaware. Do the students of Smith School parents know of the dangers this road could cause? Nothing has been said about how this road would join with Hwy. 8. Would it be a round about, which would be a parent’s nightmare down there - stop lights, four-way stop - how is this going to impact the students and parents of Smith School. So much focus has been on save the wood lot that people are really unaware of what is really going to happen and how it will change the way they do things, such as allowing their children to ride bikes, skateboards. You get the picture. There is a baseball field, soccer field and not to mention an over-populated public school. | wonder if the parents know the danger that this proposed road could cause. The ex-
Letter treme amount of cars coming and going now, the speeding, these are all concerns that I feel these parents should be made aware of. I think the town council should hold a question and answer session explaining how they planned on joining the two roads. Also I feel that there is more going on here that meets the eye. Why the extension to begin with? A lonely road going nowhere, really?...costing money, and a lot of money. Now at this meeting there was a couple of the eight property owners who own the wood lot. They made it sound like people were going to be creeping their property, looking into windows and such and that is not the case. So now I have to ask myself why would anyone really be concerned because the Region already owns this property and we have some people who don’t live within the town asking for a road to nowhere. Maybe I am wrong but I don’t believe the town or its councillors are being honest with the people of Grimsby or most importantly the parents of the Smith School students. I believe there is more going on here and the public needs to know. Rhonda Csajaghy
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