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Where we stand

Our thoughts and position on a number of issues
related to water power and renewables in general.

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thoughts, opinions & positions…

As we try and achieve our mission of reducing global carbon production by 75%, we view our role at GreenBug as trying to commercialize government policy, rather than trying to change government policy.

Lobbying isn’t our business or strength but as we go about trying to commercialize policy we have experiences that people ask us about and that we have opinions about.

Below are our thoughts, opinions and positions on a number of topics.

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Topics

  • Comparison

    FIT pricing.

    Jurisdictions in the United States, and the United Kingdom have higher Feed in Tariff rates than Ontario in spite of arguably having less risky and less costly regulatory environments. The conclusion is that Ontario rates must go up to match the more risky and more costly regulatory environment in Ontario or …

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  • Population

    Population

    Many of our problems are simply because we’ve got too many people on the planet now. If we had only 3.5 billion people on the planet instead of…

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  • Markets

    False Markets.

    Comments by many who argue that Feed in Tariff programs just create “false or fake markets” and “that In a free and democratic country, a commodity’s price should be determined by the marketplace and subject to the laws of supply and demand” are based on the assumption of perfect markets. Therefore, they argue that feed in tariff programs are just unfair subsidies to certain producers that the expense of consumers. The problem is that the “marketplace” is anything but perfect…

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  • Fishpassage

    Fish Passage.

    Our installations allow downstream fish passage and is proven safe. Upstream fish passage requires an extra installation of a fish ladder/ passage. To “require” upstream fish passage installation or otherwise deny installation of micro waterpower is counterproductive…

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  • Hydro

    The Ontario regulatory environment for waterpower.

    The regulatory environment in Ontario is such that it increases the risk of development and significantly adds to total costs and these costs are higher than in other jurisdictions globally. This statement is based on our attempts over the last several years to get 30 waterpower sites ready for the next FIT application window in Ontario…

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