A comment that speaks for itself from the article Kleptocracy – rule by thieves:
“I installed a 10 kW wind turbine on my Okanagan property 3 years ago, buying into the BC government’s Live Smart/Green program. Imagine my surprise–as an independent power producer–when I was ineligible for the B.C. “incentive” because the B.C. program was limited to a maximum 3 kW turbine. Yet nowhere on their snazzy website was a maximum size listed; even employees at Live Smart didn’t know about it when I phoned to complain.
“That’s not the end of it. Turns out my 10 kW turbine was also ineligible for the Federal Eco-Energy Retrofit…are you sitting down?….because annually, seems I didn’t USE enough electricity to qualify.
“Then a year later, to add salt to the wound, received a call from a member of CANWEA, the Canadian Wind Energy Association, offering that I could join for $300 bucks a year. I declined, stating that CANWEA was part of the problem. How so? he asked. So I told him: “Your group’s members sat on both the provincial and federal committees that helped governments set not only the rates, but also who would qualify. So, thanks a pantload for excluding the ‘big little’ guys like me.”
“Yet people today see my 10 kW spinning merrily in the breeze and ask if I am also overpaid as an Independent Power Producer. I tell them the truth: the buggers credit me EXACTLY the same kiloWatt per hour rate as they charge me to use electricity. No more!
“So not all IPPs are sucking at the public trough.”