I have a confession to make: 9 months ago I was pretty scared that the PCs would win the Ontario election and kill the Feed-in Tariff program, as they said they would. I started to seriously explore other options and jurisdictions to develop community-owned biogas plants. I started to fear the worst would happen and it shaped my behaviour.
As we saw last night, the Liberals will continue to govern and continue to push forward their green industrial policies – trying to develop renewable energy and renewable energy companies, and thus green jobs. Granted it’s a minority government, but now on this beautiful, sunny Thanksgiving weekend, we are exactly where we were supposed to be at this point – one month away from a FIT program review and continuing to pursue a cleaner energy mix.
My fear and anxiety turned out to be overblown, and I know I’m not the only one.
Compounding my own fear, others who were also acting out of fear began making pronouncements that introduced further uncertainty. But in the end, nothing’s really changed. Some sleep was lost, I bit my nails a bit more feverishly and some projects got delayed by a couple of months. Not exactly a travesty.
Here’s the lesson: stay the course and be patient, most storms blow over without doing much damage. I hope the next time a storm is brewing I can control my emotions, avoid reacting and just watch it pass. Otherwise, I’m probably in for another unnecessarily wild ride.
photo credit: SarahFaithx