Provincial Auditor Solid on Smart Meters, Chiarelli Lame

With her report on “Smart Meters”, the Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk has provided us with a concise, insightful glimpse inside Ontario Liberal’s electricity thinking and their “culture of conservation”. Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli’s attack on Lysyk as an ignoramus, unable to grasp the complexities of the power system, illustrates clearly the general standard of what passes for thinking inside the Liberal power machine where they decide on your rates, power system technologies, investment levels, administration and oversight.
Continue reading ‘Provincial Auditor Solid on Smart Meters, Chiarelli Lame’ »

Lifting and Shifting Electricity Cost

Fresh from the election of Green Energy and Green Economy Act (GEA) architect Don McCabe as prez of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), that organization is turning its formidable lobbying capacities to the issue of electricity costs, now rising for farmers and non-farmers alike as a direct result of the introduction of the GEA.
Continue reading ‘Lifting and Shifting Electricity Cost’ »

Restructuring and Privatizing Hydro One in the Public Interest

This morning, CBC’s Morning North program ran an interview I did with host Marcus Schwabe about the proposal from the Ontario Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets, chaired by Ed Clark, which last week issued an interim report proposing in part restructuring and privatizing parts of the Crown-own electricity wires company Hydro One.
Continue reading ‘Restructuring and Privatizing Hydro One in the Public Interest’ »

Ontario Electricity Regulation Crisis Report Part 119: Gold-Plated Garbage Cans at Toronto Hydro

Toronto Hydro pumps out relentless propaganda about its “aging infrastructure” and “obsolete equipment”. In 2012, the utility warned that without a dramatic increase in its rate of capital spending, public safety is at risk.

Toronto Hydro’s latest critical infrastructure renewal target: garbage cans. Price tag for the 160 replacement garbage cans? Continue reading ‘Ontario Electricity Regulation Crisis Report Part 119: Gold-Plated Garbage Cans at Toronto Hydro’ »

Time Annotations for Nov. 3 Radio Interview re. Ontario Power Rates

What follows below is an annotated summary of the discussion I had with Tom McConnell of CKTB Niagara and CJBK London radio stations between 10 and 11 am on November 3rd. A recording of the interview is available on Soundcloud here. Timestamps are included to allow listeners to find content of interest. The descriptions of discussion here not literal transcriptions.

Main points: New analysis shows that wind, solar and conservation are worse for Ontario consumers than previously understood. If Ontario’s power system was structured as if consumers matter many current policies would have to be reversed. Minister Chiarelli pronouncements on financial basics of the power system are unreliable. Electricity in Ontario has become the new version of tobacco, with government seeking to stamp out consumption. Industrial power rate competitiveness is an economic problem that must be addressed. Coal power with modern emission controls to eliminate smog could benefit Ontario consumers.
Continue reading ‘Time Annotations for Nov. 3 Radio Interview re. Ontario Power Rates’ »

What Goes Up…Ontario’s Soaring Electricity Prices and How to Get Them Down

Here is a link to the Fraser Institute publication referenced in the title of this post authored by Ross McKitrick and myself.

All substantive comments on the report are welcome. Spitballers need not apply.

Continue reading ‘What Goes Up…Ontario’s Soaring Electricity Prices and How to Get Them Down’ »

Crock of Conservation

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s mandate letter to Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli, released September 25th, acknowledges that her government intends to keep raising electricity rates but says her government will solve this problem for consumers with something she calls “Conservation First”.

Getting more value from each kilowatt-hour is a fine idea, but dropping power demand is worsening the problem of power rate competitiveness and affordability in Ontario.

Continue reading ‘Crock of Conservation’ »