One Ontario taxpayer/ratepayer has had enough of the Ontario power bill rip-off and is taking action. In an unprecedented submission to the Ontario Energy Board filed today, retired banker Parker Gallant is demanding that the Ontario Energy Board reverse a recent ruling that allowed the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) to bleed ratepayers for costs incurred advocating for more subsidized transmission service for wind and solar farms. The Ontario Energy Board award in favour of OSEA appeared to accept OSEA’s claim that “We represent the consumer interests“. Gallant counters that OSEA as a front organization for Governments at two levels”, pointing out that OSEA is sucking up taxpayer cash from two Ontario government ministries, two taxpayer-funded Ontario government agencies, and one taxpayer-funded City of Toronto agency. Gallant concludes “OSEA obtained a favourable ruling from the Board in its May 21, 2010 Decision on Cost Eligibility under false and misleading information from OSEA. It is therefore necessary for the Board to reverse the elements of its Decision on Cost Eligibility that allowed OSEA to absorb an even greater quantum of public funds than it has already.“
The same decision of the Ontario Energy Board that allowed OSEA to sextuple dip taxpayers and ratepayers also dinged ratepayers for the costs of promoting the interests of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPRO), the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), and the Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) in the Board’s transmission planning review.