Following up on my previous post drawing attention to wasteful conservation programs, I am getting asked whether cutting conservation programs can actually help consumers.
As discussed in a previous exchange on this site, here are some of the components of conservation costs Ontario taxpayers and ratepayers are covering:
What do we get for this expenditure of over half a billion dollars per year (other than “green jobs” in government agencies and greasy contractors)?
Look at where some of this money goes.
The OPA has a coupon program that gives discounts on compact fluorescent light bulbs, a program identical to one offered by the old Ontario Hydro more than 20 years ago. Would the customer participating in the program have bought the bulb without the program? How much of the consumption change in electricity going on is due to drastic price increases and official promises of more exciting increases in future? Does the new bulb replace a less efficient bulb? Does the customer leave the new, more efficient light on longer than the old bulb? The OPA claims to know the answers for all these questions and has vast, vast amounts of documentation to paper over the inherent uncertainty of measuring the effectiveness of paying people to not use electricity.
Respect ratepayers, cut the conservation con.