Hudak’s Green Waffles

Kathy Hamilton (who blogs here) and I have another column in the National Post March 4th print edition addressing the politics of power poverty in Ontario.

Tomorrow’s column follows up on one we published in the Post October 10, 2013 called Ontario’s Next Energy Project.

A minor line edit error crept into the final version. Following the paragraph about Vic Fedeli’s paper…

The PCs have aligned themselves with the robust rural anti-windpower movement. In two recent speeches to the Toronto Regional Board of Trade last week, Mr. Hudak accordingly identified wind and solar subsidies as factors driving up rates.

Would be better if just:

The PCs have aligned themselves with the robust rural anti-windpower movement. In two recent speeches, Mr. Hudak accordingly identified wind and solar subsidies as factors driving up rates.

In researching this piece, I made an inquiry of the PC Energy Critic, Lisa MacLeod. I pointed out that on Rob Snow’s radio show on Tuesday Nov 20, 2013, she called for more long-term planning of the power system by the Ontario government and also for 1,000 MW of new hydro development in the north above and beyond what is being done by the Liberals. (Right now, there is substantial bottled and therefore useless generation in the north.) I asked, “Would this be contracted for through FIT contracts?” She declined to respond.

So long as the politics of electricity micromanagement in the form of “regional economic development” prevail over principles of efficiency and transparency, Ontario electricity consumers will suffer the consequences.

Post Script February 22/2017: This National Post column drew attention to the longstanding efforts of PC MPP Todd Smith in promoting green projects in his riding, projects that would have the effect of driving up the cost of power. With Mr. Smith’s recent appointment to the role of opposition energy critic, it will be important to see if Mr. Smith takes a bigger picture view of his advocacy role above and beyond simply promoting local economic development in his riding irrespective of overall value for ratepayers.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *