Review of the Ontario PC 2018 Electricity Platform (National Post version added)

Patrick Brown’s election platform “guarantees” that the Ontario PCs “will fix Hydro”. He reverses the PC’s previous rejection of Premier Wynne’s Fair Hydro Plan, which shifts 25% of current household rates to taxpayers and future consumers. The new PC position is that the only problem with Wynne’s hydro cost shifting and deferral program is that …

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Perils of Populism

The Ontario PC party released the results of its membership vote on a wide range of policy initiatives yesterday in advance of the party’s policy convention tomorrow. On topics that would influence Ontario’s electricity future, the results emphasize (in case anyone doubted) profound dissatisfaction within the PC base about the electricity situation but also expose …

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Cap and Tirade

The Ontario governing party with five criminal investigations ongoing including several related to document destruction, the party of pay-for-access policy-for-hire fundraisers, the party that dismisses the Auditor General as confused about many things to do with energy, that is the party that is right now concocting a carbon market in Ontario out of government decrees. …

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Promoting Energy Illiteracy

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) says it is “committed to increasing energy literacy and providing consumers with reliable information.” As part of this commitment, it has published a rate comparison report here. The OEB’s report appears to be a reply to my power rates comparison analysis available here and published three days before the OEB’s. …

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Ontario’s Power Rates Not the Highest in North America

Hydro Quebec’s annual electricity survey is a nearly perfect method to compare residential power rates across the provinces in Canada. Unfortunately, Hydro Quebec’s survey is a poor guide to how Canadian rates compare to US rates because the survey cherry picks a handful of relatively small jurisdictions, most of which have outlier high rates. Hydro …

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Ontario Reverses Course on Renewables

Apparently to the surprise of the groups feeding off the Ontario government’s subsidies for renewable energy, the Wynne government announced September 27 a dramatic policy reversal. Ontario has immediately suspended the second round of its Large Renewable Procurement (LRP II) process and the Energy-from-Waste Standard Offer Program, halting procurement of over 1,000 megawatts (MW) of …

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Open Letter to Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Dr. Dianne Saxe Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Email: commissioner@eco.on.ca Dear Dr. Saxe, On Wednesday last week, you and I were guests on the radio show “Fight Back with Libby Znaimer” on the AM radio station CFZM Toronto. A podcast of that interview is available here.