Bright Public Utility Regulation Against #darknl

Widespread and extended supply blackouts struck the island of Newfoundland in January 2013, January 2014, and March 2015. Each time, in the order of half the island was blacked out with many customers in the freezing darkness for more than 48 hours. A report from the Newfoundland & Labrador Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities …

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Ontario Electricity Regulation Crisis Report Part 134: Toronto City Council Requests that Al Capone Review His Taxes

A motion adopted by Toronto City Council this week has “requested” that Tony’s Hydro “conduct a review of the September 2016 power outages in the CityPlace neighbourhood”. The motion is inaction pretending to be action.

Ontario Electricity Regulation Crisis Report Part 133: Whitewashing the CityPlace Blackouts

In Part 132 of this series, I reported on the two root causes of the CityPlace blackouts. Contrary to Toronto Hydro’s claims, the blackouts were not caused by aging infrastructure but by overloaded infrastructure. Toronto Hydro first neglected to plan for and provide sufficient feeder capacity to serve CityPlace and then management negligently declined to …

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Ontario Electricity Regulation Crisis Report Part 120: Application to Toronto Ombudsman

(Earlier today, I submitted the following request to Fiona Crean, Ombudsman, City of Toronto.) I am writing to request your office undertake an investigation into the April 15, 2014 Union Street Blackout that knocked out power to about one quarter of the City of Toronto. The factors causing that event and the utility’s response to …

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Green Blackout: Toronto July 5th 2010 (National Post Column)

Careless environmental ideology was a root cause of the blackout that cut off power to tens of thousands of Toronto homes, businesses, and institutions for several hours during rush hour on Monday this week.

Read more: http://www.financialpost.com/opinion/columnists/3247806/story.html#ixzz0t3KBYji2