Ontario Electricity System Operational Update #7: Green Energy, Cold Feet

This column, presenting new data showing the Ontario Liberals losing faith in their own green energy revolution, appeared in the National Post March 13.┬áIt is a testament to the opacity of the Ontario power system that this $11 billion cost reduction for consumers was only revealed in response to a Freedom of Information request. Here …

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Gas Busters Part 7 – Original Image-only Doc Access and Update

Attached are three of the four remainding image-only PFD files produced by the McGuinty government on September 24 in response to the order of the Speaker of the Ontario Legislature. The files provided here all originated with the Ontario Power Authority. These files supplement the collection included in Gas Busters Parts 2 and 3, all …

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Gas Busters Part 5: Ding dong, the Wicked Witch is Dead, Electricity Moratorium Now

The leader of Ontario’s minority government has resigned in a controversy over electricity. But even as he walks away, the mess he created is getting worse by the day. All major electricity projects in Ontario that can be delayed without severe penalty must be frozen immediately. Moratorium now. Public concern about the gas plant issue …

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Commentary on the Merger of IESO and OPA

The Ontario government announced April 18 a plan to merge the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Costs borne by consumers to fund these agencies are likely to continue to rise because the work they must do is expanding. The government is saying that merger will save $25 million, but …

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Ontario Power Agencies Failing Consumers: Examining the IESO

Institutional reform is needed in Ontario’s electricity sector so that key public agencies can properly perform their duties serving consumers while balancing the needs of producers. This essay argues that the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) belongs on the list of key agencies whose inappropriately cozy relationship with government is harming consumers.

OEB Renews, Extends and Relaxes OPA License

As reported here, Parker Gallant wrote to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) October 1st objecting to the Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA) application to the OEB for a license extension. Parker’s intervention made a number of points, including: “On August 30, 2010, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) flagrantly and without notice, much less explanation, breached Ontario …

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Ontario Power Authority Accused of Breaking Law

Parker Gallant, a retired banker who has become a leading Ontario electricity sector financial analyst and commentator, has launched another broadside at Ontario’s power system status quo, this time challenging the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). Gallant has filed notice with the Ontario Energy Board, objecting to an application from the OPA. In its application, the …

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