Obstructing Access to Ontario’s Power Bill Outlook

Ontario’s grid-connected electricity consumers can get no sustenance except from the one restaurant with no prices on the menu.

On October 15th, I made a simple, routine request to the OPA for an updated near-term revenue requirement outlook for the province — information readily available to the OPA but nobody else. On October 29th, I reported that despite prompting, the OPA would not respond. On October 31st, the OPA finally responded, refusing to reply. On November 4th, I wrote to the OPA arguing that their justification for concealment was contrary to the law, contrary to precedent, and inconsistent with the financial logic of Ontario’s power system. I urged the OPA to reconsider their refusal.

Again despite prompting, the OPA has failed to reply. I therefore filed this morning a formal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act application seeking the information. If the OPA seeks to rag the puck, it will stretch out the disclosure for the full 30 day period.

If the OPA was trying to express contempt for consumers, not telling us what we should expect to pay seems about perfect.


  1. They likely don’t know what electricity will cost. They haven’t figured out how much things like lithium ion batteries, flywheels, pumped storage and what it will cost to raise Lake Ontario 29 centimetres.

    • ALBERTA OIL, July 23,2013
      “Few long-term customers are available in Alberta’s electricity market and new generating facilities depend on volatile energy market revenues for their return on investment.”

      Is the electricity produced by wind turbines and large solar parks in Ontario going to be used here or is it going to be sold in other markets?
      Energy storage is needed for surplus renewable power to get a good market price for it. But at what cost to Ontarians?
      Ontarians need answers now for present and future energy issues and policies in the province.

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