Top Website Posts, Tweets and Facebook Posts for 2017

Here is my annual review of this site and my two energy-related social media accounts. Like previous annual reports, this one is linked to the “About Tom” “category”. In February and March, this site was subject to at least one malware attack, inconveniencing readers and therefore messing with traffic results. I used Facebook, primarily as a refuge while this site was in the Emergency Ward, so I have also included my top 5 FB posts for the year.

#1, #2, #9 and #10 on this site in 2017 all relate to what I regard as the detestable government policies based on buy-now-pay-later electricity pricing scams. My most popular post of 2017 attacked Patrick Brown’s version of the scam and my second most popular post attacked Wynne’s version. #9 was the transcript of my testimony to the Ontario legislative committee considering the legislation empowering Wynne’s power rate fakery. #10 is my analysis of the legislation published in the scholarly administrative law journal, Energy Regulation Quarterly.

#3, #5 and #6 return to a longstanding theme of this site — the misery about to befall the people of Newfoundland and Labrador due to their green energy project, sometimes known as Muskrat False (although I prefer Muskat Madness). Guest author, energy utility finance expert Bernard Lahey penned #3, which includes some points of agreement and disagreement with my remarks in #5 on my concerns that Muskrat Madness will impair the sovereignty of NL. #6 is my plea to the federal government to mitigate the harm it has done to the people of NL by enabling the provincial government’s Muskrat Madness project with a federal loan guarantee. (Note that I posted a mea culpa postscript addressing an error I made in a constitutional interpretation.)

#4 is a piece that was posted in November 2016 benchmarking Ontario power rates against rates across Canada and the US.

#7 is another old post from 2016 reporting on the compensation and operational records of Tony’s Hydro’s almost-alway-dishonest CEO Tony Haines in 2015. This same post was #5 on last year’s list of greatest hits. I missed out on posting Haines’ 2017 record but will comment on it later this year.

#8 is another guest post, this time from engineer Mitchell Schnier addressing public safety risks arising from the destructive Bala Falls hydro-electric project now under construction in Muskoka.

Tom Tweetering @tomadamsenergy

#1 (Apr 24) ON in 3rd day of wind power drought. When renewable energy charlatans claim batteries solve intermittency, ask what 3 days of storage costs.

#2 (Oct 16) Plea to federal gov’t: Mitigate the harm you have caused at Muskrat Falls tomadamsenergy.com/2017/10/16/ple”¦ #nlpoli #cndpoli (links to #5 above)

#3 (Nov 27) Remember when Ontario PCs said of Wynne’s 25% hydro “cut” (meaning cost deferral and cost shifting) “It is deceitful, it’s dishonest and it’s shady”? http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-hydro-auditor-general-report-fair-hydro-plan-wynne-1.4358168
Now Brown’s PCs not only endorse Wynne’s scam but “guarantee” to push the fake savings to 37%. #onpoli

#4 (Jan 6) Wondering why Ontario’s power rates have soared since 2009? Here’s another indicator: http://www.timminspress.com/2017/01/05/plug-pulled-on-falls-co-gen-plant-next-4-months

#5 (Oct 20) Fun fact: not one U.S. generator competing against subsidized CND electricity exports has filed a NAFTA complaint yet. pic.twitter.com/sMG1aV1D8C

#6 (Dec 9) It takes some special talent to not make a killing in Ontario’s highly subsidized renewable energy business. http://ottawacitizen.com/feature/how-solar-energy-dreams-became-a-nightmare-for-the-small-ontario-town-of-blind-river #solarfraud

#7 (Jul 19) W/ @brianlilley on @CFRAOttawa around 8 pm: green jobs leaving as subsidies dim (surprised?), ON gov’t getting back into coal power. #onpoli

#8 (Dec 19) Useful to remember that the incompetent bunch at Manitoba Hydro played a key role in helping @NalcorEnergy secure approval to screw the people of NL with the ruinous Muskrat Madness. #nlpoli https://twitter.com/ConsumerPoInst/status/943127874491514880

#9 (Oct 17) The Muskrat Falls green energy project is moments away from causing massive rate and tax shocks in Newfoundland & Labrador. (Corrected link)
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#10 (Nov 26) Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario Liberal electricity platform is based on a pack of lies, but the Ontario PC electricity platform is worse… fb.me/1HQGgFGGf

Tom Adams Energy on Facebook

#1 March 1 Analysis of what became the Wynne government’s “Fair” Hydro plan
#2 October 17 My testimony before the federal parliament’s Natural Resources Committee urging the federal government mitigate the harm it has caused in backing Muskrat Madness
#3 and #4 Posts April 16 and May 4 about the passing of my dear friend and long-time coauthor Michael Hilson.
#5 March 9th comments on the role of renewables in contributing to electricity rate changes in Ontario.