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Several hundred protesters attend rally outside Chiarelli’s office on Saturday

Patrick Smith — Ottawa Citizen — December 7, 2013

OTTAWA — Several hundred protesters braved the chill Saturday to put some heat on Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli and his proposed provincial energy plan.

The plan, introduced on Dec. 2, aims to promote energy conservation but comes at a steep price.

The plan says the province is expected to reduce projected cost increases by $16 billion between now and 2017 and $70 billion to 2030, even as Ontario sticks with its intention to phase out the last of it coal-fired generation by the end of 2014.

As for consumers, the province says residential customers can expect to pay about $520 less over the next five years and $3,800 less between now and 2030, while industrial customers can expect to pay $3 million less over the next five years and $11 million less between now and 2030.

But hydro bills will still climb — from an average monthly cost of $138 this year to $178 by 2018 (based on an average household use of 800 kWh). By 2032, bills will have climbed by 50 per cent.  Read full article here….

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