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Ontario welcomes Energy Poverty similar to Germany and the UK

Jatin Nathwani — The Globe and Mail — December 9, 2013

The sting of high electricity costs – and the potential for more pain in the near term – has decisively punctured Ontario’s infatuation with high-cost renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. “Achieving Balance” – the latest version of the province’s Long-Term Energy Plan – is a courageous attempt to right the wrongs and administer the right dose of medicine to the patient at about the right time….

The open question is whether it will be sufficient to placate a consumer backlash, given that the plan cannot completely make up for past mistakes. …

The Ontario experience mirrors developments in several other jurisdictions around the world, in particular Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom, where there are cautionary tales of hubris and how good intentions muddled with poor policy prescriptions can lead to unpalatable consequences.

Energy poverty is generally defined as the threshold when energy costs – electricity and heating – either approach or exceed 10 per cent of household income. European energy price increases, driven primarily by green obligations and subsidies, have translated into an increasing number of households facing energy poverty.

Germany’s electricity costs are among the highest in Europe, approximately 40 cents per kWh compared to 10 cents in Ontario. The installed capacity for wind and solar combined (65,000 MW) is almost twice the size of Ontario’s total system. Subsidies for green energy equal 10 cents per kWh, with a total cost of $25-billion in 2013. For a country that has built such a large capacity in solar and wind, it is disconcerting to observe that 17,000 MW of new coal capacity by 2022 is in planning or under construction to provide base-load power that would act as backup to fickle wind and solar resources. If renewable generation simply turns into a strong embrace of fossil fuels, then this clean energy pathway is fraught with danger.

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3 Comments on “Ontario welcomes Energy Poverty similar to Germany and the UK”

  1. 1957chev December 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Looks like my house, on a cold windy night…LOL!

  2. 1957chev December 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    In the winter….we are well over the 10% threshold, because of all the “added charges”. The actual price of electricity is a small part of the overall bill. They are idiots, if they think this is sustainable!


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    […] https://quixoteslaststand.com/2013/12/09/ontario-welcomes-energy-poverty-similar-to-germany-and-the-u…  The Conservative Party, is the only one, that promises to scrap the Greed energy act, the FIT program, and cancel all projects, not hooked up to the grid.  (The rest, we would have to “look after” later! LOL!)  We can’t afford to allow this scam to go on any longer.  It benefits no one, but the greedy wind weasels. […]

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