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Too much of a good thing — how Ontario’s Liberals bungled the green energy file

Jon W. Kieran — National Post — September 2, 2016

Ontario set an all-time peak electricity demand of 27,005 megawatts (MW) 10 years ago this summer. At the time, rising demand and plans to retire its coal-fired power plants dominated provincial energy policy. What followed was optimism for a new energy policy, focused on the ambitious procurement of large wind and solar installations. I felt great pride in helping to lead an industry that would make Ontario’s power system clean, responsive and cutting edge.

What a difference a decade makes. Intrusive policy and poor implementation are largely responsible for the energy market debacle Ontarians face today. But there is no excuse now for buying more mega-projects when our power supply is saturated and hydro bills are skyrocketing.

Coal-fired power generation effectively disappeared after 2010, by which time Ontario’s electricity demand had already started to plummet. Demand has fallen 13 per cent in the past 10 years, including consecutive reductions in each of the past five years. In 2016, Ontario will consume less electricity than in 1997.  Continue reading here….

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3 Comments on “Too much of a good thing — how Ontario’s Liberals bungled the green energy file”

  1. Greg Schmalz September 3, 2016 at 7:49 am #

    If the PC’s want to govern in Ontario they must tap into consumer discontent for electricity prices.
    Call out the renewable energy industry to accept responsibility for gouging consumers.
    Lead Ontario by reverting electricity generation to an essential service versus worrying about following the failed green ideology.

    • Donna Quixote September 3, 2016 at 9:07 am #

      And get rid of that slimeball Patrick Brown

      • Green Bumble Bee September 7, 2016 at 5:45 pm #

        internecine disputes are not going to unify voters behind the PC Party. Whoever strategizes campaigns for them is a double agent, who torpedoed Hudak and now Brown,

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