Yesterday, Energy Minister Brad Duguid promised Ontario families they would get a chance to finally see the McGuinty Government’s long-promised and never-delivered plan for the electricity system by the “end of December”. But there’s a catch: the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), the agency responsible for drafting long-term plans, wants to get out of its fundamental mandate.
An OPA letter and supporting documents, dated August 20, 2010, show the OPA wants to amend section 10.1 of its Ontario Energy Board license so it no longer has to provide an integrated power system plan to the OEB every three years. Created in 2004, the OPA has yet to produce a plan and now we know they don’t want to be held accountable for ever producing one.
The McGuinty Liberals have stonewalled on releasing an energy plan because Dalton McGuinty is afraid Ontario families will discover the true cost of his smart meter tax machines, the sweetheart deal with Samsung, and his other energy experiments. It’s time for Dalton McGuinty to stop experimenting with hard-earned tax dollars and provide Ontario with a real energy plan.
- Created in 2004, the OPA was to be a virtual and transitional agency with a mandate to create a power plan for Ontario.
- Ontario Regulation 424/04 states the OPA must “develop and submit” a 20-year integrated power system plan every three years.
- An OPA letter and supporting documents (File# EB-2010-0220) dated August 20, 2010, calls for amending its OEB licence to ensure it no longer has to file new plans every three years.
- On August 30, 2010, Energy Minister Brad Duguid told the Ottawa Citizen: “We’re in the process now of putting together our long-term energy plan. We’ve asked the Ontario Power Authority to do that.”
- On September 29, 2010, Duguid told reporters during a scrum they could expect a long term plan by the “end of December. Just a matter of months, uh, by the end of the year.”