Tim Hudak speaks to Ontario Energy Association

“Energy policy is about economics,” he said. “Stop treating it like a social program.”

“We cannot continue to pursue green energy policies that unnecessarily drive up the costs for consumers and have punitive impacts on our broader economy.”

Hudak promised a Conservative government would move swiftly to renew Ontario’s nuclear generating capacity.

by John Spears, Toronto Star    Download Transcription of Speech

A Conservative government in Ontario will let householders pay a flat rate for electricity instead of time of use rates, says party leader Tim Hudak.

Hudak told the Ontario Energy Association Thursday that Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Liberal government have lost sight of the interests of consumers.

Under time of use rates, consumers pay more for electricity during peak use periods, such as mornings and evenings, and lower prices on weekends and during overnight hours when demand is moderate.

“Not every family is going to meet Dalton McGuinty’s definition of an ideal family,” Hudak told reporters after the speech.

“So he’s got to give an option to the senior citizen who Dalton McGuinty is lecturing to get up at two in the morning to do her wash, or the shift worker who’s impacted. So offer choice to consumers.”

“Those who can adapt their behaviour should be given a time of use structure that will reward conservation, but for the families whop cannot they should be given the choice at the very least of a flat rate.”

In his speech, Hudak slammed the Liberals for using energy policy to promote high cost renewable energy projects.

“Energy policy is about economics,” he said. “Stop treating it like a social program.”

“We cannot continue to pursue green energy policies that unnecessarily drive up the costs for consumers and have punitive impacts on our broader economy.”

Hudak promised a Conservative government would move swiftly to renew Ontario’s nuclear generating capacity.

And he said he’d create the position of “consumer advocate” at the Ontario Energy Board to focus its attention on consumer interests.

Hudak also slammed the Liberals for meddling in energy policy, creating an atmosphere of uncertainty that discourages investors.

He acknowledged that the previous Conservative government, of which he was a member, had made its own mistakes, first opening energy prices to the market, then reversing itself and freezing consumer prices.

6 thoughts on “Tim Hudak speaks to Ontario Energy Association

  1. This is a turn in the right direction. I only hope that the Liberals don’t totally destroy our economy before the election with their ultra-expensive “green” policies. People may be uncomfortable with nuclear, but it has supplied Ontario for decades and has proven itself to be clean and much more economical than wind or solar. I also hope that Hudak means that he will let the experts mend our power system when he “slammed the Liberals for meddling in energy policy”. Hats off to Hudak!

  2. Rick:

    “This is a turn in the right direction.”

    Really?

    “When you don’t know where you’re going, any where’s as good a place to be”

    That means that any change of direction is the right direction.

    I say it’s just a turn, neither right, nor wrong. If they had a coherent policy — or the Liberals did, then we could make a judgment call of this nature! Maybe?

    Someone pointed out that a major portion of my Hydro Bill was the “indirect Charges” (about half). So give me a flat rate! Then send me to poverty by raising the delivery charges, the profit going to “free market” companies. subsidies to various power generation types and categories, bank charges, debt retirement etc. Paying off loans to the Bank Of Scotland For Liberal people!

    Flat rate? No problem. They’ll $crew us another way.
    Maybe I’m cynical — or maybe I’m right!

  3. I realized that a comment I made in another thread is appropriate here…

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    Rather than just complain I am going to suggest a long term solution. Lets not assign the technology portfolios — including Energy and MOE to high school graduates and lawyers. Let’s assign them to people with technology education — you know — engineers scientists and the like.

    That means that the parties will have to recruit engineers and scientists and put them front and centre as candidates for the technology positions. The sooner the better.

    They should look for technology savvy candidates that can communicate and that have some spine. They do exist.

    If a party cannot put forward such candidates why should they have our trust?

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    If you know Tim Hudak — maybe you can pass along this suggestion.

    If any party is not able to express a coherent energy policy I will vote for another party/someone else. I will vote for a hamster before I will tolerate this garbage again.

    Voting for a single issue is a visit to a way-station on the road to disaster.

  4. I though Hudak’s speech communicated very well.

    Here’s what I take from the transcript:
    1. He is throwing away the Eves era and embracing the Harris era – he communicates backing away from privatization as a mistake.
    2. He understands the destruction done to the OEB’s role as protector of the consumer, and would address the fascist nature that board has taken on
    3. He understands smart meters (there are no peaks in April and October)

    “I believe that government decision makers should work with the sector to set out the policy framework, and then leave it to the sector to implement and execute – in short, get out of the way.”

    And that’s what the minister should do. The expense of the silly grid projects, to facilitate the irresponsible FITs, are all contrary to the advice from the OPA in the 2007/08 IPSPs.

    All I’d really like added is we will kill the GEA, and end FIT programs immediately.

    It’s a short transcript (linked to at the top of the article).

  5. I believe Hudak has said that we should leave the power system to the experts. I sincerely hope that the Conservatives don’t try to rewind and start where Harris left off. It will be a exercise in futility that will cost billions of dollars. We need power system experts to take what we have and take pratical measures while trying to keep a cap on the costs. This will not be easy since there are so many sunk long term costs in the form of contracts and loans already in place.

  6. Wellll… let me quote…

    “Let me be clear, renewable energy MUST be a part of Ontario’s supply mix, but it must be at
    prices we can afford.”

    OK — so it is just an affordability issue.

    Are we sure that he is very different…???

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