Ontario already produces 80 per cent of its electricity from non-greenhouse gas emitting nuclear and hydro and has nothing to learn from California, which is a financial basket case, has to import electricity (hydro and coal-fired), and has a lousy recent history in electricity generation.
A better bang for the buck would be to reduce emissions from Ontario’s transportation and industrial sectors. In 2008 California got 35 per cent of its electricity from non-GHG emitting sources like nuclear, hydro and geothermal while about 65 per cent came from GHG emitting natural gas and coal so putting a price on carbon will jack up California’s already high kWh electricity cost.
The state’s mandate to increase the use of wind and solar with a feed-in-tariff will put up the cost even more. Unfortunately Ontario is heading this way too, with its emphasize on wind and solar that will push up the cost of electricity and drive jobs out of the province, just like it has in California.