Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star
The 10 per cent break Premier Dalton McGuinty is giving Ontarians on their electricity bills was slammed Tuesday by Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller.
Aimed at taking the sting out of rising hydro bills with the Oct. 6 election approaching, the price break instead is a “perverse incentive” that undermines the push for more energy conservation, Miller said in his annual watchdog report to the government.
“The 10 per cent is an artificial subsidy on the price of electricity so it encourages consumers to use more,” he wrote. It could wipe out one-third of planned conservation savings, Miller warned.