Ontario’s electricity system a mess

By Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency
ORONTO — Skimming through the documents released by Ontario Energy Minister Chris Bentley on the gas plant cancellations, you get a glimpse of the chaos our electricity generation system is in.

One e-mail exchange between Michael Killeavy, director of contract management at Ontario Power Authority (OPA), and Susan Kennedy, another OPA director, discussed how much it would cost to cancel the two plants and whether they could sweeten the pot by giving TransCanada, the company building the Oakville plant, another contract.

“I like $0 to $1.4 billion myself,” says Killeavy, who then asks Kennedy if she has any idea of the legal fees.

“I’d guess north of $200,000 (possibly pushing $500,000) — figuring some novel analysis and two OMB hearings, plus all the other stuff they’ve probably had to look at,” she says.

In the end, Bentley told us Monday it will cost $40 million to move the Oakville plant that was scrapped in 2010 to Lennox, an Ontario Power Generation facility near Napanee.

And legal fees — who knows?

Thumbing through these e-mails, what’s shocking is the amount of political interference that occurred.

Politicians kept sticking their oars into decisions — up to the premier’s office.

This was frustrating to OPA officials because their organization was created precisely to keep power decisions at arm’s length from the political process. Read article

10 thoughts on “Ontario’s electricity system a mess

  1. Our province is being purposely destroyed by the Mcguinty government. I can’t believe anyone is really this stupid

    • There’s no price too big to buy a vote……………including the complete destruction of this province.

  2. What does – ‘sweeten the pot’ mean?
    ‘[excerpt] One e-mail exchange between Michael Killeavy, director of contract management at Ontario Power Authority (OPA), and Susan Kennedy, another OPA director, discussed how much it would cost to cancel the two plants and whether they could sweeten the pot by giving TransCanada, the company building the Oakville plant, another contract.’

    Looks like TransCanada – still holds – their original contract, and gained a new one.
    There’s a lot more ‘make up’ – as you go along – to get along.

    Note: $40M + $120M (turbines) = $160M

    Economic excellence! ………….sweet!

    • Oops! ……………….$210M for the gas turbines

      ‘[excerpt’ Once a contract is executed, OPA will pay TransCanada $210
      million for the cost of the gas turbines and other turbine
      related costs. The turbine payment as well as covering the gas
      management costs for the new plant reduces the Lennox Net
      Revenue Requirement.
      http://www.bloomberg.com/article/2012-09-24/anoVg9KJuies.html

      Economic prosperity!
      Ontario citizens pay – 40 + 210 = $250M

      On the backs of hard working men and women.
      Ugh!

    • McGuinty Liberal – Economics 101
      Coal is bad (and cheap) – getting ripped off – is better.

      Welcome to Ontario!
      It takes 20 minutes – to figure this out.

    • Note: ……no impact on the economy?

      Leadership and responsibility:

      Pro active – Energy Minister, Mr. Bentley –
      ‘you will read and hear lots of numbers’ – ugh!
      ‘[excerpt] Over the coming days and weeks you will read and hear lots of numbers related to the cost of the plant relocation.
      The only accurate cost to taxpayers for this relocation is $40 million.’

      With no supporting ‘science’ – Mr. Bentley continues –
      to spread the ‘news’ – COAL IS BAD
      ‘[excerpt] Today’s relocation announcement helps support Ontario’s plan to modernize the province’s electricity infrastructure,
      clean up the air we breathe and end the use of coal by the end of 2014.”
      http://news.ontario.ca/mei/en/2012/09/statement-from-ontario-minister-of-energy-1.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p

      Mr. Bentley – spreads the truth – no matter what

      Excellence! – with a deeper knowledge.
      ugh!

      Get Rid of the OPA!

  3. Final price tag to tax payers?…………………..can we put it in round figures?……………….not 40 mill, not 200 mill,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,maybe 1/3 billion?………………….maybe we should start a lottery!

  4. In the debate over Bentley’s contempt charge today, the opposition were talking $608 million for both plants.

  5. A simple solution to this utterly corrupt government exists; the PC can simply move a non-confidence motion based on this contempt of taxpayers. Let the NDP stand up and show their true colours, that is support for the Liberal green energy policies.

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