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