How Ontario’s Liberals bungled the green energy file

Dalton green dreamJon W. Kieran, National Post
Ontario set an all-time peak electricity demand of 27,005 megawatts (MW) 10 years ago this summer. At the time, rising demand and plans to retire its coal-fired power plants dominated provincial energy policy. What followed was optimism for a new energy policy, focused on the ambitious procurement of large wind and solar installations. I felt great pride in helping to lead an industry that would make Ontario’s power system clean, responsive and cutting edge.

What a difference a decade makes. Intrusive policy and poor implementation are largely responsible for the energy market debacle Ontarians face today. But there is no excuse now for buying more mega-projects when our power supply is saturated and hydro bills are skyrocketing.

Coal-fired power generation effectively disappeared after 2010, by which time Ontario’s electricity demand had already started to plummet. Demand has fallen 13 per cent in the past 10 years, including consecutive reductions in each of the past five years. In 2016, Ontario will consume less electricity than in 1997.

Peak demand exceeded 23,000 MW only one day this summer, despite parts of the province seeing 35 days with temperatures above 30 C. Yet our installed capacity approaches 40,000 MW. The system will have reserves above extreme summer peaks well into the 2020s. The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) reinforced this point recently when it confirmed “Ontario will have sufficient supply for the next several years.” Read article

7 thoughts on “How Ontario’s Liberals bungled the green energy file

  1. Little did the people of Ontario realize that in 1993, that when we elected Dalton McGuinty he turned out to be the weakest Premiier in the history of the province. He was totally ineffective. He promised balance budgets and to substantially reduce the debt. It turned out that neither happened. He just couldn’t say NO.
    He brought in this green energy policy. It confirmed for me that Ontario Hydro is a cancer in the economy of Ontario.
    Yes, in the middle of all this our Conservativev party turned out to be no good either. John Tory was a disaster and Tim Hudak, much like McGuinty was no leader either.
    Our last chance now is Patrick Brown. My question now is, what can he do to cure the cancer over at Ontario Hydro?

  2. “I felt great pride in helping to lead an industry that would make Ontario’s power system clean, responsive and cutting edge.”

    We were all supposed to feel “great pride”. This is precisely why it is so difficult for people to grasp reality 10 years later.
    What will it take for people to see the damage that has been done?
    Thanks to all who are capable of seeing the truth from as many different angles as there are to examine.

  3. We need to figure out how to help people to overcome ‘confirmation bias’. The ideologues who were most impacted by alarmist propaganda on catastrophic climate change predictions that have not occurred, need help. Canadians were steadily bombarded through CBC with fear-based messages. Some have not bothered to take the time to ‘reality check’ and examine the facts of the outcome of this ‘save the planet’ fiasco.

  4. How can anyone cleave to the idea of alternate energy when a little scientific investigation will show there is no such thing, can be no such thing; or have they changed the laws of thermodynamics? Kieran drank the koolaid along with McGuinty, and Georgie Porgie baked the lie. The citizens pay for it.

  5. There never has been any doubt in my mind about the inadequacy of Dalton McGuinty and his slippery successor Katherine Wynn. Why are so many liberal supporters still staring into the “liberal eco-heaven” waiting for the ‘manna’ to fall? Don’t they realize that the sky will fall instead given this ideological recipe for disaster? I can only hope that a strong, charismatic, conservative leader will rise above all the political correctness to save us (Patrick Brown is not that person) from the electricity mess, unsustainable debt and defficits and turn all of it around.

  6. The North-South Institute, Ottawa, 1999

    “Civil Society And Global Change”, 177 pages

    Chapter 3, P 29: ‘ A Shared Environmental Challenge’

    Who Are The ENGOS?
    Strategies For Change
    Climate change Issues

    Chapter 9, P.95: The Art Of Making Change’

    About how ENGOS can do things and make changes.

    And this was written 17 years ago.

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