Your hydro bill funds “Ontario Propaganda Authority”

Would you send your child to play in an Industrial Wind Facility?

By Antonella Artuso, Queens’ Park Bureau Chief    Toronto Sun

The cost of a $3 million advertising campaign to encourage Ontarians to use less electricity is going straight to their hydro bills.

PC energy critic John Yakubuski said the ads by Ontario Power Authority (OPA) promote the Dalton McGuinty government’s viewpoint on energy.

“With all the money that families are paying for the OPA’s Liberal spin, are you thinking of changing the name to the Ontario Propaganda Authority?” Yakabuski said in the Legislature Thursday.

Tim Butters, of the OPA, said the radio and TV spots were produced at a cost of $400,000, plus the $2.6 million media buy. Continue reading

OPA looking to loosen up domestic content clause?

Note:   The wind industry wants no Canadian content requirement.   Canadian jobs are not their concern — buying their cheap foreign turbines and labour is the goal.  

Subject: Domestic Content Update – Possible changes to Grid Cell 4 and 19 (Wind Power Projects greater than 10 kW, Exhibit D)

The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MEI) and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) are seeking comment on possible changes to the domestic content tables for wind power Feed-in Tariff program contracts.  Continue reading

OPA recklessly signing contracts at a rate of 1 Billion/week

Credit:  Tom Adams Energy

Ontario Power Bill Rip-Off: No Plan

The Ontario government is operating the province’s vastly complex power system without a plan.

Although the Ontario Power Authority was set up in 2004 with a mandate to create and update an integrated power system plan for the province, no such plan has been approved and the most recent draft is over three years old.

In the last couple of weeks, the Ontario government, which had supervised the preparation of business and rate plans at OPG and Hydro One, ordered both Crown utilities to abandon those plans just days before they were to be filed with the Ontario Energy Board for public review. Part of OPG’s plan was expected to include some of the first details made public on the extent of power spills. Hydro One’s plan was to include details on how new renewable generators will be connected to the transmission system.

Notwithstanding yawning information gaps and the curtailment of existing generation resources due to excess supply, the Ontario Power Authority is recklessly signing contracts for new generation supply at a rate of over one billion dollars per week.   Read more

OPA maps out future offshore wind developments

Download “Analysis of Future Offshore Wind Developments in Ontario“, Prepared for the OPA, April, 2008

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