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