Landfill gas would be a benefit to all
In the news, a film studio has a contract for 500 kilowatts of solar at $.80/kWh. The same day the announcement was made that county council will allow Toronto garbage because they need the revenue.
What’s wrong with this picture is that the landfill has been waiting years for a contract to produce electricity from the methane gas at $.17/kWh and our government is allowing wind and solar to jump the queue. They are so two-faced about renewable energy.
The bottom line is they are only interested if it is good for their friends. Landfill gas to electricity would be a financial benefit to all Essex County residents.
In other news, two councillors from Essex want solutions to rising energy costs. There are none.
Renewable energy is not only costly, our grid was not designed to transport from a generator and to distribute electricity at the same time. To modify the grid for this will cost billions.
Before the Green Energy Act, the generators had to pay the cost to connect to the grid. They whined and now we pay the costs.
That is why your electricity bill is going up. There are provisions in the act for low interest loans so people can get help paying their bills. That alone tells one they knew that there were exorbitant rate hikes coming.
Despite what people think, wind and solar is not free. Write, email or call your MPP, let them know you are not happy. Not that they really care.
Brenda Dunn, Harrow
Electric heat was affordable once
As a retired area manager for Ontario Hydro and as one from the original sales group promoting electricity for heating, I feel compassion for those heating by that means and also feel strongly that some form of electrical rate relief should be provided.
When we began selling heating in the late ’50s, separate meters for the heating were installed and it was universally billed at 1.35 cents per kWh. The reduced rate was justified by the “high load factor” of that use, which meant it could be provided cheaper than regular usage.
We supplied electricity at cost in those days. Nobody knows how electricity is priced out these days, except it appears to be politically rather than otherwise.
That notwithstanding, it would seem reasonable that electric heating would still have the same electrical system influence and could, therefore, be served at a ratio of heating to regular use equal to the original ’50s pattern.
Surely, even if virtually useless for electrical generation, windmills and photo electric cells can be justified for other reasons, and some relief can be found for those who are being crippled by a public service which was perfectly reasonably priced when their decision to heat in that manner was made.
Wes Chalmers, Chatham