by Paul Bliss, CTV WATCH VIDEO
Ontario has been forced to divert large amounts of power and pay millions of dollars to bordering states as the warmer than usual winter weather has left the province with a glut of electricity. In the past two months Ontario faced more than a dozen days in which it was forced to pay the U.S. as well as some provinces $1.1 million dollars to take its surplus power off the Canadian grids after it produced more than was consumed on those days. “You’re definitely paying for somebody else,” Energy expert Tom Adams, told CTV’s Queen’s Park bureau chief Paul Bliss. “We have to get rid of it. It’s a disposal problem and sometimes our neighbours need to get paid in order to take custody.”
Adams blames wind energy for the surplus. After all, when the wind blows cannot be controlled, so the turbines often flood the system with power that is not needed.
And the glut of power is raising important questions among the province’s politicians about the future of Ontario’s energy.
“It makes it very difficult to make an argument that we should be rebuilding or refurbishing our power plants,” said New Democrat MPP Peter Tabuns.