Ontario hydro bills to rise minimum 12% in May; critic blames green energy shift

By Lee Greenberg, The Ottawa Citizen
TORONTO — Ontario hydro consumers are about to get yet another jolt with their monthly electricity bills. Starting in May, bills will rise an average $3.99 per month for all time-of-use customers. Customers who don’t use smart meters will see a more severe increase of $5.80 per month, on average. The hikes were announced Thursday by the Ontario Energy Board.

The regulatory body said rates are rising due to a diminishing reliance on inexpensive, coal-fired generation. In its place, Ontario is relying on more natural gas, nuclear and renewable generation, including wind and solar power. Read article

28 thoughts on “Ontario hydro bills to rise minimum 12% in May; critic blames green energy shift

  1. Hellooooooooo!!! You ain’t seen nothing yet. Is there actually anybody who cares in Toronto. Not

  2. We can barely pay our hydro bill now!
    And you are self employed or unemployed and happen to fall behind on you bill then you become a risky customer. They force you to pay a deposit that you can apply to have refunded after twelve months of good payment history. 
    Fall behind again well too bad so sad they slap on another deposit charge. 
    It’s crazy! 
    The poor keep getting poorer and will soon be in dark!

  3. What the hell is it going to take before people wake up !!!!! Haven’t people had it shoved up their a$$ hard enough yet???. I guess not !!! sickening…..

    • Maybe it dawned on them that rural Ontarians already have this information so no use pretending anymore.

  4. Apartment block owners that have all inclusive rental deals, that heat with hydro,and rather a lot do, are restricted to raising rents,through the rent act,are going to be a tad bit ticked to be sure!
    They might change their rules and then the poor are on the street……EAT that NDP and don’t cry later on,because this Budget hinges on you and you alone.
    Tough choice?
    The Liberal mandate is deemed to destroy the rural residents of Ontario and all that flies ,crawls or walks in Ontario.
    Your main voter base is in the North/Deep South country, Don’t tick them off too!

  5. Germany ‘is world’s greenest country’
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/3344978/Germany-is-worlds-greenest-country.html

    Many households in Germany are no longer able to pay their electricity bills. As a result, around half a million households are sitting in the dark.
    http://thegwpf.org/international-news/5035-green-germany-half-a-million-families-sitting-in-the-dark.html

    Germany planning to build dozens of new coal-fired power plants
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,472786,00.html

    Owen Sound Times
    http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3481932
    * More than 500 Bruce-Grey families needed grants from the United Way in the last 13 months to heat their homes, with the majority of grants for hydro.

    * Pushing for the closure of coal plants to justify the Green Energy Act, then encouraging garbage incinerators that produce emissions that are harmful to human health and burn items that should be recycled.

    In December, Ontario’s auditor general released his 2011 annual report which included a damning indictment of the Green Energy Act and confirmed what the people have been saying all along:

    * Ontario consumers were not informed of the true costs of renewable energy.

    * New wind power would create higher greenhouse gas emissions.

    * Ministers added $4.4 billion in FIT contract payments against Ontario Power Authority advice.

    * Normal due diligence was not followed.

    * Consumers have to pay twice for intermittent renewable energy.

    * Closing coal plants will require additional gas generation.

    * Billions of dollars were committed to renewable energy without evaluating the impact.

    * In 2010 86% of wind power was produced on days when Ontario was already in a net export position.

    * From 2005 to 2011 Ontario received $1.8 billion less for its electricity exports than it cost ratepayers of Ontario.

    * Promised green jobs have not materialized and existing jobs may be lost because of higher electricity prices.

    * The chief medical officer of health’s report was also questioned.

    Many households in Germany are no longer able to pay their electricity bills. As a result, around half a million households are sitting in the dark.
    http://thegwpf.org/international-news/5035-green-germany-half-a-million-families-sitting-in-the-dark.html

    Germany planning to build dozens of new coal-fired power plants
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,472786,00.html

    Owen Sound Times
    http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3481932
    * More than 500 Bruce-Grey families needed grants from the United Way in the last 13 months to heat their homes, with the majority of grants for hydro.

    * Pushing for the closure of coal plants to justify the Green Energy Act, then encouraging garbage incinerators that produce emissions that are harmful to human health and burn items that should be recycled.

    In December, Ontario’s auditor general released his 2011 annual report which included a damning indictment of the Green Energy Act and confirmed what the people have been saying all along:

    * Ontario consumers were not informed of the true costs of renewable energy.

    * New wind power would create higher greenhouse gas emissions.

    * Ministers added $4.4 billion in FIT contract payments against Ontario Power Authority advice.

    * Normal due diligence was not followed.

    * Consumers have to pay twice for intermittent renewable energy.

    * Closing coal plants will require additional gas generation.

    * Billions of dollars were committed to renewable energy without evaluating the impact.

    * In 2010 86% of wind power was produced on days when Ontario was already in a net export position.

    * From 2005 to 2011 Ontario received $1.8 billion less for its electricity exports than it cost ratepayers of Ontario.

    * Promised green jobs have not materialized and existing jobs may be lost because of higher electricity prices.

    * The chief medical officer of health’s report was also questioned.

    • Yes it is! Nice to hear the truth for a change isn’t it. Enough to make some at QP wince a bit.

      • Hi Peter

        Some of the GTA is getting it.
        I recently heard a woman on a talk show saying that she was totally behind wind & solar energy, in fact she was using it to dry her laundry out on the balcony of her apartment because she could not afford to use the dryer!
        Another woman who called in to complain about the TOU pricing was told that she should just use power in the off-peak times to which she responded that she was on a ventilator so would they like her not to breathe during the other 12 hours a day.
        This latest power increase as of May 1st will just add to the burden of every household in this province. I recently spoke to a seniors couple that shut their main breaker off for several hours during the day each day to try to save some money. Too bad this will have no effect on the Global Adjustment portion.
        The price of food is also going to rise dramatically as farmers and food packagers and supermarkets will all have to pass on the increased costs to the consumers. So Toronto will get it eventually, unfortunately for our whole province it might be too late! Lets all hope for a miracle on Tuesday, that Andrea will see the light!

  6. The sounds of an IWT…..Woosh, Woosh, Woosh
    The sounds of GEA…….Giching$, Giching$, Giching$
    Who give as rat’s azz about a few disgruntled neighbours or farmers?
    Don’t like us SUE. Hey sounds like great idea. Raise the rates to pay for it
    Kill the fatted cow. Time to make that sacrifice to the WIND Gods.
    Woosh, Woosh, Woosh………………….AHHHHHH

  7. Typically this short item was buried on page 5 of the printed paper. Right on cue, comes a letter from a pious citizen asserting that for price of a daily coffee, he is willing to pay to lower ghg emissions. Yet detailed letters analyzing the economic folly of McGuinty’s energy schemes, go unprinted. Like the majority of consensus media in Ont, the Citizen remains solidly behind McGuinty and his green energy fantasy.
    Even with the economics fully exposed, by NP, Tom Adams, the AG, urban residents remain blissfully unaware of the costs of the GEA.

    • With the price of a cup of coffee when purchased outside of the home at more than $1/cup will add up to more than $365/year. And the increase in electric bills only begins here and goes up & up for many years. Demonstrates the stupidity of some people.
      Besides the use of IWTs and solar panels will not decrease CO2 anyway due to needed fossil fuel backup when these devices are not operating.

      • That’s it exactly as pointed out by Ross McKitrick on the Agenda, but to the casual urban listener their minds remain closed.

      • At home coffee ~ 10-15 cents/cup? So which cup of coffee is being refered to? Hydo bills have gone up way more than one home brewed coffee per day.

      • If I recall correctly, Steve Paikin said it was the first time he had heard that the use of IWTs & solar won’t reduce CO2 levels?

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