3 thoughts on “Watt’s hiding in your electricity bill and why – Aug 26th

  1. Parker’s article is a perfect example of analyzing financial information to explain a situation!

  2. Simcoe Reformer [Front Page]
    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    ENERGY: Nanticoke-to-Pennsylvania conduit for Ontario’s surplus electricity

    $1B power line proposed

    MONTE SONNENBERG
    Simcoe Reformer
    NANTICOKE – A Toronto company believes it has a solution to the problem of Ontario dumping its surplus electricity in other jurisdictions at a loss.
    The provincial Liberals have come under fire since it was revealed last year that surplus electricity generated in Ontario is being sold at a loss to Quebec, Manitoba and to states south of the border. Much of this is expensive electricity generated under the province’s Green Energy program.
    The problem is electricity can’t be stored. As well, the Ontario Power Authority has entered into contracts with green energy companies who get paid whether there is demand for their output or not.
    Lake Erie Power Corporation of Toronto says the solution is for Ontario to open up new markets. LEPC hopes to do this in 2018 with the construction of a $1 billion, 1,000 megawatt power line linking Nanticoke to Erie, Pennsylvania.
    “We’re creating a direct connection to a new market,” LEPC president Zohrab Mawani said at an open house Tuesday at the Nanticoke Community Centre. “Currently, there is no direct connection to the PJM. With a direct connection, we’re accessing a new market and won’t have to dump our electricity anymore at a loss.”
    “PJM” stands for the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland Regional Transmission Organization, an umbrella group representing 13 states, including the District of Columbia. PJM is home to 60 million people and concentrations of heavy industry.
    Mawani said the cable project comes at an opportune time, given Washington’s intention to move away from electricity produced at coal-fired generating stations.
    The LEPC cable answers the question of what is to become of the transmission corridor emanating from Haldimand now that the Nanticoke Generating Station has closed. If the company receives the necessary approvals, surplus electricity from anywhere in Ontario could be routed to the United States by way of this transmission network.
    The project calls for the placement of two trunk lines connecting Erie, Pennsylvania, with a five-acre converter station on Haldimand Road 55 next to the Nanticoke Generating Station.
    The plant would convert alternating current (AC) entering Nanticoke into direct current (DC), with the DC current re-converted to AC once it reaches the United States. The proposed cable is six inches in diameter, measures 110 kilometres in length, and would be bi-directional which means it can transmit electricity both ways.
    The private sector will be the sole source of funding for the project. Mawani says the project is comparable to a toll road. Companies and power producers wishing to use it would pay a fee, with LEPC acting as the intermediary.
    LEPC will file its application with the National Energy Board this fall. It hopes to begin construction in 2016. Plans are to begin transmitting electricity in 2018.

    Zohrab Mawanj, president of Lake Erie Power Corporation in Toronto, answered questions about a proposed $1 billion hydro transmission cable linking Ontario with Pennsylvania at an open house Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in Nanticoke.

    What is HVDC Technology?
    – High-voltage direct current (HVDC) is a technology that is capable of transmitting electrical power more efficiently over long distances compared to alternating current (AC) transmission lines.
    – The proposed HDVC technology is stable and safe.
    – HVDC cables do not have an electro-magnetic field like overhead power lines. They have a very low level static (constant) magnetic field that is similar to the earth’s naturally occurring magnetic field.

    ‘[excerpt] Mawani said the cable project comes at an opportune time, given Washington’s intention to move away from electricity produced at coal-fired generating stations.’
    Cart-horse confusion?

    ‘[excerpt] we’re accessing a new market and won’t have to dump our electricity anymore at a loss.”‘
    Thanks!

    ‘[excerpt] The private sector will be the sole source of funding for the project.’
    What is that supposed to mean???

    • More information the Nanticoke HVDC project came to light just prior to the June election. so this information should be in the OWR archives.

      The U.S. intends to close down as many coal fired power generating plants as possible and now turning to Canada for electricity.

      While the private sector may pay for the cable, Ontarians will pay to supply the electricity.

      This is mostly a Toronto group promoting this project.

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