How to get those electricity bills down

(Or not make them worse)

In my volunteer work with Wind Concerns Ontario, a coalition of community groups, individuals and families concerned about the impact of industrial-scale wind power generation in Ontario, I was pleased to be asked by Global TV News to provide an opinion on what needs to be done to help the citizens of this province with their electricity bills.

Here is our contribution to the feature, published on Global’s website:

The following is by both Parker Gallant, a retired banker who now analyses Ontario’s energy sector and is the author of the blog “Energy Perspectives” as well as Jane Wilson, the president of Wind Concerns Ontario.

The Ontario government undertook its program to add renewable power without proper cost-benefit or impact analysis.

Now we have electricity bills that are the fastest rising in North America. The rich contracts awarded to huge corporate wind power developers are a factor.

Here’s what we suggest:

Immediately cancel Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) II that is currently “suspended.” With its target of acquiring 1,000 megawatts (MW) of more renewable capacity — it’s not needed and will further add to consumers’ power bills.

Cancel the five wind power contracts awarded in 2016 under LRP I and save electricity customers about $65 million annually or $1.3 billion over 20 years. Cancellation costs will amount to a small fraction of the annual cost. Cancelling approved but not yet built wind power projects and the new FIT 5.0 program will also save money.

Cancel “conservation” spending of $400 million annually. Ontario has already cut back on power use by more than 12 per cent since 2005 when consumption was 157 tWh to 2015 when it had fallen to 137 tWh. Do this and save immediately on electricity bills.

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3 thoughts on “How to get those electricity bills down”

  1. Local OEB meeting workshop for London was a complete joke….. again the Liberal government has sent thier lackies out into our community for lip service……
    When a hydro one customer asks the OEB member last night what he could do to reduce his $400.00 a month hydro bill…..
    The OEB member stated that replacing existing hi effecientcy natural gas furnace with electrical heating baseboards or an electric furnace would save the customer thousands of $$$$/!!!!!!! The OEB even had a chart that stated it would be cheaper to heat with hydro than just natural gas or a combination of gas and electric heat!!!! WTF!!!!!!! Again our OEB who is supposedly the energy watchdog for the province is still lapping up the liberal governments koolaide still trying to convince the public to convert to all Hydro. …

    First Nations OEB representation had no clue that Dutton Dunwich IWT’S project was given approval by first nations 1000kms away….

    OEB representatives had no idea of the struggle DD is having to oppose IWT’S. … they didn’t even know where DUTTON DUNWICH IS!!!!

    When OEB couldn’t or didn’t know anything more than they were scripted to say we learned that the majority of the folks attending the meeting were from…….. get this…..
    TORANTA
    MISSISSAUGA
    BURLINGTON. …..
    quite surprised at that…… seems the folks of the GTA are not happy with thier hydro charges….

    Good job to Ange Thompson and crew of
    “Hydro one not for sale” campaign to eventually infiltrate the meeting spreading the word of the Dec 1 … 7pm…. meeting @
    Goodwill Industries255 Horton street east. London ontario…. support this group…. OEB did all the could last night to bar these folks from the meeting…. they finally infiltrated and got thier message out…. much to the OEB representatives disappointment…..

    Again as I stated before the liberal government has dispatched the OEB workshops to make the rural people of Ontario think that the wheels are a grinding to solve this problem…..
    We will see…..

    So in general a waste of time…..

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  2. Buy a generator and use it to power everything possible. You won’t pay for transportation to the power company or transportation to your home, line losses, administration, debt retirement charges, administration and programs to help lower income households pay their hydro bill, spoiled food and plummeting temperatures in your home during a 26 hour power failure, carbon taxes plus taxes on the carbon taxes, plus tax on all of the above mentioned items with exception to no heat. Please note that as a residential customer, the debt retirement charge was on your hydro bill for somewhere around 17 years since 1999 and taxes were also applied to the DRC even though not one residential consumer owed one penny of the 19.4 billion dollars that had to be paid back. The DRC is still being paid by customers of hydro to this day and is also (probably) still being taxed. Non residential customers, please do the math and you will see the difference when you subtract the DRC and apply the taxes. As time goes on, it will cost less and less to generate your own electricity.

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