Ontario fights Buy American rules. Meanwhile…

April 2, 2018

Ontario’s premier fights New York’s “Buy American Act” while selling them subsidized electricity, costing the province’s citizens millions

On June 21, 2017 the New York State Senate passed the “Buy American Act” which restricts the use for all road and bridge capital projects of using imported iron and steel and requires New York government agencies to use only American-produced products.

Ontario’s Premier responded April 2, 2018 announcing Ontario is “restricting its government entities from entering into certain procurement contracts with suppliers from New York State, including provisions that restrict suppliers use of structural iron* from New York State.”

The Premier’s statement noted, “At this time of economic uncertainty, Ontario workers and businesses need to know that I am their number-one advocate.”

Ontario’s ratepayers should wonder why the Ontario government didn’t simply announce we would no longer subsidize the sale of cheap electricity to New York State — that would have had more severe implications, and been a more forceful economic response to sanctions.

In 2017, Ontario’s net exports (exports minus imports) were 8,242 GWh (gigawatts) to the State of New York and produced approximately $250 million in revenue from their sale. The cost to ratepayers, however, was about $950 million, meaning the subsidies cost Ontario ratepayers about $700 million.

If the Premier had stopped the electricity subsidies instead of restricting the import of “structural iron” it would have hit New York and the U.S. right in the pocketbook, at the same time saving Ontario’s ratepayers $700 million!

Just wondering…

Parker Gallant,                                                                                                                              April 2, 2018

*Structural iron has much higher carbon levels than structural steel.

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6 thoughts on “Ontario fights Buy American rules. Meanwhile…”

  1. Surplus power should be sold at a discount first to Ontario businesses and rural people that do not have access to cheap natural gas.

    Why the hell does this government not channel surplus electric power into public buildings, government municipal, provincial, colleges, universities, swimming pool, ice rinks using a wifi induced signal that would turn on special electric heaters, air conditioners or freezer units for public rinks and have the amount of power consumed adjusted downward to less than 3 cents a kilowatt. High schools and public schools could be given the surplus power free for heating or air conditioning when supply is in surplus. Electric service for these wifi triggered units could easily by pass the service meter.

    why would we ever pay foreigners to take power or pass suppliers to turn off units and yet pay for unused power. It makes no sense.

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