Ontario’s Industrial Wind Turbines dig Deep into Ratepayer’s & Taxpayer’s Pockets

May 7th was a typical Spring Day in Ontario with a relatively mild but windy day and we should be pretty sure IWT (industrial wind turbines) owners loved it!

Ontario’s “peak demand” occurred at hour 20 (ending at 8 PM) reaching only 14,439 MW (megawatts) and that demand could have easily been supplied by nuclear and hydro which at hour 21 generated 14,353 MW.

Over the day the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) accepted 26,259 MW of wind generation and curtailed about 36,200 MW meaning the almost 4800 MW capacity of IWT could have delivered around 62,300 MW (54% of capacity).  Coincidentally the foregoing accepted and curtailed IWT generation was only slightly more than was sold off to export markets with about 34,500 MW to Michigan and the bulk of the remainder to NY and Quebec.

The buyers of that surplus generation got a great bargain as the average HOEP for the day was 0.50 cents/MWh meaning the total revenue generated from the sale of the 62,300 MW was a miserly $31K! The buyers know when the wind turbines are spinning and when to buy our very cheap surplus and unneeded power!

To put the foregoing in perspective let’s look at what it cost the Ontario ratepayers/taxpayers. What Michigan, NY and Quebec paid and what we received was rather shocking. Under the terms of those IWT contracts we pay IWT generators $135/MWh for accepted generation and $120/MWh for curtailed generation!  Effectively that means they received about $7,877,000 for the accepted and curtailed generation or $299.97/MWh yesterday for grid accepted generation which is 0.30 cents/KWh (kilowatt hour)!  So, we were billed the foregoing for unneeded IWT generation and the principal buyer of the surplus was Michigan who are dependent on fossil fuels for about 70% of their generation! So nice of us to help them out when their Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, is actively trying to shut down Line 5 which provides us Ontarians and Quebecers with propane and other fossil fuels!

If IESO disclosed hydro spillage and the cost of idling gas generators (required to back up the unreliability of IWT and solar panel generation) rest assured the cost of the generation for May 7th would be even higher than the cost noted in the above paragraph!  

It sure would be nice if the buyers of our surplus generation at those bargain basement prices rewarded us with “Clean Energy Credits” (CEC) so we could recover a little bit of the costs. We should assume seeking CEC for subsidization of sales of Ontario’s clean surplus power to our neighbours would entail our politicians doing some serious negotiations to help stop the impact on our continually climbing energy costs.

We shouldn’t count on the foregoing to happen with the present government in Ontario or the other two main parties running in opposition to them!

Four Years Later and I Repeat: “If I were Ontario’s new Minister of Energy …”

Back on May 30, 2018 an article I penned, just prior to the last provincial election, listed ways in which the incoming ruling party could reduce electricity costs by $2 billion annually.  Electricity costs had more than doubled in Ontario under the reign of the McGuinty/Wynne led Liberals due to their enactment of the GEA (Green Energy Act) when George Smitherman was the Minister of Energy.

Ontario’s voters were expected to respond when casting their vote in early June 2018 and they did!  The ruling OLP (Ontario Liberal Party) were decimated turning them into what many referred to as the “mini-van party”.

My prior advocacy work had focused on the “electricity sector” and the cost of wind and solar generation. My efforts included frequent dialogue with the Conservative appointed “energy critics” so, at that time, I and many Ontario ratepayers in rural and urban communities had hopes the Doug Ford led Ontario Conservative Party would deal with the mess the Liberals had created. Potentially the savings would have amounted to around $8 billion over the past four years.

The Ford led government based on a recent report from the Ontario Financial Accountability Office seems to have simply transferred $6.9 billion in electricity costs for the 2021-2022 year and $118 billion to taxpayers over 20 years, even though taxpayers are also ratepayers!  In quickly reviewing recently released platforms for the OLP, the NDP and the recent OPCP budget it sure appears they all have plans aimed at “global warming” and want to spend billions continuing the push to jump on board with “The Great Reset” advocated by the WEF and our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

The only dissenting voice amongst the political parties seems to be the newly formed “New Blue Party” whose “BLUEPRINT” states they will take “down wind turbines to reduce electricity costs”!

Following are the recommendations put forward in the article four years ago and I will leave it to the reader to pontificate as to whether or not, any of them were acted on!

“Green Energy Act

Immediately start work on cancelling the Green Energy Act

Conservation

Knowing Ontario has a large surplus of generation we export for 10/15 per cent of its cost I would immediately cancel planned conservation spending. This would save ratepayers over $433 million annually

Wind and solar contracts

I would immediately cancel any contracts that are outstanding but haven’t been started but may be in the process of a challenge via either the ERT (environmental review tribunal) or the court system. This would save ratepayers an estimated $200 million annually

Wind turbine noise and environmental non-compliance

Work with the MOECC Minister to insure they effect compliance by industrial wind developers both for exceeding noise level standards and operations during bird and bat migration periods.  Failure to comply would elicit large fines. This would save ratepayers an estimated $200/400 million annually

Change the “baseload” designation of generation for wind and solar developments

Both wind and solar generation is unreliable and intermittent, dependent on weather, and as such should not be granted “first to the grid rights”.  They are backed up by gas or hydro generation with both paid, for either spilling water or idling when the wind blows or the sun shines.  The cost is phenomenal.  As an example, wind turbines annually generate at approximately 30 per cent of rated capacity but 65 per cent of the time its generation is at the wrong time and not needed. The estimated annual ratepayer savings if wind generation was replaced by hydro would be $400 million and if replaced by gas in excess of $600 million

Charge a fee (tax) for out of phase/need generation for wind and solar

Should the foregoing “baseload” re-designation be impossible based on legal issues I would direct the IESO to institute a fee that would apply to wind and solar generation delivered during mid-peak and off-peak times.  A higher fee would also apply when wind is curtailed and would suggest a fee of $10/per MWh delivered during off-peak and mid-peak hours and a $20/per MWh for curtailed generation. The estimated annual revenue generated would be a minimum of $150 million

Increase LEAP contributions from LDC’s to 1 per cent of distribution revenues

The OEB would be instructed to institute an increase in the LDC (local distribution companies) LEAP (low-income assistance program) from 0.12 per cent to 1 per cent and reduce the allowed ROI (return on investment) by the difference. This would deliver an estimated $60/80 million annually reducing the revenue requirement for the OESP (Ontario electricity support program) currently funded by taxpayers

Close unutilized OPG generation plants

OPG currently has two power plants that are only very, very, occasionally called on to generate electricity yet ratepayers pick up the costs for OMA (operations, maintenance and administration). One of these is the Thunder Bay, former coal plant, converted to high-end biomass with a capacity of 165 MW which would produce power at a reported cost of $1.50/kWh (Auditor General’s report) and the other unused plant is the Lennox oil/gas plant in Napanee/Bath with a capacity of 2,200 MW that is never used. The estimated annual savings from the closing of these two plants would be in the $200 million range.

Rejig time-of-use (TOU) pricing to allow opt-in or opt-out

TOU pricing is focused on flattening demand by reducing usage during “peak hours” without any consideration of households or businesses.  Allow households and small businesses a choice to either agree to TOU pricing or the average price (currently 8.21 cents/kWh after the 17% Fair Hydro Act reduction) over a week.  This would benefit households with shift workers, seniors, people with disabilities utilizing equipment drawing power and small businesses and would likely increase demand and reduce surplus exports thereby reducing our costs associated with those exports. The estimated annual savings could easily be in the range of $200/400 million annually

Other initiatives

Niagara water rights

I would conduct an investigation into why our Niagara Beck plants have not increased generation since the $1.5 Billion spent on “Big Becky” (150 MW capacity) which was touted to produce enough additional power to provide electricity to 160,000 homes or over 1.4 million MWh.  Are we constrained by water rights with the US or is it a lack of transmission capabilities to get the power to where demand resides?

MPAC’s wind turbine assessments

One of the previous Ministers of Finance instructed MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corp,) to assess industrial wind turbines (IWT) at a maximum of $40,000 per MW of capacity despite their value of $1.5/2 million each.   I would request whomever is appointed by the new Premier to the Finance Ministry portfolio to recall those instructions and allow MPAC to reassess IWT at their current values over the terms of their contracts.  This would immediately benefit municipalities (via higher realty taxes) that originally had no ability to accept or reject IWT.

If one does a quick addition of the foregoing one will see the benefit to the ratepayers of the province would amount to in excess of $2 billion dollars which co-incidentally is approximately even more than the previous government provided via the Fair Hydro Act.

Hmm, perhaps we didn’t need to push those costs off to the future for our children and grandchildren to pay!

Now that I have formulated a plan to reduce electricity costs by over $2 billion per annum I can relax, confident that I can indeed handle the portfolio handed to me by the new Premier of the province.”

Grand Delusion: The Liberal Government’s Proposed “Clean” Electricity Standard

The captioned is a slightly edited version of the paper that Robert Lyman and I wrote on behalf of the CCMBC (Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers and Businesses of Canada) in response to the Federal Governments paper: “A Clean Electricity Standard in Support of a net zero electricity sector”.

The article is posted on the C2C Journal a great online publication that was founded in 2007.

I would encourage you to visit the site and either read or reread the report as the edited version has pictures and graphs that bring the report to life.

Find it here:

Grand Delusion: The Liberal Government’s Proposed “Clean” Electricity Standard

Earth Day and Industrial Wind Turbines Don’t Co-operate

The eco-warriors in Ontario and around the world just celebrated the fifty-second (52nd) “Earth Day” on April 22, 2022 and those IWT (industrial wind turbines) in Ontario failed to co-operate! It seemed as if they would, as at the 12 AM hour (ending at 1 AM) they generated 2,060 MWh or just over 43% of their capacity but that hour was their highlight of the day. For many of the following hours their generation fell and at hour 13 (hour ending at 2 PM) their generation was a miserly 197 MWh or about 4% of their capacity.  In total for the full day, IWT generated 21,647 MWh while our grid operator, IESO, was busy selling off our surplus 44,944 MWh to our neighbours, principally in Michigan with some to NY and Quebec.  What that suggests is all of the IWT generated power was surplus to our needs and served to ensure the price paid by our neighbours was miniscule averaging 1.57cents/kWh for the first six hours and 2.8cents/kWh for the full day. If the full 21,647 MWh of wind generation was all included in what IESO sold off the net cost to Ontario ratepayers and taxpayers for just the unneeded IWT generation would be about $2.5 million. Peak demand in Spring tends to be relatively low and it occurred in hour 20 reaching 15,672 MW in a 5-minute interval.  Unfortunately for ratepayers and taxpayers in Ontario, Spring is the season IWT generate the most energy.

As darkness descended those promoting “Earth Day” push the population to turn off their lights and anything else consuming power but it appears very few did so as consumption during darkness in hour 21 (hour ending at 10 PM) remained near its high dropping less than 4% which is normal and occurs most days.

The Day after Earth Day

We should be sure those eco-warriors would have loved what happened just one day later when the wind was blowing for the whole day as it frequently does in the Spring.  Peak demand for Ontario occurred at hour 20 once again but at only 14,622 MW which nuclear and hydro could have easily provided. Despite the foregoing wind took precedence due to its “first-to-the-grid” rights so one should suspect OPG spilled hydro and perhaps Bruce Power steamed-off nuclear and we will pay for both. 

The IWT were humming throughout the day and generated 60,235 MWh and appear to have curtailed about 3,800 MWh. During the day, IESO were busy selling off our surplus generation of 68,561 MWh to our neighbours in Michigan, Quebec and NY at the bargain basement price of the HOEP at $4.37/MWh meaning revenue from those exports was only $300K.  We ratepayers/taxpayers however were billed with $8.132 million for the IWT generation and another $456K for what was curtailed and picked up the balance of $8.288 million, allowing for the $300K recovery. 

One should note the coincidence between what was exported and collectively generated and curtailed by IWT on April 23rd as they are almost equal.

The total costs to Ontario ratepayers and taxpayers; in excess of what they paid for the electricity they utilized for “Earth Day” and the following day, comes to $10,788,000 or just over the cost of a large “Timmie’s” coffee per ratepayer; as a former Minister of Energy would suggest.

We ratepayers/taxpayers are paying for far too many “Timmie’s” coffees and not even getting a “thank you” from the politicians responsible for running the Energy Ministry!

Time for them to fix the mess!

Ontario’s IWT Companies Celebrate a Great Good Friday

Yesterday April 15th was Good Friday, an official holiday and most businesses were closed.  What that means is energy demand was low as is often the case during most Spring days. As it turned out peak demand occurred just before supper time during the 5 PM hour and was only 14,292 MW which Ontario’s nuclear and hydro facilities could have easily provided.

The day was also pretty windy with some sunny periods sprinkled in, meaning both of those energy sources were generating power.  The foregoing is particularly noticeable from the IESO’s (Independent Electricity System Operator) Data and Capability Report for the day as it clearly indicates the wind was blowing and those IWT (industrial wind turbines) were generating lots of unneeded electricity.  It is also obvious much IWT generation was also being curtailed. 

The amount of IWT generation accepted into the grid was just shy of 53,000 MWh and curtailed generation was about 32,500 MWh.  Collectively at a cost of $135/MWh for what was accepted plus the $120/MWh for curtailed wind; we ratepayers are obliged to accept (first to the grid rights embedded in the contracts), the costs came to approximately $11,060,000 for both.  If that happened every day in a year the cost would be in excess of $4 billion for unneeded power.

As noted above because peak demand was low and generation was much higher than needed, IESO were busy selling (actually giving it away) it to our neighbours in Michigan, NY and Quebec to avoid blackouts.  The exports for the full day amounted to just over 64,000 MWh and those were sold for the average HOEP (hourly Ontario electricity price) of $1.11/MWh.  If one rightly assumes the exports were all either IWT generated electricity or occurred because of IWT generation (plus 1,900 MWh of solar); the cost of what was exported was about $217.00/MWh making the cost to us Ontarians over $13 million for just one day.

This continuing mess was created by the Ontario Liberal Party during the McGuinty/Wynne era, is being expanded on by the Federal Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau and the Ontario Conservative Party under Doug Ford has done nothing to stop it!

We need politicians to admit and recognize the push for “net-zero” and the “green economy” will destroy the Canadian economy and drive people into energy poverty as just one Spring day in the life of Ontarians demonstrates.

Ontario Minister of Energy’s Plan Will Save TESLA Owners 25 Cents Per Day

Many of us here in Ontario will remember back in late 2013 Bob Chiarelli Minister of Energy, shortly after a legislative justice committee investigating the cancellation of the TC Oakville gas plant; told reporters the cost’s claiming; “It’s less than a cup of Tim Hortons coffee a year.” The final cost of the cancellation turned out to be in excess of $1 billion but if you do the math over 20 years he probably wasn’t lying!

Fast forward just a bit over eight years later and the current Ontario Minister of Energy, Todd Smith seems intent on adding another TOU (time-of-use) pricing mechanism to reduce your rates; if you happen to drive an EV (electric vehicle) or are a shift worker. The OEB (Ontario Energy Board) provided him with the report he was presumably looking for with some input from IESO! The report did note risks and this one should be of some concern: “A Low Overnight price design may result in more EV owners charging at home and may overload the electricity distribution grid in residential areas, resulting in blackouts and costly upgrades

If the proposed price plan announced in the April 12, 2022 press release becomes a reality, you can charge your EV for only 2.5cents/kWh between 11 PM and 7 AM seven days a week while the current peak rate of 17 cents/kWh will climb to 25 cents/kWh or 47%.  Reputedly this additional TOU option will save those who charge their vehicles $90 annually or 25 cents per day which will be sufficient to purchase a medium sized “Timmies” each week!  One would have thought those purchasing an EV could afford the extra cost of charging their EV at the existing off-peak rate of 8.2 cents/kWh particularly as they receive a $5K grant (our tax dollars) from the Feds.

The purpose behind the rate reduction for EV drivers appears as an attempt to both reduce our night time surplus and entice people to purchase an EV as the Ford government has been handing out our tax dollars to Ford, General Motors and others to ensure they manufacture some of those EV in Ontario.  Our night time surplus electricity is sold off at the HOEP (hourly Ontario energy price) to our neighbours in NY, Michigan and Quebec and due to ongoing nuclear refurbishment has not been as high as it used to be.  The result of the latter is the HOEP has climbed from its low of 1.39 cents/kWh in 2020.  As examples, the off-peak HOEP averaged 3.9 cents/kWh in January, 3.5 cents/kWh in February and 3.4 cents/kWh in March of this year or slightly more than the 2.5 cents/kWh now (perhaps) to be offered to people owning EV.  

Based on 2021 sales of automobiles in Ontario it appears the prime objective is aimed at trying to justify the hundreds of millions of Ontario tax dollar grants to the manufacturers of EV and some of their related parts.  2021 new motor vehicles sold in Ontario were 496,529 of which only 9,949 were EV representing 2% of total sales. 

What the foregoing suggests is, to achieve the targets set by the federal government; ie; “half of all new passenger cars sold in Canada to be zero-emission vehicles by 2030, and reach 100% by 2035” appears to be a pie in the sky dream!

Despite the above however, we should hope the IESO, OEB and Ministry bureaucrats pay attention to the EV penetration in Ontario before we are faced with the potential “blackouts and costly upgrades” or Minister Smith’s legacy will be similar to that of Chiarelli’s but only for 25 cents per week!

Expensive Renewables get Priority over Cheap Renewables-Why?

March 31, 2022 demonstrates how Ontario’s Spring weather frequently treats us ratepayers badly, irrespective of “climate change” or that net-zero 2050 target!

As it turns out the wind was blowing as it frequently does when Spring arrives in Ontario and it proved hurtful due to the favoured treatment granted to IWT (industrial wind turbines) for their generation.  For ten (10) hours IWT delivered more generation to Ontario’s electricity grid than our hydro capacity did. That seems odd as during the Spring the water is flowing as the snow melts and supplies our creeks, rivers and lakes with lots of water to run the many hydro dams evident throughout the province.  

On examination of the daily IESO generation output one notes for 5 of the 10 hours wind out-generated hydro in the middle of the night. During the same hours it appears that wind’s generation was also being curtailed (about 3,100 MWh) and it sure appears hydro was being spilled.  During those 5 hours the HOEP (hourly Ontario energy price) averaged $4.80* a MWh or 0.48 cents/kWh and our neighours in Michigan were scooping it up.

Collectively we sold Michigan net exports (exports minus imports) of 35,524 MW over the full 24 hours for the bargain basement price of $16.46/MWh or 1.65cents/kWh so we earned $584,725 which sure didn’t come close to its cost.  If what was sold was all generated by those IWT it would have cost ratepayers $4,796,000 and if one included curtailed wind the total cost would have been almost $5,168,000 or $145.48/MWh without including any costs for spilled hydro*. So, the net result of March 31st generation was an additional cost of $4,583,000 for those exports without including associated costs of the spilled hydro.  

So, during Spring while those IWT are chopping up migrating birds and bats, creating noises harming people and animals living close to them they are also adding costs to our daily living! 

We are doing the harm with technology eco-warriors tell us is cheap, abundant and beneficial but what we experienced in Ontario yesterday is atypical of our Spring and Fall seasons and is anything but cheap or beneficial and most often abundant when unneeded.

Unfortunately, the eco-warriors have convinced our Federal and Provincial politicians doing this will save the world from climate change! 

How dumb do they think we are and why are the politicians allowing IWT generation to take precedence over low-cost hydro?

*IESO fails to tell us when hydro is spilled or it’s associated cost nor do they disclose how much wind generation is curtailed and paid for. It’s time for full disclosure by IESO!

Throw out the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) Program with the Garbage

Universities and Hospitals and many other government operations are allowed to qualify as “Class A” institutions so take advantage of the ICI program by picking peak hours to go off-grid for their electricity needs.  The following “note” was found on page 7 in a study London Economics Institute did for the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters dated October 22, 2019.

Examples of larger load customers that are not industrial (i.e. not the focus of this paper) include hospitals, large office complexes, and university campuses. The boundary for a “large” customer is generally around the 5,000 kW mark.” 

In other words, if peak demand at a university or hospital reached 5 MW, they qualified to access the ICI program.  

Former Minister of Energy, Bob Chiarelli, reduced the qualification to 3 MW in 2015 and then to 500 KW in 2017.  The reduction expanded the number of Class A customers and would obviously allow many other government institutions such as colleges and good-sized government buildings or departments to become ICI entities.  So, presumably for years, Class B ratepayers have been subsidizing numerous government institutions be they provincial or federal.  Unfortunately, IESO doesn’t publish a list of Class A ratepayers so it’s impossible to know how much additional taxes we Class B ratepayers are paying to support those government entities who are beneficiaries of cheap electricity prices.

As both a ratepayer and taxpayer it doesn’t seem right government institutions get preferred rates!  It allows them to suggest their budgets are lower so they can pay their professors, etc. more!  They basically access after-tax dollars from Class B ratepayers who have been forced to spend additional funds to obtain electricity for their small business or to heat their homes and cook their meals. 

Pretty sure York University where they crank out eco-warrior graduates via the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC) are one of those taking advantage of the ICI as several years ago, they installed two gas generators which was covered in an article your truly penned back in 2020. The article from July 2020 provided details on how York University takes advantage of the ICI program in much more detail while outlining how their Professor Mark Winfield, an eco-warrior, claims it was “the leading edge of innovation in electricity systems around the world”.  

The time has come for Ontario’s Minister of Energy Todd Smith, to stop the double taxation allowed under the ICI program by simply cancelling the benefit for government related institutions.  An exchange with a contact brought me the following observation from someone I have much respect for as they know the system much better than yours truly. 

The ICI program has become a government welfare system for large industrials and it undermines the emission reduction efforts of others.  It should be redesigned to make sure everyone pays their appropriate share of the fixed costs of the electricity system that serves them.

PS:  Here is the link to article titled: Ontario is a Bottomless Pit for Class B Ratepayers as the ICI Demonstrates

Over the Top: The WEF and Canadian Banks, Hydro-Quebec and Canada’s Minister of the Environment

Digital identity is all the rage amongst banks around the world and the WEF (World Economic Forum) is pushing for its adoption having recently released a 46 page report with the concept covering not just financial services but pretty well every interface mankind has. It is alarming to watch Neil Parmenter, President and CEO of the Canadian Bankers Association in a short YouTube video, he appears to have done on behalf of the WEF! In the video he pushes the concept: we should trust our banks to maintain the security of our “digital ID”!  

Canada’s banks recently displayed their position by doing absolutely nothing to push-back when the Trudeau led government enacted the Emergencies Act and instructed the banks to freeze any account that had contributed funds to the Truckers Convoy! They did what they were told to the detriment of thousands of Canadians who had simply stood up to protect their basic rights by donating a small portion of their earnings.  Now, try to imagine what might happen if we are all impregnated with a “digital ID”?

Shopify, Royal Bank pledge to be some of the first buyers of energy from Warren Buffett’s Alberta wind project

The captioned article appeared in the Financial Post a few days ago and should strike all who read it as a wimpy pledge! The article stated: “Shopify Inc. and Royal Bank of Canada, the country’s largest technology company and lender, respectively, said this week they had signed a “purchase power agreement,” or PPA, that commits them to buying 90,000 KWh of electricity annually from the Rattlesnake Ridge Wind Power Project, which is located southwest of Medicine Hat.” To put the foregoing in perspective the current average price per kilowatt hour (kWh) in Alberta is about 11.3 cents/kWh so this commitment represents a cost of around $10,170 dollars or just over $5K each.  Pretty sure multi-billionaire, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy Inc., who are constructing the 130 MW (megawatt) IWT (industrial wind turbine) farm are not as excited about this as the RBC or Shopify. As it turns out the 90,000 should have referenced MWh (megawatt hours) rather than kWh. The 90,000 MWh would represent about 26% of the probable full annual output of the IWT generation from it meaning the three companies (Bullfrog Power was also a signatory to the agreement) would be paying somewhere in the neighbourhood of $3.4 million each.

One should assume when the wind isn’t blowing those three companies will happily accept gas or coal generation to ensure they can keep the lights on.  The hypocrisy is mind blowing and presumably is a result of the continued push by the Trudeau government and his Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault who is determined to eliminate the use of fossil fuels completely!

For industrial Promotors, no more all-you-can-eat buffet at Hydro-Quebec

An article published in Le Journal de Montreal in mid-January carried the following (translated): “In a letter obtained by Le Journal , the state company warns one of them that although it still has a “significant volume of electricity”, the reception of an “exceptional quantity of projects” forces her to review her ways of doing things, even to choose the projects she can supply in the future.’’  The article went on to note: “The energy transition, the sudden interest of companies in green energy has caused demand to explode, justifies Maxence Huard-Lefebvre, director of communications for the state-owned company. And today’s projects have nothing to do with those we received before. Their energy needs are quite different. Result: in its “pipeline” for the next few years, Hydro-Quebec would have projects totaling “more than 10,000 MW of power”. However, such power represents neither more nor less than 25% of Hydro-Québec’s total capacity (40,000 MW) in the province. “It’s too much, slice (said?) the spokesperson for Hydro-Quebec. Even if we wanted to, it would be impossible to support all these projects

What the foregoing suggests is Hydro-Quebec has reached the end of the line for being able to supply “green” emissions free hydro as they have long-term commitments to supply several New England states as well as their own population.  To add fuel to the proverbial fire one should note Statistics Canada reported in 2020 Quebec accounted for almost 50% of all EV registrations in Canada, no doubt due to the $8,000 grant they offer coupled with the Feds $5,000 grant.  Those EV will require charging particularly during the cold winters (Quebec’s peak demand season) when Ontario is frequently called on to supply power to Quebec.

Ontario’s approach to tackling climate change ‘disappointing’: environment minister

The captioned was the headline in the National Observer’s article on March 16, 2022 and carried the following quote from Minister Guilbeault: “I believe that every level of government in Canada needs to do their fair share when it comes to climate change and the climate crisis, and frankly, when you look at what Ontario’s been doing, it’s been disappointing, and I’m not the only one who’s said that,”.  The National Observer is a left-wing anti-fossil fuel periodical that regularly receives government handouts which from what I was able to find has amounted to at least $368,000 according to the Government Grant website.  

The remark from Guilbeault is humorous should one first read Lorrie Goldstein’s article in the Toronto Sun on March 16, 2022.  It outlines how Ford is sucking up to the Trudeau Liberals by kowtowing to their whims including their reaction to the Trucker’s Convoy and the “Emergencies Act”; mirrored by the Ford government.  Ford also praised the Liberals for how they dealt with the pandemic and are jointly aligned on the fight against Michigan’s Governor Witmer in her efforts to shut down Line 5.  All those kudos from Ford heaped on the Trudeau minority Liberal Government apparently are not enough based on Guilbeault’s disappointment.  Is Guilbeault unaware, Ontario has one of the cleanest electricity grids in the world and how their taxpayers and ratepayers are paying dearly for wind and solar generation?  Is he not aware Ontario’s Minister of Energy seems to be pushing for closure of our gas plants, giving EV owners cheap charging rates, etc. etc.?  Perhaps he is ticked that over 60% of Ontario households use natural gas as their heating source but that is not something most households can afford to change.

Summary

Hopefully the foregoing demonstrates the mess created by eco-warriors and their infiltration of Federal and Provincial governments to the detriment of Canadian households who must bear the brunt of their push to eliminate fossil fuel use in the crazed objective to reach “net-zero” where we will all be “digitally identified”! 

Time to reclaim our independence and reject the WEF’s Great Reset!

Ford Energy Act Revolt (FEAR)

An earlier article reflected on how the Ford led government is kowtowing to the Trudeau led government and FEAR mongering in respect to the “climate change” crusade. It suggested the Minister of Energy, Todd Smith was pushing for more negative action in respect to Ontario’s energy sector via directives to both IESO and the OEB that would serve to punish ratepayers/taxpayers for fossil fuel consumption.

The alarming ones were referenced as Ministerial directives from Minister of Energy, Todd Smith, to IESO with the first related to “Clean Energy Credits” and the second to “Pathways to Decarbonization”.  He also has asked the OEB to investigate options for a “New Ultra-Low Overnight Electricity Rate”.

Let’s examine the directives to IESO!

Clean Energy Credit Directive to IESO

Energy Minister Smith’s letter of direction to IESO instructed them “to provide further value for ratepayers by supporting the creation of a voluntary clean energy credit market“. That suggests he is a believer in increasing costs to consumers to eliminate “emissions”!  Is he simply following orders from above?

Needless to say, IESO take instructions from the Ministry so they have commenced the process by issuing an “Engagement Plan” meant to respond to the Ministerial directive! The amusing thing about his directive is he says the objective is; “making life more affordable and I believe ratepayers can reap further value from the electricity system that they have built.“ Hard to believe requiring ratepayers to purchase Clean Energy Credits (CEC) will make “life more affordable”.  It is somewhat mindboggling to research CEC values as they are all over the map in respect to prices.  A somewhat dated article (January 22, 2021) about prices in the New England states show their costs as anywhere from $11.05/MWh to $233.75/MWh depending on the state involved.

Because Ontario’s electricity sector is one of the lowest emitters of CO 2 Minister Smith seems to believe we can, as an example, get an agreement to those using fossil fuels to heat our homes or running a business to purchase CEC!  The revenue will then be used to reduce our costs; making “life more affordable”.  It sounds too much like the Federally imposed “carbon tax” which does nothing more than increase the number of bureaucrats taxpayer’s support while increasing our cost of living! The “credit offerings” will include: “nuclear, waterpower, wind, solar and bioenergy.“ Smith’s letter doesn’t clarify; if you have solar panels on your roof will you be asked to hand out a CEC or whether you will be paid for doing so? One should suspect the various contracted parties under the FIT (feed in tariff) programs will not willingly pass those CEC’s on unless they are compensated.  The other issue is by requiring those who emit CO 2 to purchase CEC means any household using natural gas as a heating source may be required to purchase those CEC.  We should note those same households are already paying carbon taxes imposed by the Federal Government along with the Provincial Sales tax.  CEC simply look to be a further tax increase!  

One would hope the IESO point out the fallacies with the Ministerial directive and stand up for us ratepayer/taxpayers!

Pathways to Decarbonization

On October 7, 2021 IESO released a report titled “Decarbonization And Ontario’s Electricity System” which was a response to thirty (30) municipalities who had pressured the Ministry of Energy to phase out natural gas plants.  IESO’s report of 27 pages outlined the cost to do that would hit ratepayers with $27 billion and raise the price of household electricity bills by $1,200 annually; an increase of 60%. Not quite what the McGuinty/Wynne led government put us through but still very significant during this high inflation period.

Despite that rather shocking news Minister Smith on the same date (October 7, 2021) as IESO’s report, issued a directive to them and it stated “I would ask that IESO evaluate a moratorium on the procurement of new natural gas generating stations and develop an achievable pathway to zero emissions in the electricity sector.”  One should wonder, did he read the 27 pages of the IESO report or not equate what he was suggesting we do in Ontario with what was happening in Europe?  An article just nine days before he issued the directive noted electricity prices climbing to record highs in the UK and EU countries. Renewable energy’s failure in the form of wind and solar’s absence coupled with low water levels were causing electricity prices to climb to record highs at the same time as a price spike in natural gas arrived.  Anyone even casually, following the news at that time out of the UK and most other European countries would have discovered how the efforts to reach net-zero were causing both economic pain and energy poverty. Needless to say, things are much worse now and all of North America has been affected by the increase in the market prices of oil, gas and coal.

Despite the foregoing, IESO will follow Minister Smith’s directive and have commenced the “engagement process” to develop their response.  One would assume the evaluation will mirror that of their earlier report and likely suggest costs will be even higher.

As the heading on this article implies, we should all be “fearful” of what the Ford government is doing as it seems set to create another sharp rise in the cost of electricity despite the fact Ontario has one of the cleanest non-emitting grids in the world. 

Virtue signaling is costly so perhaps the time has come to repulse the “FEAR” and revolt!

PS:  More to come.