Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford’s Hydro Solution is a Few Volts Short of a Load

A News Release from the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, a non-partisan citizens group

Posted April 17th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Doug Ford thinks firing the CEO of Hydro One will lead to lower electricity bills.

While we agree that $6 million/yr is way over the top, firing him would only lead to a 3/100ths of 1% decrease in our rates.

This kind of populist thinking has led successive Ontario governments to ignore real solutions to rising electricity costs.

Not one of the three parties in the legislature has questioned why Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is asking for a 100% increase in the price it is paid for nuclear power by 2025, or whether sticking with expensive nuclear power makes sense for Ontario consumers.

Only the NDP has suggested that maybe we should consider the economics of keeping North America’s most expensive nuclear plant – the Pickering Nuclear Station — running, though even it has made no commitment to closing the aging plant when its license expires this summer.

The Green Party has called for the closure of Pickering, North America’s highest-cost nuclear station, in August.

When will the other three major parties step up?

The good news is that we can reduce our electricity costs by $1.1 billion per year by importing Quebec water power and closing the Pickering Nuclear Station when its license expires in August.

It’s time to make the parties earn our votes by putting forward real plans to reform our electricity system instead of populist rhetoric.

Please contact Premier Wynne, Doug Ford and Andrea Horwath and ask them how they will actually reduce Ontario’s cost of generating electricity by $1 billion per year or more.

For more information, please read our new fact sheet: We have better choices: It’s time to close the aging Pickering Nuclear Plant.

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank youm Angela Bischoff, Director, Ontario Clean Air Alliance

For more information on and from the Ontario Clean Air Alliance and its public advocacy work, click onhttp://www.cleanairalliance.org/

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2 responses to “Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford’s Hydro Solution is a Few Volts Short of a Load

  1. I hate to say it but a brief scan of http://www.cleanairaliance.org reads like a lobby for the new private green energy operators. Shutdown the competition while we concentrate (as in eliminate competition) ownership through mergers.
    That in itself doesn’t bode well for affordable electricity.

    Ontario Hydro provided Ontario with the lowest cost power, or near lowest cost, in all of N. America for years, until Harris broke it up. Remember, in the name of even lower cost power? He played Ontario like a virgin at an orgy!

    The ONDP plan is the one making the most sense. Buy it back!!! However remembering the private sector investors salivating at the chance to buy the goose that lays the golden eggs, its not going to be that easy, and most likely impossible. As long as we get our view of the world from the same interests as the new owners of our Ontario Hydro, the pretend need for balanced budgets, tax cuts will carry the day.

    BTW, has anyone noticed the more we save through tax cuts and cuts to unnecessary government spending over the past 50 years the less financially secure we have become?


  2. Neil Alexander

    Once again ….please check the “facts” that the OCCA peddle. Try https://lnkd.in/d6T6bvF or the Environmental Commissioner’s comments on linked in https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6389903303387414530/.
    The OCCA’s plan isn’t for cheaper power….its to turn your lights off.


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